11.10.11 Welcome,

The reason you are reading this free informative site is because you are an entrepreneur. You strive and are willing to take risks. You want to take better pictures,You are the future of photography!  You can change the way pictures are viewed and you can alter the styles and formats that once were the norm. I have experienced the change over and over for more than 25 years and now you can take this exciting passion into a whole new world in any direction you choose.

Introduction  
Since the film days I’ve been teaching people how to run a photography
business, how to make money with photographs, where the best digital SLR guide is,
 currently how to choose a digital camera, and how you can be world’s best in photography.
 I have been photographing professionally for more than 29 years, and how to run a
 photography business is my passion.

I did not formally go to college for photography, but I did take a few technical portrait courses at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, mostly I learned through trial and error.  That was extremely difficult since there was no way to determine if you were successful with your camera adjustments, let alone your subjects, until the film was developed.  My college education consisted of a mixture of two degrees from three colleges, a combination of about 146 (not including the RIT classes) credits, none of which got me a completed four year degree,other than an associates, but I do have a great college education, consisting of business, statistics, biology, psychology, and fashion design/art illustration. I wanted to complete a degree, but I was making money shooting photos, working out of my home, making my own hours, and having alot of fun!

One of my first part time classes was at the University of Colorado, Boulder Co., where I took a photography class, making money with a camera.  The professor told me I had a fantastic eye for photography.  That year I won first prize out of 400 contestants for the “lady walking her dog in San Francisco” (1973).  After that success I had hundreds of ideas for taking photos.  Later in 1974 I began teaching myself how to set up a photo studio.

Remember to look for your personal style, use it, and alter it to fit the
client too. It is never just all about you, you now have clients that are
your bosses and they have a different vision. 
The two visions must be combined.

You are so blessed since digital came into our world. When I shot $100,000.00 weddings (I personally shot about 1500 weddings/events), corporate events and crucial business ventures that had only one chance, I had to “spiritually” shoot with film.  Do you remember getting back rolls of film paying lots of money for them and liking maybe one shot?  I started worrying Thursdays before a weekend event and had to continue that worry through two weeks of film developing.  Now you have a huge battle fought, if it isn’t great “delete” and start over. Yes, there are moments when your clients will demand that you “catch that shot”, but now you have more chances.

How to start a Business In Photography       “How much money do I need?”

The way I began opening a photography business was so simple. No money,
no loans, one Yashica twin lens medium format camera my Father gave me, and no flash.

First Photo/$10.

I asked myself “how do I run a photography business”?  Making money with photographs was what I wanted to do.  I had so many ideas for taking photos, and all I wanted was a client. I simpy went outside the front door, noticed a boy with his dog playing in the leaves, walked over took a few shots, developed them, and again walked to their home, rang the door bell ,and asked the mother if she wanted to buy the 5×7 I showed her for $10.  She loved the photograph and gave me $10. I began looking for great places to take pictures. It is about the right “places”How To Choose A Digital Camera    

The best digital SLR camera body must be capable of accepting extensive lighting hook ups, 14 megaPixels or more, have sensor cleaning, and must be a good fit for what you are shooting. Are you interested in family, sports and action, weddings, commercial, low lit venues?  Decide which category you fit into; consumer, semiprofessional, or professional.  I’d like to think that you will become professional, (or just want your photographs to look that way), that means you’ll need the least amount of equipment capable of shooting everything.  I have reviewed the best digital slr guides, and digital SLR beginners guides to present the most informative information to you.
I will be writting a DSLR how to guide for 2012, Lets go!

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Get brand new batteries or charge your camera power, EACH AND EVERY TIME!

Check out the cutting-edge Canon EOS 7D body, it is the body I would have you begin with. Higher priced than your typical camera but, photographers are not very typical….it has all the capabilities of growing with your equipment needs. This body can be with you for a very long time, and at the lease be used as your semiprofessional or professional backup camera.18.0 megaPixel, CMOS sensor and dual DiG!c4 Image processors. It shoots amazing stills and full HD video. Customizable, intelligent viewfinder, rugged and refined construction for reliable professional level stage of photography. Canon 70-200 F2.8 lens is my portrait lens of choice. Add the Canon 580 EXll flash for best distance.

Do not let a sales rep tell you a portrait lens is 50mm, it is not! Not even close. You will only need a 50mm, if it is:

28-50mm. Or the like. Never a 50mm alone.

You must understand that you, not me, have to make the final decision when purchasing equipment, but I want to remind you that you could purchase 10 comsumer camera products, save some money buying cheeper stuff, and never get the results that you will eventually want. Why purchase twice?

What I recommend is so that you make one complete purchase and not have to continually buy over and over again. Every photographer needs to have a complete, exacetly the same back up, eventually, so you can switch in break down emergencies, (they happen often) without a moments delay. Speed is what photography is all about.

9 Responses to “How to start a Business In Photography”

  1. >Great blog – looking forward to more of your posts. I want to make photography a career and I am happy to learn from an expert!

    • You did mention dtigial and did not mention a budget so I am going to heartily recommend the Nikon D50, Nikon D90, Nikon D700 or Canon EOS-1 Mark III ds.Photoshop will work with any camera file but please keep in mind that it is best to create the best image you can in the camera first and then polish, if need be, in post processing.References :

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