Business Of Photography

Learn about the business of photography and what it takes to be a successful professional photographer

Have friends or strangers asked you to make pictures for them? Have you thought about photography as a career or at least using your pictures or photography skills to earn some extra income? If you answered yes, then this class will introduce you to the business side of photography.

  • Having a “good eye” and  a camera  that “takes good pictures” is not enough to be a  professional photographer…
  • To be a successful professional photographer you need  to understand the business of photography…
  • To be a successful professional photographer you need  to have  a professional attitude…
  • While the  digitization of photography has  made  it possible  for almost anyone to enter the photography marketplace, this  “ease of entry”  can cost you if you don’t  know how to protect your photographs and price your work correctly…
  • Full time or part time, whatever part of  the  marketplace you decide to enter, the core  principles of the business of photography are  the same…

What business are we REALLY In?

  • Whether your  photography business involves photographing weddings, portraits, news, products or whatever, you’re really in the business of creating and licensing the use of your intellectual property for a fee.

As a professional photographer, please make  sure  that you’re not  losing money, losing  your work, or harming the very industry that  you want to be  in.  In other words, be a professional, not an amateur.

  • When you’re a professional photographer you should be concerned with…
    • The value of your work…
    • Money…
    • Having  a professional attitude…
    • Producing work that is uniquely yours…
    • Keeping your work so you can realize the full proprietary  interest in each and everyone of your photographs…
    • Making  sure that you do nothing that harms your ability (and all other photographers abilities) to make a  living with their work…
    • Watch this video. Read this discussion thread(both links opens in new windows)

You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for the value you bring to an hour. (Jim Rohn)

Course Description

This three-hour class is an in overview  of  the business of  photography and examines what you’ll need to be a successful professional photographer.

You’ll learn about…

  • The copyrights to your work. Why  you need them and how to protect them…
  • How  to price your work…
  • Free-lancing vs. staff positions…
  • The important distinction between selling and licensing your pictures….
  • The importance of  paperwork …
  • Finding your place(s) (and your clients) in the photography market…
  • What you’ll need  to get started…
  • Developing a professional attitude…
  • and more…

Playing the game for money produces the proper professional attitude. It inculcates the lunch-pail state of mind that shows up for work despite rain or snow or dark of night and slugs it out day after day. (Steven Pressfield)

You Should Take This Class If You Want To…

  • Learn how to generate income with your photography…
  • Get a good, in depth overview  of  the business of  photography…
  • Learn how to realize the value of your work…

Prerequisites

  • An interest in the business of photography.
  • A brief description of the type of  photography that you now do and/or would like to do professionally.
  • IMPORTANT–PLEASE  BRING A  LAPTOP, OR OTHER DEVICE, WITH A WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION TO OUR MEETING.

The professional has learned that success, like happiness, comes as a by-product of work. (Steven Pressfield)

Business Of Photography – Student Comments

Notices

  • If you are registering for this class on the day that it is scheduled, you must bring a copy of your receipt as your proof of payment in order to be admitted.
  • By registering for this class I agree to the Registration Terms And Conditions.
  • IMPORTANT–PLEASE  BRING A  LAPTOP, OR OTHER DEVICE, WITH A WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION TO OUR MEETING.

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While PayPal is the preferred method to receive payment, if you are not able to use PayPal to make a payment please contact Sam at 202-559-7981 to make other payment arrangements.

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