ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Start Your Own Digital Photography Business

Updated on August 31, 2012

Make Your Dream A Reality And Start Your Own Digital Photography Business

If you love photography, and the idea of opening your own business sounds exciting, now is your time to to make that dream a reality and start your own digital photography business and turn your passion into a part time or full time job. It is now easier than ever to turn your dream into reality and create a worthwhile business out of an engrossing hobby.

Making a good income from starting a photography business may seem daunting initially, however, it is very easy and quick to setup a digital photography business with a little bit of planning and some basic equipment.

Ways To Make Money As A Photographer

Once you have decided to start a digital photography business, you need to decide whether you are going to exclusively shoot photos on assignment or as stock photography, or like many photographers, combine the two.

There are basically two ways for a photographer to make money. The first one is assignment photography in which a client commissions a photographer to take a set of photos of a particular subject related to fashion, portraits, underwater, weddings, sports events, product photography and others. The other option is selling your photos as stock photography which is photography shot in advance of being sold. These photos are used in many ways, some of which are newspapers, brochures, websites, magazines, articles, and calendars. This is a much cheaper option for companies to purchase single photos rather than commissioning a photographer.

There are some basic steps that you need to follow to start a digital photography business beginning with creating a business plan.

Create A Business Plan

The most important step to starting a digital photography business is to create a business plan.  Writing a business plan will identify your goals and help map out the strategies that are needed to attain these goals.  A business plan will help you identify your expenses and potential revenue, establish a work schedule,  create a reasonable fee and pricing plan which takes your expenses and time into account, create a marketing plan to attract customers.  A business plan is a useful guide that allows you to evaluate how well your digital photography business is performing and to constantly make small changes to keep improving upon your business.

Legalities Of A Digital Photography Business

The legal requirements for starting a digital photography business varies in different countries, states, cities, and municipalities. Check with your local city office or chamber of commerce for the requirements in your area. You may be required to obtain a business license, purchase insurance, and establish legal sole propietorship. I also recommend that you open a bank account that is kept separate from your personal bank accounts. This makes it much easier at tax time for both you and the government. I am not going to go into details of all the legalities of starting your business as there is a wealth of information available on the internet and within your own city offices.

Establish An Online Portfolio

In the age of computers, technology and internet, it is very important that businesses have their own websites and establish an online presence.

Once you have a live website, you can start building your online presence and portfolio. A website is an opportunity for you to display your work to potential clients. You can also upload your commissioned photos which give your clients the opportunity to review and choose which pictures to purchase at their own leisure. It is also very simple to set up a payment processor on your website, such as PayPal, which handles credit cards, debit cards, and electronic cheques.

Setting Up Your Camera Equipment And Photo Software

With modern technology, all you need is a SLR digital camera, a computer or laptop, and photo editing software. The standard and most widely used photo editing software is Adobe Photoshop, but basically any photo editing software will do.

Make your photos look extraordinary, and share them in unique print creations and web experiences.

Create incredible home movies with professional-quality effects and sound, and share them on disc, the web, and virtually anywhere else.

Manage and protect all your photos and video clips from one convenient place. Enjoy automatic online backup with 2GB of free storage, and access your photos and videos anywhere you are.

Establish Photo Printing Arrangements

Select a reliable photo lab, if you will not be developing your photos yourself. Most photo labs offer very inexpensive services in comparison to the cost of a printer, photo paper, and ink. Choose the option that is best for your needs. Also, pick up a bulk spindle of CD's to store your clients photos on as many clients like to purchase CD's of all the commissioned photos at a sitting for them to print themselves at their convenience.

Live Your Passion And Make Money

Once you have everything in place to start your digital photography business, it is time to find clients using the marketing strategies you outlined in your business plan, have tons of fun and make some money.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Photoshark317 profile image

      Leroy Brown 

      6 years ago from Lafayette Orgon

      I've got a huge portfolio. I've been shooting for oh say thirty years. One can barely make money as a photographic stringer anymore. Newspapers and TV don't even hire photographers anymore. All they have to do is ask and people send the stuff in for free. The people I know making it in photography anymore were well established before digital came on the scene

    • Diana Grant profile image

      Diana Grant 

      6 years ago from London

      You have to have the right subject matter and specifications as well as quite a large portfolio of Good photographs - I was turned down out of hand by Getty Images, and this is what I learned from the experience

    • Photoshark317 profile image

      Leroy Brown 

      6 years ago from Lafayette Orgon

      I'd like to throw in a few points. First of all if you didn't have a film business you're going to find that digital photography is extremely competitive. Everybody and his brother and sister is out there shooting with every thing from cell phones and basic point an shoots. And I'm not going to attack those people either. But the fact of the matter is that a lot of these digital photographers were never photographers when it was film because film was expensive. Nor does having a digital camera and Photoshop make one a photographer. It's craft one has to learn. Hope I didn't come off as a snob :)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)