Tips for Managing Photography Business Costs

Here are a bunch of tips for rising professional photographers to help manage the cost of operating a photography business.

  1. Image Editing Software. You’ll pay hundreds if not thousands of dollars to stay current with Photoshop products. If you haven’t made the commitment yet, try Paint Shop Pro. It’s as feature-rich as Photoshop, with nearly all of the capabilities, and some of its that are unique and make you creative and productive. You can also use most Photoshop 먹튀검증.extensions in this program.
  2. Desktop Office Suite. OpenOffice, a free suite, available from OpenOffice. Org, has spreadsheet, word processing, database, presentation and other tools. You can read and write Office files. This will keep you from being forced to pay hundreds of dollars for Microsof company Office products, and you are supporting the open source community.
  3. Studio room Lighting. If you are beginning with studio room lighting, Nonresident Bees are tough, functional and not prohibitively expensive. You can include a light each year and grow your capabilities slowly. And they offer great light modifiers such as umbrellas, stands, soft boxes and more. They get portable power and ring sensations.
  4. Print Fulfillment. There are many good and affordable labs. Most of them can print far more efficiently than you or the shop across town. Find the one which will meet your price, quality, product and service needs and will give you a generous sample print experience. The ability to accept orders from your computer and ship quickly will be important to you.
  5. Inexpensive Social networks. There are some free discussion boards such as dpreview. com and studiolighting. net which are great sources of information on cameras, lighting, editing and other technical facets of photography. Digitalweddingforum. com is a reasonably priced and extremely professional forum for sharing all types of business, creative and technical information regarding most people photography.
  6. Professional Organizations. Society of Sports and Event Professional photographers (SEP) is focused to event photography such as sports groups, but there are overlaps to other business areas as well. Their annual cost is very reasonable. Professional Professional photographers of Americal (PPA) is affiliated with SEP, and is more business focused. They share venues for their annual promotions. PPA now offers some insurance and legal protection. Wedding and Symbol Professional photographers Internations (WPPI) now offers reasonable annual fees and access to great resources and promotions. Attending a convention periodically will get you charged up and it’s really often a great way to get discounts on gear from the industry events.
  7. Insurance. You need to decide what to insure and for how much, but as a shooter, I strongly recommend Liability Insurance of at least $1 million. You can decide whether you want to cover your equipment separately or modify your homeowner’s policy to cover it. Often, bundling car, home, liability and equipment one insurance agency can save you money.
  8. Storage. External computer drives are now under $100 for 500 gigs. You can’t afford not to back up crucial computer data in multiple places. Also buy DVD blanks and burn copies of your client and business files to store offsite.
  9. Midwinter seminars. Normally a large national lab or group of businesses will sponsor a “tour” of more than one professional photographers, and provide a mini trade show. Often costing under $100, you get a solid day of education, debate, ideas and product awareness. You’ll come back with a notebook full of ideas.
  10. Promotions. There are probably 12 large regional or national level photography promotions each year. Pick one every year or two, and manage your travel costs by sharing rooms with other professional photographers and planning your transportation and dining carefully. You can often save more on the product purchases than the cost of the convention and travel.
  11. Web site. Inexpensive web templates can be purchased at under $100. These web templates can be customized by you to include your images, words, color scheme, logo and design elements. Often hosting can be enclosed with this, or purchased separately at under $100/yr. You will want your own url of your website on a site that doesn’t have somebody else’s ads. Also consider building your own shopping cart solution and gallery capability if you don’t have one now. Using fotoplayer. com and the Jalbum engine, you can create great pictures on your own website with integrated cart and Paypal payment at under $100. And you can build a blog on your site or another site for free.
  12. Studio room from home. It’s understandable that a home-based studio room has cheaper operating costs than the usual separate property. You can also potentially take tax reductions for business use of the home.
  13. Hired Help. Paid internships are great opportunities for younger individuals to gain experience, and for you to have talented assistants. Consider contacting schools and universities in your neighborhood, or hiring a nearby individual who has great work ethic to help you.
  14. Energy. This is both financially and green important. Change your lighting, heating, driving and office practices in order to reduce energy costs. Compact fluorescent lights, problem thermostats, good tire pressure, hybrid cars, trip management, computer shut-down judgement and your printing practices can all be useful to lessen your operating cost.

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