5 photography business guides for absolute beginners

5 photography business guides for absolute beginners

If you're just getting started in the world of selling photography then these 5 guides are essential reading

As photographers, we all remember the first time we sold one of our photographs and that accompanying feeling of accomplishment.

"...no matter what type of photography you do, or the style of images you produce, there’s someone out there who will love your work and buy it."

I certainly do, my first sale was during my first year of studying photography at university. Even when I had chosen to study photography, I still had doubts in the back of my mind that anybody would be interested in my work. So that knowledge of having someone believe in me and my work - enough to purchase it - really made me believe in myself.

What I’ve learned over the years too, is that no matter what type of photography you do or the style of images you produce, there’s someone out there who will love your work and buy it. This process however, isn’t something that happens overnight, and in order to most effectively sell your photography you need to put the work in.

We’ve got heaps of business advice for photography across Focus on how you can best market your photography, but if you’re looking for a place to get stared, check out these 5 guides first.

1 A beginner’s guide to image licensing

When it comes to selling your photography, image licensing will always play a big part in how you make money from your work. This guide will ensure you know the ins and outs

2 Make your photography stand out from the crowd

Creating great photos is just the beginning when it comes to running a successful photography business. You could be the best photographer in the world, but it’s still a tricky task to stand out from your competitors.

Luckily, there are simple steps you can take that should help you make that transition from one of the crowd to one selling their photography

3 How to create an engaging photography website

Giving your photography an online presence in the form of a dedicated website or store can be hugely beneficial to growing your craft as a business. But to really get the most out of it, and most importantly, give it the best chance of commercial success, there are a few best practices you should follow.

4 5 marketing ideas for your photography business

Like any other business, your photography business requires good marketing and a strategy. Here are five simple ideas you can try out to amplify your success.

5 How to create photos for commercial use

There’s a subtle but important difference between selling images that are designed for commercial usage compared to images that you might create for artistic purposes or to act as standalone photos.

Aesthetically, commercially-led imagery might not be as pleasing as you’re used to creating, but if you want to sell your work for this purpose, there are some key things to take into consideration.

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Don't forget to check out our wealth of detailed guides on selling photography in our dedicated business of photography advice section on Focus.

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