Business

Quick Tip: To Survive, Pay Yourself

Posted by on Tuesday March 27, 2018 | Business

Edward Curtis
Despite his fame as a photographer, Edward Curtis died broke. (Self-portrait, c. 1889)

Photographer Tomas van Houtryve was recently reminded that financial security doesn’t just take care of itself, even for the most successful photographers. That reminder came while he was reading a biography of renowned 19th century photographer Edward S. Curtis. “Curtis fell into a trap, which many photographers [do],” van Houtryve explains. “He never put in... More

Workshop Preview: Learning the Business of Adventure Photography from Alex Strohl

Posted by on Friday March 23, 2018 | Business

Alex Strohl talks travel photo gear in his new online workshop.
"If you want to make a living, you’re going to have to sell yourself. And that’s uncomfortable for most of us if you haven’t been exposed to it," says Alex Strohl, who discusses his creative and business processes in his online workshop. © Alex Strohl

Alex Strohl has built his photography career making adventure and travel photographs in some of the most beautiful places in the natural world. His personal work, which he shares primarily via Instagram to an audience of nearly two million followers, has led to work for Apple, Land Rover, Travel Alberta and HP among several others.... More

Quick Tip: How to Build Your Instagram Following

Posted by on Monday March 19, 2018 | Business

A couple shares a joint in a photo for a dating website. ©Kristen Angelo

Photographer Kristen Angelo, who specializes in shooting for editorial and commercial clients in the cannabis industry, says Instagram was a key tool for building her business and marketing her photography. Using hashtags such as #cannabis and #cannabisculture, she identified potential clients, and got her work in front of them. That led to her first assignments... More

Quick Tip: Launching a Career without Assisting

Posted by on Monday March 12, 2018 | Business

©Christin Rose
Christin Rose’s personal project “She plays, we win” helped launch her career. ©Christin Rose

Assisting is a traditional pathway to a career as a photographer, but that’s not the only route. Photographer Christin Rose started as a photo editor, which led to a job as a photographer’s rep, then to work as production coordinator, and finally to a career as a freelance producer. All of those jobs prepared her... More

ImageBrief is Dead. Is Their Low-Balling Business Strategy to Blame?

Posted by on Wednesday March 7, 2018 | Business

The ImageBrief home page.

ImageBrief, the company that helped photo clients crowd-source their image requests, announced it was shutting down earlier this week. Photographers who have worked with them in the past have until March 8 to remove all their images from the site. The company website has been stripped except for a log in, to allow participating photographers... More

Quick Tip: Why You Should Spend Money on a Designer

Posted by on Friday February 23, 2018 | Business

Photographers often fall into the trap of thinking that because they have an artistic eye, they’re qualified to design their web site and promotions without help from a designer. But turn that logic on its head: What’s your reaction when a designer says, “Photography? I can just do that myself”? Design isn’t intuitive, any more... More

Quick Tip: How to Ask Donors to Support Your Photo Project

Posted by on Friday February 9, 2018 | Business

Few photographers are comfortable asking for donations to support their projects. Fundraising expert Dianne Debicella, program director at Community Partners in LA (and formerly senior program director at Fractured Atlas), reminds artists that they’re not begging. She explains why confidence is so important when asking potential donors for money: “You have to frame [the pitch]... More

Quick Tip: Take This Quiz to See If It’s Time to Quit Assisting

Posted by on Thursday January 25, 2018 | Business

Morrissey by Travis Shinn for Decca Records. ©Travis Shinn

Los Angeles photographer Travis Shinn spent a decade—“too long,” he says—as an assistant. “Get in, learn what you can and get out. Or you start getting bitter.” Here’s a quick test to help you figure out if it’s time to strike out on your own as a photographer: 1. Have you been assisting 5 years?... More

Update on a Photo Scam: Photographer Lucky to Get Money Back After Fake Fader Assignment

Posted by on Tuesday January 23, 2018 | Business

A fake contract sent to a photographer as part of a phishing scheme that could have cost him $4100.

A photographer reached out to PDN last week with details of a fake assignment scam that nearly cost him $4100. A person pretending to be an editor for The Fader, Patrick McDermott, contacted the photographer in late December with an offer of an assignment to shoot a fashion editorial for the magazine. He accepted and... More