How Can I Get a Small Photography Business Started?

Question by lindsay b: How can I get a small photography business started?
I don't have equipment to take pictures professionally. All I have is two digital cameras. One is a Kodak camera, which has 10X zoom and only 5 mega pix. I also recently bought a smaller Canon Powershot with 6 mega pix. I've taken some really great shots over the past year, and even though my cameras aren't much, they came out really great. I was wondering if there is a cheap way to learn how to get a small business started. I would like suggestions maybe on books, or life experiences from others.

Keep in mind that I'm trying to start this on a small budget.
I'm not sure where I should even begin to start thinking of how I would do this.
PLEASE HELP!!

Best answer:

Answer by vienna2001
A photography business is just like any other business -- you have do something people will pay for. Unfortunately the list of photography people will pay for is very short:

1. Weddings
2. Portraits

There are very specific styles and equipment requirements for both these endeavours. You'll find tons of books on wedding and portrait photography in your local library and bookstore and you should look at them all before diving in.

You'll discover that equipment is the least of your worries. There's marketing, accounting, schmoozing clients, and oh, yes, being able to actually shoot a good picture.

I don't mean to paint a gloomy picture of the prospects. Yes, you can shoot sunsets, flowers and pretty scenics and put them on the walls of your local cafe with a price tag. But I'm assuming you actually want to make some money .-)

Hope this helps.

Answer by prince_of_mess
I think your cameras is enough as a beginner if you have a talent ! anyhow .... as a start i advise you to start take some shots and offer it on the net by using some famous sites like www.imagebyrequest.com and www.istockphoto.com, and you will find there a lot of requests and offers and a many many ideas, wish you best.

 

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