Looking for insights on the business of photography.
July 19, 2012 3:19 AM Subscribe
UI designer wanting to turn into UI designer/photographer is looking for insights on the business of photography.
posted by wolfr to Education (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I am a web/app designer with 5 years of experience. 1.5 years ago I went freelance. While still very fascinated with user interface design, I want to move my photography hobby to the business.
I started photographing with a DSLR 5 years ago, and I believe I have amassed enough technical knowledge to be a photographer. However, I don't really know too much about the business side of photography: how to get clients (in photography), workflows, processes. I know how to take a good picture, how to light a scene, but I don't know enough about the business side. What are going rates, how to determine prices, what about prints, what services do clients expect out of a photographer? Specialization vs. jack of all trades?
I know photography is a hard business to break into, I am lucky to already have several things covered (most gear, software, computer, own a business) which would definitely make it easier than someone starting from scratch.
I realize a lot of this is learning-by-doing and there is no ultimate guide. However, while learning UI design I found some books and articles along the way that I can heartily recommend to any budding UI designer.
Googling leads to a lot of awful websites with mediocre advice, so pointers would be nice. I am sure there are some good reads out there.