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43 Goals to Help you Become a “Real” Photographer

Not long ago, I set out to find what the photographic community defines as a “Real” photographer.  I scoured the internet and asked many in the photography community, including some of the Improve Photography readers.   I got a lot of the obvious answers, but also some very unique ones.     What was most apparent from my talking to photographers about this …

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5 Steps to a Successful Commercial Photography Business

It’s December and for many photographers whose business is based on portrait or weddings the next couple of months could be what is known as “The slow season.”  With the right kind of marketing you could turn the slow season into steady income if you consider Commercial Photography.  Commercial photography covers a few sub categories such as Headshots, Food (Restaurants) …

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Photo Contests: Opportunity Or Exploitation?

Photographers today are faced with a barrage of choices as to how and when they will share their photos. To post a photo anywhere online is to risk it being stolen, but if you don’t share then your work will never be seen. Photo contests are one of the most controversial areas of photo sharing, and not without good reason. …

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Start a Photography Business with No Start-Up Money

Two years ago, I began a family photography business. I didn’t have a large chunk of money to invest in the business. In fact, I started the business as a way to supplement my income as a high school English teacher. My wife and I had a second kid on the way, so she encouraged me to nurture my hobby …

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Fundy Designer: Software Review

In many previous articles I have mentioned that I am one of the “mentoids” who have been concentrating on my wedding and portrait photography with Erica Coffman.  If you haven’t read it yet, you can see some of the reasons why this is an incredible opportunity in this article.  But today’s article is actually an outgrowth of a conversation that …

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Get Social! The Best Facebook Groups for Photographers

If you are anything like me (and most others in the world today), you probably have a slight addiction to social media.  Social media is EVERYTHING.  It’s where I get my news, life updates from my friends and family, information about restaurants and bars in my area, education, and even a lot of my business.  It has become a tool …