This continually updated collection of helpful professional photography business resources includes links to professional photography trade associations & networks, photo education & training resources, photography books, journals & publications, photo equipment & manufacturer sites, digital photo software products, as well as general business resources useful for starting and running a photography business.
Professional Photography & Journalism Trade Associations
Editorial Photographers (EP) : [Direct Web excerpt]Editorial Photographers (EP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and profitability of editorial photography. Our mission is to educate photographers and photography buyers about business issues affecting our industry, and in the process raise the level of business practices in the profession.
Photography Workflow Software & Tools
Adobe: Be sure to calculate software expenses into your start-up costs. Semi-pro/pro-grade photo-video software are tools you will definitely need to streamline your imagery workflow from day one through day infinity.
Strongly consider Lightroom, Photoshop/Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Premier (video)/Photoshop Premier Elements (video) as additions to your photo-video software suite.
ACDSee: I’ve used both Adobe & ACDSee software. ACDSee is great, although past versions weren’t nearly as robust as Photoshop. This is an excellent option/alternative to Adobe at a relatively reasonable price compared to Photoshop. I might be inclined to say that ACDSee is more like Photoshop Elements on steroids as opposed to a direct competitor to Photoshop itself. None-the-less, excellent program and if you’re used to it, stick with it. Light room is more important these days unless your a graphic artist and ACDSee is perfectly compatible with Lightroom.
Photography Pricing Tools & Management Software
fotoQuote: Helpful pricing and business management tool used since the late-1980s in the professional photography world by photographers, ad agencies and individual buyers helping to establish fair market pricing based on multiple variables.
Obviously, fotoQuote won’t make you a millionaire simply by downloading the software, but the easy-to-use interface and highly relevent ‘food for thought’ found throughout the descriptive & detailed program provides great insight as to how to begin approaching photography as a business from many angles.
NPPA Cost of Doing Business Calculator: An excellent resource to use when when preparing financial statements for your photo business plan or otherwise simply trying to gain an understanding of the expenses involved in professional photography.
Photography & General Business Books, Publications, Journals, e-journals
Artist’s Market, Photographer’s Market: Excellent book publisher providing yearly updated editions of the Photographer’s Market which provides an extensive listings of where & how to sell your photography across a variety of styles and mediums. Also very helpful resources for artists and graphic designers.
Photo District News – PDNonline: [Direct web excerpt] PDNonline is the leading photo magazine. This professional photographer magazine covers photo news and the best news photos.
British Journal of Photography: [Direct web excerpt] Presents news, galleries, job listings, and a discussion forum.
Photo – Video Education, Training & Tutorials
Canon Digital Learning Center: Training tutorials and educational resources from the world’s leading SLR camera manufacturer, Canon.
The Art Institutes: 40 schools throughout the USA and Vancouver, B.C., Canada, providing educational & practical professional training for creative-types majoring in Design, Fashion, Media Arts and Culinary.
Brooks Institute (Santa Barbara, CA, USA) : [Direct web excerpt] Brooks Institute Educates Aspiring Professionals to Pursue Career Opportunities in the Visual, New Media, and Communication Arts.
phototuts+: Excellent site offering Photoshop tutorials, photography articles, resources and more. From detailed descriptions of workflow techniques to interesting eye-catching artistic creations, this website is a great place to explore.
dpreview: Great online resource providing digital photo equipment reviews, photo news & articles and a forum full of useful Q & A.