business

Counter demonstration, EDL March - PH060112

Being professional, preparation and planning

I accept I had become too casual about my photography, and it was brought home to me covering recent news events. Carefree was fine when it was an occasional exercise, now, with my writing, it is my principal way of life. I have to be much more professional if it is going to pay its way.

business planning, business, photojournalism, stock photography, preparation, access, rights
It is not always difficult to engage and get permission! PG3100176

Photographers—are we shy, lazy or unimaginative?

In a recent podcast Brookes Jenson, editor of "Lenswork"—the art photography magazine, discussed his analysis of submissions to its photo-art book project which showed that the most popular subject, by far, were of mannequins and abandoned places. He asked whether photographers were generally shy, or I would ask lazy or unimaginative? It got me wondering if similar was true of stock photography.

business, planning, engagement, permission, confidence, shy, easy
Life's work - LC240002

Style, discomfort and the life's journey. Damien Lovegrove on photography

Here on M-dash I have often written on the importance of style and talking control of one's photography, one's life and career. It is important to be different, to be one's self; not simply replicating the sort of images others have found successful, or indeed trying to repeats one's own previous success.

startup, new start, business planning, business, style, comfort zone, creative process
Newspapers, in Sevilla - LJ14080

Getting to the source of news and stories

My challenge now is finding news and other stories for both my photography and writing. I need to rebuild my network of both news sources and potential clients. I hope readers will be able to help.

sources, news, stories, business
Thumbnails of images

Crisis of Proliferation

In 1976 the French thinker, Jacques Attali, identified a looming problem for music and musicians; that he called the "crisis of proliferation". It was prescient but the music industry is only recently begun to properly acknowledge the problem. Arguably the same is true in other fields including photography.

stock photography, business, picture library, photo library, market, marketing, sales
Offering small change

Corbis takes stock

According to a report by Bloomberg News Corbis Corp (owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates) is proposing to restructure the company and adopt a new business strategy. Apparently this is due to an accelerated decline in photo-licencing business, the downturn in which started in mid-2014.

stock photography, photo library, business, picture library
Cash in the Hand

Understanding wages and profit

Many small business owners do not really understand the difference between wages and profits. Even a sole trader needs both. The televisions shows that claim to show how to make money from restoring houses, cars and furniture also fail to make the distinction.

business, finance, business planning

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