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5 Important Photography Business Tips to Start the Year Off Right

Tips & Tricks

The holidays are prime season for getting new cameras and lenses. It is also when photographers take stock of their images as well as their income and expenses. Here are 5 important recourses for any business-minded photographer, whether you’re a seasoned shooter looking to hone your business skills or a complete novice who wants to get a jump start on organizing their future.


Never Shoot for Free

In this interview with freelance photographer Court Leve, you’ll discover how important it is to find financial value in your work as well as artistic value.

Register Your Gear

Insuring your camera equipment is essential but did you know you can also register it for free? Register your serials online with Lenstag and it will send out indexed alerts in the unfortunate event that your gear gets stolen.

Prepare for Taxes

One of the less celebrated rewards of owning your own business is having to file taxes for it. Fortunately, there is a lot of online help!

Manage Your Time

In the Nutritional Facts of Photography, Jay Cassario breaks down how much time you can expect to spend on each task as a freelance photographer.

Update Your Site

SmugMug share some of the rules to a successful website no matter who you used to host your images.


We hope these tips will help you reach your goals in the coming year! Want more? Visit the blog every week for great advice, tricks, and even special offers on photography, videography, lighting, and more!

Cover Image: “Jump!” by John Loo is licensed under CC 2.0

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Alexandria Huff is a portrait photographer based in San Francisco. Her tutorials can be found here on the BorrowLenses Blog, 500px, Shutterfly, Snapknot, and SmugMug. She specializes in studio lighting. Follow her work on 500px.

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