Small Business Start Up & Tax Tips for Photographers and Videographers

Small Business Start Up & Tax Tips for Photographers and Videographers

Get a jump start on the impending tax season! If you are considering taking your photography/videography to the next level and becoming a business, you will need to know a few things about taxes. Below is a brief list of things to consider, followed by some links to more in-depth guides. • Determine if your photography/videography officially counts as a hobby or a for-profit endeavor. Here is a guide from the IRS to help you. • If your work is more than a hobby, determine if you should be a Sole Proprietorship, a Partnership, a Limited Liability Company (LLC), an S Corp, or a Corporation. • Get your EIN number. You can apply for one here. • Find a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with existing clients who are photographers/videographers. • Have ready a tally of income, expenses (travel, equipment, props, software, domain costs, and advertising). Even rentals are potentially tax deductible so save your BorrowLenses receipts! • For any independent contractor you hire for more than $600 in one year, you’ll need to fill out a 1099 form for both that person and the government. For more information, check out the following articles: Special Tax Advice: How Photographers Can Get The Right Look From The I.R.S. Photographer’s Corner: Tips for Tax Time The 7 Common Tax Mistakes Made by Photographers 5 Super Simple Accounting Tips for Photographers Wedding Photographer Tax Tips Also check out 5 Important Photography Business Tips to Start the Year Off Right. Disclaimer: The information contained on this post is provided for reference purposes only and is not a substitute for obtaining accounting, tax, or financial advice from a professional tax planner or financial...
1 Easy Way to Guarantee Your Photography Will Improve

1 Easy Way to Guarantee Your Photography Will Improve

How do you make every day count as a photographer? How do you make every day count for yourself? There is 1 major project that thousands of people start every January 1st that improves their lives and it has nothing to do with going to the gym. Photo-a-Day, or 365 Projects, is the secret to success for many photographers of every level. They are fun, challenging, sometimes mundane, sometimes exhilarating, and always a great teacher. Why do people commit to taking a photograph every day for a year – rain or shine, sickness or heath, inspired or not? I will explain the main reasons why Photo-a-Day goals are healthy, what you can do with the results, and how to get started. 3 Reasons to Start Taking 1 Photo Every Day: Presence, Practice, and Purpose Your only requirement for starting a Photo-a-Day project is the desire to participate. There are 3 main reasons photographers make this commitment: Presence, Practice, and Purpose. Let’s look at each one in detail. Presence In art and in life we’re thinking about the next big thing. A Photo-a-Day goal makes you think about right now. Looking for something meaningful, interesting, or even funny to photograph every single day helps to slow down time. Mindfulness gives you heightened awareness of your surroundings and you start seeing the photogenic in everything. Over time, your eye gets better and more discerning which allows you to walk away from every situation with more winning shots than duds. Your everyday environment may look very different to you at the end of the year than it does today. Practice The daily discipline...
Personal Bests of 2014 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

Personal Bests of 2014 – Get Inspired and Share Yours

We celebrate progress on all levels – whether you’re a pro trying to stretch your personal limits or a novice who just learned how to shoot manually. We get better every year that we stick to our photographic and cinematic goals. Here are the personal favorites of 2014 from a variety of our employees, friends, and partners from all backgrounds, styles, and skill levels. Check out the images and videos below, see what they shot with, and get inspired. Do you have a 2014 shot that’s a real contender? Enter it into our year-end photo contest for a chance to win up to $500 in gear rentals! This is one of Seán Duggan’s favorite images from 2014. He took it while deep inside an ice cave that extended 300 meters back beneath an Iceland glacier. His guide provided the perfect sense of scale for this enormous “room”. This is an HDR blend of 3 exposures shot with a Canon 5D Mark II and a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 lens. Want to get a shot like this? Join Duggan on his next workshop, Winter Landscapes, Ice Caves, and Auroras, in March, 2015. In his worldwide workshops, Michael Corsentino teaches students how to achieve fashion and glamor portraits like this City Girl Fashion editorial he shot in Brooklyn. Corsentino lit this scene with a Profoto B1 Air Flash and an Elinchrom Deep Octa. His work and travels can be followed on Instagram: @corsentino. Travel dominates every year of Michael Bonocore’s life and 2014 was no exception. He ran the second camera for a SmugMug Films production on the adventures of surf photographer Chris Burkard. Burkard documented...
Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World

Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World

Our friends over at SmugMug help photographers from all walks of life put their best memories into beautiful and safe photography websites. In this blog series on photography website tips and tricks, SmugMug shares some of things they have learned about photographers can better protect their work. Missed this series? Check out Part 1: SmugMug’s 9 Must-Haves for a Successful Photography Website and Part 2: 6 Website Mistakes You’re Probably Making Right Now. Keeping Your Photos Safe in the Real World by Schmoo Theune SmugMug’s huge family of photo lovers spans the spectrum, from family historians to high-volume, full-time pro photographers. But no matter what your camera is capturing, it’s important to be sure that the photos stay where you want them, and that your expectations for who gets a copy is met. That’s where we come in. Theft Can Happen to Anyone (Even You) What is theft? It’s more than downloading a copy of a licensed image and using it in a magazine or an ad. While that’s certainly one of the more obvious kinds of theft, it doesn’t always have to involve money. Theft is simply any case of using an image without permission. So whether that means someone yanked a cute pic of your dog and used it in a meme without crediting you, or a client swiped one of their wedding images from your proof gallery and posted it on Facebook, it boils down to “theft.” Prints Are Soooo 2013 Years ago, our Support Heroes would answer tons of questions from worried photographers looking to protect their files from being printed without their permission. Times have changed, and while...
Underwater Housing Units and Sound Blimp Compatibility Guide

Underwater Housing Units and Sound Blimp Compatibility Guide

Underwater housing units allow you to shoot photos and video up to 33′ under water while the sound blimps reduce shutter sounds by up to 90%. So whether you’re doing ethereal, watery fashion shoots, capturing athletes in strong surf, or being as inconspicuous as possible at a special event, we’ll have you (and your gear) covered with AquaTech. All About Our Waterproof Housings We carry underwater housing units for the following cameras: Elite 6D for Canon 6D Elite 70D for Canon 70D Elite 5D III for Canon 5D Mark III Elite 7D for Canon 7D Elite 7D2 for Canon 7D Mark II Elite D7100 for Nikon D7100 Elite D750 for Nikon D750 Elite 800 for Nikon D800/D800E/D810 Elite GH4 for Panasonic GH4 Delphin 1D for Canon 1D X/1D C Delphin D4 for Nikon D4/D4s   For those who are new to the underwater shooting world (and it’s a fun world) you can’t just get one of the housings above. You must also get a housing for your lens to connect to the body housing. Here is a run down of the lens ports we now have and what lenses they go with: P-65 • Canon 24mm f/2.8 • Canon 24mm f2.8 IS • Canon 28mm f/1.8 • Canon 35mm f/2.8 • Canon 35mm f/2 IS • Canon 50mm f/1.8 • Canon 50mm f/1.4 • Nikon 20mm f/2.8 • Nikon 24mm f/2.8 • Nikon 28mm f/2.8 • Nikon 35mm f/2 • Nikon 50mm f/1.4 • Nikon 50mm f/1.8 • Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX (Nikon or Canon Mount.) • Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8 (Needs a 70mm Extension Ring. Don’t worry, we rent that, too!)...