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Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition

John Harrington

Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition

SKU: 1111

832 pages | Soft Cover, 7.5 x 9.25 in.

ISBN: 9781681982663

November 2017

Print and eBook Bundle: $69.99
Print Book: $59.95
eBook: $47.99

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  • Description

    Product Description

    The photography industry is advancing and changing more—and more quickly—than ever. Right along with changes in camera technology, photographers are witnessing shifts in the business landscape that can be a challenge to understand and navigate, whether they’re just beginning their business or growing it after 25 years of shooting.

    Best Business Practices for Photographers, 3rd Edition, is an updated and expanded version of John Harrington’s bestselling books on the topic. For the first time, Harrington brings together both Best Business Practices for Photographers and More Best Business Practices for Photographers, creating a complete and comprehensive guide for photographers starting, maintaining, and growing their business in order to achieve financial success and personal satisfaction.

    In great detail and with a friendly, conversational voice, Harrington covers all the key points of the business of professional photography, and he provides today’s best practices that you need to know. This book covers:

      • How to establish your business (Sole Proprietor vs. LLC/LLP vs. S Corp)
      • Whether or not you need a physical, brick-and-mortar location
      • The equipment you need
      • Planning a shoot
      • The value of internships
      • Setting your fees
      • Pricing your work
      • Why you need insurance
      • Surviving an IRS audit
      • Contracts for editorial, commercial, and corporate clients, as well as weddings and rites of passage
      • The art of negotiation
      • How video can be incorporated into your business
      • Marketing, branding, and social media
      • Publishing a book of your work
      • Practical finance advice and guidance, from working with accountants to setting up QuickBooks
      • How to protect your work
      • Releases for models, property, and more
      • How to handle a breach of contract
      • Licensing your work
      • Digital asset management

    Whether you’re just starting a photography business or you’re a veteran shooter looking to improve your finances, Best Business Practices for Photographers, 3rd Edition, is for you. Harrington’s Best Business Practices books have long been recognized throughout the industry as the go-to resource for photographers, and this new, complete 3rd Edition is your key to a successful career in photography.

  • Table of Contents
    • You Are a BusinessNow Lets Get to Work
    • Professional Equipment for Professional Photographers
    • Planning and Logistics: Why a Thirty-Minute Shoot Can Take Three Days to Plan
    • After Staff: Transitioning to Freelance
    • Working with Reps, Assistants, Employees, and Contractors: The Pitfalls and Benefits
    • Setting Your Photographers Fees
    • Pricing Your Work to Stay in Business
    • Overhead: Why What You Charge a Client Must Be More Than You Paid for It
    • Whos Paying Your Salary and 401(k)?
    • Insurance: Why Its Not Just Health-Related, and How You Should Protect Yourself
    • Accounting: How We Do It Ourselves and What We Turn Over to an Accountant
    • Insights into an IRS Audit
    • Contracts for Editorial Clients
    • Contracts for Corporate and Commercial Clients
    • Contracts for Weddings and Rites of Passage
    • Negotiations: Signing Up or Saying No
    • Protecting Your Work: How and Why
    • The Realities of an Infringement: Copyrights and Federal Court
    • Releases: Model, Property, and Others
    • Handling a Breach of Contract: Small Claims and Civil Court
    • Resolving Slow- and Non-Paying Clients
    • Letters, Letters, Letters: Writing Like a Professional Can Solve Many Problems
    • Attorneys: When You Need Them, Theyre Your Best Friend (or at Least Your Advocate)
    • Office and On-Location Systems: Redundancy and Security Beget Peace of Mind
    • Digital and Analog Asset Management: Leveraging Your Images to Their Maximum Potential
    • Licensing Your Work
    • Care and Feeding of Clients (Hint: Its Not About Starbucks and a Fast-Food Burger)
    • Education, an Ongoing and Critical Practice: Dont Rest on Your Laurels
    • Expanding into Other Areas of Creativity
    • Charity, Community, and Your Colleagues: Giving Back Is Good Karma
    • Sole Proprietor versus LLC/LLP versus S Corp
    • Brick-and-Mortar Locations
    • Pros and Cons of Insourcing and Outsourcing
    • The Value of Offering Internships
    • Principles, Standards, and Ethics
    • Cognitive and Subconscious Thinking and Photographers
    • Marketing: An Overview of Its Importance
    • Your Brand and Your Image
    • Do You Need to Have a Niche or a Style
    • The Wordsmithing of a Linguistically Accurate Language Lexicon
    • Social Media: Etiquette, Expectations, and the Law
    • Professionalism on the Job
    • The Client Experience
    • Establishing the Clients Needs for Level of Production (and Associated Budget)
    • Price Is What You Pay, Value Is What You Get
    • Using the eCO for Online Registrations
    • Licensing Your Photography: Managing It Yourself
    • On Being Published
    • Publishing a Book
    • Fine Art, Art, and Selling Prints: Valuation
    • Working with Nonprofits, Foundations, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
    • Valuing Video (or Motion) Production as an Adjunct to Still Photography: Know Your Limits
    • Step-by-Step: QuickBooks and Downloading Credit Card Statements and Charges