I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page for services that professional photographers may need, that you can always come to for all of the services a professional photographer needs. I’ll add to it as I use and find more quality services, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.
My main points when looking at services are reliability and professionalism, as well as those that also allow me to be location independent. Often I may be away for weeks or a couple of months, and may not be in a position to deal with any issues that arise and need to be able to fix with a simple phone call or at least by using a smart phone. I also prefer a system of sales where clients can help themselves with easy to understand sales systems so I can earn income while I am sleeping, after all we are in a global economy now! Enjoy!
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through those links (at no extra cost to you). These are all things that I have experience with that I am recommending because they are helpful and are companies that I trust, not because of the commissions that I may earn from you using these products. Please do not spend money unless you feel it’s for something you really need and will help you.
- WordPress.com: The #1 Blog Publishing Platform. Free and easily customizable with wonderful support. Use this one if you have no web hosting All of my blogs use WordPress.
- WordPress.org: as above , but you install it on your own webhost. It allows you to add plugins, themes and customisation with your own domain name.
- Sniper: This is the WordPress theme and framework that my Blog runs on. Sniper is an excellent theme for showcasing your photography, art, web sites, or other projects. It also works nicely as a regular blog site. An options panel is available for uploading logos and changing the layout. There’s also support for various post formats and menus.
- Bluehost: 99% of my websites are hosted on Bluehost. Easy to use, 1-click automatic WordPress installation, and excellent customer service. Highly recommended for your first site.
- The Image File: Based in the UK. I have been with them since 2005 and never known the site to be down! There is so much good stuff I can say about theses guys and their system of image delivery it will take a big page all on its own. Sell stock images in the market place, sell Rights Manages, Editorial or Royalty Free, You set the prices! Non Exclusive and you keep copyright. Have your own stock area, Sell prints, sell grouped images to clients, Sell digital downloads (video, film, RAW?, word documents (ideal for writers) and so on, Need a website too no problem its all there. Discounts for those with affiliations to photography organisations etc HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Cloud Storage and Services
- DropBox: Cloud storage and sharing service that is photographer friendly ideal resource for backup and easy sharing, while working remotely also compatible with a lot of smart phone apps
- Evernote: Save your ideas, things you like, things you hear, and things you see. Works with nearly every computer, phone and mobile device out there. Essential to my non photographic workflow!
For Photography Students
- Final Year University Students: You can get web hosting with The Image File for just £1 a month a great way to get your feet wet in the business side of professional photography and stock image sales
- Alamy: are giving student contributors 100% of the money earned from selling their images over the 2 years following sign up. For students (and established pro’s) Alamy is a great way of selling images for creative photographers, documentary photographers and photojournalists alike, check them out!
Stock Image Sales
- Alamy: is a great way of selling images for creative photographers, documentary photographers and photojournalists alike, and pay the largest royalty (60% to you the photographer) of all the major players in the industry.
- The Image File: 21,940,656 online images (to date) so where are those image buyers going to look?
- Google+: When Google started its social media photographers flocked to it like moths, so refreshing to see big pictures and see what other photographers are doing, chat with them in a hangout or with clients. Group people into circles by style of photography or types of clients (editorial, curators, Local Business, NGO’s, etc) Backed up with free app for smart phones. See the basic guide to Google+ for Photographers
- Twitter: 140 characters may not seem a lot but it is often a fast news source of what is happening where at protests and following specific #hash-tags of the event or when hard news is happening
- Facebook: I am not a huge fan, but know social photographers love it for attracting wedding and portrait clients, if that’s what you do, then get yourself a page and offer your promotions!
Books to Read
- Photojournalism: The Professionals’ Approach: 6th edition blends insightful interviews with professionals, practical experience, current equipment and camera technology, and high-impact photographs to create the definitive book on photojournalism. The DVD features footage of working professionals handling on-the-job challenges. An invaluable guide to the aspiring photojournalist. Kenneth Kobre
- They Must be Represented: Gender and the Rhetoric of History in American Political Documentaries (Haymarket): examines documentary in print, photography, television and film from the 1930s through the 1980s, using the lens of recent film theory as well as scholarship on race, class and gender emerging from the new interdisciplinary approach of American cultural studies. Paula Rabinowitz
- My Brothers Keeper: Documentary Photographers and Human Rights My Brothers Keeper brings together the work of 20 of the worlds greatest documentary photographers, authors and journalists, among them Lewis Hine, Sebastião Salgado, Eugene Smith and Tom Stoddart. Each is presented by an introductory text and a selection of photographs conveying the sense and lasting value of their timeless and important reports.
- John Blakemore’s Black and White Photography Workshop This is the book for film aficionados, this is not just a practical guide on how to develop film and make a print, but also about photographers style, camera strategy and seeing by one of the foremost UK practitioners. However it is still highly valid for those working in digital as gaining the correct exposure, adjusting it for digital print follows the same steps and theory and is invaluable understanding if you are wanting to take control of your photography instead of letting the camera decide. OK so i’ll fess up; Professor John Blakemore was also one of my lecturers at university too (he doesn’t like being called Professor either) but I do have the book and still read it as well and often bump into him around the city, at art galleries etc. Top bloke!