We're working on ideas for business topics in 2012. What business topics or instructors would you like to see in future creativeLIVE workshop?
Few themes that I would love to watch in-depth :
-1- Stock photography,
-2- Hotel/hospitality photography,
-3- Virtual tour photography
-4- Niches (not the main ones only) in photography, and their pros and cons.
Most important, for each themes is to have detailled information "from A to Z" & "how to make it a profitable business".
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I would like to see more on creative designs for business conversion. What type of design adds money to the bottom line, rather than just looking good.
I know we are near to 2013 now, but creative conversion would be something I would be interested in. How creative designs can create business conversion, rather than just looking good.
I would love cr8.lv to host a workshop for the photographer starting a professional photography business. Topics to include: building a portfolio, determining your target market, finding clients, creating a pricing structure and its evolution through the building of the business, determining product offerings, legal and business issues including invoicing, contracts, insurance, establishing a budget and business plan, timelines for implementation, copyright, logos, website and blogs, etc. The cr8.lv workshops are amazing for developing skills but I feel they are a bit geared towards the person who is already established rather than the person that is trying to get into the industry and build a business.
You wouldn't be able to buy part of a franchise like a store front business for a small investment. If you want little investment involved, I'd look into home based business opportunities. You get the same income opportunity as a traditional business, and without all the over head expenses. There are plenty of different businesses you can get involved in, and run one out of your home. I know a lot of people who have their own businesses and do very well in. Thanks for sharing.
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Stock Photography is something I'm interested in. Can you make a living doing it? Do you have to specialize? How do you break into it? A lot of info on the web is discouraging regarding getting into it.
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I wish I was qualified to teach it, but I think a seminar about websites for photographers is very important. So many of the presenters have Flash websites, some are a little tacky. A beautiful and accessible website is so valuable. In this mobile age, people want to check out websites on their phones and those fancy Flash portfolio sites don't usually show up at all. Thanks for reading my suggestion :)
Discuss the aspect with your netting designer before working on the development to keep away from confusion at a later period.
Something I'd like to see would be how to leverage networking to improve your photography and find inspiration. I'm quite shy and find the whote process intimidating.
I think that a Portfolio Seminar completely on what type of pictures to chose, to what kind of format, to how to print or not print them.
I would love to hear experts who can guide us through basic post processing, color management & inkjet printing.
- It's like, now I have the pictures, so what's next?
I would love to hear more from Promise Tangamen & Jasmine Star! They are truly inspiring & I found their webinars very helpful, informative & encouraging!
I would love to see workshops on Interiors and Architectural Photography, please ;) Thank you for all you do for us.
I would love to see a course on real estate (Architectural) Photography.
I would love to see workshops by Sarah Petty- Joy of MArketing and Ana Brandt- TAoPAN - each would be fabulous!!
Todd Reichman on business www.amantofish.com
workshops with David Hobby or Joe McNally would be great.
Would love to see a creativeLIVE workshop on making the leap from amateur to pro, especially as this relates to commercial photography (B2B). Would like to hear about everything this entails, from building an amazing portfolio, to getting your first B2B clients, promotional techniques used to attract attention and stand out...how to get all of this done when you're still working a day job, etc.
I would love to see a film workshop. Jose Villa, Jen HUang, Ozzy Garcia , Tara lampart to name a few
Would love to have courses from the following great people:-
- James Russell
- Jerry Ghionis
I would love a workshop on commercial kids photography. It seems impossible to find information out there on it. I would love to have someone discuss how to break into the business, building a portfolio, if you need an agent and how to get one, working with clients & models, etc.
I would love to see any of these photographers do the workshop:
Nicole Hill Gerulat
I also second the "fusion" workshop too! That would be wonderful!
Yes yes yes to breaking into the commercial kids sector!
I would love to see a workshop on Architectural Photography. (Interiors and exteriors)
I agree with the posts below, so I would like to second the following ideas: 1.in-depth branding, marketing, and business practices in general
2. in-depth legal stuff: taxes, copyright laws, contract writing, etc. (what yrashed said)
3. And also, I'd love for you to book Eugene + Heather. They are presenting at WPPI and Zach & Jody talked about them. I love the idea of "fusion" that they are talking about.
I'm watching Christa Meola's workshop and I have to say I'm a bit dissapointed. What I think a lot of people would like is to see a workshop teaching how to shoot plus sized women boudoir style. Its easy to shoot slim models, but it takes a lot of skill and tricks to shoot a plus sized gal for her to look great on photos.
How about LARA SWIMMER for Architectural Photography? I want to come back out to Seattle for something like that :)
She's from Seattle too, I believe.
With respect to setting up a business:
* Legal: Articles of incorporation etc, Contracts, Agreements
* Financial: Setting up Tax IDs, etc. Subcontracting to second shooters (or becoming one yourself) and using 1099s. Setting up initial capital investment, how to record that and get it back (should I rent my personal gear to the business or write off the gear as purchased by the business and hence have it at risk when someone goes after my business?). Getting a paycheck from the business. Taxes (sales tax, state and federal laws and best resources).
Insurance: all questions by DigitalMitchell below..
Presentation - Album design, portfolio design, creating promo cards for holidays, etc
I would like to see a class on starting a business. While it has been briefly touched on in many classes it would be nice to have a more in depth workshop on it. What are the different types of business models, how to you set them up, ways to get backing, what you need to look for in renting space, the correct type/amount of insurance, marketing etc. This could go beyond even photography on some levels and be about setting up any creative small business (crafts, printing, writing).
I would love to see a topic on taxes relating to photographers. I know each state is different to some degree. But there is a fundamental core that are a must. Federal taxes can be daunting and even if you don't do them yourself, you should know how.
Maybe James Russell would be nice to see about fashion photography and building a name in one big company.
Or another idea, it would be interesting to see two different photographers who has different styles critiquing same photos from internet or audiences.
I would love a workshop with Peter Hurley discussing Headshots! Please!!!
We really would like a course on the Legal and Insurance aspects of the Photography business. So often when you ask a question the answer you get starts with: "I am not a lawyer..."
Could you find a lawyer and an insurance agent who specializes in photography issues? I think a lot of us don't know what we don't know on these two topics and they are very important ones at that. Too often it is not until it is too late that we find out what we "should have done."
What contracts and when to use them.
What we can and can't photograph.
Where we can photograph.
What are our rights when confronted by security guards/police?
How to avoid litigation.
What should we insure.
What riders should we consider.
What one time policies are worthwhile.
What agencies are photographer friendly/knowledgeable?
Amount of insurance needed.
Insurance on things we rent.
I would think just one day for each or probably half a day would work to educate us so that we can talk effectively to our local lawyers and agents.
I do realize that every local laws and regulations are different, but giving us examples will get us to think and be able to ask the right questions at least.
Hope this helps.
Dawn & Michael Mitchell
Sorry about the duplicate, I don't think this forum likes the Safari browser, or at least mine anyway.
Marketing, pricing, coops or not, and travel ... Could be a series
I know many of the things that I struggle with are branding and marketing. So courses that go over this with a simple approach would be wonderful.
Also here's a link to that great blog post filled with business books: http://www.creativelive.com/blog/which-business-books-are-your-shelf