HOW TO START, SURVIVE & MAKE MONEY AS A PHOTOGRAPHER
Well, if you like to learn by example – Vadim Chiline, photographer and creative director at EpicMind Studio will share his day-to-day methods that he uses to not only survive, but increase his brand and business each year for over a decade with several anecdotes of the ups and downs of his studio.
Most of us are not born with business minds or personalities – having started out as a web developer he has transitioned careers to not only be “another photographer”, but to be regarded as one of the top luxury product photographers today.
About the course’s
I’ve mixed it up over the years – having studied various fields from Cell Biology, to Computer Science; I’ve always been involved with art and photography but had a technical side which helps me today manage my studio. Having rarely taken the easy path in life, I believe obstacles present challenges to build on and promote quick learning. If I had to compare myself to a composer, I would choose Beethoven; things might not always come easily, and I believe my emotional nature comes through my photography with its dramatic counterpoint of light and dark images.
Total Running Time: 3.5+ hours
Level: From beginner to professional
1.1 Your first steps to success in commercial photography
1.2 You’re not only a photographer
1.3 When should you quit your day job?
1.4 Finding yourself and defining your portfolio
1.5 Is doing free work bad?
1.6 Getting clients — The state of marketing today
1.7 How to source products to garnish your portfolio?
2.1 Conditions that affect your photography fees
2.2 What are you worth? Determining your base rate
2.3 Factors affecting your creative fee
3.1 Owning the rights vs work for hire
3.2 How to protect your images from theft and illegal usage?
3.3 The usage fee
4.1 Handling inquiries professionally: Human psychology 101
4.2 Negotiating: The art of saying “No”
4.3 What should a quote look like and contain?
4.4 Terms and conditions
6.1 Keeping paperwork in order
6.2 Business expenses
6.3 Working with a professional accountant
6.4 Accounting software
7.1 Dealing with slow paying clients; Making first contact
7.2 Ways to recover your money
7.3 Handling clients promising you big volumes of work
9.1 Home studio vs external studio
9.2 Things to consider for your studio space
9.3 The hidden costs of renting a studio space
Real documents from real business, for you as an example