What Equipment Do You Need to Start a Photography Business?

by Dylan Goldby

Article Excerpt from CreativeLive Blog – February 1, 2018

When we talk about starting a photography business, we often talk about portfolios, skill-sets, clients, and all the important aspects of getting yourself off the ground. One extremely important factor often gets overlooked is what equipment is needed to start a photography business? You can have all the skills in the world and a wonderful portfolio, but if you can’t deliver the technical and aesthetic requirements of your client in a timely manner, you simply cannot run a sustainable business.

When you get your first few jobs, it can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you can do this. Your first few jobs are not likely to be high-end clients. Most probably you’re working with friends, a small local business, a local magazine, or another minor outlet that might be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. You’ve thrilled them with your first set of images and now you’re feeling like you’re up to the task. But, there’s more to this than just delivering one job. In order to run a sustainable photography business, you need to be able to deliver on time every time.

Your computer is actually one of the most important pieces of equipment when starting your photography business. The camera and lenses, of course, make the images. But, it is your computer that allows you to communicate with clients, process and deliver images, and get yourself an online presence. Spend the time to make sure this is a quality machine to save yourself time and money in the long-run.

Consider your client. Are you required to edit on site? Will you need to turn photos around quickly? How accurate does the colour need to be in your images? Once you’ve looked into these things, you might find that you need a faster machine, a high-end laptop, or a new monitor with a calibration solution for better colour reproduction.

That giant print was made from a 16 MP file out of a crop-sensor Fujifilm X-T10.

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