There's a already a big number of photographers that's plying their wares involving different niches, but I think it's never too late to engage in the photography business. Starting a photography business is a snap. You have to have that "photographer's eye" which can be trained upon constant practice, a digital camera, preferably with lens, a tripod, a computer, some skills in image editing, and good networking skills. Now, here are some awesome photography business ideas that you could engage in this coming 2011.
1.) Food Photography - this could be the tastiest niche in photography especially if you love food. As a food photographer you have to have an excellent eye in detail when it comes to texture. A lot of food photographers improvise make-up on the subject, such as brushing egg whites onto a roasted ham so it would look juicy. A plain green salad can be boring, but if you add some different colored vegetables, cheese or croutons, it makes it look more divine. If you can't handle the food styling yourself, make sure you get help from an expert food styler. But remember, when styling the food, the food will become inedible. Your target market includes restaurants, bakeshops, delis, and etc. Some excellent and helpful links for tips and resources for food photography are The Daring Kitchen and Learn Food Photography.
2.)Actor's/ Model's Portfolios - engaging in this niche is a breeze, provided you already have good photography skills. This niche is worth millions of dollars yearly, and the idea of putting together portfolios of up and coming actors and models is a great experience too. You have to strike an alliance with acting and modelling agencies and schools. This endeavor can be set up via mobile (on location shoots) and studio. Your target clientele includes both amateur and professional actors and models or people who simply want to have a good picture of them taken. Bob Pardue is a freelance photographer which is engaged in this type of niche.
3. ) Bottles and Cans Photography - if you can engage in product photography why not target a very specific niche like bottles and cans? Their pictures will be used for marketing collaterals and promotions. Beer, soda, coffee, juices, mineral waters, premium wines; the list is practically endless! You have to have a good training especially when it comes to lighting and taking close-up images. Think of the Heineken bottles that you see in their magazine ads and you pretty much get the drift. Great sites that feature this niche are the United Kingdom-based We Shoot Bottles and Germany's Flachenfotos.
4.) Tours for Fellow Photographers - already an industry veteran? Why not offer guided tours and personalized education to budding photographers? A thematic approach is used to guide the tour participants through the details of taking pictures within a particular subject, such as taking night shots, capturing architecture and landscapes, capturing the surroundings, and nightly critiques are provided at the end of each day. Photours also provides each participant a detailed workbook filled with full details of the themes used on their trip. You can a start this business by planning which tours you will guide the participants through. If you live, for example, in a highly-urbanized area that features museums, tall buildings and malls, you can already have a headstart on a guided tour with a personalized education on urban photography. Photours is a good example of a business engaged in this niche.
5.) Professional Shots of Everyday Consumer Products - now that we have mentioned shooting images of bottles and cans, why not take pictures of everyday consumer products that caters to small businesses. The ViaU! service aims to provide affordable solutions to small businesses who want to have their products shot. The clients will choose a layout and a background at ViaU!'s website and send the products for a photo shoot. After 24 hours or so, the product is then returned free of charge, and the product image is now available for high-resolution download for $112 with unlimited usage rights. You can begin this business on your own by also having some organizing and savvy web design skills.
6.) Real Estate Photography - you can start this business by striking deals with real estate agents who want to showcase their listings with the added pizzaz of gorgeous-looking images. A great number of real estate companies and agents simply do not have the time and resources in taking the pictures themselves, so why not you? An important thing to accomplish first before you start is to create a portfolio of homes, buildings, interior design and architectural images that you have taken. You can now then present this portfolio to your potential customers. If you need resources about real estate photography, check out the Photography For Real Estate site.
There you go. 6 different niches to help you choose your desired photography business endeavor. As with all enterprising ventures, patience, resourcefulness, creativity and people-skills can make even the most mundane (and legal!) business succeed.
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