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Basic Camera Function Resources


Business Resources

  • The 3 Leading Organizations for Professional Photographers (Organizations that provide support, knowledge, advocacy, and member benefits for Commercial Photography, Wedding & Family Photography, Fine Art Photography)
  • Example Commercial Photography Paperwork 
    • I’m a big advocate on transparency and knowledge-sharing. If the photographic industry is better-educated on proper business practices, it sets the bar higher and helps all of us operate on a more professional level. This packet includes a template of the paperwork I use for standard commercial photography. Specifically, this was from an environmental portraiture shoot. It includes: Estimate, Confirmation, Change Order, Delivery Memo, Invoice, Terms & Conditions, and a Project Expense Checklist. Please feel free to use it as inspiration or as a basis for your own paperwork.
  • ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography (purchasable through Amazon)
    • This book is essential in a photographer’s business toolbox. It covers everything from marketing and pricing your work to licensing, copyright, releases, and negotiating tactics. Bonus: you can get it used for something like 5 bucks.
  • Top Model Release – A mobile app that allows you to carry a digital release with you everywhere you go.


Online Tutorials

Artist Statement/Business Building Exercises 

Printed Materials

  • Blurb – Print custom designed photo books
  • Smartpress – A wide range of quality printed materials at very low prices (amazing customer service and turnaround time)
  • PrintPlace – A wide range of quality paper-based printed promotional materials at very low prices (excellent customer service and turnaround time)
  • Detroit Print Shop – A wide range of quality printed materials (best value for quality business cards)
  • 4 Imprint – A massive selection of custom-printed promotional giveaways (incredible customer service)

Royalty Free / Stock Media

  • Envato Marketplace – Anything from audio and vectors, to photo, video, code, and website themes (very very cost-effective)
  • Audio Sparx – Royalty-free audio that sounds like popular music (great selection but a bit pricey)
  • Aalborg Soundtracks – Free-to-use instrumental music for non-commercial productions (small selection, but it’s free)
  • FreeSound – User-submitted audio files that are free to use (massive library of non-music sound effects)
  • Creative Commons – Learn about the best licensing movement for the creative industry
  • Moby Gratis – Moby licenses a ton of his music for student, personal, and non-profit media (It’s free, but takes time to get permission – plan accordingly)

Low Cost Designer Resource Files

  • Mighty Deals – Continually changing selection of severely reduced cost files: fonts, vectors, icons, web site themes, plugins, software, eBooks, online course, etc.
  • Design Cuts – Packs of quality design project components at rock-bottom prices.

Free-Use Program-Specific Files

Informative Websites

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