While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Photography Business books.
- Best Business Practices for Photographers, Third Edition (2017)
- 123 Launch It: How to Start a Photography Business When You Have No Money, No Time, and No Energy. (2019)
- The 2019 Guide to Pricing Your Photography (2018)
- Start a Successful Photography Business in 34 Days: Actionable steps to plan a portrait or wedding photography business, develop a brand, launch a website, write a marketing plan & more. (2013)
- Freelance to Freedom: The Roadmap for Creating a Side Business to Achieve Financial, Time and Life Freedom (2018)
- An Essential Guide to the Business of Photography, 3rd Edition (2017)
- The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone (2017)
- ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography (2008)
- Photography Business Secrets: The Savvy Photographer’s Guide to Sales, Marketing, and More (2013)
- The Photographer’s MBA: Everything You Need to Know for Your Photography Business (2012)
- Legal Handbook for Photographers: The Rights and Liabilities of Making and Selling Images (2017)
The photography industry is advancing and changing more—and more quickly—than ever.
123 Launch It: How to Start a Photography Business When You Have No Money, No Time, and No Energy. (2019)
A gentle, encouraging guide to starting a photography business. Written for multitasking moms who have a lot going on in their lives but whose dream of starting a photography business just won’t die.
The 2019 Guide to Pricing Your Photography (2018)
Take the anxiety and drudgery out of pricing your photography and stop losing money!The 2019 Guide to Pricing Your Photography will help you determine what your cost of doing business is, give you tips on how to negotiate fees, and give you current market prices for twenty (20) different types of professional photography, including: Written by the popular photography educator, Anthony Morganti, who is known for…
Start a Successful Photography Business in 34 Days: Actionable steps to plan a portrait or wedding photography business, develop a brand, launch a website, write a marketing plan & more. (2013)
Get your portrait or wedding photography business started or totally revitalized and start earning a real income with photography. This book is written for the photographer who is new to the photography business or the photographer who has recently started a business and is struggling with booking clients or running their business successfully.
Freelance to Freedom: The Roadmap for Creating a Side Business to Achieve Financial, Time and Life Freedom (2018)
Vincent and his wife were stuck in dead end newspaper photography jobs, in debt, stressed, with a baby on the way while making $15 an hour. After winning the highest award in his field, Vincent was offered a 3 percent raise. He knew at that moment he needed a monumental change. One month away from their baby being born, Vincent and Elizabeth started a side photography business out of desperation.
Thinking of starting a photography business…Maybe you already have?
When photographing people, you can have a great composition, perfect light, and the right camera settings, but if your subject doesn’t look right―if the pose is off―the shot will not be a keeper. Posing is truly a crucial skill that photographers need to have in order to create great photographs.
At last! The eagerly anticipated revised edition of the photographer’s “business bible” is here, fully updated with the last word on key business practices, industry standards, and resources. Up-to-the-minute coverage now includes digital asset management; metadata standards; the role of Internet, FTP, and e-mail technologies; the impact of media consolidation on assignment and stock photography; and much more.
Photography Business Secrets: The Savvy Photographer’s Guide to Sales, Marketing, and More (2013)
The founder of PhotoMint, an educational and business resource for photographers, provides advice for creating your own photography business, explaining how to establish a brand, set policies and prices, and market your work so that your business will succeed.
If you have finally taken the leap with your photography and gone into business–or if you are considering it–The Photographer’s MBA will prove a helpful guide in navigating the often confusing and occasionally frustrating territories of business, marketing, pricing, and contracts.
Photographers who do not understand their basic rights tend to approach legal issues with blissful ignorance, extreme caution, or reckless abandon. Foolish souls may cross the lines to obtain images, while overly cautious photographers may miss out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities in fear of legal repercussions.
Best Photography Business Books: The Ultimate List
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some photography business books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
Photography Business: Step-by-Step Startup Guide
Author(s): Entrepreneur Media
ID: 2462125, Publisher: Entrepreneur Media, Year: 2019, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub
Start Your Own Photography Business
Author(s): Jason R. Rich
ID: 2851192, Publisher: Entrepreneur Press, Year: 2019, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub
Photography and the Art Market
Author(s): Juliet Hacking
ID: 2826230, Publisher: Lund Humphries, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Please note that this booklist is not definite. Some books are truly best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.