Useful photography websites
This is a vault of the best and most useful photography websites I’ve found for creating a successful photography business. It’s easy to drown under the sheer volume of photography information so I’ve picked out the best stuff for you so you don’t have to waste hours trawling the internet like I do!
I’ve split the websites into related categories so you can focus on the areas you want to learn about. That said, I recommend that over time you give some attention to all these areas of your photography business.
I add new websites to this page all the time, so it’s worth popping back to see what’s new. Better yet, sign up to my blog and get all my latest blog posts and links to my favourite websites sent straight to your email.
Photoshop tutorials and plugins
Knowing how to enhance your photos using software will help separate you from the cheap photographers. Sprinkling some Photoshop pixie dust on your photos makes them look more distinctive, more vibrant, more creative and ultimately more professional in the eyes of the consumer. Even natural looking photos need sharpening, extra contrast, localised exposure adjustments and colour saturation. Even a few seconds on each photo can wow your customers. More involved and creative enhancements can transform your photos into spectacular works of art that help you demand higher prices (check out the galleries below under ‘Inspirational photographers’ to see what I mean).
It’s easy to get stuck in a photographic rut and we all need some inspiration from time to time. Here are some of my favourite photographers – the people I turn to when I want to inspire and depress myself in equal measure… …damn they’re good!
There are always new things to learn, whether it’s lighting and posing setups, compositional ideas or creative techniques – the beauty of photography is that you never know it all. Plus, the more you know the more confident you’ll feel any situation, particularly when talking about your prices and why your prospects should choose you.
The fact that I’ve created www.getprophoto.com means I clearly value the importance of marketing within your photography business. These are some of the websites that have helped me understand how to increase my average order value and get more customers calling me than ever before.
www.timeexposure.com This amazing piece of software helps you sell your photography client when presenting your photos to the client. You can even upload a photo of the clients lounge and superimpose their portraits within the room, to scale and with the frames that you supply.
www.ephotozine.com This is a huge community of photographers who share photos, ideas, critiques and techniques.
www.froknowsphoto.com This is a fun but informative photography website with a forum, video tutorials, competitions and much more. There’s a lesson or two you can learn about branding from the website too – you’ll see what I mean if you visit the site!
Inspiration For Life
Photographers tend to be wistful, contemplative souls. Well, I am anyway, so if you’re anything like me then you may find some of these websites help you find peace and direction in your life.
Who created www.getprophoto.com?
Finally, I’d like to honour Andy Gilbert from www.routetoweb.co.uk who helped create this website for me. He took my concept and enhanced it into what it is now. He’s a lovely guy and a pleasure to work with. He worked tirelessly even when the shop function was playing up and taking over his life! Cheers Andy.