Overview

Photographers produce images using both digital and 35mm analogue film cameras in a range of styles and formats for both commercial and private clients. Some specialise in one or more fields, such as promotional and advertising photography, weddings and events, photography for law firms and insurers, clinical photography, fashion photography, landscapes and portraits.

Some markets for a professional photography service are highly seasonal. Demand for wedding photography is greatest during summer months, while demand for school and graduation photos peaks at the end of the academic year.


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Practicalities

Anyone starting this type of business will require artistic talent and creative flair, an in-depth understanding of photographic techniques, and the technical skills to compose, capture and edit photographs to a professional level. An up-to-date understanding of copyright law, the market for professional photography services and the latest developments in photographic technology will also be needed.

Many photographers start up on a part-time basis, having previously developed photography skills as a hobby. Some run their business from a home base, while others trade from studio premises where they take and edit photographs.

The photographic services market is extremely competitive due to the number of photographers who are trading in the UK, and because developments in digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera and smartphone technology have led to people being able to take high-quality pictures without the need to engage the services of a photographer.

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