The Best Software for Managing Your Studio & Photography Business.
OCTOBER 09, 2012
By Henry Anderson
The dream of becoming a professional photographer is one filled with ideas of exciting clients, creative freedom and endless artistic possibilities. Rarely does that dream include laborious paperwork tasks, diligent contract negotiations with a client, tax filings or invoicing, yet that’s what a lot of photographers end up spending a majority of their time doing.
Just a few years ago studio photographers had to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars for database developers who would create custom (or at least semi-custom) solutions to track their businesses operating tasks. Programs like FileMaker or Microsoft Access were used to track clients and jobs, despite the sometimes clumsy or tedious steps needed just to generate an invoice or follow up on an e-mail. If a studio’s database developer went out of business, they were often stuck without the ability to make changes to documents or fix the inevitable bugs that crop up.
Luckily the Internet has allowed specialized tools to be developed in markets that were otherwise too small for large software companies to focus their attention on, and a host of custom solutions are now offered with affordable (and scalable) pricing and support that’s always available. And with the data being generated by online apps living in the cloud, there’s less fear that a lost or stolen computer will mean the end of a studio’s ability to conduct business.
The following is a breakdown of our favorite studio-management tools available to photographers today ….
White Seamless Tutorial Photography By Zack Arias
Great photographer and a teacher …
“My name, if it isn’t obvious already, is Zack Arias and I am an editorial and commercial photographer based in Atlanta, GA. While I’ve been working in the music industry for the past seven years I’m now branching into more editorial work and advertising. You can boil it down to, “I photograph people in studio and on location.” My style and approach is simple, straightforward, bold, classic, true, and straight from camera.
My greatest talents are the ability to mix with any class of people and to get nervous subjects to relax in front of my camera. I can handle any technical difficulty you can throw at me. I once heard that a photographer’s job description is “problem solver”. I would have to agree with that.”
Rick Gayle Studio, a commercial photography studio in pheonix arizona. Rick Gayle photographs still life, product, food and conceptual photgraphy.
Horacio Salinas is a conceptual, still life photographer in New York
Photography for Thinking
“Take a picture, it’ll last longer!” – Pee Wee Herman
I am an advertising and editorial photographer who uses simplicity, color and humor to interpret concepts and make powerfully graphic images for my clients. I grew up an Iowa boy, went to the University of Iowa and turned pro in 1995. My fine art training, coupled with a midwest can-do pragmatism and work ethic, make commercial photography a perfect fit for me. I love what I do. Photography has allowed me to carve out a small, wonderful corner of the world where I live and work with my wife, two daughters, some hermit crabs, three goldfish and a rescued Australian Shepherd Maltese mix.