Staticshot Photography is Registered
Back on the 28th March, I bit the bullet and processed my details to the HMRC website and registered myself as a Sole Trader.
Sticking with the business name of Staticshot Photography, I’m pleased to say everything has now been confirmed and signed off.
A letter came through the 5th April to confirm my unique taxpayer reference which means that I am now able to sell my services.
All that’s left me to arrange is a business bank account or an arrangement within my sole account to separate the tax and income.
Finally I need to organise the public liability and indemnity insurance before I start working with the public.
The business setup is moving forward at a nice pace.
EQF Professional Diploma in Photography – Module Passed
As part of my practical development within the photography industry, I’m currently taking a EQF Professional Diploma in Photography.
The course is helping me to understand the fundamentals of photography and also helps to show potential customers that I have taken the time to learn some of the theory too.
I’m pleased to say that I’ve completed the first module which covers the background in photography, Camera Functions & Lenses, Motion & Depth of Field, Composition Techniques, Lighting Techniques, Fully Manual Mode and The Digital Image.
I passed this module with a distinction which is a really positive start to the course.
You can click here to see what is contained within each of the modules
A Little Reading
With pay day finally here, I decided to treat myself to a couple of books to build up my photography reference library.
I wanted to spend my money on material that would help in the areas of photography that I’m interested in breaking into as well as some business guidance in the field of photography.
After a little research online, I came across the selection below which comes highly rated.
Being the thrifty person that I am, I bought each of the titles second hand and managed to get hold of all three for £15.
Pet Photography Now!: A Fresh Approach to Photographing Animal Companions
For animal lovers the world over, a pet is like an extra family member, but trying to photograph them is an incredibly challenging exercise. Pet Photography Now! makes things easier, showing professionals and amateurs alike how to get the best from their subject, no matter if it comes wrapped in fur, feathers, or scales. A noted professional in the field, Paul Walker is well placed to offer practical advice on locations, viewpoints and posing; how to make your subject behave for the camera; and which camera settings to use to get the best results. A chapter devoted to post-production, including step-by-step Photoshop workthroughs, shows you how to optimise your images to produce stunning prints of your favourite pet portraits.
Whether you are planning to take up wedding photography professionally, or have been given the role of photographer at a friend or relative s big day, this is the book for you with its fantastic tips and comprehensive advice. It is packed with expert advice from acclaimed portrait and wedding photographer, Mark Cleghorn. Inside you will find comprehensive information on choosing equipment, plus all the key photographic techniques, both basic and advanced, fully and clearly explained. There are also plenty of suggestions as to what to capture before, during and after the ceremony and how to go about it, plus what to do post production.
Fast Track Photographer, Revised and Expanded
This empowering book by popular photographer and speaker Dane Sanders inspires working photographers and other creative people to define their commercial identity based on personality, raw abilities and circumstances, then enables them to devise a foolproof plan for a more fulfilling, recession-proof approach to the business. Previously sold as a self-published book targeting solely wedding photographers, this revised and updated edition applies to all photographers, in all genres.