Corporate headshots… boring, right? Those endless rows of half-smiling, suited people in your LinkedIn connections are so similar, they might as well be the same person. I know a lot of my network on LinkedIn personally and they are complicated, diverse, multifaceted characters - not cyborgs with an awkward grin.
Selling your services as a pro photographer is just one way to generate income. You may be sitting on terabytes of photos that businesses, clients or stock sites are keen to purchase. Selling photos is often an after thought for most photographers as there is confusion around ownership, IP and contracts. To demystify the process of selling photos, we’ve compiled a complete ‘how to’ sell your photos with the help of Roxanne Peters, Intellectual Property Lecturer at UAL.
Do you have a burning desire to become a full-time freelancer? Are you in a 9 to 5 job that you hate and spend most of your time looking at ways to escape? Full-time freelancing brings its own set of unique challenges but, if you get it right, can offer the flexibility, financial security and job satisfaction that's rarely found in a full time job.
Freelancers and magazines seem like a match made in heaven. The perfect case of supply and demand. One produces content, the other requires it. With each side having something to give and something to gain, what could be easier?
“Freelancers working in the creative industries lose an estimated £5,394 each year through working for free.” Despite a growing number of people choosing to work independently (there are around 1.9 million freelancers in the UK), unfair pay is still a major issue. Fair trade image licensing company, Picfair, have called upon some experienced freelancers from various sectors of the creative industries to share their best advice for setting a fair price.
The layout of your portfolio can clearly have an impact on the way that your work is perceived. Whether you choose to display images as single shots, or set them up in a new format, might make a difference as to whether you get that job or not. We spoke to some inspiring members at Freelancer Club whose portfolios feature an interesting layout or presentation choice. Take their tips to freshen up your profile!
The BIG question of 'How to find work as a Freelancer' is a make or break one for most freelance businesses and an area that many have difficultly with. Most creative freelancers struggle with this aspect of their business as they simply have no experience in sales or marketing and find the art of finding paid work a problem. In a previous article we conducted a study of where freelancers are finding work and now we're looking into how they are landing these freelance jobs.
Freelancers who write, shoot, design, style, dance, paint faces and just about anything else can benefit from working with magazines. However, not every magazine operates in the same way. From independent passion products to international publications, the manner in which they engage with freelancers can vary dramatically. We spoke to a wide range of magazines across the travel, fashion, employment, and music industries to discuss their business model, their way of working with freelancers and what the future holds for the magazine industry.