Ready for a second installment of your questions answered? Here we go:
Danacer asked: How do you know when you are ready to open your own photography business?
Answer: This is a a great question. I think that the answer is different for everyone. I’m not sure I’m an expert at this but I do have an opinion. There are a few tell-tell signs that you might be ready. If you are taking pictures for friends or family and you get to the point that you can provide them with a a full gallery of good pictures (25-40 images), I think you can be confident that you can also provide that for clients. If you do a a shoot and you are only thrilled with 10-15 images, it might be too soon.
It would be a good idea to evaluate your personal life as well. How busy are you with the other things you have going on in your life? Ask yourself if you can take something else on. Ask yourself if you are ok with the fact that you might have to give up some of the comforts you currently have.
Running your own business comes with personal sacrifices. For me those sacrifices are that I have to get up at 5am in the morning to work. I have to leave my children 2 nights a week and sometimes more. Sometimes I miss soccer games and pack meetings, and that’s hard on my mommy conscience. I’m not a total loser mom, I try to make up for the things I miss in other ways. I invest in my kids as much as possible, Running your own business is awesome but you need to be aware that there are some sacrifices.
Lastly, I would just say if you want to have a business be honest, get licensed, and pay your taxes. If that isn’t something you’re ready to do then stay a hobbyist until you’re ready, there is no shame in that. Hope that info helps!
Laura asked: If you put the camera on RAW do you have to set the pixels when the photos are in Photoshop?
Answer: No. If you are shooting in RAW then you probably are using a RAW editing program. I used to use Adobe Camera RAW which came with my Photoshop set up. I’ve since switched to Lightroom. I do my RAW edits (exposure, white balance, crops) in Lightroom and then just export them as jpegs before pulling them up in Photoshop.