It’s that time of year again, and no, I don’t mean last night's Super Bowl. Tax season is upon us and for many creative professionals it can either be a joyous occasion or one filled with dread.
As a tax consultant for creative professionals in addition to being a photographer, taxes are actually something I look forward to particularly because I plan my annual strategy well in advance. Understanding the rules can be daunting but there are a few key areas that photographers can benefit greatly from so long as they are informed and well organized...
Since the advent of digital cameras, photographers have been trying to figure out the best way to manage their images: where to store them, what format to use, and how to ensure a client’s image files aren't lost or corrupted.
With film, it was important to store negatives securely. But with digital, you have to consider multiple methods of storage. Because technology can and will fail. The key to making sure your digital images are safe is having a protocol—a digital asset management plan—you adhere to for every client session.
A comprehensive backup solution accounts for three things:
- A working backup of files you’re currently using
- A local backup of all your files and archives
- An off-site backup
By using redundancy in your backup solutions, you ensure all your files and data will be safe no matter what happens.
Backups can be on-site and local or off-site and external. Burning disks, backing up to a second hard drive, or using a mirrored RAID system are considered on-site local solutions; cloud backup or an external hard drive at a different location are examples of off-site backup solutions. On-site solutions tend to be faster and more accessible; off-site backups can safeguard against any risk that may be presented to your local backups. When evaluating your options, remember that manual backups aren’t updated or monitored. The biggest component for failure in any backup solution is the human component.
Newborns aren’t props. They’re delicate beings who should be treated with extreme care during a portrait session. Photographer Dani Miller offers the following advice for conducting safe baby sessions:
- Don’t use electric heating pads. Ever. These can easily get too hot and burn an infant.
- Go easy on the hot air. Keep the studio warm, but don’t overdo it. If you use a space heater, aim it away from the baby to avoid overheating.
- Natural is best. Keep posing natural and simple. Don’t twist the newborn into unusual positions or potentially dangerous poses. Miller’s favorite pose involves placing the baby on their stomach, hands relaxed underneath the head, feet tucked under the curled-up legs. Most important: Work with the baby how they most want to be. Don’t try to force anything.
- All hands on baby. Someone needs to hold or support the baby at all times. Never leave the baby balanced in a precarious position. It only takes an instant for them to shift out of position and fall.
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