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.
10 critical aspects of wedding photography you should know and understand, along with some of the most important questions you should ask prospective photographers to help you make your final decision.
#10 Samples: Do you have samples of your work I can see? Do you have a completed product exactly like we will receive that shows us one wedding from start to finish? Is this sample from the actual photographer who will be at my wedding or someone else on your staff?
#9 Image Preservation: What steps do you take to protect my wedding photographs and how long do you archive them? Can I come back in 5 or 10 years and get more photographs or replace my album if something happens to it?
#8 Equipment: Do you use professional-quality cameras capable of capturing great images in all lighting conditions, or do you use consumer-level cameras? Do you have backup equipment if something happens to your camera or lights? Can I have black-and-white photographs or can you add special effects if I want to? Do you bring additional lighting equipment if it is needed?
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