How to Start a Fine Art Photography Business

The definition of fine art, as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is “art concerned primarily with the creation of beautiful objects”. With such a “wide” definition of “beautiful objects”, the beauty is in the eyes of the photographer. Virtually anything can be fine art, a simple household item such as a fork, a nude body, travel, landscape, wildlife, a landscape. Not everyone will agree on what constitutes fine art, many years ago I was awed by the sight of the Sydney Opera House, and thought it was the most beautiful building In Australia. However I remember thinking that it perfectly complemented Australia, it would look pretty silly in the centre of Madrid. However if you don’t like the Sydney Opera House, then it does not matter how great the photo you are not going to like it. So whatever constitutes Fine Art photography is a pretty subjective decision. School of Photography give you a good idea of what will constitute in their view Fine Art photography.For many photographers this is an ideal line of work, because it allows you to represent a part of your personality, through your work. It is possible to make a political statement by being a fine arts photographer. A clear analogy here would be the emergence of the acceptance of the gay male in photography, over the last thirty years. In it’s wide ranging definition it is possible to be more creative, and in this creativity be more personal.There are a lot of resources on the Web regarding fine art. One of the better ones concerning resources and links is http://art-support.com/links.htm There are excellent links to photographers’ web sites, as well as grants available to the photographer. Because the definition of Fine Art photography is so wide, it has perhaps a more specific marketing need. Fortunately there are more ways to market them than just stock photographic galleries It may be advantageous for you to think about engaging the services of a full time sales representative. A sales representative will work with clients in the advertisement industry, the travel industry, and also graphic design firms. The advantage of employing a sales rep is that it leaves you free to create without the hassle of “cold selling”. If you are not a natural salesperson, it may be better for you to consider someone else doing the selling. That person should also be able to evaluate the true value of your work, be experienced enough to know where to get the prices, as well as having a proven track record in negotiating the best prices.There are other advantages as well. Companies using a wide and diverse range of photographs, such as advertisement agencies, will have more time for a sales rep, who has a large portfolio of work, from different clients, than from one single photographer. By the nature of their work sales reps are normally found in larger cities and towns, they will have a large client base of their own, and will probably promote your work in specialised areas, such as food photographer, or portrait photographer. So how does the relationship work? Normally the sales rep will already have their own business, and they will work for you on a commission only basis. You will pay them approximately 30 percent of the assignment fee, that is the net fee, not the final figure with expenses added on.How to work out if this relationship will be advantageous to you, balances many factors. If you have developed a highly personalised style as a photographer, then you need to target specific areas to sell the photographs. Perhaps you do not live in a large city and have the right contacts. You have already made a portfolio of work that you would like to specialise in. It may not be cheaper for you to hire a rep, because you may still have to advertise locally to maintain your own business that you have developed, but you are paying a rep on extra sales that you did not have before. It will certainly increase the profitability of your business if you have no time to devote to increasing the number of your clients. You have decided that this path is for you, – how do you go about it. One idea is to investigate the names of the best advertisement agencies nearest to you, your local reference library can be of assistance here, as can yellow pages. You can phone them direct and ask them the names and the contact numbers of their reps. The Writer’s Digest publish an annual “Photographer’s Market Book”, this book now lists photographic reps, and it will also help you market your work with lists of fine art reps, as well as galleries and stock agencies.However you choose to market your business, the essence of what you need to do is to widen your client base. There is certainly more work in the marketing of certain photographs. However in today’s market place communication is as much as an art as creating the photographs. Not only is it important that you keep abreast with market trends, but you have to be in constant communication with your clients. Certain photographers’ enjoy the “Cut and Thrust” of aggressive marketing. If you don’t, then consider paying someone else to do it for you. Never underestimate the power of marketing, it is a very potent tool to help get your work shown to the people who are most likely to purchase it.Do you really know as a photographer what you have to sell and it’s value. As a freelancer you can learn a great deal from advertising clients, They determine a niche for the product and then work on it’s development to promote it. A product is always promoted with a very specific client in mind. You must know your strengths as well as your weaknesses. For instance if you have a passion for taking seascapes, then it is pointless to advertise yourself as a portrait photographer. You need to find a way of getting your unique photographs to where they are going to maximise your profit.

How I Get More People to Read My Articles

A short brainstorm on my current thoughtsI’m currently moving my business to the international online market and I want to find the best way to move forward. I want to create valuable content for my readers that inspire and at the same time grow my business and my own knowledge. I want to use article marketing, because I’ve had success in the past publishing articles many years back. Now I’m at the beginning at something new and I want to grab a successful strategy, that I know work. This has led me to publish articles again and I’m now wondering how to make the best of it as an author.What is my goal and how will I define the important question I will find an answer to?My goal is to gain a lot of readers to my articles to test out my article template.So the question I will ask myself and find the answer to is the following:

What do I need to focus on to gain more readers to my articles?
What does my current situation look like in order get more people to read my articles?Right now I’m focusing on creating articles using my own template. I’ve chosen to write in the self-improvement category, to be more specific and to target those readers that want to improve them self. I’m thinking about sticking to my consulting method, because of the opportunities that will arise. These opportunities will be something that only reveals them self once I start writing the articles. This makes the writing a lot of fun, to me and hopefully the method will inspire people to take action and use the method them self or maybe they will think about other ways to reach their goals.What alternatives can I come up with to get more people to read my articles?Now I’m going to list all the alternative things that comes to mind.

I could be even more specific with my target group

I could make internal links between the articles

I could test out different templates

I could write more articles

I could drive paid traffic to the articles

I could post the articles on a Facebook page

I could do more Search Engine Optimization to have the articles show up in the search engines

I could find Self-improvement forums and link the articles if it is suitable and would provide value for the community

I could link from my website to the articles

I could pimp my profile to make my membership more interesting

I could get more subscribers
A recap of what I gained from this consultation so farA lot of opportunities emerged so I’m quite confident on how to get more people to read my articles. I have a lot of alternative opportunities to seize and it really makes me feel good thinking about it. I look forward to continue with the action step. I should come back to this article to view some of the other opportunities, now that so many have emerged.What action do I need to take to get more people to read my articles?What is the next step?

I’m going to create a Facebook page, so I can create my own community to go along with my business and then post a link to my articles there once they have been approved.
How will I remember what to do?I’m going to write it in my calendar and start creating the Facebook page right away.When will I do it?I’ll do right after I’ve sent this article for approval.Who will hold me accountable and will the consequence be of breaking my promise?A friend will hold me accountable and after I tell him about my plan. If it is not done, tonight, I’ll buy him dinner.How did I experience this consultation on how I get more people to read my articles?I think it was a great consultation. I cleared my mind and got really inspired. I’ll definitely use this article structure again next time I write an article.

How Do You Feel About Yourself?

After forty, this is what counts the most!Faith Shades did all the right things–all the things society expected. She attended law school, was involved in television and news production and was a top producing real estate agent.
Suddenly one day a new perspective emerged about her life and what she really wanted.
Today, Faith is the founder of Eyes Cream Shades, quality sun wear for children.Dolores Arste was good at managing people and teams in the information technology field.
Suddenly a new perspective emerged for her life and she took action.
Today, she provides holistic coaching–helping others deal with their own life changes.Marcia Brixey worked for the government for 26 years. She had a responsible job and a career. Marcia had a great office but she was miserable and unhappy inside. She also took the leap.
Today, Marcia is the founder of Money Wi$e Women helping women to better manage their money.It starts with a deep look insideHow do you feel about yourself? Does your work enhance your sense of self or does it bring you down? Have you thought about how your work might be impacting your health, your relationships and your happiness?
So many people just place their work in a large compartment, as if to keep the rest of their life away from their work…I wish it were that simple.Your work determines who you areI went out to eat the other day and I noticed a group of maybe 15 people from the same work group out to lunch. It was your typical work lunch where the boss did most of the talking and the people tried hard to act like they were enjoying themselves. Really, they just wanted to rush home, put on their pajamas and crawl under their covers.
Have you ever felt that way?Stop looking for another jobInstead, create a life that honors who you are and your gifts to the world.
Write down on a piece of paper, “The way I feel about myself is______________.”
Change the parts of your life that are no longer useful to you.So many of us are held prisoner by others; our bosses, our parents, our spouses and society about who we should be and the role we should play out in life.
Just remember, you are the only one who can change the role in your own one act play called life. It doesn’t come from thinking you should change or hoping for some better luck.
It comes from creating the life that works just right for you.Your work is a center point of your life. Last week I met an executive whose company sold electronic parts. I asked him if he loved his work and all his travel. He said he actually didn’t like it at all. His plan someday was to spend his time in the mountains doing something around his love of skiing.
I knew what the real problem was. He lived a life of big screen TVs, large trophy cars and lots of toys. He couldn’t actually imagine giving any of these up in trade for his dreams.Don’t prostitute yourself to your workI am sorry but it’s the best example that comes to mind. So many of us do this. We rent our lives and our souls to faceless work that we do without question.
And the result is that we feel worse about ourselves and who we are.
The path to a life of integrity is an open and honest review of who you are and what you want.Are you a job title or a person?When someone asks you what you do, how do you answer?
Do you respond with your job title or a description of who you are?
There are so many jobs out there and most of them would not be done unless people were paid to do them. After forty, it’s time to take a deeper look at doing work that warms the soul; work that solves real problems in the world.Is your work making a difference in the world?Only you can answer this question. Most jobs are created only to help an organization turn a profit. If you can’t contribute to this mission, then the organization will find someone else, probably younger, who can.
After forty, you are ready to stop these silly games with your life and find your vocation–the work you will start to do and continue doing until you stop breathing.On the day of my 50th birthdayI write this article on the day of my 50th birthday and frankly, I couldn’t think of a better way to start my day. I plan to continue this work for the next 50 years because in some small way, I feel it makes a difference in the world. And along the way it also helps me feel better about myself. Consider making these your goals, too.How do you feel about yourself?Only you can answer this question. Only you can start to take action towards doing something about the answers you don’t like. Start by examining your work.
This will be the hardest thing you will ever do. But it will also be the most satisfying when you look back over the second half of your life and realize you ignored the status quo and followed your heart.Craig Nathanson is the author of P Is For Perfect: Your Perfect Vocational Day and a coaching expert who works with people over forty. Craig’s new E-book, Discover and live your passion 365 days a year is a workshop in a box designed to help busy adults go insane with their work. Craig’s systematic approach, the trademark “Ten P” process,” helps people break free and move toward the work they love. Visit Craig’s online community at http://www.thevocationalcoach.com where you can take a class, get more ideas through Craig Nathanson’s books and CD’s, get some private coaching over the phone or read other stories of mid-life change and renewal.Craig lives in San Anselmo, California. You can reach him at 415-457-0550 or at [email protected].

Maintaining Malaysia’s International Property Rights Score

The recent release of International Property Rights Index (IPRI) showed that Malaysia retained its status quo for the year 2011. The Washington-based Property Rights Alliance annual comparative study which produced the IPRI report takes into consideration the strength and intellectual property rights, and rank countries accordingly. In its own words, the “International Property Rights Index helps illustrate the vital role property rights play in generating material well being”. It is noted that higher property rights scoring is related to the higher lifestyle and economic status of the country.There are many factors taken into consideration when it comes to the comparative study. The sources used in the generation of this report include:A. Legal and Political Sources

Judicial Independence – this reflects the question about whether the judiciary in the country is independent from political influence of members of government, citizens or firms. The source for this data comes from World Economic Forum – Global Competitiveness Report.
Rule of Law – it combines several indicators, including judicial independence, the respect for law in relations between a country’s citizen and the administration, property rights, citizen confidence in the police force, the enforceability of contracts, direct financial fraud, law and order, and it also measures the existence of the rule of law.
Political stability – indicators include the measure perceptions of the likelihood of a destabilization of the government in power, or overthrown by some unconstitutional factors that may include violent measures, including domestic violence and terrorism.
Control of Corruption – The source comes from the World Bank Institute – Governance Matters 2010: Worldwide Governance Indicators between 1996 to 2009. It combines several indicators including whether public power is exercised for private gain, regardless of whether it is a petty or grand form of corruption, and the ‘capture’ of the state by elites and private interests.B. Physical Property Rights

Property Rights – The source for this comes from the World Economic Forum – Global Competitiveness Report. It is a survey which details participant’s comment on the property rights in the country, including over financial assets.
Registering Property – It looks into the number of procedures legally required for the registration of properties, and how much time is required to complete the procedures. This indicator is used to measure the standard case of an entrepreneur who wish to purchase land and a building in the largest business city. The source for this indicator comes from the World Bank Group – Doing Business 2011.
Ease of Access to Loans – Participants of the World Economic Forum survey is asked how easily they are able to obtain a bank loan in their country with only a good business plan and no collateral.C. Intellectual Property Rights Sources

Intellectual Property Protection – this survey requires participants to comment on the intellectual property protection and anti-counterfeiting measures taken by their countries.
Patent Protection – This source indicates a country’s rank in patent strength which is based on five criteria: coverage, membership in international treaties, restrictions in international treaties, restrictions on patent rights, enforcement and duration of protection. The source for this factor is from the Ginarte-Park Index of Patent Rights.
Copyright Piracy Level – It is based on the International Intellectual Property Alliance’s Special 301 Report which was submitted to the US Trade Representative. The Special 301 is an annual review process used in fighting international copyright piracy.A fourth consideration of the study includes variables regarding Gender Equality, viewing the rights of women in different countries pertaining to rights, ease and access to properties and credit. The source for this factor comes from the OECD Gender, Institutions and Development Database (GID-DB), using 60 indicators related to gender discrimination using a variety of sources.

Women’s Access to Land Ownership
Women’s Access to Bank Loans
Women’s Access to Property Other than land
Inheritance practices
Women’s Social RightsMalaysia’s score in IPRI remains unchanged for 2011. The Legal and Political factor fell 0.1 points due to a small drop in Political Stability and Control of Corruption. However, Judicial Independence and Rule of Law improved significantly. Meanwhile, Physical Property Rights increased slightly due to the Registering Property. The Copyright Piracy was unchanged, but improvements to the professional opinions cause Protection of Intellectual Property increased to give a 0.1 point gain in the Intellectual Property Rights. Overall, Malaysia ranked at position 44 worldwide, and stands at the 8th position regionally.Finland and Sweden stayed at the top with 8.5 points out of 10, and Finland is in its fifth year being at the top position in the ranks even though its score dropped slightly from last year which was 8.6 points. Singapore is the top scoring country in Asia and Oceana region with 8.3 points. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is at the lowest rank with just 3.6 points.