Business Resources

If you know of a good link I should add, please let me know.

**** Read our new Stock Photography Pricing Help Page; designed especially for photographers asking for help on what to charge when someone wants to use one of their images.

Professional Photography Trade Organizations

APA – Advertising Photographers Of America
APA San Francisco Chapter
ASMP-American Society of Media Photographers
ASMP Northern California Chapter
ASMP Northern California – Events
ASPP -American Society of Picture Professionals
EP – Editorial Photographers
See also EPUK for the United Kingdom
NANPA – N. American Nature Photography Assoc.
NPPA – National Press Photographers Assoc.
DMLA – Digital Media Licensing Assoc.
PPA – Professional Photographers of America
SAA – Stock Artists Alliance
T-O-P-A – Travel & Outdoor Photographers Alliance ASMP’s Digital Photography Best Practices & Workflow.

PLUS Coalition (Picture Licensing Universal System)
PLUS Glossary
PLUS License Generator
PLUS Media Selector
PLUS License Decoder Sponsored by the SAA.

“Pro” Photography Discussion Forums:

The following are hosted by Yahoo Groups, and have an Open Membership, meaning you don’t need to be a member of the Organization to be part of the discussion forum(s).
APA Discussion Forum.
ASMP ProAdvice Forum
Stock Artist Alliance Discussion Forum
StockPhoto Network Discussion Forum
Travel & Outdoor Photographer Alliance (TOPA)

Editorial Photographers (EP) Discussion Forum. – One of the best pro forums out there, but requires membership.
PDN Discussion Forum. – Used to be one of the best, but not so much anymore. The pros all but abandoned this forum after a poor redesign.
ProPhoto Discussion Forum – where a lot of the PDN Forum photographers ‘migrated’.
CPI Photo News Network PhotoPro Discussion Forum. A bit on the quite side at times, there some very professional and business savvy photographers that post on this forum group.
Linked-In: Photography Industry Professionals Group Discussion Board
Linked-In: Professional Photography Group Discussion Board

Other “Pro” forums – often includes more questions from semi-pros, and aspiring photographers. Business Forum
DP Review Pro Digital Discussion Forum
Fred Miranda Pro Digital Forum
Flickr Pro & Semi-Pro Photographer Discussion Group Assignment Discussion Board – notably for photojournalists and filmmakers, & Int’l. travel.

Industy Resources

Photo District NewsThe industry magazine.

Creative Commons Licensing (CCL) – From Creative Commons. org.; ‘Open source’ Licensing; where you can offer your images for use without any fee, but with some restrictions, like required attribution (credit line), non-commercial use only, non-derivative works, etc.. I don’t offer my images under a CCL

Be sure to also check out our collection of Legal Resources.

Web Sites, Weblogs & Other Resources

PDN Pulse – Breaking News via RSS from the folks at Photo District News.
A Photo Editor – Weblog of the former Dir. of Photography of Men’s Journal & Outside Magazine.
Photo Business Forum & News – by John Harrington
ASMP Strictly Business Weblog
About the Image – Stock Industry News.
Black Star Rising Weblog
An Art Producers Perspective – it is as it sounds.
Pro Nature Photographer – All about being a… you guessed it.

Return to Common Cents – Awesome collection of articles by photographer, producer, and designer, Mark Loundy.
Business Trends – Articles by Maria Piscopo at Shutterbug
Apogee Online Photo Magazine
State of the Art – News bits & weblog by the folks at PopPhoto


Selina Maitreya Photographer Portfolio Development and Consulting
Leslie Burns-Dell’Acqua – Photopgraphy and Creative consultant – & soon to be attorney. Read her blog.
Jain Lemos – Consultant for photography & publishing project development, production, marketing and promotions.
Mary Virginia Swanson – Consulting for the Fine Art Photography arena, including marketing and Portfolio Review events.


Learn Photography & the Business of Photography A Superb collection of Resources and Articles compiled by the great folks at PhotoShelter.

EP Outreach – A great collection of FAQ‘s and White Papers, etc. from Editorial Photographers

The PLUS Glossary of Image Licensing Definitions; from the web site. – Not sure what something is or what it means, this is the place to look. Search by term or browse the glossary.

ASMP Copyright Application Tutorial.
ASMP Licensing Guide.
ASMP Model & Property Releases.
ASMP Business Forms.
ASMP White Paper: Royalty Free vs Rights Managed Stock
Stock Artist Alliance Reports – Position papers Stock Licensing models, etc..

Pricing Photography – What should you charge? A collection of resource links by the NPPA
The Photographers Rights – by attorney Bert Krages
Model Releases; A Primer – by Michael Fulks
Luminous Landscape “Understanding” Index

Making the Jump to turning Pro. What you need to know if you are considering joining the Pro ranks. Great information by Don Giannatti

Creative Live Superbly produced online educational webcasts from top industry professionals; free for live or purchase as a download.

Stock Photography Industry Info:

See our Stock Photo Pricing Help Page if you’re looking for help or wondering how you should charge for the use of one of your photos.

Negotiating Stock Photo Prices Book (J.Pickerell)
Selling Stock – Industry newsletter by Jim Pickerell – An Online Industry information portal. – A network for buyers & sellers of Stock Photography; has a good Yahoo Discussion Group
School of Stock – from PhotoShelter, back when they had a stock agency division.
StockPhotoGuy – John Lund – Excellent Business tips, musings, and interviews.
A Stock Agency’s List of Copyrighted and Trademarked places and things not to photograph.
Lightbox Photo Gallery Software – Become your own stock agency!

How Many for How Much” – My own article on the comparative ‘value’ of microstock sales vs RM sales models. Also published on

PACA Member Directory – a list of Stock Photo Agencies that are Members of the Picture Archive Council of America.

Stock Photo Business Tips – A good article at


SBA Marketing Plan Workbook

Other Misc. Resources

Cost of Doing Business Calculator – Courtesy of the National Press Photographers Assoc. (NPPA)
Editorial Freelancers Association
Photo Marketing Association International
Art Licensing Resources
Travel Photography Guide; Collection of related links)

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