Is photography a free trade?

Posted on by Coraline Nunez


Is photography a free trade? After years of discussion, photography has been a free trade in Austria - as in much of the rest of the world - since the beginning of 2014. In plain language, this means that anyone who obtains a business license may become a photographer and work as a professional. The "training photographer" is therefore no longer mandatory.

How can I register photography as a "hobby"? If you are only doing photography as a "hobby" (only and exclusively working for free), you do not have to register a business, of course, but you are required to have an imprint for every internet presence (Facebook page, "photographer profile" on Facebook, entry in the model index or in other photographer platforms, etc.),

What are the legal basics of working as a photographer?

Legal basis of the activity as a photographer (trade/craft) The designation and the "status" have already been considered in more detail ( Status ). Here we are now concerned with the legal basis for practicing the profession. For the classic master photographer, everything is clear. He has a master craftsman's business, of course, which is operated commercially.

How is the register of craftsmen kept in photography? The register of crafts is maintained by the Chamber of Crafts in the respective district/region. If someone is not active in the "craft area" of photography (the "demarcation" here can be very difficult), however, at least one trade must be registered in any case.

How can I register as a photographer?

Registering a business as a photographer. Registering a business as a photographer is quite simple in itself, as there are usually no special permits or authorization requirements. However, anyone who later works as a professional photographer must protect personal rights.

Is the profession as a photographer freelance or commercial?

The profession as a photographer is freelance or commercial, is always unclear. Section 18 of the Income Tax Act states that freelance activities are artistic activities, which also applies to the photographer. Does the photographer have to register a business?

Is it possible to work as a freelance photo designer? An activity in the field of advertising, PR or public relations is usually classified as photo design. Freelance work as a "photo designer", "photo reporter" or "photo journalist" is usually possible without a journeyman's or master's certificate.

What is a freelance photographer?

It is important to note that this person is self-employed and responsible for his or her own work and is engaged in a scientific, artistic, writing, teaching or educational activity. Freelance photographers sell their images as works of art or work as photojournalists or photojournalists.

Is the designation "photographer" protected by law? The designation "photographer" is not protected by law. The Crafts Code (Appendix B, Section 1, No. 38) refers to a craft that is not subject to licensing. You do not need to have completed training or a master craftsman's examination (at least not any more).

How much does an amateur photographer earn for a wedding?

A hobby photographer often does not work with fixed prices, but offers prices on a negotiated basis. How much do you earn as an amateur photographer? As an amateur photographer you can earn between 400 € and 800 € per wedding.

What are the costs with a professional photographer?

With a good and professional photographer you must expect costs from 900€ to about 2500€ - depending on the extent of the photographic accompaniment. If you include in the costs wedding and celebration (a complete wedding reportage) rather calculate from 2000€.

How much does a wedding photographer cost for the beautiful memories?

Wedding photographer costs for the beautiful memories With a good and professional photographer you must expect costs from 900€ to about 2500€ - depending on the extent of the photographic accompaniment. If you include in the costs wedding and celebration (a complete wedding reportage) rather calculate from 2000€.

What is the Crafts Register in the Crafts Code?

The Handicrafts Register is a register in which the owners of businesses of handicrafts requiring authorization are to be entered with the handicraft they are to operate, Section 6 (1) of the Handicrafts Code (HwO). The register of skilled crafts is maintained by the chambers of skilled crafts. The owners of businesses registered in the Handicrafts Register receive the handicrafts card

How to register as a photographer?

How to register a business as a photographer? The registration of a business as a photographer starts at the trade office. To do this, you first have to find out which trade office is responsible for you, because there may be several offices depending on the city or other municipalities where you have to register your business.

How does a small business as a photographer go about it? To register your small business as a photographer, go to your local city hall, where you will also find the Trade Licensing Office. The registration is largely informal, means that all data are verbally recorded in the system of the trade office. You get all the data printed out again to check for accuracy.

How can the profession be classified as a photographer?

The profession of photographer can be classified in both categories. Section 18 of the Income Tax Act states that freelance activities are artistic activities, which also applies to the photographer. Does the photographer have to register a business?

Can you prove professional competence as a photographer?

In the case of photographers, it is not necessary to prove professional competence, nor do they need a master craftsman's certificate. In the case of freelance work, the registration should be made within four weeks after the start of the activity. Can a photographer make use of the small business regulation?

How to get accredited as an amateur photographer?

For example, you can get accredited as an artist or photojournalist. Then you work as a freelancer. These are people who do not carry out a trade, but work as a service provider. As a hobby photographer, one would then offer his creative power. This is done on a self-employed basis.

Why are amateur photographers so likeable? There is no shame in being an amateur photographer who also earns some money with his hobby. And there are customers who come precisely for that reason. They like the fact that someone is so passionate about his or her hobby and are happy to go in front of that person's camera.

How much does a hobby photography for a wedding cost? Even if you offer your own services for private parties and similar occasions, it is not so easy to set a price for the work. As a hobby photographer, you can expect about 400 to 800 euros per wedding.

How can you educate yourself as an amateur photographer?

As an amateur photographer, there is no time pressure and you can continue your education at your leisure. To train your eye, it helps to look at a lot of pictures by well-known photographers and ideally also to deal with art in the broader sense. Even if you don't deal with all the backgrounds,

How much can you earn as an amateur photographer?

As an amateur photographer you can earn between 400 € and 800 € per wedding. Do I need a business as an amateur photographer? If you regularly earn money as an amateur photographer, you need to register a business. How do I earn money as an amateur photographer? With stock photos, commissioned photos, weddings, product photos.

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