How to Start Photography Business in Nigeria With a Camera Only

How to Start Photography Business in Nigeria With a Camera Only

Photography Business is way beyond just taking a picture like everyone dose. Yes it’s true that everyone can take a picture, it’s true that our mobile phones now come with cameras with large amount of pixels.

Photography is a professional course (actually in Art) that people go to school to study for years.

This is very much in relationship with geography as it has to do with the view of object from deferent perspective.

It is also related to physic, the direction of light and the degree at which light fall on an object is been measured.


I have outline three ways that one can work as a photographer. Most people combine the three ways to get maximum success result which is a smart idea.

I embolden you to combine two if not the three ways of working as a photographer. This will yield to a great success in your career pursuit in photography.


Studio photographer: – studio photographer operate by opening a studio in a very attractive and business moving location, equip the studio with all kinds of photography gadgets that will be required for the smooth running of the business.

Types of people that patronize photo studios include Models, Customers who want to take persona pictures either for their birthday or other reason, and those that needs passport photographer.


Event photographer: – this photographer specializes in covering events like Weddings, burial ceremonies, anniversaries, luncheon, carnivals, sporting events, etc. these types of photographers might not need studio equipment except their Hi-Tech camera, Laptop, and Lenses. They also shoot commercial photographs for adverts and productions.

Travel Photographer: – This is the type of Photographer I called ‘Content Photographers’ They go about capturing places, beautiful land scape, events, people, and nature. Different other photography can go into Travel photography.

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Travel Photographer basically sells photographs to would be users rather than charge money to take photographs.


Some of the photography equipment that you will need is listed below with their assumed price.

We just gave the price based on our little search on the time on writing this article, we advise you some search online and you can even visit open market for these equipment best quality and also best price.

First things first, this is business, you cannot make anything meaningful out of it if you do not know how to save.

You have to discipline yourself and stop spending money on things you do not need. If you are really serious about starting a photography business in Nigeria with a camera only, then you need to have that habit of saving.

Tell me how you plan to make it big when all you do is blow every single cash that come your way instantly?

The plan requires that you save the little change you will be getting from the business, and then open a photo studio when you have saved enough. The bottom line is: learn how to save!


One other thing you need so much is “patience”. Don’t you dare look at the other photographers buying range rover:

just face your little photography business squarely. Remember this is not “yahoo” and you will not “hammer” overnight so take things one step and a time.

The Photography Equipment’s You Will Need

Professional Cameras – Professional Camera is one of the things you will not do without if you aspire to become a Professional Photographer.

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The price of these equipment’s are really expensive but their capability and their durability is worth every penny spent on them.

Assumed Prices for professional cameras starts from N170,000 and can be as high as N2,000,000.

you can get some of these cameras here 

Variety to go for are: Canon EOS 5D, Nikon D800, Canon EOS 7D, Olympus E-3, etc. Never compromise quality because of price, when sourcing for your cameras.



Professional Lenses – After getting your camera the next thing you will need is  a lens.

Professional Lenses are as costly as Cameras or even more. One of them is CN-E 85mm T1.3 L F Cine Lens. EF Mount Prime Designed for Cine-Use For Canon C-Series and Full-Frame DSLRs. Achieves Telephoto Look. 11-Blade Rounded Diaphragm.

Stepless and Manual Diaphragm Ring. 300˚ Barrel Rotation. Superb Available Light Performance. Strong Bokeh and Circular Highlights. Supports 4K Recording Quality. Swaps Easily with 24 and 50mm Relatives. Prices starts from N150,000.

professional lenses


Pro Laptop – Cheap Laptop will not be good for your editing work. Another important thing; don’t go for system based on its look and it’s irrelevant features that those new system has. Remember you’ll be working with Adobe Photoshop, and other editing software.

Editing software’s make use of the system processor and Ram, if the processor and the Ram are low you will not have a smooth work as your system will always hook and restart itself while you work. look for pro laptops between 4-6GB Ram, Core i3 – i7 Intel machine. Prices starts from N120,000 – N200,000.


Other equipment you might need includes:

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Studio lights:

Memory cards:

light modifiers:

Soft boxes:



Reflectors and Diffusers:

Background supports systems:

Studio Props: Chris, Stools, Curtains, etc!


How to get customers and start making money

Starting a photography business in Nigeria with a camera only requires people’s patronage in order for you to make money.

Getting customers can be a daunting experience especially for people who are timid. We advise you start by photographing your friends, relatives and family, have the photos printed and sold  to them at half the price because these are people that will go out and recommend you.

Make sure your photos are clear, well exposed and composed and also sharp. Nobody will want to pay for a nasty looking photo; moreover people will not patronize you if your images do not look great.

From your friends and relatives, you can move out into your street, book birthdays and other gatherings, offer your services at a much discounted rate, be there on time and do your job properly with a big smile.

As usual, make sure your photos are presentable by being bright, of sharp and beautiful. If you have done all these correctly, then relax because you have laid a solid foundation for your photography business.



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Important notice:

To do very well in your business you will need to acquire the editing skill; the use of Photoshop and Corel draw for a start. Maybe you take one month to learn all these. Once you’re through, you’re good for business.


Updated: November 12, 2018 — 1:26 am

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