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Digital photography Business: How to Start and Equipment You Need to Succeed

See the steps to start digital photography business in Nigeria. Digital photography has been a great success so far in Nigeria making it a very lucrative business in Nigeria.

When the business started in Nigeria some years ago, it was considered a service that will be for the high class in the society as the cost of printing pictures was much higher and expensive when compared to normal analogue photography.

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Things over the years have changed as the service can now be afforded by more people as the prices have become less expensive. Those in the business are currently enjoying it due to its high patronage and demand for its services.

Digital photography business involves taking pictures of people with a digital camera for the purpose of making money. The pictures could be of individuals like passport photographs or group of people.

The good thing of this business is that it can be done on a small scale level as it does not need to be started with a lot of money. With proper planning and preparations you can start your own digital photography business with little money and grow gradually making a success out of it.

Digital photography Business: How to Start and Tools You Need to Succeed



Digital cameras are able to produce great quality and durable pictures especially when compared to analogue cameras. Copies of digital pictures are produced through a process that makes them come out coated and makes them to be water proof thus enhancing their quality and durability.


Apart from its quality and durability, digital pictures also have the advantage of being able to last for a long period of time. The pictures from digital cameras unlike analogue cameras are not affected by water and dust and also do not easily get marks or cuts which make them last for a long time, in fact for years to come.

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We are now in a fast paced environment and people are on the move. This situation allows digital photography fit in very well in the economy as taking pictures with a digital camera is fast and almost instant.

People some times need pictures like passport photographs that they did not plan for and with digital photography offering an option of “wait and get”, people can take a picture wait a few minutes and collect and be on their way and still be able to easily meet up with any requirement the pictures are  needed for.


Nigerians are fun loving people and always ready to have a good time. With this in mind there are always events and parties that happen on a daily basis. Also there is the need for people to have good memories of these events and therefore opt for the use of a photographer.

Also because there is the need to look good, this means people will go for the quality of a digital camera over an analogue camera.

Also people need pictures for official purposes including meetings, functions, seminars and lots more.

It should be noted that a lot of colour picture laboratories have since changed their equipment and tools to those of digital which shows the trend has been changing for some time.


1. A DIGITAL CAMERA: For taking pictures. A good one is Nikon Coolpix L340

2. A PRINTER: This is meant for printing the pictures that have been taken. Yu can go for Canon Selphy CP1000 Photo Printer

3. COMPUTERS: These are necessary for viewing properly the pictures as well as working on the quality of the pictures and making the needed adjustments before printing them out. HP 250 Intel Pentium Quad Core (4GB, 1TB HDD) is a good one to buy.

4. SPACE (PHOTO STUDIO): This is where all your work will be down as well as storing your work equipments. The studio should be located in a nice and well populated area to help you get customers easily and better. Also where you use should be spacious enough to make your customers comfortable.

5. LIGHT STANDS: These are needed especially during photo sessions to help the photographer get a good view taking pictures.

6. BACK DROPS: This could include curtains to be used by the photographer when taking pictures to help in providing the right environment for the sessions. You can buy this particular back drop. It can do the magic.

7. A GENERATOR: This will be needed to provide power when necessary. Elepaq Generator – 1.3KVA – SV2200 is good for this business since it’s affordable.

8. STAFF AND WORKERS: When the business is expanding, extra hands will be needed to help the business manage its growth and development as well cope with the increased demand.

It should be noted that not all the materials mentioned above is necessary and compulsory before starting the business.

This is a business a person can start from his or her home with little money. The most important requirement is to get a very good quality camera.

You can start by taking pictures of people and going to another place to print them. This will help you cut out and survive without other requirements until you eventually grow to afford such items which will eventually lead to more business and more money.

A good feasibility study should be done before starting the business to help in making the right decisions and choices, but generally it is a business that is very profitable as the demand for it is very high.

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Ifiokobong Ibanga

Ifiokobong Ibanga is the founder of InfoGuideNIgeria.com. You can get in touch with him on Instagram @ifiokobong. If you need a personal assistance on this topic, kindly send a message. Much Love!

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