ESR Portraits : Analog Photography

Film Photography Expenses

I have heard it said that if you're going to run a business you need to know exactly what your expenses are, and how that aligns with revenue. In my case photography is a hobby, but knowing where is allocated still provides valuable insight.

The following is a report starting with 2018, which is when I switched to from 35mm to 645, started developing and scanning my own film. In 2019 I begin investing in constant lights and flash accessories.

Report for 2018-2019

  2019 2018
Expense $4,034 $2,740 Source

Immediately it is apparent how individual these categories are. I only use open-source software, and the amount of data that I store has not incurred any additional expenses.

I think printing is essential, but that is a choice. Printing and framing can be expensive, but if you're clever I'm sure there are ways to streamline that cost.

A small portion of camera and lens expenses were offset by selling items I wasn't using. In total this was probably $350 that I reclaimed. A light meter is a separate piece of equipment, but it is so integral that I included it in the price of the camera.

The cost of renovations would be interesting to see, but my work space and darkroom were set up several years ago. I did not include mileage, but for paid work this would be a very important factor.

Report for 2020-2021

To see the real cost of this venture I will have to track this over a long period of time. From this point on I'm going to track these expenditures in greater detail. Look for an update to this page in 1 year! Have you kept such records? If you'd like to share them, please send me a link.

Last updated on January 24, 2020