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#1 Bcb5000

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Posted 04 January 2016 - 05:10 PM

Hi, 

 

I am at a point where I would like to start selling some prints of my work and I was wondering:

 

What would be a reasonable price to charge for prints?  

 

How would I go about actually selling them aswell as finding people to buy them?

 

and, How to grow as a photographer and get better known by people?

 

Any help would be really appreciated, 

Cheers, 

 



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Posted 06 January 2016 - 10:17 PM

I've visited a couple of galleries and found prices all over the map.  Some seemed reasonable, but others seemed way out of whack.  But, it's the old adage, "I can't describe art, but I know it when I see it." :-)  For me, I'd price them at a 100% markup from what ever it costs you, minus shipping charges.  In other words, a 16X20 stretch canvas cost me around $45 before shipping.  So I would say $85 or $90 would be fair.  FYI, I use Meridian for my printing of stretch canvas and metal prints.

 

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Posted 06 January 2016 - 10:51 PM

Look at what people selling how you plan on selling are charging. If you're better, charge more. If you're not, charge less. It works the same as when you freelance.


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Posted 11 January 2016 - 01:07 PM

I charge lots.
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Posted 11 January 2016 - 10:42 PM

I charge lots.

 

If you can get away with it! When I was freelancing a few years ago I arbitrarily quoted a client at 40% more than I normally ask for, just to see what would happen. They said yes without batting an eye. Guess what happened to my normal rate! I think every once and a while it's a good idea to try that out. Be a little hard if you have a price page but I suppose you could A/B test it.



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Posted 12 January 2016 - 04:11 PM

Steve,

Your stuff is WORTH lots !

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 07:02 PM

Never put on your website "I'm new in the business" "just starting out" etc. if you have to fake it till you make it do so. That being said be VERY critical of what you offer and make sure your post work is REALLY good.
Never put on your website "I'm new in the business" "just starting out" etc. if you have to fake it till you make it do so. That being said be VERY critical of what you offer and make sure your post work is REALLY good.

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 11:17 AM

I charge lots.

hah it is because you can get away with it.  your pictures look amazing.  you have invested in the equipment, the time, the skills and the patience to get those shots.  heck i don't even like getting prints and I was tempted to order one of yours! 



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Posted 14 January 2016 - 01:51 PM

I'm looking at buying a D5 buy lots! Lol

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 08:34 PM

I'm looking at buying a D5 buy lots! Lol

 

It's also weird... Sometimes implying that you're a single-person operation can get you a lot of cred with a client but sometimes sounding more like an agency will get you bigger, better gigs.

 

Man... I really don't miss freelancing.



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Posted 16 January 2016 - 10:58 AM

I am in the "I don't give a crap" frame of mind. I just take pics that make ME happy. If I never sold a print or a canvas/acrylic etc I would still go out there day after day. If people like my work enough to hang some of it on their wall that's awesome. I feel that in this way it frees me to not look at a shot with the "will this sell or not". At the same time I'm pretty sure I have created some captures that some "pros" would be envious over. I don't make enough to quit my day job! It would be cool to do so one day though. If it takes 10 years I'm good with that!

I DO look at pros and what they produce though. When I was new I used to think to myself "how the heck did he doooo that??" Then I got to a point where I thought " ok I know how he did that". To now where I am at "I can do BETTER than that!"
Bottom line is know your gear, know about the quality of light, and beeee patient! I still get stinkers once in a while. I am much more critical of what I take and as Tony stresses "take many shots and then delete most of them!"

One thing I like to do is take shots of VERY common birds. Chickadees and sparrows. Make them look awesome. Catch them doing interesting things! Patience is a virtue.
One thing I do know. If I won the lottery and did not need to "work" I would be shooting wildlife every day all day long :)
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Posted 28 January 2016 - 07:30 AM

Tnanks Steve,

Sound advice

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