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    Simon-Gimson
    25 Jun 2007 - 3:28 PM

    hi all

    how do you know if you are ready to make money out of your stuff .
    i man i think some of my shot cloud be but where do i go to find out about this ?

    if aby ones got any tips ,hints or help on this matter please tell

    Si :-S

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    Boyd
    Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Jun 2007 - 3:32 PM

    Ask someone if they'll buy a picture.

    Simon-Gimson
    25 Jun 2007 - 3:32 PM

    ok then would you buy a shot of me boyd?

    Boyd
    Boyd  1011213 forum posts Wales11 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Jun 2007 - 3:33 PM

    No thank you.
    I make my own.
    Wink

    Simon-Gimson
    25 Jun 2007 - 3:35 PM

    LOL Smile

    csurry
    csurry  129230 forum posts92 Constructive Critique Points
    25 Jun 2007 - 8:24 PM

    The answer will very much depend on "how" do you intend to make money?

    Selling to friends and family, not too difficult.

    Selling to the models you are photographing, possibly.

    Selling to magazines, well you probably need to sort out model releases, etc.

    It's very hard to tell from 1000px image, only you know if the images truly hold their own when printed at least at A4.

    So a clue as to where you intend to start might help us help you. Smile

    beverleymiddleton

    Why not have a couple of your best shots enlarged/framed and approach local shops or galleries - you can only tell by testing the water.
    Bon Chance !

    MattyEdwards
    MattyEdwards e2 Member 744 forum postsMattyEdwards vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    27 Jun 2007 - 1:50 PM

    Thats good advice from beverley. But as to when you are ready, whenever you feel ready. You can have technically sound photos that are not very appealing or you can have photos that follow none of the norms that people love. I guess if you can find an outlet that involves minimal investment from you such as the advice from beverly, the go for it now. If people like it, they will buy it.
    By the way, I really like your "Pixie" shots.

    beverleymiddleton

    I've done similar, I approached a local gallery which have taken 3 of my flower pictures (printed on canvas) on a commission basis, and another shop which sells furniture, household items, pictures etc which have a large 3ft x 2ft canvas. They've had them for a couple of months now, and I haven't heard anything yet, fingers crossed x

    Nemesis
    Nemesis  956 forum posts
    7 Jul 2007 - 12:43 AM

    Or why not have about a dozen of your shots printed and framed up, then approach your local cafe/coffee shop and ask them if you can hang them on a wall?

    Offer them a percentage of the sale price. If they sell then they're making money for doing nothing.

    Get some business cards made up and leave them with the staff, or you could write the price of the photo on the back of the card and tuck it into the frame, so the buyer keeps it?

    ckristoff
    ckristoff  9936 forum posts Wales
    7 Jul 2007 - 12:43 PM

    Friends,

    when someone decides they are ready, how do you choose your price point?

    A local gallery near my village sells framed images for about 89, then they take 30% comission.

    When I am good enough, I may approach them.



    Frank.

    Carabosse
    Carabosse e2 Member 1139392 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Jul 2007 - 12:51 PM


    Quote: how do you know if you are ready to make money out of your stuff .

    By checking on your business acumen first and your photography second. Wink

    joolsb
    joolsb  927115 forum posts Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Jul 2007 - 1:00 PM

    That's the best advice so far. It's a very crowded marketplace what with just about every amateur with a half-decent portfolio trying to do the same thing. Ask yourself why anyone would want to buy a picture from you and not Joe Bloggs down the road. And ask yourself how you can promote your work so that the widest possible number of potential customers will be exposed to your images and, more importantly, to your name.

    Once you have the answers, work on producing fantastic images that are much better than your competition. You'll need every advantage you can get. It's a tough world out there....

    Last Modified By joolsb at 7 Jul 2007 - 1:03 PM
    Photo4x4
    Photo4x4  10470 forum posts United Kingdom
    7 Jul 2007 - 5:57 PM


    Quote: By checking on your business acumen first and your photography second

    How VERY true. Remember that you can make money from photography without selling pictures.

    Keith Hart

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