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How do you know if you are ready?

Simon-Gimson 11 236 1 England
25 Jun 2007 3:28PM
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 14 11.2k 11 Wales
25 Jun 2007 3:32PM
Ask someone if they'll buy a picture.
Simon-Gimson 11 236 1 England
25 Jun 2007 3:32PM
ok then would you buy a shot of me boyd?
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
25 Jun 2007 3:33PM
No thank you.
I make my own.
Simon-Gimson 11 236 1 England
25 Jun 2007 3:35PM
LOL Smile
csurry 16 9.2k 92
25 Jun 2007 8:24PM
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
27 Jun 2007 1:41PM
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 11 44 1 United Kingdom
27 Jun 2007 1:50PM
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.
27 Jun 2007 2:01PM
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 13 56
7 Jul 2007 12:43AM
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 13 994 Wales
7 Jul 2007 12:43PM

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.

Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
7 Jul 2007 12:51PM

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 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
7 Jul 2007 1:00PM
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....
Photo4x4 14 470 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2007 5:57PM

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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