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Photography website for selling prints

RodTonge 11 2 Wales
28 Jun 2011 11:52AM
I've recently created a photography website to showcase my work and possibly sell prints. I was wondering what people's experience has been with selling prints online? Is it likely that promoting my website through Facebook and Twitter could generate a few sales? My site is wwwrodtongephotography.com if anyone would like to have a look at the photos. All critique and comments welcome!
Many thanks

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jken 11 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
28 Jun 2011 12:07PM
Rod i've found that you get very few sales through having an site, best bet is to use it as a reference base for people to see your work and guide people to it. Unless you're a well known and respected photographer you need to work very hard in promoting yourself. A lot of people presume that having a site will earn lots of cash, not true, especially in today's market place.
keithh Plus
14 25.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
28 Jun 2011 12:07PM
Promotion through Flickr often works better for sales than TwitBook.

Online prints sales is now an oversaturated market.

By the way your website returns as Potentially Damaging Content.
RodTonge 11 2 Wales
28 Jun 2011 1:11PM
Thanks for the comments above, much appreciated. Sorry for duplicate post in other forum. New to forums, was attempted to move to a more appropriate place.

Many thanks all
PhillipMinnis 7 94 4 Australia
28 Jun 2011 1:35PM
Rod, I've been selling my work for the past five years on Microstock Photography sites.

I upload to 13 different sites, and have between 1300 and 2300 photos on each site.

I don't have a high sales compared to some photographers who sell their images using this method, but I'm more than happy to sell a few thousand dollars' (US) worth of images each year from, basically, what is a hobby. I'm thrilled with that, as I never set out to do photography as a business. It has opened up a new world for me. I just simply go and and shoot the images, process them, then describe and keyword them, and then upload them to these sites. The images have to be technically good.....no chromatic aberration, no artifacting, no sharpening, over saturation or contrast.....pretty much straight 'out of camera' images. You receive very little for each image, however, the images can sell over and over again. I have one photo of some air-conditioning ducts that has sold over 300 times, and earned me over $300.00. That's just one for photo. I have many other photos that have sold between 50 and 100 times. You can read about my experience with Microstock Photography by visiting my web-site , and clicking on 'Sales'.
indemnity 9 334
28 Jun 2011 1:49PM
PhillipMinnis, it's refreshing to see somebody contributing such useful information freely. Thanks.
Carabosse 14 41.0k 269 England
28 Jun 2011 1:51PM

Quote:I have one photo of some air-conditioning ducts

Before I gave up on stock, my most popular was bathroom taps... with and without running water. Grin

It was at that point I realised I did not want to be doing that type of thing. Wink
RodTonge 11 2 Wales
29 Jun 2011 9:48AM
Hi all,
Again, thank you for the useful comments above, its much appreciated.
Many thanks

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