Selling Fine Art Photos


sebas77

Link Posted 18/03/2017 - 17:09
I have been asked a couple of times to do some exhibitions, but I never really thought to try to make some money from my hobby.
Now I realised that is super hard to sell photos, but if you wanted to do it, what would be the best place? I am talking about selling the printed photo, not downloadable one.

Chrism8

Link Posted 18/03/2017 - 17:35
Exhibitions in Hotel dining rooms have worked for me in the past, I've found images need to be local to the hotel and of spots not immediately on the tourist trail, but still recognisable spots.
Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

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sebas77

Link Posted 19/03/2017 - 10:52
Hello, thanks for the answer.

Forgive me, I re read the post and I realised it didn't meant to be what I wanted to ask. I should have asked this:

Now I realise that is super hard to sell photos, but if you wanted to do it online, what would be the best web site? I am talking about selling the printed photo, not downloadable one.

About your experience: my current theory, that could be totally wrong, is that people would more likely to buy photos of places that they have been at, but that they couldn't easily return to. So Local places wouldn't work with local people, but like you said with tourists.
Last Edited by sebas77 on 19/03/2017 - 10:53

Chrism8

Link Posted 19/03/2017 - 11:32
The best sellers were images that were of typical cornish villages where the viewpoint was even just a little off the tourist route, or where the weather was rough and stormy, or something unusual was captured.

I had a 26 image exhibition in a cornish hotel dining room that I stayed at every 6 weeks on business for a week at a time, so replacing the images sold was fairly easy.

Online will be harder as there's loads of togs doing the same thing, and you will have to really stand out to be noticed and sort your SEO and keywording superbly well.

I run my own website site and put the web site address on all images that go public to drive as much traffic to the site as poss.
Chris

www.chrismillsphotography.co.uk

" A Hangover is something that occupies the Head you neglected to use the night before".

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K3iii + K3ii + K5iis converted to IR, Sigma 17 - 70 F2.8, Pentax 55 - 300 F4.5 / F5.6 PLM
Last Edited by Chrism8 on 19/03/2017 - 11:32

sebas77

Link Posted 19/03/2017 - 11:59
Yeah I am also inclined to think that local selling can be more successful...thanks for the insights!

HarisF1

Link Posted 19/03/2017 - 16:21
A buddy of mine produced a theme for Microsoft (the London theme from Win 7 afaik) and this brought him loads of traffic. He sells prints on his website also, and he recently started selling his best pics in calendar format - the local 'Yorkshire' calendar is best seller from his range.

One of his (relatively) well-known prints was an image of Malham Cove when the rains caused a very rare waterfall to develop. Another was of a Yorkshire landmark that was the foreground for the Supermoon eclipse last year (or the year before).

His work gets around through word-of-mouth although he's recently picked up the game and become sponsored by a filter producer. All of this exposure definitely leads to more prints being sold on his sit. His handle is 'Photography by Imran' if you'd like to see more. He's very good at what he does, which helps a lot. It's all about getting exposure, and he really works hard to get it.
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