considering selling a few photos....

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  1. macOSX-tastic macrumors 6502a

    macOSX-tastic

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    hey guys, a little advice needed:

    i have a quite established iPhoto library of over 6,000 images now, and a select few of them have been complemented upon by close friends and family, etc. i have seen works in photography shop windows of comaprable quality / style, and am considering trying to sell a few of the photos. im not going to go into any grandioso business plan here, i just wondered if anyone had any advice to give with regards to selling individual pictures on a small scale. many of the images are macro based, and some feature product brands, etc (copyright considerations maybe?). most of them are of natural objects though.

    any advice on the best way to go about this would be more than helpful, as this is my first foray into this stuff and i'm kind of a newbie!:eek:

    Thanks

    EDIT: ill post a few sample pics if it becomes necessary.

    S
     
  2. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    Your first step is to determine your method for printing.

    I'm currently testing out Mpix.com, which I've heard is a very professional service. If you want me to post here with results, I'd be happy to.

    Once you have some prints, I'd take them to galleries and ask if they'd like to buy a few. You could also try to sell at public events like Sunday markets (You tend to see a bunch of indy photographers at community markets).

    As long as your prints are of high enough quality, your prices are reasonable, and you represent yourself well, I think you'll achieve your goal.
     
  3. macOSX-tastic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    macOSX-tastic

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    that sounds good, but as you say, finding a good print service can be quite hard....i think the best thing to do is have a look around. if you do get the prints, i would appreciate a post displaying the results:D

    Thanks

    S
     
  4. cairo macrumors regular

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    How bout selling it to those stock photograhy places?
     
  5. mlrproducts macrumors 6502

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    Many peers I know use WHCC, as well as myself. If you are a pro shooting digital, they offer great service and FREE 2-day return shipping (minimum order of $12 for everything). I can't recommend them enough.
     
  6. Pistol Pete macrumors 6502a

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    what do these compnanys have over iphotos order service?

    20x30 print for $23

    which doesnt seem too bad.

    i checked out WHCC as mentioned and they are a bit more...better quality?
     
  7. mox358 macrumors 6502

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    istockphoto

    I highly recommend iStockPhoto.com. I use it extensively as a designer and the photographer I work with in my company often releases extra shots as stock photos on the site. Decent commission rates and if you work exclusively through them the rate increases.

    I guess this sounds a little like a commercial but I really like iStockPhoto and I think it's atleast worth a look.
     
  8. pdpfilms macrumors 68020

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    What's the pricing model for iStockPhoto? Do they pay you for the photo, or do you have the opportunity to upload it and then they'll sell it for you? Also, by handing photos over to them, are you forfeiting all your rights to the photos?
     

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