i don't need to be preached because you know i just ordered a camera. i was just asking about it for general knowledge. I can ask about brain surgery too even though I haven't enrolled in medical school
Online sales only work really well for event photography. While I get a few online sales, they're generally through people I know or who already have one or more of my images. Person-to-person and gallery sales are really the only good mechanisms anymore, and galleries are getting more and more difficult to get into. Even then, you're not likely to make a lot of money unless you're in an area that has a good art/tourist economy and your work stands out from the crowd.
There's a saying..."Give someone a camera, and suddenly their a photographer. Give someone a flute, and they own a flute."
There are millions of people who think it would be cool/fun to see their work. There's maybe a few hundred who are successful. If you want to work at it, you will spend a lot more effort on marketing than taking pictures and you'll hate it. And 99.99% you'll fail anyway
I'm sure you could sell your images to wildlife magazines etc.I'm not suggesting that anyone would want to buy my photos but the thought of turning a hobby that I enjoy into any form of business would take a lot of the fun out of photography for me.
Everyone has their own needs. Personally, I work hard at my day job and find photography to be a great way to relieve the stress of work.
There are other factors to consider as well such as insurance. All my gear is covered under a rider on my home insurance policy. The insurance premium would be more if I used the equipment for any form of business including online sales. I doubt the I could generate enough income from selling photos to even cover the cost of the increased premium.
Thanks for the kind thought AFB.I'm sure you could sell your images to wildlife magazines etc.
Well said...All the doom and gloom...
If we're talking about a hobby and just looking to make a few bucks on the side, why not try and sell your photos? I don't see a downside to trying at all. It's dead simple to setup a SmugMug account or something like that these days.
As far as the message "it's hard to break into the business". Who cares? What business ISN'T hard to break into? Everything is competitive these days. If you don't try, you're chances of succeeding is absolutely ZERO.
With all the social media system we have now, you're chances of getting some customers are much higher than in the past. Sort of like how the music industry used to be that you had to have a label to make it. Not anymore. Some people have become successful from just posting YouTube videos of their band.
Even if you only sell a few photos and don't make much money at it, the feeling of satisfaction that someone purchased your photos may be worth it alone.
If you were jumping into it full time and the sale of the photos would be your income, that would be different of course. That's where common sense would dictate that you can't just dive into something full-time and expect to make a living at it without experience.
The real question is what can you do that few others are doing, are there buyers looking for that, and how to get in front of them?But like fishing, there's luck involved.
That's awesome! Do you print them yourself on an inkjet printer and/or frame them any special way? Have you tried selling CD's of your images to tourists or are you having better luck with the single photos?As mentioned above, a niche to focus on really helps. I live in a very popular tourist county in the Midwest and my niche is images of local landmarks to sell to tourists. I started selling prints at local farmers markets and art fairs this summer and have had some pretty good results.
I have them printed at either a local lab or a lab online. Then I put them in simple mats. I put the matted prints in a clear bag and they're good to go.That's awesome! Do you print them yourself on an inkjet printer and/or frame them any special way? Have you tried selling CD's of your images to tourists or are you having better luck with the single photos?