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    Marketing Prints on the Internet

    Friends and Colleagues:

    I'm just curious to know if ANYONE is having any real success marketing fine prints via the Internet. I know a number of people are selling prints on eBay, through their own websites, and other web venues, but am wondering if it is really paying off to a worthwhile degree.

    If anyone can share their personal experiences, or share what they have read or heard about from other photographers, I think it would be of interest to many of us in the APUG community.

    Thanks in advance for your comments and input!
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    I really think it depends on the type of photographs your trying to sell, I do pretty good with wildlife and landscape stuff, I have never tried to do anything with so called fine art stuff, you really need to target your market and then push to that market share, there are many photographers selling work, but in all reality, I think the market may be a bit tighter than some really realize...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Satinsnow
    .... but in all reality, I think the market may be a bit tighter than some really realize...

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    Its pretty tight alright. I had pretty good success the first four months I sold on E-bay, but its been real tight ever since. Most of my sales during that initial period were to fellow APUG members (and kind thanks to all of them). I watch the market by tracking sales of other similar photographers and no one has been selling much throughout the spring and summer.

    One exception to this is nudes; nudes seem to always sell, whether male or female, expensive or cheap, digital or analog, azo contact print or resin-coated 35mm 16x20.

    Other than nudes, the only work selling for much over a hundred bucks is that of the traditional big names; a few of them living like Sturges and Sexton, most of them deceased like Weston and Adams.

    I know this sounds pessimistic and is a "half empty" vice "half full" response, but its a highly pragmatic view of the situation.
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    Brooks Jensen, the publisher/editor of the wonderful magazine Lenswork, sells his prints for a meagre $20! He, apparently, sold over 1000 so far. His philosophy is basically to either sell 1000 prints at $20 or none at $1000. Your pick.

    There's a huge gap between people telling you they love your work and them actually shelling out money - any money - for it. $20 will assure you some sales. $200 won't - unless your work is amazingly good and very unique.

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    the $20 variety I think are inkjet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee
    the $20 variety I think are inkjet.

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    You get what you pay for

    I only know of one photographer who makes a living from sales primarily from his website. http://www.davebeckerman.com/

    I don't think the guy is living in the lap of luxury but he is doing what he wants to do and was able to leave a regular job to persue photography full time. Considering he is not represented by a gallery, does not teach workshops and receives no play in magazines he does pretty well.

    Everyone else who is not primarily a commercial shooter for a profession does it with a combination of workshops, gallery representation and commercial work. In most cases I don't know if a person would recoup the cost of a website with the amount of prints sold in year.
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    Brooks Jensen's prints are beautiful. No two ways about it. You can argue 'til you're blue in the face about the process and the relative value thereof, but his prints are still beautiful. I've purchased several and I feel that I got far more than I paid for.

    Not long ago I was in a show, offered some 5x7s (traditional photo prints), matted and framed, for $55 each. Larger (8x10s and 11x14s) were more. Only the 5x7s sold. After writing the check my buyers, to a person, said "You should ask for more." I suggested they add whatever they thought appropriate to the price. They all laughed. I'm a photographer AND a comedian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chinn

    I only know of one photographer who makes a living from sales primarily from his website. http://www.davebeckerman.com/
    Looked at his site, seems he has good connections with Google and uses others' links to add a bit of revenue. I was reminded of a photographer in the Seventies who sold his prints on the streets of NYC for like, ten bucks. A former editor for Natl. Geographic discovered him and made a nice hardcover coffee table book of his photos. So the point is, nudes sell, New York sells. I'm moving to the Big Apple and rounding up some hot women to photograph in B&W posing on famous NY landmarks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhphoto
    I'm moving to the Big Apple and rounding up some hot women to photograph in B&W posing on famous NY landmarks.
    I think you will do well. Don't forget the E-Bay market with those. :rolleyes:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chinn
    You get what you pay for

    I only know of one photographer who makes a living from sales primarily from his website. http://www.davebeckerman.com/
    Dave Beckerman's also only sells inkjets! Albeit limited edition inkjets.
    Regards Dave.

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