Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
It would be great if a landscape photographer could make a living just shooting and selling prints. First off, you'll have to do promoting like other APUGers suggest to build your reputation. Once you have a reputation, you'll probably have to teach via workshops, a faculty position at a university or at a college. Other sources of income are stock sales and commercial work. I went to a talk by Michael Kenna and was inspired by his work. I saw some of his work at the Wirtz gallery in San Francisco and saw his 8x10 prints for sale at $600 each. Minus the gallery commission, he'll probably get get $300 at best. He also does commercial jobs. Here's Mr. Kenna's site.

http://www.michaelkenna.net/

Stephen Wirtz site: http://www.wirtzgallery.com/main.html

Good luck!
Don
You'll be glad to know that Michael Kenna makes a lot more than $300 per print. His prints, which are all approximately 8x8 inches, sell for between $2,000 and $7,500, depending on which number in the edition they are. And he regularly sells out editions of certain prints in each show. Besides prints, his landscape work sells through books and calendars and I believe digital image licensing. Michael Kenna is in fact a highly successful photographer.

And let's think about it. He shoots a Hasselblad, which many "experts" would say wouldn't be adequate for serious landscape work. He prints everything 8x8 inches, which many of those same experts would say is too small for landscape work. He uses black and white film. His printing style is very personal and stylized. He probably is the perfect example of how to earn a living from photography. He believed in himself, and he went his own way.

-Laura