landscape photography, making it pay?
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01-05-11, 07:38 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: East Dorset
Find places that want local views hanging on their walls - galleries, doctors, forestry commission venues etc. Offer a commission for any print sales - but the prints must be top quality in really nice frames at a 'sensible' price. Put up a variety of subject matter and see which sell best - I was amazed how many B&W prints I sold at my recent exhibition!
I've done a few exhibitions now and am starting to get a grasp of what people buy - it's not necessarily a fantastic shot that sells, it seems to be either pastel coloured views that look nice on anyone's wall, a good photo of somewhere the client has had a good time (Durdle Door always sells well) and high contrast B&W.
I do sell through my website but not that often - I use it as a shop window. I also got some cards printed at Moo.com and hand these out when out and about if anyone talks to me while shooting - they have 25 different images randomly on the back so people can take home a mini version (I often get asked who I shoot for when at NT properties etc) and hopefully, they then buy online.
My best advice though? Make sure everything looks professional and just get in people's faces - galleries etc I mean, talk to them, take some prints in, tell them how nice they would make their venue look etc. Basically, sell yourself but don't sell yourself short
There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer
. ~ Ansel Adams
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