Selling Your Photos
February 17, 2009 3:13pm CST
One of the questions that keeps coming up on myLot is "how/where can I make some money from my pictures?". With on-line sales, a lot depends on how ready the webmaster is to promote your photos - after all, they have thousands of posts to manage. I am trying a new site at the moment and I am very impressed by the way they go about the job. You get a free "private gallery" which you can sub-divide into categories. No-one sees that unless you invite them, so its good for say, that wedding you shot last week, or a collection of nudes etc. You can view thumbnails, individual images, or make slide shows. Then you can submit pictures from your private gallery to the Public Gallery, where anyone can see them (and buy them). The site manages the sales, printing, framing, delivery etc. and you get a commission. Finally, you can submit pics to the Collectors Gallery. That's very selective, and if you have a work accepted, it becomes a Limited Edition; no more than 20 will be printed (ever) and you give the site the exclusive license to market them. But the licence applies only to wall art...framed pictures for hanging. Any other use (magazines, illustrations, calenders, post-cards, mouse pads, mugs etc. etc.) is unaffected. And the commissions on the limited edition prints are quite high (if all 20 sold you could get back thousands of dollars). They are also in the process of setting up a Stock Library, so get in early! As to promotion, for the third time in as many weeks, they are featuring some of my pictures on the front page (all day today, in fact), which is great publicity. The site is called PhotoArtgallery and the URL is http://www.photoartgallery.com/Default.aspx for anyone looking for a sales outlet.
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19 Feb 09
Thank you for sharing. As someone who is into selling her work I could find this to be very useful. I also use redbubble and shutterpoint but I can never seem to get sales. I understand marketing is key but some times it gets you no where how do you get those viewers to come to your photos and purchase. Something I wonder all too much. I'll give it a shot and see where it takes me. Again thanks for this.
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17 Feb 09
That's interesting! Thanks for sharing! I mostly stick with websites that are well established that a lot of people have heard, then I rely on my own keywording skills to generate the websites' traffic directly to my work. But if you're willing to do a lot of the marketing work yourself (on your website, blog, etc.) then using a more personalized service can be fantastic... even if the website is new or doesn't get as much traffic as some of the "big names"!
17 Feb 09
That's true. They have about 50,000 images so far, which is low compared with stock sites, but they are concentrating on the wall art market, promoting to corporate buyers, home decorators, people who put up display villages, furnish office blocks and malls etc. I have no doubt there would be a place for that in most people's portfolios.