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1. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this topic but technically it seems right. ANYWAY...all I'd like to know is if any of you here sell prints from your travels. With all the money it costs to produce wonderful pictures I see no problem in making a little of it back on the side ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 12, 2007, at 10:19 PM by NantesFC ]

2. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

I usually just copy them from other people on TP na dsell them through my business.
No i've never done it but would be a great idea. I guess the biggest problem is you have so much competition with so many more poeple travelling lately and everybody has flash new cameras on them. For some reason, everybody seems to think they are a professional potogropher these days.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 9y

Photography is 10% taking good photos, and 90% marketing. I'm pretty good at the 10% thing nowadays, but the 90% is not for me.
I do get inquiries into using my photographs every few months, but when I ask about intended usage to be able to quote a fair licensing cost, the other side invariably grows awfully quiet, which almost certainly means that they were "flickr-raiders" - hoping to take advantage of an unsuspecting photographer to get a far too broad license for pennies, and shying away from paying what good photographs are actually worth.

So, don't count on it. You might get lucky at some point, but like everything, to make it more than luck will require a lot of work.

4. Posted by ristinw (Full Member 53 posts) 9y

Sounds great to earn some extra money when travel!!! where do u think it's the best place to sell some of your "great" photos?

5. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 9y

Quoting ristinw

Sounds great to earn some extra money when travel!!! where do u think it's the best place to sell some of your "great" photos?

Well luckily, here in Lancaster the "Art scene" is huge. I see people sell prints that aren't even any good. I'm not saying I'm good or anything as I'm a novice. I've never used anything better than a point and shoot. However, it takes practice and one I develop sufficient pictures from my travels and with my local "artist network" I intend on doing business.

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 9y

Ah, I now see that you're talking about selling actual physical prints, rather than stock photography licensing. That's an avenue I hadn't personally considered yet - I suspect the same thing about the 90% will hold, but if you have a good market and network right there, that might be quite feasible!

7. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

Quoting ristinw

Sounds great to earn some extra money when travel!!! where do u think it's the best place to sell some of your "great" photos?

I use istockphoto.com sometimes to purchase prints/images and designs for small business related marketing type purposes (relatively cheap and exactly the kind of license I'm after). I think everyone can still sign up there and sell their photos too. Not quite sure what you make off of photos, but I'm sure there's a few good designers/photographers there making a decent enough income off of it!

8. Posted by Bit Devine (Budding Member 19 posts) 9y

My brother and I have two avenues for selling our prints, his personal website, sperwestphotos.com and Zazzle.com/cowboycraic*. Each site markets itself to a different group of clientele. We have just started the Zazzle site to satisfy the request for posters and novelty items without having to lay out any money for overhead. Other than that, we have had moderate success in marketing his photos at local art fairs and farmers markets.

Happy Snapping,

Bit Devine

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10. Posted by irishbase (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

I've been taking travel photos for many years now and trying to get a meagre living going from my photography. What I've found from selling prints on Art and farmers markets is that people that go there are far more interested in buying wall prints of things that are familiar to them, usually their local area. With travel photography you have to look broader. If you can get in on a major art fair then you may be able to make some cash from the exotic stuff, but you'll have to fork out quite a lot for your place in those initially.

If you're looking at making a career of it, you definitely have to look at the 10%, 90% thing. And even then, with travel photos you'll never be very wealthy unless you're good at marketing and very lucky as well. But when it's working it's great fun. I'd rather be working on my images for a pittance than fiddling numbers in an office for someone else and having no time for the travel or photography. Also look at the photo libraries like Alamy. They have a large selection of travel stuff. You'll not make much there either unless you have tens of thousands of images but it may be worth thinking about for a bit of pocket money every so often.

Feargus.