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Old 22-02-2017, 16:04   #1 (permalink)
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I've been promoting the heck out of myself lately.. and made some heavy decisions.. Call me semi pro now. I've got a lot of prints out there that I didn't give away for free or charge basic cost only. This show coming up over the weekend I've got 500 business cards to spend and I want to see as many as I can into the hands of people with money enough to afford prints.. I'm rather hoping my entry takes first and draws attention to me, but it's not the end of the world if it does not.

I don't make my living at it but am earning some money, and trying to bust over the hump to make the transition to "Pro". If I cannot, I am honestly happy where I am and will continue on making the occasional sale and do it for fun/something to get me out of my chair. and pay for some of my toys..



1) I no longer use Facebook's galleries to store images for followers/customers to browse. I am running my own gallery site which I control myself. Facebook trashes everything you upload to make it fit into a 39-59K jpeg. I am already getting compliments from people saying they never knew how nice my photos looked until they saw me off Facebook.

2) I came down on the side of watermarking. Yes it's easy to remove. But I made it pretty, flowing. small. not obnoxious.

3) Customer rights. I post a high quality 1400 pixel image on the long edge image.. People are welcome to order up to 5x7 prints for themselves WITH the watermark for free. Yes, for free. Take it to adoramapix/mpix/whatever and have at it. print it yourself on the printer you bought! If they want a bigger print I encourage them to contact me.... I don't want to selll 4x6/5x7 prints.. Also my hope is having 5x7 prints around will make them want an 11x14 or bigger.

4) My preferred mediums: I only openly sell metal and glass prints. Not paper prints. Yes it costs more but it makes a brand and never fails to impress the hell out of people when they open the box.. If someone on a case by case basis wants a paper print I'll do it. I just don't advertise them and I don't do framing - if they want it framed right order it from the printer that way or they can take it to a framing shop themselves..

5) profit margins: Triple my costs on small to medium prints. double price in large/xlarge prints.

6) there is no six.

7) I'm now available for hire to do pet and human photography.. Including large animals like horses.. Macro I do on speculation and fun for myself. Hardly anyone commwissions macro photos of this interesting object/thing. But I'm sure if they wanted a picture of their friend, Eric the bee I could accommodate them..

8) Customer prints: Naturally I want to be the one to sell them their final print(s) when I do a shoot for someone. But sometimes they just want the digital images.. Sometimes they want the RAW. 2K (long edge) resolution 99% quality jpegs are free. full resolution 99% jpeg or tiff $50. RAW files $100. If they already have in mind they can do it cheaper elsewhere or -let's face it, they can google and figure out where I get their prints made.. they're gonna do it. 2K resolution covers just about everyone unless they want a huge print.. Free digital delivery via my website or $10 for getting it on a flash drive for the less savvy.. I'm ordering a 100 count of 4GB flash drives imprinted with my logo when I can.. Its darned cheap these days.
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You have done well to get this far Loyd. It is good to have a plan and yours looks good. Only time will tell if it needs any tweaks.

I think that you choice of not doing paper prints is a good one. This is your USP and I bet not many other will be doing this.

I'd be a little wary of supplying files. Mind you, at $100 for a RAW you might not care, but I would not want anyone editing any of my work. If you do start to get recognised by your work then a bad edit crops up it could cause you damage.
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I might rethink the raw thing. I won't outright advertise it anyway. That's just my price if some guy asks if they can get the raw file.. I don't consider it the holiest of holies. 99% of people will be covered by my free 2K resolution policy anyway..

But you're right, I don't want to receive credit for user crops and overcooking...
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