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Selling online - myth or fact?

Every body knows that the stock market has moved online and there are thousends of web portfolios out there. But what about other things. Has any one any results from online galleries in selling prints, posters, t-shirts and other stuff?

Would be nice to know if the net is working in other aspects for photographers or is it just a communication tool?

by Kristjan Logason at 2007-06-14 20:27:59 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Mexico city , Mexico | Bookmark | | Report spam→

If you have “sellable” material then there are people that buy either prints or posters or whatever. The more you have the better. The more you are known the better.

On the other hand it’s not really easy to survive with this business, it’s more something you can add to all the other activities especially if you have your pictures already prepared for prints from your workflow.

by alfa | 15 Jun 2007 10:06 (ed. Jun 20 2007) | | Report spam→
If you have any photos you have sold prints for in person or in galleries, you might be able to sell online as well.

The photos need to evoke a strong feeling from the viewers to sell. The artworks are much more difficult to sell online or otherwise.

Through the Internet, you are exposing your photos to a bigger audience, but I have sold much better in person to a smaller audience than online.

by Tomoko Yamamoto | 15 Jun 2007 12:06 | Baltimore, MD, United States | | Report spam→
Sure it can be done. Google Dan Heller. I mostly sell image licenses though and deliver them as digital files. Maybe 10% of my image sales are prints. I much prefer it that way, who wants to mail something when they can just deliver it through the web?

by Tommy Huynh | 17 Jun 2007 20:06 (ed. Jun 17 2007) | New York, United States | | Report spam→
I have decided to join your discussion because I have a friend who is also my professor in black and white photography. He has his website for quite some time and amazing works posted but very few people contacted. I am trying to help him because it seems like in contemporary world magic of real photography is not what sells. Here is his site if you want to check it out.
http://www.lpcphoto.com/

by Etel Pesina | 20 Jun 2007 20:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Etel… maybe the reason your prof friend isn’t selling that much on line is because, in my opinion, the sale of artwork, be it photography, painting,
graphics etc. is a one on one personal experience. The internet does not provide that no matter what the techies say. Good to direct you to a gallery where you can experience the physical quality of the art but not much else. Great for all the PJ, editorial, and commercial people who are selling themselves not so much produced work. Ask your self…would you spend good money for artwork that you never came face to face with? That would be something like marrying a mail-order bride.
Just a thought.
G.

by Gregory Sharko | 20 Jun 2007 21:06 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Gregory, I agree with you to some extend. I do not want to sound childish but in my opinion creative photography is not selling.
I also have a very pleasant experience buying Chinese paintings from the gallery on internet. it is a different media and price range but I was not disappointed at all. I talked to the curator over the internet as well if I needed details. What I am saying, if you have a website it is kind of a door but very seldom people come knocking.
Thank you

by Etel Pesina | 20 Jun 2007 21:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Etel…Yes creative photography does sell but I really don’t know what you consider to be creative photography. The fine art world is a different animal from the commercial world you experience here on LS. So much of sales in the fine arts depends on the ebb and flow of aesthetic currents and where and when your work might fit in at that particular moment in time. Call it luck! :) Lots of people produce great work but they might just have to wait in line a while.
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by Gregory Sharko | 20 Jun 2007 21:06 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→
Gregory, thank you for your reply. It is my first day at the site. I am not really familiar with it. I found it by accident looking to find an answer to my question on reallocation to Europe. It just happens that I am studying old fashioned (not digital) photography. I love it. It is my way toescape. In real life I am working for a fashion design corporation so a world of commercial photography is very new to me. Are you a photographer yourself?

by Etel Pesina | 20 Jun 2007 22:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Etal, it all depends on how you create your website.

My approach is to leave the door open, no knocking required. You can sell anything on the web if you get your product in front of enough eyes. When I say leave the door open, I mean make it easy to use. Stay away from flash, make it easy to navigate. To increase traffic, create lots of content that is interesting enough for people to link to (another reason not to use flash). This increases traffic through direct referrals as well as by boosting your standings with search engines. That’s why I post gear related articles on my old site and new blog, people love to link to those things.

I get 1K-4K unique visitors a day and sell everything from “artsy” photos to very cut and dry “postcard” pics. One thing that is key in business IMO, is not trying to determine or predict what the customer wants. Give it a shot and see what works. They will buy things that surprise you, when they do, just run with it.

by Tommy Huynh | 20 Jun 2007 22:06 | New York, United States | | Report spam→
Fashion!… Stock up on Valium. HA! Yeah I did commercial/editorial stuff. Back to more fine art work now. Good luck!
G.

by Gregory Sharko | 20 Jun 2007 22:06 | Brooklyn, New York, United States | | Report spam→

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Participants

Kristjan Logason, Photographer Kristjan Logason
Photographer
(editorial and advertising)
Leikanger , Norway
alfa, alfa
[undisclosed location].
Tomoko Yamamoto, Multimedia Artist Tomoko Yamamoto
Multimedia Artist
Vienna , Austria ( VIE )
Tommy Huynh, Travel & Corporate Photog Tommy Huynh
Travel & Corporate Photog
Houston , United States
Etel Pesina, Designer Etel Pesina
Designer
New York , United States ( JFK )
Gregory Sharko, photographer Gregory Sharko
photographer
Brooklyn, New York , United States ( JFK )


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