Thursday, July 3, 2008
A Different Kind of Post Today
Today's post doesn't feature a specific sight to see in D.C. or pretty pictures of flowers and critters. In fact, the pictures posted today have been featured here previously. Today's post is a call for advice.
In the last two weeks, I've been approached by four different people or agencies regarding my photography and have had a variety of requests to use my work in an equal variety of media. Here's a rundown:
About 10 days ago, an acquaintance contacted me regarding a picture I took of a religious landmark. She offered to buy an 8 x 10 print for herself and the same photo in a larger dimension for one of her children.
On Tuesday, a friend of mine who happens to be a kick *ss artist, asked if she could have permission to use a photo I took at the National Gallery of Art. Turns out, it really struck a chord with her and she wants to reproduce it as a painting.
Then, yesterday, a federal agency here in Washington contacted me and asked for permission to use a photo I took of a water fountain at L'Enfant Plaza in their annual planning report.
And, during all of this, I've had several people who've said I should start offering some or all of my photographs for sale.
Finally, this week, I've been working on putting together three prints for a photo competition in Kensington, Maryland, at the end of the month. In assembling my final choices, I've found a vendor that will print, matte, and frame my work in a 16 x 20 for less than $75 + shipping and handling.
Here are my queries:
If I were to market my photography, how should I price it?
I'm not 100% sure I want to put my photography on Flickr, PhotoBucket, or Mac's iWeb. I also am not confident my stuff is good enough for StockPhoto or other stock services. Should I create a separate blog with pictures I want to make available and a link to PayPal? Should I use a service like Image Kind or Wink Flash or Snapfish?
Fenix, Rob, Debi, Ramsey, Jim, Maya, others... what do you do? What do you think?
Seeking information and education! You can either leave a comment here or email me here.