This week we had Dawn give us her insight on how she, or rather a members perspective on selling through Photo4me. Have a read!
"One of the most asked questions on Photo4Me (P4) has to be “How
can I earn money on P4”?
There is of course no easy answer. Some have sold well because
they have a niche market, for example this past year we have seen a lot of
Aviation Images sell well. One member in particular has done extremely well
with over 30 sales in the month leading up to Christmas and including the month
of early November when buyers were thinking about the 100th Celebrations of the
start of WW1. Why did this one particular member sell so well when there are
many members with similar and equally as “good” images? I believe because that
artist has built up a dedicated following of his work which he has promoted on
many different sites that are into Aviation or WW1 memorabilia.
So how can you sell if you don’t have a niche market? If you are
like me and probably a lot of the photographers on P4 do not have a particular
genre of photography then good for you! You have the whole world at your
fingertips. I’ve been a serious photographer for about 5 years now and have
been consistently selling for almost 3. P4 is the first site I sold an image on
and it gave me such a buzz! Someone liked my work so much they have it hanging
on their wall! I’ve deleted the image now it was such a bad image . Why did
they buy it then? It was an image of a statue in the Winter Garden of a local
park and university grounds. Who knows why, they do and that’s what matters, it
mattered to them. It had meaning for them. Whether it was the statue itself or
the place it was situated we will never know.
I have sold images of a single Ox Eye Daisy I took in my garden
and then had my first ever go at using textures. Again not a “good” image but
it sold as an A1 Framed Print 5 times in the same sale to be used in various
hospitals in the North of England. Why? A simple happy image that had a
soothing calming effect I guess? I woke up one day and a pal put on Facebook
that there was a pig flying around Battersea Power Station. I lived 20 minutes by
train from there so up I got and off I dashed to grab a few pics. This was a
recreation of Pink Floyds The Animals album. I took hundreds of shots to get
the right composition, I didn’t want a shot of the pig’s backside and because
of the wind and the fact that it had a leak and had to be brought down many
times to be refilled it was a long session but I got some good shots and this
has proved to be one of my best sellers.
I am not a great photographer and Photoshop still baffles me! I
can use Lightroom and do to bring out the best in my photos as much as I can
but most of my work is pretty much as is taken at the time. I believe the
reason for my success is the amount of time I’ve put into promoting my work.
It took me 8 months before I sold my first image on P4 and from
then on I pretty much sold an image every month, more sometimes . I must have
driven my Facebook friends nuts as every time I uploaded an image to P4 I
linked it to my wall which was connected to my Twitter account as well! I
joined various “arty websites” and gave blogging a try. I paid to have my P4
URL included in search engines, I had some of my work printed and managed to
get them displayed in local cafes and pubs. I got some cheep business cards
printed with my current “best image” on and handed them out to all and sundry.
I even gave prints away to folk who I knew who would then go on to tell loads
of folk about their “gift”. Anything and everything I could think of and it
worked for me!
As I said, there is no easy formula, if there was we would all
be selling bundles every day, its all trial and error and luck! All I can
advise is get out there take all those pics and upload your best work. None of
us know what the buyers are going to eventually spend their hard earned cash on
but if its not up there it certainly won’t sell!"
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