September 22, 2014, 06:43:33 PM

Author Topic: Woo Hoo... I just made $17. Time to blow it all on scotch and hookers!  (Read 2878 times)

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Well, $15 net.  I might have to downgrade my celebration with some Natty Light and annoying the wife...

But what is nice is that the print I sold was for some pro bono work I do for shits and giggs... So I am actually pleased, but the print isn't one of my best... So I'm almost annoyed that less than stellar work is going to hang on someone's wall.
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Congrats JD, but I'd advise staying away from either of those if all you've got is $15.  The drink is likely to come in a 1.75L plastic bottle and won't leave you feeling too well.  The other could result in a nasty legal or medical bill :o, if you don't get mugged in the process.

Natty Lite and Taco Bell might be more realistic and a tad bit healthier. 

On the other point, welcome to selling your photography.  You'll find out how individual taste really is when you sell your work.  The stuff you love rarely sells well, and vice versa.  The effort you spend taking a photo and editing it means almost nothing in most genres.  Only the final image matters.  If you don't believe me, here's a sampling of my work that one of longtime clients has chosen, and let me tell you, the rest of the work I've sent them for consideration is MUCH better. All of these shots were actually what I'd consider "outtakes" - shots that I took because I was there, not because I intended them for use/sale.  And they have used them for magazine ads, billboards, and huge prints in their branches!:





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Congratulations.  I've never tried selling prints for a personal profit, but I do sell prints and photobooks for charity work.  People are happy with them.

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I've sold stuff before... generally the service... not a print... but in regards to this subject... there weren't a ton of other options.... just the lone image.  So I kinda feel bad.... because if I throw another hour into the effort I can probably come away with something that both I and the customer would love... but it is ok...
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Congrats :)  I'm very happy for you JD

You now can tell the wife you need a 1dx and 400mm lens ;D
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$17 for scotch AND hookers!  - that's great value for money. I'm moving to where ever you are ;)

But seriously - congrats. 
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Congrats JD, but I'd advise staying away from either of those if all you've got is $15.  The drink is likely to come in a 1.75L plastic bottle and won't leave you feeling too well.  The other could result in a nasty legal or medical bill :o, if you don't get mugged in the process.

Natty Lite and Taco Bell might be more realistic and a tad bit healthier. 

On the other point, welcome to selling your photography.  You'll find out how individual taste really is when you sell your work.  The stuff you love rarely sells well, and vice versa.  The effort you spend taking a photo and editing it means almost nothing in most genres.  Only the final image matters.  If you don't believe me, here's a sampling of my work that one of longtime clients has chosen, and let me tell you, the rest of the work I've sent them for consideration is MUCH better. All of these shots were actually what I'd consider "outtakes" - shots that I took because I was there, not because I intended them for use/sale.  And they have used them for magazine ads, billboards, and huge prints in their branches!:







well, perhaps sometimes a more bland picture is desired in ads, to avoid taking away the focus from the message.

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Congrats!
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You'll find out how individual taste really is when you sell your work.  The stuff you love rarely sells well, and vice versa.

So true. My largest sale to date was from a mom who purchased pretty much every shot I took of her two kids at a high school football game (QB & WR on the team).

I went back and looked at the photos and there's not one that would make my portfolio.

And there have been many others I've taken at other events that I was sooooo proud of, but nope, parents didn't purchase them.  :-\
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The shot I sold was a sports photo and if not for trying to get a decent sample of every team... that shot would have made the cutting room floor. 

And then there are some shots that I feel like are the once in a lifetime get... and not a peep. 

I usually try to get something above and beyond four my customers, a marketing gift week after the fact... but I can't think of anything... who uses mouse pads anymore?


You'll find out how individual taste really is when you sell your work.  The stuff you love rarely sells well, and vice versa.

So true. My largest sale to date was from a mom who purchased pretty much every shot I took of her two kids at a high school football game (QB & WR on the team).

I went back and looked at the photos and there's not one that would make my portfolio.

And there have been many others I've taken at other events that I was sooooo proud of, but nope, parents didn't purchase them.  :-\
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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It really makes no rhyme or reason... My pic of the day for this shoot was the 1st one below, I call it the "Wall  of Fame",  I really thought they'd love it.  Nope, they loved #2 much more... I don't get it...  ???
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Congrats JD  :)

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It really makes no rhyme or reason... My pic of the day for this shoot was the 1st one below, I call it the "Wall  of Fame",  I really thought they'd love it.  Nope, they loved #2 much more... I don't get it...  ???
I definitely like #1 much better, too, but clients are always unpredictable like that.  Maybe we should start a "I can't believe they chose this (insert profanity of choice) photo" thread ;)
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It really makes no rhyme or reason... My pic of the day for this shoot was the 1st one below, I call it the "Wall  of Fame",  I really thought they'd love it.  Nope, they loved #2 much more... I don't get it...  ???
I definitely like #1 much better, too, but clients are always unpredictable like that.  Maybe we should start a "I can't believe they chose this (insert profanity of choice) photo" thread ;)
That's not a bad idea!  It would be fun and a bit off the normal fray! 

Hey, I may be coming up through the Panhandle in the next 4-5 weeks.  If so, I'll give you a heads up Ian. 
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I like #2 better, and depending on their planned use, it's much more flexible.

#1 is cool and creative, but it has some composition issues - helmet in crotch, shows bottom of shoes, not an athletic looking pose, very busy, and worst of all, you can't read the team name.

#2 is a simple pose, shows the athlete, the sport, and the team in one pleasing and tight composition - and you did a great job on the lighting, so what's not to like? This would be a perfect shot for a player profile on a website or team publication.

Good job on both, just pointing out that the client made a very reasonable choice from my perspective.

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