How to Sell Your Photographs....
You've been taking photographs for a little while now and now you're wondering if.... could I actually sell my photos and have them hanging on the walls in peoples homes and offices... making extra money from selling my photographs would be great.
Or maybe you was wondering about having some of your photos sold as stock photos to be used by web designers, or having photos published in magazine.
Here's a few little pointers for you....
Selling Your Photographs...
Start by making sure your photographs are of subjects or locations relevant to the people you'll be aiming at.
Don't try selling Rally Car photographs to Dog People or landscape photographs of Carlisle to people in Yorkshire.
Sure you may sell some but the majority of Dog people will be into dogs or animals in general, so cars are going to be a hard sell and Yorkshire people are going to be more likely to buy Yorkshire Landscape Prints than those from Carlisle.
Decide how you're going to sell your photographs.
Are you just going to sell prints, are they going to be framed or just prints, or have you thought about placing your photographs onto other products like cups, keyrings, postcards, etc.
Or what about Selling Digital Downloads of your photographs?
Selling prints, what sizes are you going to offer people?
Maybe look at a small, medium and large option... A5 / A4 / A3, different people want different sizes for different reasons.
You'll need to look at printing your photos so you'll have to decide if you want to use one of the online print companies or purchase you're own professional photo printer.
Read on and I'll tell you in more detail, how to sell your photos and make some money....
Where to Sell your Photographs,...
Craft fairs are a great way to connect direct with the public.
Impulse Buys... If you've got some great photographs and products, people will often fall in love with the item in their hands, so no hard sell is needed.
You can ask for payment in cash but its now often expected by the public that they are able to pay by card, especially if people are paying £20 - £50 for one of your prints as they often don't have that much cash on them.
People often want a more finished item so maybe offer ready Framed Prints or at least Mounted Prints ready for people to place into their own style of frame and/or maybe other products like keyrings with your photos inside.
To get around this cash payment issue, for only £19 you can purchase a card reader to accept card payment. The card reader connects to your phone via Bluetooth and connects to the banking system via your phone data signal. These machines are safe and secure to use and you can accept contactless payments as well as chip n pin payments. Your money is then with you in your bank account within a couple of days.
It couldn't be easier. Take a look at the one I use here >>>
Online store is another great way to sell your items. You can build a more elaborate website with an online store using someone like Weebly You can take sell your items and take online payments through Paypal, Stripe and other payments gateways and it's all pretty easy to set up, no coding required.
My Photography Website is made with weebly, take a look at my online store and the rest of my Photography Services
If you're looking for something easier still to set up and cheaper, you can get a free online selling site through SumUp.
Purchase a card payment machine and set up your account, this then gives you access to a basic online store with web address to add to listings and posts when promoting your items on social media like Facebook etc.
Thinking about Selling Digital Downloads.... Read on...
Selling Digital Downloads....
Selling digital downloads online can be easy and straight forward and its all automated.
There are a few different options for this type of service but this is the one I use >>>
After signing up and setting your site and gallery up how you want it to look and be used...
You upload your photos to your website gallery page and create a web address that is a direct link to it.
Buyers visits the website and choose a photo/s to download for printing to put on their wall, for a magazine, for an online blog, for a news article, for a travel website... the list is endless....
The buyer selects the photo/s they want to purchase at a price set by you, then goes through the checkout process and receives an email with a link and instructions on how download the digital photo/s.
You money is transferred directly to you WITHOUT paying any commission on it.
You don't have to do anything during or after the sales process.
Want to take card payments from Photoshoot Clients and Craft Fair Customers ?
Take card payments anywhere - anytime with NO Contract.
Only £19 for the machine and 1.69% processing fee.
One of the cheapest options on the market at the time of writing.