Nidelva river through Trondheim Norway

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From experience I'd advise that you should not explain anything (politely or otherwise) when it comes to people wanting you to work for free. Explaining things just gets you into a situation where people (usually people who want everything for free) take it as an invitation to challenge your position regarding payment and licencing which will waste your ...


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You have, as a professional, received a request from a potential customer. The response from you should be a written quotation stating your price and other commercial terms.


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I'm going to be a bit blunt here: your photography isn't the kinds of stuff clients who buy stock/microstock go for. In 2011, the vast majority of stock photography is used to sell business products to business people. And if it's not that, it's used as a source of images to be composited with other images. I've worked in interactive and print advertising ...


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Polaroid applied for a design mark apparently covering the shape of their prints, but that application was abandoned in 2000. That shape is distinctive, but, for example, Fujifilm Instax looks similar — not to mention Impossible Project film, which is actually made in a former Polaroid factory. You're not using the Polaroid name, which does have a valid ...


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What you're seeking: "an easy way where I would just upload my pictures somewhere and let it go" doesn't exist. If you want to make money, you'll need to invest time and work in making that happen. Let's look at a couple options you mentioned: Stock Photography The stock photo market is flood with pros and amateurs seeking revenue. What sells in stock ...


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It depends very much on what you are trying to accomplish. There are at least 3 broad categories, which I'll try and give some examples. Note that my examples are probably US centric, but the services might also have foreign affiliates, I haven't looked into them all, so... Selling Prints to Clients Okay, so you've done a photo shoot with some clients, ...


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Your only solution is to start an "old digital camera" movement where you espouse the virtues of the very digital look of the earliest digital cameras, and then put on a gallery show in New York with the images blown up to 4 feet by 6 feet to emphasize the very digitarianism they exude. Hey, if they can do gallery shows with iPhone images this should be a ...


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I'm a gallery represented photographer and I can tell you what I know. I can see two paths into a gallery, the first is when the gallery owner is already familiar with you work, the second is when they are not. You are lucky if you fit into the first camp, I did. But it isn't all luck. I worked hard to get noticed, I was just lucky in that I got noticed ...


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10 years is a very long time in electronics, even the pro level Canon 1D is bettered for resolution by a camera phone these days. There's more to image quality than megapixels of course (I'm sure to get some flak in the comments for the 1D comparison) but I still think you'll be best served by getting a new camera, even if it's bottom of the range, chances ...


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I make extra money through photography by developing personal relationships with potential clients, and using the internet as more of a portfolio guiding people rather than as a primary money maker by itself. Most of my photography money comes from shooting events (weddings, etc), or from one-off gigs where people want something photographed more nicely ...


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The big question is do you license strictly for stock, or do you also license for assignment? FotoQuote (which is what I use) is 'the industry standard' (self proclaimed though that may be), and truth-be-told that 'fact' does on occasion enter into my negotiation process if I get a balky client: "Well, I don't know Mr. Hip Brand Manager, as you know we use ...


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If your volume is low enough, you could just handle everything yourself. Post low-resolution images on your website and let users contact you directly specifying which ones they want. You could accept Paypal, which has much lower fees than many photo-selling websites I have seen.


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The easiest and safest way to sell photography equipment is to sell it to people you know! I've had the good fortune to be able to do this in the past. Failing that, I've also sold stuff on eBay and not had any problems. You only ship when the buyer's funds are in your paypal account, and using an insured & signed for delivery system prevents them from ...


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Other than selling it to people you know (as pointed out by Matt) the easiest and safest way would be to a camera shop that deals in second hand equipment. You walk in there with your kit, they look at it and you walk out with money. Of course you will get less money than if you cut out the middleman, but that's your trade off to make.


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Have you considered a solution like Instaproofs? They don't have a setup fee, you can set your own prices, you can upload whatever you want to (it's designed as a professional photography proofing site), and they charge a commission only when a sale is actually made... The commission is kinda steep- 15% of the total order amount (although it is on a sliding ...


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The problem with stock sites these days is that they are utterly saturated with photos. Your photos are just a few amongst thousands; the chances of them being picked up are therefore small. Type 'sunset' into Getty Images and you get over 50,000 hits on more than 800 pages. If your photos appear on any page over about 10, you can probably forget about ...


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Simply telling them isn't rude. Most people would only be asking because they didn't realize it was a for-pay product in the first place. So just let them know. Them: "Can you send me a link to the digital version of that photo?" You: "Actually, selling those photographs is how I make my living. So I can't just give the source file to you, but if you want ...


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I'm pretty sure that Lulu.com will do what you are asking of them. It's not a particularly well know site for selling digitial prints, but it will do the job.


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Without serious work, your chances of making money from your photos are quite low because there's lots of people who do work hard to make their images more appealing for potential buyers. There are only two options of making money with hobby shots I can think of, both rather occasional than generating regular income: someone wants your photo thanks to ...


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I would say you almost certainly cannot use that image commercially, without getting permission. If that site is legitimate, it would appear their intention is providing layouts and images for personal use. Only thing I can think of is to go to tineye.com and enter that drum image there, and see if you get any hits. You might be able to discover the ...


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This is somewhat covered in this question. But it comes down to your prints are worth whatever people will pay for them. You can calculate a minimum price based upon your material costs and an amount you feel your time is worth, but this is really just the floor below which you are losing money. So some key factors that will influence price: Audience: ...


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If you store your images on an online repository, then just say “Sure!” and then just provide them with a link to the repository where you store them. But ensure that it is one where they will have to pay to download or pay to view anything larger than a large size thumbnail! It will be very bold of someone to come back to you and ask for it to be given to ...


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Note: this answer was written over two and a half years ago, and I would not give the same answer if I answered this now. I'd say that your camera is outdated, not primarily because of its pixel count, but because much better cameras can be bought for very cheap prices nowadays. In 2001 the 5MP compact camera probably cost about double what a good DSLR and ...


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Each and every product sold separately at retail stores should have it's own EAN code. When combined in a bundle by the manufacturer, they receive a new EAN code. An EAN code embeds the manufacturer's identifier. The EAN code spec has a specified range that allows a retailer to create it's own EAN code valid only within that retailer. That could be used ...


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You might want to take a look at KEH. They may not give you the absolute highest price, but they are quite reputable, and you can certainly feel safe going through them.


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In my experience, it doesn't make much difference if you don't put much effort put into advertizing and promotion. I am with Fine Art America and I've sold a handful of photos but only one was a random buyer; the rest were friends of friends on Facebook and word of mouth. (I spent some money on advertizing on Google (which sucked) and Facebook (which was ...


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Please take this as gentle constructive criticism, since that's how it's being offered. You don't want to invest in your business because you don't want to build or run your own web site. You don't want to pay someone else to do that for you, because you think they charge too much. I do think you need to take a step back and do some research into the ...


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I believe it is Andreas Gursky's Rhine II, sold for $4.3 million in 2011. See this Telegraph article for some more details, including some other expensive prints. Pedantic aside: Whether it's the most valuable is different to the most expensive in my mind, and even that is probably different from the highest sale price, which is all I've mentioned here ...


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My SmugMug experience as a SmugMug Pro user: Pros A lot of control over your gallery's settings and prices. Excellent customer support. This high level of support on the web is uncommon. The customer's experience is simple and straight forward (as long as you don't overwhelm them different sizes and options). Tons of cool features with the Pro account, like ...


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I would suggest you very strongly consider the pros and cons of the microstock model before submitting your images there. Generally speaking, micro is a model that's much better for the consumers than the producers of content. If you'd prefer a more traditional stock photography model I would suggest you check out the Alamy agency: http://alamy.com/



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