Nope. I have no idea how people are finding my prints or who is buying them.
I do have a system where I only submit prints of popular images. I set a limit, so only deviations that get at least a certain number of s get submitted as prints. And I do this on the 1st of every month. I go through my gallery and everything that has at least that many s I submit as a print.
I guess I figure if not a lot of people are bothering to a piece of my work, then there's not a good chance it will sell as a print.
I looked through some of your prints/photos. I think whats helping you is the fact that your awesome.XD Your pictures are different from what we normally see in average photos. I would love to do that blurring thing you got going but I don't know if my camera can do it. It is a camera trick right?
It's actually a special lens that gives the blur! It's called a Lensbaby and you can actually bend the lens and push it and pull it to give different blur effects! You can learn more about these lenses on their website [link]
Been here 8 years and only sold one 10x15 cm print of consert photo I done. Why any one would buy it is beyond me, as I can't see what good a 10x15 cm print would do on a wall. But I sell most of my images through stock agency. But I don't view DA as a main outlet for my prints. What's great with DA is to get the images out there and get feedback on them. Maybe drive some trafic to website.
I've sold three prints in the three years I've been on dA. I really want to get my work more out there and I REALLY want to make money off of it.. can any of you guys help me out and check out my work? Maybe refer me to some friends? Haha, I'm a broke college student studying photography.. it's a good cause!
I've had some quiet moments but I've been active most of the time. I think it's just luck of the draw. Some people I know have a much, much greater reach/following than I and still don't get purchases.
I advertise them on different websites every once in awhile, but I don't put any real effort into trying to sell them. But I sold two in 2010 and one a week or so ago and they were all of the same ones that I created in 2010.
I sell two or three a year on dA. Fortunately my manager at work (an art store) is allowing me to have a couple prints for sale in store, so I have a teeny tiny boost above "online only". Although in two months I have only sold one...
My website is powered through zenfolio and they handle the printing - I love it. The package I needed costs $120 per year and it's paid itself off. They make it so simple to use... they have cheaper packages that you can use for personal reasons and all the information is listen on their website. Local private print shops can help you or you can search online for a printing source.
I see. I hope I don't sound rude when I ask if you can you show me your portfolio and/or prints you've sold through it?
Not trying to beat or over-achieve what you have, I'd just like to know what my own chances are with such a set-up. Basically I'm wondering if I could start up this year, or would I need another few years more of photography practice.^^
And, $120 doesn't sound like much if it can pay itself off within the same year.
It paid itself off the first month I had it, though I bought it out of necessity when I was hired for a horse show. Most of what I've sold are portraits and I've been lucky enough to sell some of my nature photography
Do it I plan to print and frame some of my pieces to sell at the craft shows. Not sure how that'll turn out because most of what I've sold I haven't been trying to sell @_@ I want to display my new stuff at local tourist shops. I live in a vacation destination in Florida now so maybe I can get some of their souvenir bucks!
Ah - this is same reason why I don't allow prints of my works here. My own cut is not terribly important, but the amount that DA charges on top of it is really unfair to the potential customers and I cannot allow it.
You could sell prints on Etsy - you just have to come up with a print source but the options are out there. You should never sell yourself short just because a some dweebs who started DA want to capitalize on YOUR hard work.
Yeah I guess this place isn't the best. I have been thinking about selling my photos(as un-pro as they are.^.^; ) for a while now. I just didn't/don't know how to go about it. I guess I need to try finding a print lab as you put it or a website that might get them done for me. Thanks so much for your input.
DeviantART is not a good place to sell prints. They take a huge slice of each image profit, and the printing is very sub par in my opinion. If you want to sell prints, find a good print lab and strike a deal with them