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Lori McCravey
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/16/2001

Selling Photos

I am interested in selling my photos.
If anyone can help me this would be a great way for me to make some money. Thanks to anyone who can help me.

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6/22/2005 6:24:41 AM

Irene Troy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/27/2004
  Hi Lori –

Well your question has been here for awhile and no one else has responded, so I thought I might give it a go. You say that you are interested in selling your images as a means for making extra money. I have thought about your question and decided that if I asked a similar question I would appreciate an honest answer – even if that answer was not really the one I hoped for. So, I will be honest with you even if I run the risk of disappointing you.

From viewing your gallery I have to say that I do not think that you are ready to market your images. At this time your images are simply “snap shots” and unfortunately, they need some real work. You need to learn more about both exposure and composition. Many of your currently posted images are poorly exposed and many could benefit from better composition. I also notice that you share one of my problems: that of getting the horizon straight. I find it helpful to lift my eyes from the viewfinder for a minute before taking a final check and squeezing the shutter. I think my eyes are fooled when I concentrate too hard on the image and that by lifting them for a few seconds I am able to refocus and see the uneven horizon. Also, always check to make sure that your camera is actually straight on the tripod head – yes, I have made this mistake more than once!

If you are interested in nature/bird photography I would suggest that you learn as much about your potential subjects as possible. Knowing something about bird behavior can help you choose the best times and methods for making those really WOW images. BTW: the subjects in “Resting Birds” and “Bird in Flight” are ospreys. The resting birds are in their brood nest and it is very likely that they have eggs or even young in the nest. Several issues arise when photographing such scenes: First, you do not want to do anything that will stress your subject, particularly when your subject may have young nearby. Ospreys are quite territorial during mating and brooding and will not welcome your presence. Because of this you need a strong lens that will bring the birds into focus from a safe distance. The length of the lens, coupled with the fact that you will be shooting upwards, means that a sturdy tripod is absolutely essential.

It took me some time to figure out why my own images lacked the WOW factor, but about 18 months ago I found this site and have now taken several classes here. My images are improving and I truly enjoy exchanging ideas and critiques with those who have much more experience than I do. I would also suggest viewing the various galleries – especially those that feature the type work you are interesting in doing. It’s a great way to learn.

My last suggestion in this long-winded response concerns actually selling your work. I am still a novice and my work cannot compare to what the real pros sell. However, I have found that there is a small local market for some of the work that I attempt. A local conservation group as well as the local chapter of a national wildlife group has both used some of my work in their exhibits. Recently I was asked to produce educational materials for use at the local wildlife refuge in their programs for school aged children. None of these gigs pays great, but the experience and exposure are very valuable. By working with these groups I am developing my skills and my knowledge, not only about photography but also about nature and wildlife – subjects that I am very interested in learning about. Ask around your community and see if similar opportunities exist.

Last words (I promise!); keep in mind that it does not matter all that much where you are today, it matters where you are going and how you plan to get there. Don’t let anyone dissuade you from reaching for your dreams.

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6/22/2005 11:37:52 AM

Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
I sort of agree with Irene that some of your photos are just snapshots, but you have some good ones also.

About selling your photos, you can sell your photos right here at BP. Get a Deluxe Website or a Deluxe Pro Website. But it costs 200$ for a Deluxe website. But I think you should wait for this. Or you could go to a site called I haven't had any success with this site, but it's free, so it might be worth a try.

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6/22/2005 5:23:31 PM

Collette Photography
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/21/2005
  I have also been looking for a place to sell my photos, and I did find one its called, I havent had much luck with this one either, but you could try it.


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6/23/2005 12:42:26 PM

Joan Bellinger   Hi, Lori. I looked at your gallery. You have some good ideas. I was wondering if you lived near the water/ocean and whether you are in a "touristy" town. If so, you may want to check with the local shops that display/sell postcards/greeting cards to see if they are interested in you work.

As far as your gallery, I liked the photos, but you may want to look into using the rule of thirds a little more and not centering your subjects. Another thing is looking for different angles with your subjects that not everyone thinks of. I believe this would work well with the lighthouses. I was also wondering if you use any type of photofinishing programs. I would be interested to see your pictures with bright skies darkened.

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6/23/2005 3:37:27 PM

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