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 Post subject: Beautiful Wood Islands
PostPosted: December 30th, 2010, 12:09 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Wood Islands
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Nice John. I was looking at your other shots too, great photos.

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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Wood Islands
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Thanks! I got a lot more today shooting queens county near Summerside.

You can follow along at http://www.facebook.com/lmapicture :)

Do you do a photo a day JPEG?

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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Wood Islands
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Hey jmweb, really enjoyed looking through your photos on your etsy site. Can I ask you how much business you've been getting from there? I ask because I have put up photos on a istockphoto type site (clustershot, you probably have heard of it) and haven't generated hardly any interest. I know that etsy is a pretty popular spot with lots of traffic, but I assume that photographers selling their shots are a dime a dozen on etsy as they are on other places around the web.

Really great shots, though. Thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Wood Islands
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Stock photography sites and selling prints through Etsy are not the same thing.

Etsy sells a product, in this case, a finished print.

A stock photography sells a license to use a photograph. That license grants you some rights to use a photograph. Normally, they are used in the production of something else. Graphic designers are the target audience for stock sites such as istock. It would be rare for a person to purchase a license, download a file, then print it to hang on their wall. If the photographs in your portfolio have little or no stock photo value, they just won't sell.

Clustershot is a different spin on stock photography; it has no quality requirements, no size requirements, no release requirements and only offers royalty free image license. It lets anyone sell their photos as royalty free stock. The responsibility of obtaining proper model releases lies within the customer of clustershot.

I have had satisfactory results selling prints through smugmug.com at http://buyprints.spinphoto.ca it's fire and forget. I upload, set products and pricing, they sell, print and ship. I get money. For a yearly subscription cost and a small sales percentage. That makes me happy. I can even choose to allow personal or commercial digital downloads.


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 Post subject: Re: Beautiful Wood Islands
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Obviously socktan is more experienced then I am at selling my photos.

Etsy, as socktan said, is selling a finished product. As such, you can charge more for it. The big thing with most the product sites I have seen is that you do the promotion of your prints yourself. I am not sure the deal on smugmug but am interested in it.

I haven't really been sure what to do in terms of selling stock photos. I looked at istock and the $$$ is low. I looked at a few and its pretty much been the same thing everywhere. socktan, does smugmug give you a good % or whats the deal?

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