01.17.2015 Going Big Time

That’s what my buddy, Mark, said when he saw that I was uploading images to FineArtAmerica.  Of course, selling framed prints in a storefront gallery is the big time…or licensed to National Geographic or pretty much any other magazine for publication…but FAA is the top seller of framed art on the web to folks using Google in their searches although still getting the word out.  For anyone so inclined, I’ve added a link in the menu on the right to my page there.

I have a lot to learn about using their services, but the key, as with most things in sales, is self-promotion…like mentioning it here, in emails, knocking on my neighbors’ doors, etc.  How quickly your images show up in searches is based on sales.  The more you make, the higher your ranking and the quicker people see them.  I’d rather do my own printing and be able to sign the prints, but most people these days are looking for one stop shopping and that is what both FAA and my webhost, PhotoShelter, offer.

I opted out for shooting this morning.  Mary Beth had the annual MLK breakfast, so I stayed home, tended the fire, kept the Murph company and read about soil ecology.  In lieu of something current, here is a teaser of our next up season….Spring!

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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36 Responses to 01.17.2015 Going Big Time

  1. Good luck with your FAA venture. I joined a little over a year ago but have sold very little there. As you say, a lot depends on promotion, heavy promotion, and I haven’t found myself temperamentally suited for that.

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  2. Another truly beautiful picture. I wish you much success in selling your images. Surely all your hard work will be beneficial for you. I’ll take a look at the site and thanks for letting us know about your endeavors.

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    • Thank you, Yvonne. The work is pleasurable, even when out in the severe cold. Even sitting in front of the computer is enjoyable as the images come to life. Not quite as amazing as seeing it happen in a wet darkroom, but still pretty cool. Thanks too for the good wishes as I try to be more productive.

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  3. Jim in IA says:

    That spring scene is only 3 months away. Sounds like a long time. 😦

    The FAA linked wouldn’t work for me with several tries.

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    • 3 months does seem like forever at this point, And we have hardly had a winter….just very cold temperatures…which is about to change and bring us rain. But we have had very little snow and only a small amount of sleet or freezing rain.

      I think I have fixed the link, but not sure as it works for me but as the owner it would. Thanks for trying so many times. I hope it works now.

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      • The link works for me. Now that you’re on FAA, you might want to join some of its groups, which you can find in the menu under Community. The menu item below that, Contests, is another that might interest you. Both of those are ways to increase exposure (and by that I don’t mean allow more light to reach the sensor).

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      • Did you try any of that and did it help you, Steve? I have read differing views on whether that does drive sales. From what I have seen in various comments, most of the other group members are photographers also who are not going to buy a print from someone else and the contests again are mostly paid attention to by other photographers. OTOH, there are also some folks who recommend them. I should probably just buy a bunch of my prints at a discount and drive my numbers up. Just kidding….maybe.

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      • Jim in IA says:

        It works. You have a nice set of galleries.

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      • Thanks, Jim. I still have to build them up more and add a few others.

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      • I wish I could say it worked for me, but it hasn’t. I think you’re right that the FAA groups and contests mostly show artists off to one another, and my impression is that attracting non-artist buyers from external sites is much more profitable.

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      • There’s no way around it…if we want results we have to do some door pounding.

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  4. Love the raw physical nature of your photo; really engaging.

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  5. Lottie Nevin says:

    Get your work in to as many photographic shows as possible and find an agent!! I know I’m still harking on about that old chestnut but please forgive me! You need to find galleries far and wide that specialise in selling photographic works and approach them – find out where other nature and landscape photographers show their work, etc etc. Pete sells some of his old screen-prints on Saatchi on-line. I wouldn’t exactly say that they are flying off the shelf but he’s sold a few and any money is better than a slap in the face with a wet fish! You deserve success and I’m rooting for you all the way!

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    • Lottie Nevin says:

      and just for a bit of light relief, if you’ve not already seen the film BIG EYES then I highly recommend it. Based on a true story about the marketing of paintings and the ends to which some people will go to get money and fame! Murphy will enjoy it too! 😀

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    • I am working on galleries and exhibits, Lottie. There is not much locally for galleries showing photographs. Mostly paintings. I do know that I need to wander a bit further afoot to the larger cities.
      Yeah, it is hard removing those scales from the beard after a good slap. 🙂

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  6. Andrew says:

    Good luck, Steve. That is a real tempter for Spring – the light at the back of the image is very enticing.

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  7. Making our photography ‘work’ is a topic I’ve been thinking about, and fighting with, for some time. Have you ever seen the YouTube series of videos by Serge Ramelli? Here’s the link for you’re interest (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YUTca9bkzw). I mention him for two reasons first, because although I don’t like all that he does, I did manage to learn lots of useful techniques from him, enough to allow me to strike out on my own in Lightroom such that I am now very comfortable with the software and second, because he’s a guy who really knows how to sell his product. He’s a natural, an obvious go getter, and highly successful entrepreneur. You make very good points about self-promotion. And, you are right. Unless we pound-the-pavement, no one is going to care about us or the products we have to offer. I’m not at all good at self aggrandizement. I’m not at all good at self promotion. My own opinion of my work is such that I don’t think I would have the temerity to tell others that they should purchase it. Many things I’ve said, at this blog, might have suggested that after nearly 30 years in the business of higher education, I’m looking to switch gears and do something else for a while. I’d love to set myself free and find a way to make the photography and or the photography and the writing pay at least some of the bills. Alas, I don’t think I’ve got what it takes, technically, or personally. I just don’t see myself as capable of being a good enough entrepreneur. Perhaps if I were younger, more energetic, and (perhaps most of all) more optimistic about the possibilities. I think your stuff has genuine potential Steve. In your case, it’s perhaps a matter of continuing to do what you do best … capturing good images, and investing time getting those images ‘out there’ on the web. Among the many sites you have considered and participate in … have you thought about 500px for its more global audience? And, like Andrew, I see the image here as a harbinger of good things to come.

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    • Thanks for the link, David. I have not heard of him or seen his work anywhere, but I will watch some of his videos and see what he has to offer. There are quite a number of photographers with how to videos on YouTube. I’ve mostly watched the videos from the
      B&H’ Event Space series.

      From what little experience I have and reading that of others, we need to start slow and local before trying to spread out wider. I’ve had a little luck in a few local exhibits as well as a couple of things through my website, Facebook and this blog (thank you folks….you know who you are. 🙂
      I think you have the advantage, despite your protestations, of being able to combine writing with your photographs. When approaching a publisher, for instance, having something as substantial as a potentially complete article, is a good selling point. I would expect that you could provide an awfully informative piece complete with images about raising sheep, as an example.

      I have thought about 500px and a couple of others, but hesitate because of the level of competition. Nothing ventured, nothing gained…so I should give it a shot.

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  9. shoreacres says:

    Here I come, bringing up the rear. But I think you might appreciate this post, and my comment there.

    Writing is different than photography, but I have found “starting local” to be wothwhile – as long as you define local pretty loosely.. Several of my blog pieces have been picked up and published in magazines and newspapers. One on Hurricane Katrina in Mississippi was published by the Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi. Some pieces have been published by the sailing and cruising magazine for the Texas/Louisiana coast. In all cases, I’ve approached the editors and said, “I think your readers would like this.” So far, they’ve agreed. It’s not a way to support myself, though. The most I’ve made for an article is $75. That’s a few lattes, but….

    At this point, I’m really ambivalent about all that writing and marketing a book would entail. I don’t have that many years left, and I’d rather have the pleasure of writing and sharing than writing and marketing. On the other hand, even sharing with more people takes effort.

    I can tell you this — I’ve purchased once from FAA, and it was a great experience. The serivce was impeccable, and the quality of the photo was excellent.

    The one thing writers and photographers seem to share these days is the conviction of the masses that they can do “it” too. Everyone’s a photographer, and everyone can write. Instagram and blogging are not only the great equalizers, they’re the morass that we all disappear into. There’s a lot of noise out there. The trick is to find a niche, a hook — something that.

    Are there arts and crafts fairs and such in your area? They get a lot of traffic.. There always are photographers at those things around here, and people are ready to buy. It’s a thought.

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      • Yep, start with a little tap followed a few more then that will lead to some resounding bangs. I’ve already remarked on your writing and, while I am no editor, it is hard for me to fathom that there would not be a few publishers finding your essays interesting enough to share with their readers. Have you looked through Writer’s Market?

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    • I responded to your link post before reading this, but my cheer-leading remains appropriate. What I enjoy about your writing is the depth and literate quality to your pieces. All the information is constructed in a way that has us following the story with interest that, at least in my case, did not exist before.

      You are absolutely correct regarding the idea that “I can take pictures just as good as yours” with a little phone camera as one jumps out of a car, snaps and then hops back in the car and speeds off. I am sure all that person’s friends say the pictures are amazing. Same goes for writing, I am sure. It has been the death of the stock photography market for professionals.

      There are fairs around here. Not very many though compared to places that have them weekly throughout the more temperate seasons.

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      • shoreacres says:

        Yep. Someone sent me that big, fat, Magazine Markets for Writers about five years ago. I still don’t know who it was. Anyway, every year I’ve gone ahead and repurchased, and every year about August, I end up sending the copy to someone else I think could profit from it. It’s a great resource, for people who actually use the danged thing!

        You know, I’d not thought about those stock photography sites in some time. When I started blogging, I used iStock for a while. I needed illustrations, didn’t have a camera, and it worked out fine. I can’t remember how expensive it was, but it wasn’t much. For something like $25 I could buy photos for a dozen or more blogs, since I was using the smallest images. Then, I got a camera and used iStock only for specific photos I couldn’t take myself, like railroad tracks in Montana. But I haven’t been to that site in a long, long time. As far as I can tell, it’s been four years.

        And now I remember that some of my friends were selling photos to places like that. It’s amazing how quickly things have changed.

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      • Truth, a tool only works when you use it. I have not made the best use of Photographer’s Market either.

        The problem with iStock etc is that it has reduced the earnings of pro photographers who could generally make $150-$300 per image and often more. So $25/image has really hurt the market.

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      • shoreacres says:

        It wasn’t $25/image. It was $25 for enough “credits” to purchase a couple dozen images. That’s even worse.

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      • Even worse, indeed. Coupled with the idea that anyone can take a picture at a professional level simply by having a good camera, the opportunity to make a living at photography is almost nil. The main exception being commercial advertising photography for folks like cosmetics manufacturers or designer clothing. There are still places to sell pictures but it is much harder to get a return on a much more expensive investment than before digital.

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  10. tomwhelan says:

    Beautiful image – you’ve been posting a lot! I’ll have to check out FAA.

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  11. This beautiful image was so welcome this morning, Steve! How is FAA working out? I long for my own little store. Rethinking Michigan, since I hate winter. So silly to think I could live where that is a major feature…. do you see any fairy godmothers anywhere?

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    • I’ve not sold anything and have garnered just a little interest. But FAA is just like most things…I will need to push to get a following and make some sales.
      No fairy godmothers in my visions, Melissa. If it were not for photographing ice, I would have little pleasure from winter. And after this snow and the shoveling and snow raking, even the ice is approaching not worth it status.
      As a painter, I think FAA might work a little better for you, but I would guess that it will still take some online promotion.

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