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Old 10-08-2004, 02:17 AM
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Ok I am looking to sell some prints of some of my picture and and looking for opinions. I am currently testing some printing methods and should have it locked down in the near future.

I am trying to see if anyone is even interested, and what size prints would make sense.

I can get:
4x6
5x7
8x10
11x14
20x30

I can also get mugs, shirts and mousepads, but not sure there is much interest for them.

I have not worked out pricing yet, but I plan to start with a couple different shots and then add more if the first ones sell.

Let me know just testing the waters on this idea,
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I'm sure a lot of it would be price dependent. At least it would for me. I think I might be interested in some wall art for the office . . . .
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I was thinking depending on shipping and etc:
8x10 $15-20
11x14 $20-30
20x30 $40-60 or so (they are not cheap to get printed or shipped)

Mouse Pads would be $15-20

Not sure on the rest yet, but these are the main items I think people would be interested in.

None of this is locked in stone and just early thoughts. From what I can tell I can have them sent straight to people from the printing company, but I need to check the shipping rates.
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Kyle,

Those are more than reasonable prices. Personally, I would pay more for some of your shots.
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Just an idea, you might want to offer them already framed and matted. Less work for the customer. They can just take it out of the box and hang it on the wall.
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i'm a big fan of plug and pla... i mean unwrap and enjoy...
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Just an idea, you might want to offer them already framed and matted. Less work for the customer. They can just take it out of the box and hang it on the wall.
That gets tricky, trust me. Everyone wants a different frame. You can offer it but make it worth your while. I was wondering when you were going to start selling your pics. Does this mean we won't see your pics posted on this site?
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I'd by some of your shots very quickly! Especially if you had poster size
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Thanks Homer, I am still thinking on how to do everything...

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Those are more than reasonable prices. Personally, I would pay more for some of your shots.
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I may have some friends sell them at some shows and some of those may be matted and framed. The shipping gets tricky and pricy with trying to send them like that.

Right now i think I can have the printer send them straight to someone so that may be the best best with the least amount of shipping charges.

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Thanks and I have a 20x30 of a butterfly on my wall that looks amazing. I was pretty proud of myself after seeing how well it came out. I need to try a couple of the frogs pictures larger, but so far I think I shoud be able to do at least 20x30 and maybe even larger.

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The 20x30 pics would they be posters? or would they be normal photostock?
If you have some *really* nice pictures(which I know you do) it might be worth your while to look into doing a bulk printing of poster sized pictures. You might be able to sell them for less but sell a lot more, though artistic integrity vs economies of scale can be a personal issue and the initial investment might be a bit more.

I've gotten some of my pics printed 8x10 being the largest and have them hanging all over my living room.

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The 20x30s are very sturdy photo paper, I would compare it to a poster, but maybe a little different.
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I probably shouldn't say anything but the history of selling photos at frog shows is not a success story. Several photographers have offered incredibly stunning photos of PDF and other herps at IAD's past and NWFF with very few buyers. Everyone I know who has tried it has ended up dissapointed. It seems that when people go to shows, they reserve all of their money for frogs and plants. Too bad because there is more to the hobby than the frogs themselves but that is the reality. So my suggestion would be to speak with some people who have actually tried this to see if you can get some advice.
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I have that impression, but the way I intend to do it I should not have any inital costs. As I will just get them printed as needed. I may have a few printed to have some others try to sell for me, but not enough to lose any great amount of money.

The tax deduction I will get just for the ones I have donated this year is enough for me... :-)

Photography is not a easy way to make money thats for sure, but I'm not looking to quit my job or anything either.
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can you show me what dart frogs photo do you have available?

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I will have a gallery with them soon, but it is not ready yet. I will keep you posted.
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Hey Kyle,

I say go for it! But I think you will have better luck selling them when it is the non-shipping season. I would make it almost all internet based. While I see problems with selling them framed, matted would be a very nice addition.
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Photography is not a easy way to make money thats for sure, but I'm not looking to quit my job or anything either.
One other thought is that nice frog photos should make really good barter material.

Personally I wish photos were a better selling item among froggers. It is difficult to resist the temptation to acquire yet another stunning frog but it is also another mouth to feed and more insect cultures to make. To me, collecting frog images provides an outlet for that itch to add something new without the overhead of a live animal. It is a way to keep a frog collection manageable while still continuing to collect "new frogs" so to speak.
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Thanks guys, I had thought about the trading idea... :-)

I hope to get the samples online in a few days.
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Now it was not my intent to start a big debate, but if you would like to in the lounge then I am all for it. The movie topic was a fun topic not too long ago. Lets keep it to the lounge though, and keep it civil.
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Sorry bout that, just had to say something.
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There are several services that provide all this to you and give the customer a wide variety of matteing and framing choices and ship directly to the customer. The one that i use sets a base price for the item and then you set your price and get the profit. all you have to do is upload the digital file to their servers and they do all the selling/shipping for you and cut you a check every 3 months. it's nice.

Also, Check out cord camera for large format in columbus. They have started printing 60" by 100 foot murals from digital files as well as canvas prints. I had one of my photos printed out 60" x 100" and it covers most of the wall and the quality is superb. it is a high quality ink print rather than a dye sublim photo print, so i dont have much faith in the archival propertes of a print that large, especially when exposed to sunlight on a daily basis, but for a wall print or a gallery showing, it is AWESOME!

anyway, hope that helps!
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how much does something like that cost? (the 60" x 100") ? Would allow for some interesting interior design, thats for sure.


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they charge by the sq. ft. or inch, i am not sure. i know that the 60"x100" print cost me about $120 to print. Check out their website for specifics. http://www.cordcamera.com
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I have been looking into those services, but hate the idea of selling something I have not seen myself. Could you PM me some of the different sites like that? I'll look online also.
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