Photographic Strategies For Joanna Pennsylvania

How to Get Started in Landscape Photography and Selling Fine Art

Photography is a buyer's market. The photography marketplace has flooded with an endless sea of photographers who need to sell their work. This informative article attempts to educate you on how to begin selling your photography.

We see pictures each day, and several of them in connection with promotion. Pictures of gorgeous landscapes which folks cannot identify aren't intriguing to buyers at an art fair. For example, I live in Naples, Florida. I've been to tons of art fairs and one thing rings true every time: Infrequently do unless they know where the scene is buyers buy a wonderful photograph of a beach scene. They want to purchase local photos of areas that are local. They want to feel connected with the photograph. A 'generic' landscape photo which the buyer doesn't identify with might as well be a $2 poster at WalMart. The very first lesson is to take photographs of local scene. What are people in your town proud of? The beautiful mountains enclosing the city? The pier going out into the bay? The downtown lights at Christmas time? Every town has something amazing. Remember, though, that youwill have to photograph that scene in ways they would not view as plain or ordinary. Dress the scene up in beautiful light and also make it stunning.

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You have to be pitiless if you plan on showing your work off. Be ruthless with yourself. Shoot all of your very best pictures and place them in one folder on your computer. Look through each image and ask yourself, 'Would this image 'wow' someone who saw it for the first time and who wasn't there to see the scene first hand?' In case the reply is no, then take it out of your art show. If the answer is yes, then pick 10 of your friends who have the least tact and ask them if they are 'wowed.' It does not wow them, although photography is subjective, which means you'll get responses that are inconsistent, there are 10,000 other pictures to choose from. Including 'less-than-wow' images in your gallery will drag down the perceived worth of your art.

You might be proud of the technical perfection of your images, as well as your photo club may be proud, but the typical small-time art buyer merely does not care. The simple truth is the fact that buyers buy whatever strikes them as amazing, and just don't care in case an image has technical imperfections. If you use a 1D Mark IV or a Canon Rebel XT, the buyer just does not care. The evidence is in the pudding.

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So where are you really going to sell your local fine art photography? A few things you might try are art fairs (if you can't find them, you aren't looking, because they're EVERYWHERE), putting your work in coffee shops for free to decorate their store and then have a decal on each image for people to buy, or submitting posts to your local newspaper with a link to your web site.

Good luck in selling your fine art photography. The truth is that the market is so saturated that it is amazingly difficult to sell. You've got to go local to overcome the bunch. Make your town proud of your town.