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OK, so I am about to start selling mounted prints...

Discussion in 'Digital Image Editing & Printing' started by DJG, Feb 24, 2012.

  1. DJG

    DJG Member

    I promise this is the last thread i post about this but would like as much info as poss,

    1. Should I make sure photos are 300DPI before printing?
    2. I must calibrate my monitor.
    3. DSCL or photobox for ordering prints
    4. Cotsworld Mounts for mounts etc

    Anything else I need to know/do before ordering a load of prints and mounts?
  2. LargeFormat

    LargeFormat Well-Known Member

    What you really need to know, but can't, is how many you are going to sell so I suggest you don't order loads of prints and mounts but just a few so you can see how it goes.
  3. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member


    Plus I know some local photographers arrange a small exhibition of prints in the library to see if they can sell and what people think, comment book etc.

    Are you selling mass market or limited edition?
  4. Bawbee

    Bawbee Well-Known Member

    If You don't know the answer to any one of the above, you woud be advised to Not go into business, You are not ready yet. Trust me :(
  5. DJG

    DJG Member

    Hi, if you dont ask you dont find out.. also I dont plan on going into business, I have been complimented on my photos a fair bit in the past and would like to try and sell a few online. But obviously I would like to find out as much as possible before doin so.

    To the other two who asked, I only plan on printing maybe 10 or so and seeing how it goes. I already have a few people interested in purchasing a few photos.

    Thanks for your replies.
  6. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Where will you be selling them through?

    As for how many to print, I would wait to get the orders and then print what is required. If you print 10 of each, you might end up having the majority of them sitting about your house/office for quite some time.
  7. DJG

    DJG Member

    I have a friend that is going to create a website for me in which I can sell prints. Yeah that makes sense to do that, I just want as much info as possible before starting out.
  8. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    Right. If it's your friend that's making your site...

    Marketing? How are people going to know to go to your site?
  9. frank1

    frank1 Well-Known Member

    I presume you will submit any income to HMCR. Have you posted any of your images in the appraisal gallery. If you ask for so much info it would be good to know that your images have a good chance of selling.
  10. DJG

    DJG Member

    Indeed I will, I have posted in other forums before and alot on sites such as Flickr, Tumblr etc. I can also get buisness cards cheap and make use of social networks. Again its not a buisness I plan on living off. I would just like the satisfaction of people hanging my prints! and obviously want to gather as much info as poss instead of just doing it with no knowledge.
  11. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    Might not be you are attempting to live off the income.

    But it still reads like a business. :)

    I don't think there are rules about running a business but being a employee of someone else.

    Except of cause the tax issues. If you start up your 'business' after say 05/04/2012 then it a new tax year so you probably need to file a tax return for the income in 05/04/2013.

    I would get some advice to make sure you are getting the true benefit of trying to make money out of the photography.
  12. Norman

    Norman Well-Known Member

    I don't think his tax affairs are anything to do with the rest of us.

    Get your monitor calibrator and at least you will know that images you send away for printing will be correctly colour and exposure corrected.

    Most people have their monitors set too bright. When you finish the calibration and profiling DO NOT TOUCH THE BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST CONTROLS AFTERWARDS.

    Check the calibration at least monthly (most software has a reminder built in).

    Only calibrate after the monitor has been switched on for 30 minutes or so.
  13. Fen

    Fen Well-Known Member

    You going to put any of your images in the appraisal section?
  14. DJG

    DJG Member

    Yep will do ASAP

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