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I have recently been looking in to selling printed shots i have taken. A local bar(neighborhood) got bought by a friend of mine who is willing to let me post a few of them up to be sold to a patron of the bar. We have yet to decide what if any of a percentage the bar would take from the sale. Since it would be a side income of mine I am not hugely concerned about what they take, but I still want my fair share.

Anyway, this is the piece I already have printed on canvas that I want to sell, as well as a cheap iPhone shot of it hung on my wall. I'm thinking of asking $175 for the picture as it is. Is that an excessive amount? What do you guys think is fair for a 1.5" thick canvas wrapped print? Granted I got a deal on the wrap but normally the wrap would be at least half of the cost.

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A guy here at work takes alot of wildlife photos while traveling across the country. He's printed a bunch of them up, and has a small display here. He set the display up over a year ago, and has sold maybe 2. Maybe it'll be different there, and if its not costing you alot up front to see if you can make a little cash, i'd say go for it.
 

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If you're just lookin to sell a few shots here and there, I'd say the price you're asking is fine. If you're serious about photography and eventually would like to make some money at it, I have one suggestion, which is based on my own experience:
I don't know how many people at a local bar will be ready to drop almost 200 bones on a photo with local houses in it...it is a pretty cool image, but if it is local...people probably know who's houses those are and may not care to have pic of them in their own house. But if the price is a bit lower, they might overlook that. My point is, if you want to start making money, the most important thing for you would be to get your name out there. This might require you to sell some shots at close to what they cost you to produce, or maybe even a bit less in order to get some images circulating.
Once people know your name and like your work, you'll get people inquiring about you. Its all about what you're hoping to acheive
 

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Well the bar and the place I took the shot are about a half mile away from each other. And it's a fairly higher end neighborhood I don't think I would have a problem getting what I'm asking out of it. I had it canvas wrapped for 30$ through a groupon deal and it's not like I gotta have the cash. It would just be nice to sell some shots here and there.
 

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Well the bar and the place I took the shot are about a half mile away from each other. And it's a fairly higher end neighborhood I don't think I would have a problem getting what I'm asking out of it. I had it canvas wrapped for 30$ through a groupon deal and it's not like I gotta have the cash. It would just be nice to sell some shots here and there.
Well, you should be ok then. If you're not trying to make a living or a substantial 2nd income, then no worries. It does get addicting tho once you sell your first couple, and then you start getting asked if you've done anything new or where can I get a copy of this or that....
Good luck to you!
 

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MX, I do canvas shots frequently in various sizes. My cost printed and stretched for a 24x36 is 45.00 and I sell them for 225.00 You will have an easier time selling to clients on their demand. Advertise and have samples for view, but you'll net more sales going out and landing requested shots. Have them pay half up front, half on delivery.
 

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Well, you should be ok then. If you're not trying to make a living or a substantial 2nd income, then no worries. It does get addicting tho once you sell your first couple, and then you start getting asked if you've done anything new or where can I get a copy of this or that....
Good luck to you!
I have a second job as a sports photographer, but i dont have shoots in my area very often. I would just like to start selling some of my own stuff locally.

MX, I do canvas shots frequently in various sizes. My cost printed and stretched for a 24x36 is 45.00 and I sell them for 225.00 You will have an easier time selling to clients on their demand. Advertise and have samples for view, but you'll net more sales going out and landing requested shots. Have them pay half up front, half on delivery.
Thanks for the tips emay, I am gonna put a card with it when its up on the wall with my info on it if they want more "custom" shots.

also where are you getting your canvases printed at? I have used costco, fabness, and canvas pop, never had any bad experiences, but I think costco was the cheapest by far.
 

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does anyone use online sites to sell their photos? or have any other tips? I am really wanting to earn some side money selling photos/doing shoots.

Like I said I have a second job as a sports photographer but in my area all I get to shoot is High School state sports. which dont happen very often.
 

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also here is another one of my recent shots, that I have had printed on canvas that im trying to sell



again im really looking to sell it to someone in the neighborhood as its a shot of the neighborhood. Its a higher end neighborhood so I can see someone/some business possibly buying it
 

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Nate, you may want to look into a website and gallery your shots until your "word of mouth" clientel develop. In time you won't have to advertise to net steady side work. If you plan on making a total living in photog work, then you will have to get yourself out there with websites, advertisements, door knocking - any means. Or the other choice is to do wedding work, this is the most steady path and requires little effort after your portfolio is set.

I find the best print work to come out of exposuremanager.com right now. Hands down they make managing your profits, printing, and custom work ie. special text input by clients, bundling etc the easiest and most cost effective of any specialized online print site I have used. Give em a look. I believe the service is around 85.00 a year now a days and you sell at the profit margin you want to make. They simply cut their printing costs out of your pricing, pocket that and send you weekly, monthly or annual checks for your earnings. Additionally, they handle all merchant work so you can take any form of credit card payment.
 
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