Upload & Sell: Off
| p.1 #3 · Best approach for a "casual" professional |
So, ask yourself this question: "Are any of my photos so compelling that a total stranger would spend hundreds of dollars to hang it on their wall?"
If you can answer yes, you might have a glimmer of a chance to sell your landscape photos online. Otherwise, you're better off trying to peddle them face to face, either to friends and acquaintances, or at art/craft fairs.
I have sold lots of prints of my landscapes and still lives, but I have never sold one to someone that I didn't speak to personally. Mostly I sell to my friends and office acquaintances.
There are literally billions of stock landscape images. If you have coverage from an unusual or exotic location, you might have a market, otherwise I wouldn't count on it. As for the art/craft fairs, people actually sell pictures there. Whether it's possible to sell more than it costs to be there, I have no idea, but I seriously doubt it.
My $0.02 worth, keep your day job.
Plan definitely is to keep the day job... and to keep shooting for myself. (as mentioned)
Agree that selling prints online to strangers seems like a tough endeavor. Always wondered how many folks that offer prints really do any significant business online.
Hence my interest in stock type photography. Into selling to businesses who might need the photo for whatever reason.
As noted... of course you have to have the quality.
I think I've got a number of items that would at least be useful as stock, I would think.
I wouldn't expect a bunch of print sales from that. But I'd get a kick out of someone using it in a brochure or advertisement or whatever.
If the images I take can help support my hobby, great.