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Michael Bennett October 9th 07 03:18 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
Hi,
My wife loves my photos and I think that they are pretty good but I'd
appreciate some objective feedback on the quality of the shots and
whether they are possibly good enough for future sale. I'm thinking of
a career change from working with computer networks to doing
photography full-time.

My Chicago Botanic Garden shots are my latest additaions, shot with a
Canon Digital Rebel XT with a 100-400mm lens and circular polarizer,
balanced on a monopod.

The link is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelbennett

Many thanks, Michael


Randall Ainsworth October 9th 07 04:35 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
In article . com,
Michael Bennett wrote:

My wife loves my photos and I think that they are pretty good but I'd
appreciate some objective feedback on the quality of the shots and
whether they are possibly good enough for future sale. I'm thinking of
a career change from working with computer networks to doing
photography full-time.


Is there a large market for pictures of flowers in a controlled setting?

Thomas Hintze October 9th 07 05:35 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
Michael Bennett artikulierte sich am 09 Okt 2007 wie folgt:

The link is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelbennett


Michael,

just give it a try. Try to sell the material you already have to
i.e. stock agencies, journals...participate in sophisticated
(international) phototgraphy contest. And see what will happen.

If the overall response is positive, and the earned income seems to be
reasonable for you. Do it.

But, aware of (trying) to turn pro just because your wife is loving your
images...the markets needs to buy your photos.

HTH

Greets from Germany

Thomas


Michael Bennett October 10th 07 01:36 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
On Oct 9, 11:35 am, Randall Ainsworth
wrote:
In article . com,

Michael Bennett wrote:
My wife loves my photos and I think that they are pretty good but I'd
appreciate some objective feedback on the quality of the shots and
whether they are possibly good enough for future sale. I'm thinking of
a career change from working with computer networks to doing
photography full-time.


Is there a large market for pictures of flowers in a controlled setting?


Hi Randall,
Thanks for your response. Probably why I'm not a professional is that
I haven't done any research into the marketability of such shots. I
just like taking them. Clearly, I need to improve my business skills.
Thanks again, Michael


Michael Bennett October 10th 07 01:41 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
On Oct 9, 12:35 pm, Thomas Hintze wrote:
Michael Bennett artikulierte sich am 09 Okt 2007 wie folgt:

The link is:http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelbennett


Michael,

just give it a try. Try to sell the material you already have to
i.e. stock agencies, journals...participate in sophisticated
(international) phototgraphy contest. And see what will happen.

If the overall response is positive, and the earned income seems to be
reasonable for you. Do it.

But, aware of (trying) to turn pro just because your wife is loving your
images...the markets needs to buy your photos.

HTH

Greets from Germany

Thomas


Thank you Thomas. I am a bit naive and agree that enetering some photo
contests would boost my confidence and get a sense of interest in
these pictures.

Michael


Randall Ainsworth October 10th 07 05:02 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
In article . com,
Michael Bennett wrote:

Hi Randall,
Thanks for your response. Probably why I'm not a professional is that
I haven't done any research into the marketability of such shots. I
just like taking them. Clearly, I need to improve my business skills.
Thanks again, Michael


Being able to take pretty pictures of flowers under controlled settings
is hardly a viable business plan.

[email protected] October 10th 07 11:54 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
On Wed, 10 Oct 2007 09:02:20 -0700, Randall Ainsworth
wrote:

In article . com,
Michael Bennett wrote:

Hi Randall,
Thanks for your response. Probably why I'm not a professional is that
I haven't done any research into the marketability of such shots. I
just like taking them. Clearly, I need to improve my business skills.
Thanks again, Michael


Being able to take pretty pictures of flowers under controlled settings
is hardly a viable business plan.


Got anything encouraging to say?


Randall Ainsworth October 11th 07 06:38 AM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
In article ,
wrote:

Got anything encouraging to say?


You want nice instead of truth? Better the guy learns now that he's not
ready than after he invests a lot of money and the marketplace tells
him.

Michael Bennett October 11th 07 12:09 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
On Oct 10, 11:02 am, Randall Ainsworth
wrote:
In article . com,

Michael Bennett wrote:
Hi Randall,
Thanks for your response. Probably why I'm not a professional is that
I haven't done any research into the marketability of such shots. I
just like taking them. Clearly, I need to improve my business skills.
Thanks again, Michael


Being able to take pretty pictures of flowers under controlled settings
is hardly a viable business plan.


I agree. It's no business plan at all.


Michael Bennett October 11th 07 12:23 PM

Are my photos good enough for me to turn professional?
 
On Oct 11, 12:38 am, Randall Ainsworth
wrote:
In article ,

wrote:
Got anything encouraging to say?


You want nice instead of truth? Better the guy learns now that he's not
ready than after he invests a lot of money and the marketplace tells
him.


Thanks to both of you. I asked a direct question and Randall
responded. I understand where he is coming from.

Have any of you tried this method of sales?
I've seen scenarios where the photographer creates his or her own web
site, sets up a shopping cart where the customer selects the photo,
its size, the matte, and a frame, pays with a credit card or Paypal,
and a 3rd party company does the printing on archival paper, does the
assembly, and the shipping. There's minimal overhead for me by not
having to maintain any inventory at home. At least with this method,
if I can market the site correctly, I'd know if there was interest in
the photos or not. Also, I could keep my day job which right now
sounds like is a pretty good idea.

I also wonder if any of you have had success selling in the stock
photo market? I heard they take up to a 65% split with the assumption
that 35% of something is better than 100% of nothing.

Thanks again for your responses. -Michael



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