Beginning Photographer Needs Advice On Selling Photos
Hey guys! I have a few (ok, a lot of) questions for you guys. But first, here's a little back story on me.
I'm an 18 year old high school student (almost graduated...should be done in a couple of months) looking to be a professional photographer. I'm planning on doing the online, at-home photography course with the New York Institute of Photography when I'm done with high school.
In the mean time, I would like to learn how to start selling some of my pictures online. I do sell some at art shows and to family members when they visit in the summer - I print pictures and put them on blank cards and put some in frames - but I would like to be able to do it online as well. I've had a few requests from people wanting to buy my photos (through Facebook) and I just don't have the knowledge for it. lol
I had two requests for photos last winter and it was a head ache trying to figure out how much I should charge while factoring in printing, shipping, etc - I'm always afraid I'm going to charge too much or too little.
Here are a few of my questions:
Would it be better to sell my photos myself or use a website like smugmug and the like? (I like the sound of someone else handling all of the financial, printing, and shipping aspects of it but I don't know if I could sell enough photos to make up for the monthly cost of being on such a site...)
And to go with the above...If selling through a site would be better, which site is the best?
How do I figure out how much to charge for my photos?
I would also like to see if I can sell some framed photos and/or greeting cards in a shop or two here in town. What would be the proper way to go about this such as pricing and what not goes?
Should I forget about selling any photos until I complete my college course?
Thanks so much for your time and any tips or suggestions that you may have for a beginning photographer, feel free to share!
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