Welcome to my Seeking Beauty in Ordinary photography blog. I am Poland based fine art photographer, graphic designer & web designer. For almost 20 years, I used to work as an Art and English teacher at all school levels. As a designer working on commission, the needs and tastes of my clients are priority. While photography is my way of self-expression, my true love and passion. I took it up in 2009 and each day I’ve been learning something new about photography, technique, gear, etc. Looking at the world through the lens made me see everything in a sharper way, more consciously. I have learnt to notice beauty in things commonly perceived as ugly, ordinary as well as I have learnt to sense some mystic energy surrounding me each day.

I hope you enjoy my through-the-lens vision of a world I share with you on this site and find my Art language tips useful. Your comments are an invaluable feedback to me.For more information about my work visit my Painted with Light website. Contact with via my BEHANCE Pro Site.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

How to Promote your Fine Art Photography and Get Extra Money

I think I do not make a major mistake writing that every amateur photographer wants to earn some extra money selling their photographic works. Your presence on my blog and reading this post may be some kind of proof. Nevertheless, that's not a sin to earn extra income from one's own creative work as each art related activity and photography in particular needs money for an artist to be able to create it.

I, like many other artists have tried to sell my works on websites like Fine Art America, RedBubble, etc. The success was rather of mere nature, I must admit. For money earned on that sites I would need to live another 200 years to buy my new dream photo camera. I have no 200 years to live and I am not going to give up my dreams. So, following an old Polish adage saying that the need is the mother of all great invention and discovery, I have invented my own ways of promoting my art, getting wider exposure and I am going to share them with you. First of all,

Define your photography core value and think who may be interested in the kind of work you create

Look through the Internet to find blogs writing on topics close to your photography. Write to the blog editor to ask if they would be interested in using your phography in their posts for free but giving credits to your website in exchange or maybe publishing small article about you with a 'Thank You' note? Whether you find a proper blog to cooperate or not,

Create your own blog on a topic that would best reflect your photographic work

There are numerous free options available on the Internet to start blogging on any topic you wish. Blogger and Wordpress are among the most popular ones. Instead of spending hours chatting and clicking likes on Facebook, start creating the foundation of your own business. You may find that your beloved fine art photography is just an addition to your blog and it is the blog and what you write on it that actually brings you money. However, with each post published accompanied by one of your photographs you as an artist are getting wider exposure and recognition.

This indirect way of promoting your photography may turn out more profitable than trying to reach first ranks in the very competetive photography business.

Sometimes to get results we want, it is better not to try racing with champions but creating your own Olympic games, where you are the one who deals the cards. I wish you success with self-promotion and remember,

The doors of opportunity are only closed in your mind and ... sometimes in the photo:)

Old House in a Bydgoszcz City, Photo by Danuta Antas, 2011

If you have some great solutions for marketing your Art, please share the ideas with other artists.


  1. Enjoyed the read Danka. I'm a painter but the ideas work just as well for me. I particularly like the idea of creating your own Olympics and being in charge. Thanks for making me think about my direction. It is so easy to get in a rut and carry on doing things the same old way.

    1. Hi Glenn:) Thank you for your feedback. Much appreciated:) Yes, the ideas apply for all creatives. I, like we all, make the same mistakes with self-promotion to find out finally what works and what fails. I think that we all are misled with marketing tips spread by big social websites. We do not really need to be no 1 in Google, in Art contests, etc. to win our game. I also remind myself all the time that big things have always started with single person and single thought:) I wish you success while following your own artistic path:)

  2. Thank you for the article. It has made me consider starting a blog and maybe doing a once a week entry. I do enjoy photography so perhaps I will enjoy writing about it. I love the photo of the closed door.

    1. Hi Billy, thank you for your comment:) I am so glad to learn that you find my post helpful. I am sure that every photographer has their unique approach to art and has lots of interesting things, views, images to share with others. Enjoy beautiful and creative time:) Danuta


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