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 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 a 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.