Profit From Art and Photography

Are you a passionate artist or photographer? Would you like to make a living from your pictures? Here are some tips on how you can go about it! 

Creating Images for Publication:
Magazine and book publishers require good pictures and are often open to receiving submissions from freelance artists and photographers. Although the market is competitive, if you can produce brilliant images that suit the target publisher’s style and readership, you’ll have a great chance of gaining commissions.  

Tip: Focus on your strengths and target your markets.  

Art & Photography for Greetings Cards:
The greetings card industry is huge and companies are constantly looking for fresh, new artwork. Most pay a one-off fee for your work. 

Images for Business:
It’s worth contacting local businesses to see if they require pictures for their premises. Offices and workspace look so much more inspiring with the right images on their walls.  

Tip: Prepare a sales letter and portfolio to present to local businesses. Give out your business cards at enterprise shows and conferences.  

Working to Commission:
People and pet portraits are still the most popular art & photograph commissions, but you can also succeed in other picture niches. Perhaps you specialize in cartoons, landscapes, industrial, or social imagery. Focus on your niche and make yourself available for commissions. 

Tip: Create a good website to promote your work! 

Staff Artist & Photographer:
There are still plenty of staff jobs about for talented artists and photographers, either in design houses, media, or with specialist companies. Medical photography, for example, is popular and well paid! 

Tip: Make sure your CV is up-to-date and create a good portfolio of work.

Sell to Stock Libraries:
As a freelance, one of the best ways of generating income from your pictures is to sell to stock libraries. There are plenty to choose from and popular images can generate regular royalties.  

Enter Art / Photography Competitions:
Entering competitions gives you the chance to win prizes and create more exposure for your art and photography work. If you win, your images gain extra kudos and can increase sales. 

Tip: Follow those competition rules carefully! 

Set Up Your Own Online Studio:
There are plenty of ways to promote and sell your pictures and one of the most popular is to set-up your own online studio. You can either create your own website or have a gallery / profile page on other art and photography sites.  

Tip: Use a variety of social media (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc) to promote your work! 

There you go – just a few ideas for raising your profile so that you can make a living from your art or photography.  Wishing you great success!

Studio Digital Photography

Environment more often than not provides us with the brightness we need to take pictures. On the other hand, there are times when it doesn’t give enough light, the right kind of light, or light in the right place for what we want to do.

At this era, we use electronic flash or studio lights, along with reflectors, diffusers, and other strategy that manage the light. Specialized studios spend little fortunes on lighting gear, but that need not be the case for everybody. Here are some tips on How to use studio digital photography:
Using the Camera’s Built-in Flash
While you need to insert light to a set of connections, the most available basis is the spark that’s built into your camera. Almost each digital camera comes with a small fitted electronic flash that is attached into the auto exposure system. Because of its boundaries, built-in flash is not recommended for studio photography. In most cases you just need to know how to turn it off so it won’t flash unpredictably. Nevertheless, there may be times when you can use it fruitfully, chiefly for fill flash on non-reflective subjects.
Connecting the Camera and Lights

As soon as you use an external flash or strobes with your camera, you need a means to attach them so when you press the shutter button down, the flash knows to fire. (Continuous lights don’t need to be connected to the camera). There are a variety of ways to do so.
Wireless Remote Flash
If you have one or more external flash units, you can make them into mini strobes using remote flash triggers. One of these reasonably priced devices create any flash into a slave element by firing it when it wits a flash firing somewhere else. This allows you to obtain lighting effects you couldn’t possibly get with a single unit. Higher flash units achieve the same aim using visual or radio signals. You increase a master flash or a spreader on the camera’s hot shoe and it transmits wireless signals to the slave units telling them what settings to use and when to fire. The master flash on the camera can be enabled or disabled. When disabled, it still transmits signals to the remote units.
Background Materials
One of the majority expansively used background resources is poster board from an art supply store, where it’s typically found in a choice of colors. For improved objects, talented photographers use unblemished paper that comes in rolls up to 140″ wide. Stands are accessible to hold a roll of seamless paper at the correct height and make it easy to pull off clean, new paper when needed – somewhat like pulling a paper towel off a roller.

In some cases, you may want to use odd materials for your background. Cloth, slate, tiles, wood, and almost any other material can work if it complements the subject and is well lit. In other cases you may want to insert other fundamentals to the setup to invoke a mood. For instance, a luxurious pen might be exposed in a rich setting with fine grained wood and rawhide bound books.