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POLL: "Are you regularly earning by selling your photos through Smugmug?"
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csondagar
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Aug 21, 2010 16:15 |  #1

Are you regularly earning by selling your photos through Smugmug?



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Aug 21, 2010 20:58 |  #2

I won't vote because of the "regularly" part. No, I'm not earning regularly, but I'm not shooting and posting and promoting regularly.

If you shoot, upload, and promote consistantly, I think it'll be easy easy easy to sell.

I did not make much for the work I put into photos last year, but I blame myself for lack of promoting it. I'm still stoked on SmugMug for sure.


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Aug 21, 2010 22:18 |  #3

csondagar wrote in post #10763118 (external link)
Are you regularly earning by selling your photos through Smugmug?

Do you mean by just uploading photos to my SmugMug account, people will find me and buy my photos? No, hasn't happened. Do people buy photos from their event, or events they have attended? Yeah.


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Aug 21, 2010 22:38 as a reply to  @ timnosenzo's post |  #4

I've done quite well with the limited events I've shot and sold on SmugMug. It's a great setup, but as said, it's only worth the effort that you put into it.


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MJPhotos24
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Aug 22, 2010 16:08 |  #5

This is a very basic question that you need more info on...

1) I use Exposure Manager, not Smuggie, just saying.
2) It depends on the quality of images you're selling.
3) It depends on the promotion you're doing.
4) It depends on pricing and if you just randomly picked numbers or actually researched it.
5) It depends on the event you're shooting, how many people, if it's really something they want.
6) "Earning" - what is earning to you, is it an extra $100/month or a few grand or what. I have sales every month easily, but there's months that really do well and those that don't since it's seasonal.


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Aug 22, 2010 20:05 |  #6

I'm doing fairly well, I guess. I wish I was doing better, but I do get a check from them every month (bank deposit). As far as a tool for selling, I think Smugmug is excellent, I've been with them the past 3 years. The market for selling photos online is real tough right now, so take interesting shots, take technically good shots, and upload them ASAP after the event.

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Aug 22, 2010 21:27 as a reply to  @ Biffbradford's post |  #7

I shoot little league baseball, some girls softball and local karate events. I've got about 3500 pictures uploaded and the prices are low, but I have only sold about 200 prints. It is the same story at every game/event that I go to: "We love the pictures of our son/daughter and will be ordering in a day or two..." I guess that day has not arrived :(


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Aug 23, 2010 01:19 |  #8

Worst part is Coot is they'd be buying either way, so the low prices just shoot yourself in the foot more than anything. No clue if you are producing high quality images (no link to check), but pricing should be heavily researched and most people are going to buy either way, it's just how it is...unless of course severely over priced...but most people who buy are going to buy, period. Starting out with low prices just screams to them it's not anything of quality and "worth" having. Like most things people are going to buy. I raised my prices this year and the result was 66% increase in products sold and 69% in revenue. That's only up until today (8/22) vs. all of last year, so it should hopefully end up being over 80% increase in both....least that's the plan.


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Aug 23, 2010 11:34 |  #9

^ Great point.

Sometimes I feel uncomfortable charging because I don't make my living in photography. I sweat over $1 or $2 on a price, but in the end it doesn't matter. As long as you are not "severely overpriced" the people that will buy will buy. Very few will buy only because you have low prices.


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