Sell your First Print

I recently attended the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day Flyover in Washington, D.C. Thousands gathered to watch the vintage airplanes fly overhead along the Potomac River and National Mall. Among the huge crowds were World War II vets, their families and friends, international tourists and DC natives like myself.

What piqued my interest was the impressive number of “hard core” photographers with much coveted telephoto lenses capturing every passing plane. I struck up a conversation with one man sporting a Canon EF 200-400mm (around $11,000) who boldly claimed, “I’m just an amateur, if I went professional I’d probably start hating photography.”

I get it, any task that becomes stressful or puts pressure on your performance is one to avoid (unless of course you’re being paid very well for it, in which case you might suffer through it). But when it comes to photography, I argued in favor of turning prints into profit…without the pressure. At least that’s where I want to start. I told him about how I recently sold my first print on Fine Art America. Sure, I only made $10 off it, but that’s beside the point. I’ve talked to other professionals who have paid for their vacation to Jordan, Thailand and Europe (true story) from the profits on sales from FineArtAmerica.com. If they can do it, so can we.

How to get started:

  • Make an account on http://fineartamerica.com.
    You have to wait 30 days before your account becomes active and you can upload your pieces.

  • Once your account is active, you are able to upload high resolution versions of your images. You are then asked to title your image, create image tags and categories, etc.

  • You are able to set the markup amount for each sellable version of your print (prints ranging from 8″x8″ to 40″x60″; throw pillows, cell phone cases etc.)

In the next post I’ll focus on how to start making money from this site. Get excited.