What Should You Charge For Prints? Shootproof Data Analyzed

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For a budding photographer, or even an experienced one, a common question is how much to charge for your products; like prints, canvas, albums etc. This is not information that can be easily researched and a ton of the information that you can find is behind a paywall of some kind as part of a workshop. Furthermore, a lot of the information is very contradictory of other information that may be found, and this can make it really difficult for any photographer to make an informed decision on what to charge.

So what is a photographer to do? Well, usually it involves a sort of trial and error process of setting prices and constantly tweaking them until you hit a sweet spot. This is not an ideal solution and causes lots of sales and income being left on the table, so today we want to share with you the better way – the Shootproof way.

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Canvas Prints: The Badge of Honor for Photographers

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Every time I print something with the intent on hanging it in my own apartment as a decoration, I always choose canvas for great reasons. Providing that they have a matte finish, they absorb light very well–and if you don’t have gallery style lighting (and I doubt you do) then it offers you the most versatility overall. The tradeoff: the can be much more expensive than a print…usually.

Then there’s CanvasDiscount.com; a service that wants to offer you the best option possible at the lowest price possible.

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PhotoCrowd Offers Users Gorgeous New Print Store

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Check out our Kickstarter! $10 is all you need to get started on a year’s worth of inspiration!

PhotoCrowd is already a pretty cool way to display your portfolio in case you’re looking for an alternative to something like 500px, Flickr or Instagram. But what’s even cooler is that it’s offering a new built-in print store just in case someone wants to actually purchase some wall art. And if there is any way for you to truly show people your appreciation of the photographic arts, it’s by displaying the pieces in your home.

They’re offering prints, framed prints and wall canvases. Prints obviously are the most affordable while the frames will cost most and the canvas will be even more. Canvases are generally worth it though as they reflect the most light, and are often best for your home. Of course though, these are something that the more artistically mature may value since prints are so personal of an experience that can’t be had behind a digital screen.

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Review: DNP DS40 Dye Sublimation Printer

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Dye-Sublimation printing isn’t new, but it surely is a process that hasn’t been spoken about for a while or as much as laserjet and ink jet printing. However, DNP is a company that makes Dye-Sublimation printers–and if you aren’t familiar with the process then head right on over to your local WalMart or CVS. Most of America and the world is indeed happy with the results that they get.

So when the company pitched the DNP DS40 at us, we were naturally curious. Wedding clients have always been happy with prints from CVS or other places, so how would it work in a natural home/office setting?

Over the past three months we’ve been playing with the DNP DS40 and we can only describe this as addicting.

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Beginner’s Tips for Editing Your Images Down to Only Your Best Work

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One of the hardest things for any photographer to do is to edit down their images to a select few. Whether they are images from a recent shoot or a body of work destined for a web gallery or portfolio, the process of editing is no easy task. It’s not something that’s taught alongside learning about shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

It’s an important skill to develop as a weak portfolio or web gallery can diminish the impact of one’s best work. Here are some suggestions that may help you to refine the way you evaluate, select and organize your best photographs.

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How to Become a Better Photo Editor of Your Own Photography

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The greatest challenge faced by any photographer is being an editor of their own work. I am not referring to one’s Photoshop skills, but rather a shooter’s ability to filter through their body of work and select only the best. Whether it’s designing a printed portfolio or creating a new gallery on a website, it can be a difficult thing to turn a critical eye on one’s own photographs.

Here are some suggestions that may help develop and refine your skills as your own best photo editor.

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Austin Film Photographer Gets Scammed Out of Prints and Over $2000

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All photographs taken by and used with permission from Polly Chandler.

When Austin large format photographer Polly Chandler deposited a $2000-something cashier’s check to her bank for a sale she made for two of her valued prints, she never really thought it would eventually led to setting her back a couple of thousands of dollars. Unfortunately for her, she got screwed over by a horrible Internet scammer who not only scams her out of profits but her highly valuable prints as well.

It seems that those “Nigerian 419” scammers have upgraded to zeroing in on artists trying to make an honest living, and they’re not being shy about their new “business” either.

As Chandler tells Feature Shoot, she was corresponding through email with a man named Corbett Bonilla from England (remember the name and spread the news folks, we don’t know which photographer he’s going to scam next!) who was interested in purchasing two of her 16×20 prints. After many backs and forths to work out the details, this man finally sent her a Canadian cashier’s check, which she then deposited into her account with Wells Fargo without a second thought.

Even though she waited two weeks to send the man her prints, the funds from the check were already made available by the bank (and she says she was never informed by the bank that they usually put foreign and cashier’s checks on hold for a month) so she, like any of us would, thought that the check had come through and everything was fine.

Everything was far from fine, however, when the fraud was made known to her, a few weeks later, after she had already spent some of the money, sent the man her prints, and the bank’s charged her overdraft fees for the fraudulent check. And despite all the efforts she’s made to report the scheme and to reason with Wells Fargo, she still owes them $2,736.56!
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