The photographs that are created by an artist to impress upon the creative vision are called Fine Art Photographs. Photographs taken with a commercial intention and to earn a commission is called Art Photography. Over time, many photographers have started viewing fine art photography with a modern outlook. Light and stage are important to present day fine art photography. Printing and framing a photograph are other important factors in fine art photography, as it helps in improving the appearance of the photographs and betters the chance of selling them. Highly glossy wall sized prints are preferred and glass is commonly used to portray the photographs instead of canvas. Selling of fine art photography is not simple. The most difficult thing is fixing the price of the photographs. Further you need to understand the targeted buyer, identify the venues for display, and fix a reasonable price tag. Art Collectors and patrons are the people who collect these prints.
Getting to know the community you live in and the events being held there will certainly help. One good way is to look for local activities in newspapers and the Internet and participate in various competitions. Your main focus should be to attract buyers to your stall and explain to them the ideas behind the photos. Photography is a buyer’s market. Digital photography has flooded the photography market with an endless sea of photographers who want to sell their work. We see photographs every day, and many of them in connection with advertising. Buyers at an art fair are not interested in photos of beautiful landscapes which they cannot identify with. Rarely do buyers purchase a beautiful photograph of a beach scene unless they know where the scene is. By and large they want to buy local photographs of local places, as they want to feel a connection with the photograph. They want to buy local photographs of local places. It is important to photograph local scenery, which the people in your town are proud of. It could be the beautiful mountains surrounding the city, the pier going out into the bay, the downtown lights at Christmas time. But you will have to dress the scene up in beautiful light and make it dramatic, thus making it a fine art photograph.
If you are planning to exhibit your photographs you have to be ruthless with the selection process. Take the help of your close friends and only select your best images to put on display. Remember including mediocre images in your gallery will bring down the perceived value of your art. Always keep the very best images of your art in a separate folder on your computer. Art buyers purchase whatever strikes them as beautiful. They do not really care whether an image has technical imperfections. The buyer just is not concerned if you use a ID Mark or a Canon Rebel XT, the proof is in the pudding. There are many places you could sell your local fine art photography : at local art fairs, you could place them in coffee shops for free and put a sticker on each image for people to buy, or you could advertise in newspapers providing a link to your website.
Good luck in selling your fine art photography. In such a heavily saturated market fine art photography is best sold in the local market.
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Sudrak – Painting & Sculpture Exhibition – Kolkata | Biswarup Ganguly [GFDL , CC-BY-3.0 , GFDL or CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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