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Been a long time coming: A few photos from the 2004 trip

Been a long time coming: A few photos from the 2004 trip

Jun 29th, 2005, 12:46 AM
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Jul 8th, 2005, 01:36 AM
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Your advice requested:
As some of you know I started selling prints of some of my images last year. Most of the sales were during a project to raise funds for wildlife conservation, which went very well but I have sold some privately and want to continue that if I can.
I'm looking at forging links with a local cafe or gallery to sell some of my prints and would welcome your advice on which of these photos are nice but not the kind of thing that would be likely to appeal to people for their walls and which are the best ones you think I should consider working up for sale as art prints?
Any advice much appreciated.
I don't want to put any sales links on here as this I don't want to have anything deleted for being an advert, I'm genuinely interested in opinions from the kind of people who would be my market except they'd be local people here where I live.
You can always email me if you'd rather not post here.
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Jul 8th, 2005, 07:04 AM
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I have purchased some photography prints in the past. I think selling some of them in a cafe/gallery is a great idea. There are coffeehouses and bookstores and small restaurants in my neighborhood with work by local artists for sale -- it benefits all -- the coffeehouses get art for their walls, and the artists get a venue for showing their work. They are usually shown with two prices, framed & unframed.

For what it's worth, the ones I think would do best for sale are the Yellow House in Burano, Buses at Westminster, Covent Garden Summer, The Thinker, Blue & Gold, and the Smoking Gondolier.

Greeting cards with photos on front are another idea. There is a fine paper goods store near me that sells very nice blank cards with photo prints on the front. It's basically just a beautiful piece of handmade or other heavy paper, folded in half, with a photo print affixed to the front and space inside for people to write their own messages. They are not inexpensive!

Good luck.
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Jul 8th, 2005, 07:39 AM
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Thanks Lisa, I was wondering about whether to offer a framed option or just matted but perhaps I'll search out some appropriate frames so I can offer prints both ways.

The ones you listed are all from my dpcprints site, all of which are already on sale. To choose from those I'll simply look through my sales figures and go for those that already sell best together with my favourites, which include those you listed.

Would you be willing to go through the Southern Africa photos (that you looked at before and that are shown at the link in my very first post on this thread) and let me know your favourites amongst those in terms of ones you think might make good prints? THANKS!

I might also approach local stores re greeting cards but there are fewer and fewer selling hand made cards now - one that did has recently closed - so it may not be an option. I will look into it though.
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Jul 8th, 2005, 08:39 AM
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Sure -- will take another look on a better computer screen this evening...I remember liking the one of a little penguin standing alone on Boulders Beach.

Also maybe a travel agency (if there are any left!) would be interested in displaying some of your prints in their offices instead of the usual old tattered posters I see so many of...
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Jul 8th, 2005, 09:03 AM
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Thanks, I'll check though... I used to work for the UK's largest tour operator until about 4 years ago and the move has been away from independents and towards large chain travel agents which means their decorative and publicity materials are all centrally designed and produced now.

BUT there might be other stores that may be interested in buying prints to decorate. Maybe I can sell some of the Italy prints to Italian restaurants?
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Jul 8th, 2005, 02:29 PM
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Fantastic pictures. Thanks so much. I loved the baby eles. They are so precious. The floral pictures were likewise outstanding.

Wish I could take pictures the same quality at yours!!

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Aug 7th, 2005, 02:34 PM
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Kavey -- Sorry this has taken me so long!

My favorites are:

3 of the Addo Elephant shots (the black and white vertical one, the horizonal black and white of them drinking with the baby in the center, and the black and white uncropped horizontal one where they are facing left -- I think these would make a nice triptych, with the vertical one in the center);

Ithala Zebra (hmm, maybe Rocco is developing an eye!);

Boulders Beach (love the little penguin);

NamibRand Nature Reserve (the vertical one with the tree, that shows the mountain and sky in the background -- page two, bottom row, second from left)

...and if I were going to add one more it would have to be the one of the meercats in which 3 of them are lined up one behind the other -- love it.

And by the way, yes, I do think some Italian restaurant would be happy (and lucky) to display some of your work, especially the Smoking Gondolier and the Yellow House in Burano.

One time in Chartres I ate lunch in a restaurant that had a local artist's work displayed on the walls. They were absolutely charming and I fell in love with one of the pieces and asked in my halting French if it was for sale. The waiter said no, but sent the manager over and he wrote down an address for me. What had started out as a daytrip from Paris to see the cathedral ended up being a lovely afternoon wandering the narrow streets of Chartres in search of the address, and then a couple of hours in the studio of an American artist who was living and working in Chartres. I met her, learned about her technique, saw lots of her work, bought a piece, came home and had it framed, and it is hanging over the bed in our guest room and makes me smile every time I see it.

So maybe someday a stranger will knock on your door and say she got your address from a restaurant displaying your work, and ask if she can see more, and end up buying a piece. I hope so!

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Aug 7th, 2005, 03:38 PM
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Those were great photos, such excellent composition.

I was thrilled with the meerkats. I leave for San Camp shortly.

The elephant herds with the little ones were great. The kudu group shot was a winner. And such good rhino shots.
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Aug 7th, 2005, 06:11 PM
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Kavey, I can't believe I missed seeing these. (We left for a few days in Grand Cayman on 6/30 so maybe I wasn't here much then.) You have some beautiful images. I think my favorite has to be the baby ele with the grownups. Wonderful! And the Mombo cheetah with the front paws on the rock, and the landscape with the Oryx in the foreground . . . they are all great! Even if it took awhile to post them I'm glad you did. Thanks!
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Aug 7th, 2005, 07:17 PM
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<<To be honest, if I hadn't been able to automate it I wouldn't have bothered - it's not like anyone can sell these images as they are low resolution small size files only>>

A nice collection, kavey. You put a lot of thought and effort into your photos. But I wouldn't be so sure about the above. Newspapers can and do use low res website images. My wife and I have just sued a newspaper which took one of her shots from a website and published it without permission or attribution. The case didn't involve much money, but it was a matter of principle, and we won. I don't bother to put © notices across my images because they can interfere with people's enjoyment of them, and they can be removed easily by somebody with the know-how...but they still can be a useful deterrent to casual theft.
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Aug 7th, 2005, 09:05 PM
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Wow, thank you for the picture gallery! Yours is the first one I looked at from posters on this forum and I really enjoyed it. You did so well with the birds, I can’t imagine catching a plover without the photo being a blur. Great shot of the Kudu herd too, and the Dassie (never heard of it before but that photo is perfect!) Well I can see you are a much more advanced photographer than me, I’m kinda worried about putting mine online now ha ha. What kind of camera do you use? Do you do a lot of editing to get your photos to look so good? That giraffe coat, I could almost feel it. I always take pictures of the lilac breasted rollers, their colors are so irresistible. Our pal Bryan Jackson calls it an “ABR” – Another Bloody Roller!! The meercats made me nostalgic for Jack’s Camp; that was one of my all time favorite animal encounters. I think I have practically the same photo with those wild marijuana plants in the background. Well, I was told they are ‘like’ marijuana, not actually the same plant of course. Excellent shot of – is it a scorpion? – in the meerkat’s mouth. And darn, now I REALLY want to go to Namibia. I almost went this year but opted for Zambia. What gorgeous landscapes. How long will these be available to look at online? Was that hut where you stayed? I’m sorry if you have already answered a lot of these questions in other posts.
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Aug 8th, 2005, 01:00 AM
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Oh my!

Thank you so much for your kind comments everyone...

Afrigalah, the thought of another website stealing the images was the main reason I put the copyright notice. The way I have applied it makes it more work than is worthwhile to remove. A lot of people put a subtle text notice at the bottom edge but the thiefs can just crop that out - composition might be weakened but not ruined. By putting mine in the middle it means the only way the photos can be used is to remove the copyright and given that they are severe fading of the relevant pixels it would take too much effort! I am glad you won the case - copyright theft on the net is strife and it bugs heck out of me.

Lin, on this trip I used a Nikon D70 camera with the kit lens (reasonably wide zoom) and a very cheap telephoto zoom.

I do work my images up in Photoshop. Many digital camera models are designed to create images ready for printing straight out of the camera so the camera has onboard software that boosts colour saturation and sharpens the image as it's saving it. DSLRs such as the Nikon (and Canon that I have now) don't do this by default - the idea is to leave all those decisions to the photographer - but it does mean more work later to bring out the image you previsualised when taking the shot. Often not much more than adjusting levels, contrast and sharpening plus cropping but sometimes a bit more.
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