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Old 04-01-2004, 06:28 PM
joseelias joseelias is offline
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Default Selling signed prints - Need Help

Is anyone used to sell copies of their photos? Can you help me?

Recently, people became much interested in buying signed copies of my photos, and wished to know how many copies I was going to make out of them for a value reason.

I really have no idea how many copies may be made without "destroying" the value of a work. Is anyone able to help me? Is it 10, 20, 50 copies too much or it can be made more than that?

Is there any difference between a reproduction reffering my name (like a watermark) and a photo signed by my own hand? In comercial use of "art" is there such a difference or not?

If someone have such knowledge please help me because it's becoming quite difficult to obtain this informations.

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Old 04-01-2004, 06:55 PM
ilouy ilouy is offline
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Hi Jose
That's an interesting question.
I do not really have an answer for you but personnaly, I think that there is no "rules".
You are the owner of your picture and you can do all what you want with it.
Personnaly, I think that numeric photography could hardly be considerated as "art" for big commercial value.
You talk about making copies... and "how many" you should do...
For a limited "series", It should be IMHO numbered and hand signed to get a real value, and > the most important > your original (numeric file) must be DESTROYED after copies has been printed. For me, It won't have any "commercial" value without these conditions.
Here, in Switzerland, commercial photographers sell their pictures for ad use at sometimes 1000 CHF for ONE use... and they keep the right to sell the same picture to someone else the day after! I don't agree with that, but some has no need of "decency"... they make money!

You can make small serie (as 5 copies), and sell it the BIG BIG Price... or make some more, and sell it at a lower cost, I guess.
The scarcity makes the value.

It depends of what you want... doing money, or doing art ;-)

I would be glad to read follow ups on that disccussion.

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Isabelle
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Old 04-01-2004, 07:23 PM
Luko Luko is offline
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Yes Isabelle is right, selling prints means that you guarantee a maximum number of prints that will be sold.

It WAS normally around 5 or 10...I say "was" because there's a new tendancy for prints now : some greedy so called artists guarantee a limited number of prints according to a format. For instance they say 5 prints for a 24*30 print, if they see it's selling well, they will print for instance 10 30*40 (see the difference...).

This kind of behavior is seen in the art market as a scam, which tends to decrease the credit for photo prints value. They might not realize at short term but they're shooting themselves a bullet in the right foot, since they're not HCB or other reknown photographers.

As for destroying the file, I strongly disagree : it's like the negatives where destroyed after being printed in the older argentic times...

Selling prints and right to use is very different : prints are goods, like a painting, right to use is immaterial, like the right to reproduce the painting. I don't see any problem in selling both prints in limited quantities and right to use separately...since right to use is limited to specific situations and fixed according to economic return potential.

As for prices, well have a look on the internet for a 18*21 print I've seen amateurs pricing their print for down to 30USD, on the other end I bought a Robert Doisneau print for a bit more than 150USD 10 years ago (I had the opportunity to buy 5 or 6 but didn't have money to spend at the time, I think it has tripled the price now...).

I gave you the scale, now you can put your own cursor on that scale...

Cheers
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Old 04-02-2004, 08:44 AM
CVTJan CVTJan is offline
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Have you thought of installing a web shop for your prints ?
Yours, Jan
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Old 04-02-2004, 11:39 AM
joseelias joseelias is offline
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To ilouy:

"numeric photography could hardly be considerated as "art" for big commercial value"

Maybe not mine :o) but digital photgraphy is...photography. Only the image support has changed. There's nothing that it's done in digital photography that wasn't previously made in analogic photography.

"your original (numeric file) must be DESTROYED"

I desagree with that. It's like destroying the negatives. It's not only the work that it's destroyed this way, it's our own memories. Imagine if all the negatives of selled photos of the 20th century were destroyed...

"they keep the right to sell the same picture to someone else"
The sell for personal use is different for advertisement use so I believe that's not contradictive. More, the advertisement use is a way to turn the photos more valuable in some cases I believe.

"You can make small serie (as 5 copies), "
I wish to do small signed series. My doubt is if that's no problem of reproducing at the same time identified (but not signed by my hand) copies. Of course this would not have the same value. It's like buying a poster of Monalisa and Monalisa itself.

"It depends of what you want... doing money, or doing art ;-)"
I want to do art, but in the current time I really do need the money :-((

To Luko:
"some greedy so called artists guarantee a limited number of prints according to a format"
I will avoid this. I will only sell the number of copies I'll say. It's because of that I need to establish a number and your help. But again the question arises. Signed copies / identified copies. Are they incompatible?...

"Selling prints and right to use is very different"
Agree with that. More, comercial use may even in some cases add value to a signed print, so it a benefit to all.

"18*21"
Are these centimeters or inches?...

To CVTJan:
"Have you thought of installing a web shop for your prints ?"

No I haven't... Should I? This maybe a stupid question but apart from browsing the internet is like the space conquer to me! :o)
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Old 04-02-2004, 12:27 PM
Luko Luko is offline
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Jose,

some replies to your questions, but take it more like the way I see things :

"My doubt is if that's no problem of reproducing at the same time identified (but not signed by my hand) copies."
Mmmmh... I wouldn't do that, it's a bit like encouraging your own piracy.
When I said that selling prints and right to use was different, this is because the documents you give for right to use are not put into the selling market afterwards, they only are "one off" use.

But prints sold should be made with parcimony. Of Course there's no problem selling both postcards and signed prints, because post cards are only reproductions of the thing. Promoting different ranges of the same print signed/unsigned for the same use doesn't sound very fair to me...
If you want to sell your image other ways you must change the use (ie posters or postcards but NOT prints), the quality of the paper, the guarantee, etc.

Talking about guarantee, another VERY important thing I forgot, print buyers are nowadays skeptical about digital print conservation, you'll then have to guarantee
a minimum print duration such as 10 years for instance, something below would sound unappropriate. This means that you have to print it with long lasting inks or dyes (beware that what ink brands say : 10 years in normal exhib conditions means in fact something like 50 in marketing testing conditions...;-D...).

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-02-2004, 01:03 PM
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Thanks for your aswers,

"you must change the use (ie posters or postcards but NOT prints), "
Yes, that's what I had in mind... To create something that allow me to sell some images but at the same time not to take value of the real signed prints...

"digital print conservation"
For the prints I'm using a HP Photosmart 7760 with the photographic ink cartridges, and the Premium Photo Paper Glossy from HP also. It has a 4* (out of 5*) in the fade resistance. Does this say anything to you about the duration of the print? Is it good?

But this is all happening quite fast and without expecting so I'm very confused about all this, besides it is very difficult to get information on this issue... Even the Portuguese Author's Society hasn't replyed to me!

Suddenly many people around me noticed my photos and started spreading the news. To tell the truth if I wasn't in real need I wouldn't sell anything... :-(
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Old 04-02-2004, 01:33 PM
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Hi Jose,
Beware the limited edition, it's worth it if you have a "name", and can become a reality if momentum builds but otherwise sell your work initially just as unlimited prints.
Being entirely realistic, whilst we all hope to be “discovered” what are the actual chances of any one wanting mine or your print in the future just because it’s got our name on it ? rather than because they like it.

I sell work regularly and to individuals it's always as above but of course to organisations it's different as they want rights (a whole other topic).

Never destroy the original, think of any deceased famous photographer's archive, Brett Weston is still churning out “original” prints.

As for value, it’s entirely relative to the amount of work required divided by how much someone is prepared to pay. My A3+ photojet stuff sells for about £25.00 each whereas 20x16 POP’s go for upwards of £150, and I fully expect the pigment prints to be chucked out the next time the buyer redecorates and the POP’s probably will suffer the same fate in an estate clearance.

BUT WHO KNOWS
richard
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Old 04-02-2004, 05:25 PM
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Hi Jose,

I'm definitely not an expert at all on the subject, but after looking around a bit in Google after seeing your message here, I did find the following link that may or may not help you. Hope so.

Take care,
Stephen

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Old 04-02-2004, 05:26 PM
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Jose,

Sorry, the link didn't show up in the last message, so here it is:

http://www.profotos.com/buysell/bookstore/digital/selling/

Regards,
Stephen
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