Apr 3, 2003, 11:49 AM
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Anyone who has ever tried to sell work on-line (website, gallery, ebay, etc) has found out that the quality of the photograph often determines the final value of the item.
Photographing your work
Great quality items go for pennies on the dollar when the photography is non existant or substandard, while cheap knock offs get top dollar when attention is paid to the photography.
It's all packaging and presentation.
What can you do to increase the "value" of your work? Take better photos!
Invest in a higher-end digital camera. They will _save_ _save_ _save_ in the long run! Once you buy the camera, the only cost is batteries, and you can get around most of that with a power cord (another $30-40 for a top-notch cord). Get some extra lights, to help minimize the on-camera flash, or plan to take your pictures when the sun is out. Use open shade (indirect, but bright light) and minimize reflections.
The savings come in with the digital camera since you immediately see whether you got the photo or not, and can keep taking pictures til you find one you like. With your laptop near by, you can transfer the photos immediately, and keep shooting. You don't even need to keep all the photos you take, so your storage costs are cheaper too! Most computers come with writeable CD's and the media is now about $0.50 for 600+ meg. That's several rolls of "film."
I hope to add more specifics to this as time goes on. Photography was my first hobby, and my income for most of my first 3 decades.
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