PhotoShelter Publishes Fine Art Sales Guide – Get It Free

Posted Dec. 10th, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

PhotoShelter is the service we use to market our photographs to publishers, editors, ad agencies, etc. They also host our work for fine art prints. PhotoShelter recently released another one of their FREE well researched sales guides for photographers. This one is on the subject of fine art photo sales. Often I get questions from our Invitational Photo Tour guests regarding how to sell their photography. PhotoShelter is a great place to start and thus the reason for this Blog post.

I’m happy to share this information for the benefit of all photographers. PhotoShelter has a great system for figuring out what you should expect if an editor, ad agency or anybody else approaches you with an interest in buying your pictures. If you take your work seriously, the Internet will bring buyers to your door, and you will one day get a request for the use of one of your images. I’m hopeful the guides you get from PhotoShelter and their excellent stock photo sales tool from Foto Quote will give you the confidence and knowledge to understand the market. Take a tour of PhotoShelter, sign up for a free account then download their great photographer’s sales guidelines. You’ll be better prepared when the day comes to make money from your dedicated work in the field of photography. Do me a favor and let them know you saw this on our Blog and they’ll in turn give us credit for a referral. You too can refer photographers which will earn you credit for additional storage for your images on the PhotoShelter website. Good luck and good business.

UPDATE My mistake, you actually don’t have to signup for a free account on PhotoShelter for your free guides. All you are required to do it give them your email address.

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  1. Michael J. AmphlettOn Dec. 14th, 2012

    No worries Daniel! As Margarita says, the PS guides are very useful (somewhat US-centric for us UK-ers!) and, free! Point of information please: if anybody actually uses PhotoShelter, maybe they’d care to share their thoughts and experiences here…?

    I’ve been thinking about using them for a while, maybe somebody could convince me, one way or the other…?

    Thanks, Mike.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 14th, 2012

      PhotoShelter is a great service. Very reasonable for all that they offer. We used a proprietary piece of software for several years that just couldn’t keep pace with PhotoShelter. My biggest and probably only real disappointment with PS is their system does not allow the ability for us to add video clips to our stock library. That has become a major issue since I’m doing more and more video. We’re currently researching a new kid on the block called PhotoDeck.. They do have video hosting and overall seem to have a cleaner, more simplified user experience. I’m very impressed with PhotoDeck but still testing them before we make another huge change by switching to a new database hosting service. The one thing PhotoDeck does not offer that PS does is the ability to have a third party fulfill incidental orders such as coffee mugs, key chains etc. that people can purchase with one of your photos as decoration. Overall PhotoShelter is hard to beat but they do have a great up and coming competitor with PhotoDeck.

  2. MargaritaOn Dec. 13th, 2012

    The free e-guides look like an excellent resource. Thank you Daniel for sharing.

    Cheers,
    Margarita

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 13th, 2012

      Happy to help Margarita. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Michael J. AmphlettOn Dec. 13th, 2012

    Daniel says that “To get this free guide you need to sign-up for a free PhotoShelter account.”

    AFAICS, you do *not* need to sign up to anything to get any of the excellent free guides from PhotoShelter… just put your email address into the appropriate box and you’ll get a return email with the guide attached as .pdf.

    e.g.: http://www.photoshelter.com/mkt/research/selling-fine-art-photography

    Took seconds for two of mine to come through.

    Hth, Michael J. Amphlett

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 13th, 2012

      Michael, you are correct. My mistake. Even so, a free PhotoShelter account is a nice bonus. Thanks for the correction.

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