I may have mentioned before about my desire to have more galleries, more chances for people to see my photos and have a wider audience and so on… Well, now the dream has been (partially) realised! If you take alook at my ‘PhotoBlogs and Galleries’ list you will see a new bunch of galleries there. In case you are wondering which I recommend for you to look at first, it would have to be the ones at PBase, which are the most extensive. I found it very easy to upload my photos there and arrange them into albums. Perhaps this is why they are so popular.
For me, though the Shutterpoint ones are very important, as they may lead to sales! A wonderful and revolutionary feature there is the way that you also get comments and critiques from other photographers. This can help you to improve and teo realise what kind of photography you are best at. In fact, every day I get new responses, all of which are helpful. I even changed a photo because of suggestions there and this is in the first week of membership! I highly recommend that site, as even if I don’t make good sales there, the feedback is invaluable. Photo.net also has this community critique feature, yet without the feature of royalty-free selling, with an emphasis on photography itself, almost as an art. they specialise in film photography, with many articles and reviews to help you to improve and enjoy more.
I was also accepted at Photographers Direct, for which you can see the link. I sent them 10 of my photos and fortunately they liked what they saw… or at least liked them enough to have me on board! They provide direct requests from publishers with email links for photographers who pass their quality checks, so I was really please to be accepted by them.
This means that when I do sell my photos on a ‘royalty free’ basis, they won’t be at the ‘micro-stock’ sites. Photographers Direct doesn’t like, in fact doesn’t allow you, to have your photos in microstock collections as well as theirs. so microstock is one thing I won’t be getting into. Their emphasis is more on quality and I expect unique imagery as they provide those direct links between you and the publisher. Microstock sites are a relatively new thing and they sell photos for stock at very low prices. After commissions the photographer may get as little as 20 cents for each sale… much more if they have a good sales record and depending on the site, but never usually more than about $10 each. Of course, for those photographers who sell in the thousands, this isn’t such a problem.
Well, wish me luck on this new venture, and please check out those links. But like I said, purely for galleries, PBase is my main home now. If only they had a slideshow feature…
Also, for your delectation, I have put together some of my favourite photography-related links into a list here. I have great fun seeing pictures and reading there, so I hope you do, too.