just sold my first picture

Discussion in 'Photography' started by kara, Jan 3, 2005.

  1. kara

    kara Guest

    So I just sold my first picture and I was asked how many pictures were
    in the series and although I played it off well by saying, "I haven't
    decided yet," I really need to know how photographers, especially
    professional digital photographers decide on how many copies to print
    of one image that will be sold on the market. What is the standard here
    and what's the most professional thing to do?

    Thanks All!
    kara, Jan 3, 2005
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Congratulations. :)
    I need to know this as well, and will be interested to see the responses.
    Apparently, this is a pretty big thing among art photo buyers. They want
    your pictures to be limited series - my local community colleges even offer
    classes on how to go about doing this (including authentication and all
    sorts of other stuff). I just want to be a photographer and sell my
    pictures! :( But if the market demands it... <shrug>
    Mike Kohary, Jan 3, 2005
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    Alex Guest

    Just understand that the number you give is only for that particular
    size. So your series could be, say, 1000 8x10s. You could then also
    print, 50000 4x6s if you liked (those would be numbered 1 to 50000).
    Alex, Jan 3, 2005
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    Stan Guest

    Limited edition can work both ways - for you or against you. You really
    have to get a good feel for how many you can sell. Too many, and you
    are stuck with inventory; too few, and you are leaving money on the

    Open edition gives you the option of selling as long as there are
    buyers, and you can stop whenever you want. Open edition images don't
    sell for as much as limited edition, however.

    This is not an answer, but just something to think about.

    * * * To reply, remove numbers from address.

    Stan, New Orleans

    Stan, Jan 3, 2005
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    dadiOH Guest

    The most professional thing to do is to maximize your profit. Which
    will bring you more? 1000 @ $20 each or 100 @ $500 each for example.
    Obviously, that depends on the demand...


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  6. Take a look at limited edition prints - 200 seems to be a common number.

    Personally, I would aim for about 100. The reason for this is that I
    think most people can easily visualize 100 things and it's probably the
    size of most peoples set of acquaintances. I's a little bit like some of
    the languages from stone age tribes - I recall a story of one language
    having words of "1, 2, many" and those were the only quantities that
    there were clear concepts for and the only only quantities that they
    were comfortable with. So aim for a quantity that people are comfortable

    Stephen Maudsley, Jan 3, 2005
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