EyeEm Stock Library

I’ve been very busy lately working on uploading images to a stock library with a difference. If you’ve ever thought about selling your images online and don’t know where to start then look them up at https://www.eyeem.com/

Creating an account is easy and costs nothing then all accepted images are offered for sale under licence with the better images being further offered for sale when they partner up with the world’s leading photo agencies to get your work seen by even more buyers.

In their own words “The EyeEm app is the ultimate place to discover stunning photography, participate in photo briefs with top brands and sharpen your skills with daily tips, tricks and tutorials. Beyond inspiration, this is where you can sell your photos and earn 50% profit every single time”

OK, it can take a few weeks for your images to be initially reviewed but consistent uploading will soon get your site growing, especially as you can upload from tablet or phone. I’ve now got 840+ images on this site and starting to see the first sales.  If you want to see what your site would look like then check mine out at https://www.eyeem.com/u/jwimages

As I see it putting your images to work is much better than leaving them to stagnate on a hard drive somewhere plus you learn new ideas and techniques whilst you are doing it. Its a win/win as it also gives you somewhere to show off your photos on your phone/tablet via the app.

Need any help then drop me a line on jwimages@outlook.com

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Unique Gift Opportunity

Last month ago I wrote about a new opportunity where my designs were being used by VIDA (a new fashion e-commerce platform). Since then the shop has expanded rapidly to include over 70 designs on Scarves, Sleeveless Tops,  Modern Tees, Silk Squares and Mens Squares.

If you are looking for that unique gift then this is the right opportunity, the shop is now live and my first customers will receive a bonus $25 USD gift card once I achieve 10 sales.

There are only a few chances left so pay a visit and obtain that gift of a difference for mum, wife, girlfriend or just to please yourself.

For more details go to:  https://shopvida.com/collections/john-wallace

If you would like a particular design on a different item then drop me a line on jwimages@outlook.com

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VIDA Voices Fashion, My New Designs

A surprise for me to start the year off. I’ve received an interesting email from VIDA (a new fashion e-commerce platform) asking me if I would consider collaborating with them in their Voices Collection as they came across my photographic artwork and “absolutely love it”, in short they would like to see my images on their products.

This was an opportunity I thought that I just couldn’t miss, after all who wouldn’t like to see their work displayed in a fashion house. Looking into their shop I took a liking to the beautiful modal scarves and sleeveless tops and began thinking up ways my photographs would appear on them. At present I have uploaded some 12 designs with more to come in the short term as the attached example images show:

The following link to my collection displays products that would make unique presents, as a bonus when I make ‘Slate Designer’ status by selling 10 items then each of my customers will receive a $25US VIDA gift card so don’t forget to tell your friends also.

https://shopvida.com/collections/john-wallace

VIDA is a Google Ventures backed e-commerce platform bringing together designers from around the world with makers in Pakistan in accordance with high ethical standards, to create original, beautiful products.   The company offers literacy programs for the makers, so that they have opportunity to learn reading, writing and maths, opportunities that they may not have had before. The following YouTube link tells you all about them,

VIDA YouTube Video

There are a lot of abstract designs in my photographic collection which can be viewed on this site, if you like to see any one of them in particular in my VIDA Collection then drop me a line and I’ll organise it.

Colour Calibration

Although I do the majority of my work for uploading to a number of sites for online sales there always comes a time when a print is required whether its a simple 6 x 4 for the album or posting to the family or an 18 x 12 to frame up formally. So the first question is do I print at home or travel to town with a jpg on a stick and have someone print it for me. The end result in both cases can often be “Why is the print different to what I see on the screen?”.

And so we enter the wonderful world of colour calibration. I like to print up to A4 at home more for convenience sake, so its essential to me that the colours I see on the screen are the same as those printed. The pc and the printer should share the same colour profile which loads on start up but if the pc profile is wrong to start with it will never match any Pro or local kiosk colour setup.

The monitor profile can be calibrated manually (the harder way) or by a calibrator (the easier way). I use a Spyder 3, though its outdated now it still performs well, which new model just depends on your budget, the following is a link for those interested: http://spyder.datacolor.com/display-calibration/

If I was into portraits then regular monitor calibration would be essential to preserve skin tones. I’m mostly into landscapes so have some leeway although I am aware that my uploaded files need to be seen correctly on other sites and customers monitors.

The difference could be as little or as important as seen in these two images:

Calibrated

Calibrated

Uncalibrated

Un-Calibrated

 

Can you earn money from selling Photographs?

Like me, most of us who take photographs regularly will no doubt have had the thought cross their mind that if I like an image then maybe someone else will too and buy a copy. So where did I start after all there are a number of ways to approach this and at the time I was only looking for a way to help support my hobby.

Option 1  – Create prints, frame them and try and find a buyer possibly at a local market, For – all the profit you make is your own, Against – It costs financially and in time to print, mount, frame, buy equipment and hire a stall on the off chance someone will buy it on the day. I decided quickly that this option was not for me.

Option 2 – Joined a local art gallery, provided them with a few framed images so that they can sell them for me. For – the gallery does the selling, the gallery holds regular exhibitions, Against – Annual membership fee, they keep a percentage of the sale price.

Option 3 – Provided digital images to an online agency that does the printing, framing, shipping and handles sales. At present I am using Fineartamerica, Redbubble, Zazzle and Crated, if you want to check out my shops the links are on the front page. For – I can upload any image and determine which product it sells on and for how much, they contain social networks for all artists to promote each other, Against – Some have an annual membership fee, Fineartamerica for example charges $30US pa for premium but does provide a personal website.

Option 4 – Provided digital images to an online shop to sell as digital downloads, currently giving Etsy a try. I could also sell prints through Etsy but that would still give me the problems of printing and shipping. For – I can upload any image and determine its selling price, contains a social networks for all artists to promote each other, Etsy handles the sale finances, Against – Etsy charge 20 cents for each image uploaded and a percentage of the selling price when sold. The link to Etsy is on this page.

Option 5 – Upload images to a stock library, these are the images that are used every day in magazines, advertising etc. The images are sold under licence so the returns will vary depending upon what level/size is bought. I’m currently uploading to Dreamstime, Bigstock and 123RF. If this is for you the links are at the bottom of the page. There is no joining fee for these libraries. For – Once the image is accepted they handle everything, returns per image can be small but regular as the same image can sell over and over.

The type of image needed can vary, for example in one library this picture of Stonehenge has sold 47 times while the UK Notes has sold 22 times.

Stonehenge Sunset England

Stonehenge Sunset England

UK Notes

UK Notes

Against – Having millions of images in their library they only want the best and so will reject any that do not meet their criteria.

Up front I had to decide where I wanted to spend the majority of my time, either taking and editing the photograph or running back and forwards between the printers, framing and post office. Taking the image works for me every time.

So there you have it, there are obviously many other ways of selling but these are my current methods, its a bit daunting at first but If anyone has any queries then please contact me and I’ll try and help, it all depends on how much time you want to spend on it.

Sale Notification

SORRY – This ETSY store is currently closed, digital downloads are now available from EyeEM and Pond5

I’ve decided that rather than just display images on this site that I’ll sell digital downloads of some of my favourites so that people can print off a copy if they want to or use it as a desktop background etc.  This is now being undertaken through Etsy.

If anyone would like to check out my new shop then please visit at:

etsy.com/shop/JohnWallacePhotos

To start the ball rolling I’m offering 20% discounts for new buyers from now till Christmas and 20% off for repeat orders. The code to be declared at checkout for new buyers is jwphotos001

There are only a limited number of images on the Etsy site though more will be gradually added, if there is a particular image of mine that anyone would like to see sold on Etsy then please let me know and I’ll upload it.

I’m fully open to comments and suggestions for this new shop, let me know what you think and if you like what you see then please tell your friends.