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Photography: Paying The Rent

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 24, 2015 in Photography, Publishing |

I have spent the last few days sorting through images stored on my main computer and, something I should have done a long time ago but didn’t really trust myself to carry through, doing a lot of deleting. For a long time I considered every single photograph precious, every image a moment in time which should never be lost but remain eternal or, at the very least, exist until the images can no longer be viewed. Now, however, I realize that keeping duplicate images – taken in an attempt to get the light and framing just right – fulfill no real function. They show that I took ten, twenty, thirty shots of the same subject, show small adjustments and movements here and there, but they are essentially all the same, all one image working towards perfection.

This is, of course, part and parcel of modern photography. We can shoot thousands of photographs, one after another, and then sort through them later, picking out the one or two which appeal, which make the grade. The camera does all the work, effectively, all we need do is find a suitable image, blast away and then pick out the one which looks good. We don’t need to take our time, consider each frame individually before pressing the button, before opening the shutter and letting light fall, briefly, on a roll of film.

Images For Rent

Photo Source: Hammerin ManCreative Commons

Whilst sorting through, cutting out and discarding, I discovered that there are quite a few images which, despite my inexperience, are reasonably good. They have a little something which seems to catch the eye, which makes them worthwhile. Of course, I knew that a few were good before, it’s not as if I haven’t published one or two here or on Google Plus over recent months, but there is more to it than that. It is a consideration I have been playing with for a while and one where I have done a little research too: are my photographs of interest to other people? Is it likely that someone else might want to buy copies for themselves?

This is the direction my thoughts are going at the moment: combining my photography with my writing on the Shop and offering, alongside the books, some photographs too. The only problem at the moment? The services I have contacted to create prints, and the ones that I have already tried out, fall short of what I am looking for. It seems almost as if no one produces a good-sized print from a digital file on high quality paper these days. At least, none that I have come across yet – although I will admit to having made a limited foray into this field, and there may well be someone out there with real capabilities. Either that, or I shall have to invest in a better photographic printer than the one I have at the moment – limited by size more than anything else – and undertake the work myself.

In the meantime, however, I am experimenting with a different form of selling: offering selected images for limited license use. This is also an interesting field, and one which I could expand upon with my own work by changing the limited number of subjects I photograph. Sometimes it is the simple as much as the exotic which attracts a buyer. Experimenting, as always, in the hope that something will come of it, but fully realizing that not every plan is destined to work.

Love & Kisses, Viki.

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