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Photos That Sell: The Art of Successful Freelance Photography [Hardcover]

Lee Frost
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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22 Feb 2001
Aimed at both full-time freelancers looking for fresh inspiration and part-time photographers wishing to build up a business, this book combines advice on markets and marketing along with photographic tips, techniques, set-ups and compositions. Part 1 Markets and marketing: Speculative selling; picture libraries; the digital age; commissioned photography. Part 2 Subjects that sell: People and lifestyles; nature and science; holidays and travel; sport and fitness; business and finance; transport, industry and science; animals and wildlife; agriculture, food and drink; concepts and style.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (22 Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715311158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715311158
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and one of the best-known writers on photography in the world. Although a keen photographer in his youth tit really took off in 1988, while still an amateur, Lee entered and won a travel photography competition organised by SLR Photography magazine and this marked the start of his professional career. A year on he was offered the job as features writer of SLR Photography magazine, then soon after became part of a small team which launched the successful magazine Photo Answers. In 1992, after working as assistant editor on both Photo Answers and Practical Photography, he decided to pursue a freelance career. still a regular contributor to the leading UK photography magazines he leads photography tours all over the world. His best selling books include The A-Z Creative Photography, The Complete Guide to Night and Low-Light Photography, and the Photographer's Guide to Filters.

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'From Choosing a subject to presenting your work and approaching editors, this book has it all' --Black and White Photography --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Lee Frost is an acclaimed photographer and one of the best-known writers on photography in the world. Although a keen photographer in his youth tit really took off in 1988, while still an amateur, Lee entered and won a travel photography competition organised by SLR Photography magazine and this marked the start of his professional career. A year on he was offered the job as features writer of SLR Photography magazine, then soon after became part of a small team which launched the successful magazine Photo Answers. In 1992, after working as assistant editor on both Photo Answers and Practical Photography, he decided to pursue a freelance career. still a regular contributor to the leading UK photography magazines he leads photography tours all over the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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114 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Five Star Resource 31 July 2004
By D. M. York VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an outstanding resource for anybody who is looking to use their photographic talents to make money. This book goes into great depth about what publishers would be looking for, presentation tips as well as some contact details. Thankfully this book specialises upon the UK side of the market, as opposed to providing a list of otherwise useless USA addresses.
There are in-depth tips about how different mediums can be explored as well as technical information with regards to what kind of film, filters and even lenses would be most appropriate for certain situations. It is a blessing that this book does not specialise upon Digital or 35mm photography, but rather focuses upon detailing upon how the image can be manipulated by the camera and not a computer. Additionally there are several comments upon certain legalities in photography, such as the use of models and especially children, both of which I was personally not fully aware of.
Overall this book is a stunning read for somebody who is looking to get into freelance photography, and in every respect there is no aspect that this book neglects to cover.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Out of Date 15 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
Whilst the content of this book relating to the title is still valid the areas of the book which are probably of most interest readers - internet based stock image libraries - is horribly out of date in this book; in fact they barely get a mention. The same problem applies to the coverage of digital photography in general. This book is in dire need of an update!

There are many more up to date books on Amazon covering this subject in fresher, applicable detail. Some are even released on an annual basis. Until this book is updated, you'll see a much better return on your money from looking elsewhere.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Earning moneys from photography can't be bad! 1 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
If you've been thinking to yourself that you should be making some money from this hobby of yours, and that film costs too much, then this is the book for you.
Written by Lee Frost who has considerable commercial experience, the book takes you through the various markets available to photographers. If you were to combine this book with a copy of the BFP Freelance Photographers Market Handbook you could very quickly find a home for your images.
The first part of the book concentrates on these markets, and mainly on the picture library market, bound to be attractive to newcomers. It includes how to make an approach, what terms you should be looking for etc. Also included is a section on Digital and creating your own web site. It stops short of telling you actually how to construct your site...
The next section discusses the various subjects (such as portraiture, landscapes, stock imagery etc.) that sell to the market. It includes numerous examples from Lees own archive, and shows you how many times they have sold and how much they have earned. This gives you a good indication of what a good picture can do for you.
These examples of Lee's best sellers can prove quite eye opening. Photographs that he did not expect to find a market for, or took with no particular market in mind have done surprisingly well.
This book will certainly inspire you to take different pictures than your typical holiday snaps, and should help you find some return on investment.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Digital Photography - It'll never catch on 28 Dec 2006
By Graham Mccarthy VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are two parts to this book, one (the largest) is very useful and details the subjects that sell and is complemented with examples, expert advice and technique tips, the other part deals with how to sell your 35mm slides (huh?). OK so there's a chapter dealing with digital photography, but this was written in 2001 and has not been updated since; so there are references to 1GB disk drives and 2.7 Mega-pixel cameras. It also states that it is probably not worth investing in a digital camera yet, of course it then gives no specific advice on how to sell digital images, which is what I was looking for.

This book would require substantial updating before I could recommend it.
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65 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down once I had opened the cover 31 May 2005
Format:Paperback
A simply stunning book. Very well laid out, stacks of colour photos and loads of inspiration as to how you can get started with selling your photos. Geared towards the UK as well in particular. Talks about the sort of images stock libraries need.
I read the whole thing from cover to cover and then started reading again as it there is so much to learn from the book.
Really easy to read as well as he talks in a clear manner.
Cannot recommend it highly enough.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Lee Frost gives a good overall picture of what kind of markets exist if you want to start to make some money from pictures. He covers all types of photography and gives lots of examples of what works and what doesn't. He also gives a list of agencies etc in the UK.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book! 3 Jan 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book should be considered essential reading for anyone considering making money from their photography! Even if you're only looking at making your hobby pay for itself, BUY THIS BOOK!
For me, one of the most interesting points that this book makes is that you don't always need the most fantastic, medium format photographic equipment to produce saleable images -- you simply need to select the market appropriate to the equipment that you have, and adapt your style to suit. With this in mind, any photographer with a business mind should be able to generate an income to some degree.
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Published 2 months ago by Andrey Dimitrov
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
I received the book I ordered, but it was in terrible condition. All the pages were stuck together, strange stains and marks were on the book, and lots of tears on the page. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Matthew
3.0 out of 5 stars A little outdated
This book was good ten years ago, but a little outdated now in the digital world.
Some nice anecdotal information that still applies to photography, but not worth the money... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andytravels
4.0 out of 5 stars Good advice but a bit dated technology-wise
This book is very good for general ideas of what kind of shots sell. Contributions from several successful stock photographers are valuable and illustrated with great photos too. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Telthecelt
2.0 out of 5 stars Very out of date
Despite having its most recent re-print in 2010, the content of this book has not be touched since first publication and its now really out of date. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Clare Mccann
1.0 out of 5 stars Years out of date.
This book is at least 10 years out of date and still refers to digital SLRs as new technology. The author states that he knows of hardly any pro photographer who uses a DSLR in... Read more
Published on 14 Sep 2010 by DaveH
2.0 out of 5 stars This book is Out of date, it needs to be republished!
Definitely Out Of Date! I received this book as a gift and I felt quite strange after reading the first few pages. This book takes you back in time. Read more
Published on 8 Aug 2010
4.0 out of 5 stars Review
We bought this book as a birthday present for my brother-in-law to help encourage him to look at ways of sharing his amazing photos that he takes purely from a hobby point of view. Read more
Published on 12 Mar 2010 by L. Setchell
3.0 out of 5 stars Good subject - needs a reprint
This is a reasonable enough book, based around the world of film - 35mm and medium format. The examples are good although it only touches on digital workflow and treats digital as... Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but there are better and more up-to-date
I bought this book to read on holiday. It is an easy read and quite informative. However, it is already outdated and I would say that these books do need updating every 2-3 years. Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2008 by Mr. G. Bridgeman-clarke
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