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Photos That Sell: The Art of Successful Freelance Photography Hardcover – 22 Feb 2001

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (22 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715311158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715311158
  • Package Dimensions: 26.2 x 19.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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By A Customer on 3 Jan. 2002
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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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