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Re: [OM] Oh my goodness

Subject: Re: [OM] Oh my goodness
From: Bob Whitmire <fujixbob@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 09:15:39 -0400
Be sure to let just a smidgen of time pass before looking at them again.
Sometimes the initial enthusiasm is somewhat tempered. Not that you see
flaws, you just see the picture better. And, of course, your customer who
is blown out of his socks and digs for the credit card will undergo the
same process. You want to make sure his opinion doesn't change. <g>

Pricing is a sore point, or, before I retired, it _was_ a sore point. I
sold prints on metal and canvas. Metal were usually 16x24, unframed, and
canvas tended to be anywhere from 12x18 to 20x30, framed. The frustration
came from colleagues who had the same substrate but priced their images far
below mine. I had a talk with a friend with whom I shared a venue about
this, and she told me she had to price her work according to how all the
other photographers priced their work, because they shared many of the same
show venues.

I understand this point of view, but I don't like it. It's based on a
mass-production mentality. My metal and canvas prints were not mass
produced. I think the most I ever sold of one of my metal was three, and
with canvas, there were one-offs. Best price I got was $900 for a 20x30
framed canvas, sold with the understanding it would be the only canvas
print of that image.

I am avoiding specifics of comparisons between my work and hers, or theirs.

Good luck. Try to keep your stuff apart from the mass-production show crowd.

--Bob Whitmire
Certified Neanderthal

On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:04 PM, Ken Norton <ken@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> My daughters just accused me of going all fan-girl over my own
> pictures, but yowza.
> Fed-Ex just arrived with two of three shipments from Millerslab. One
> of the two contain two 20x24 metal prints. These are ink on brushed
> aluminum with brushed aluminum frame.
> One is the open gate, the other is a reworked version of my genie cloud
> picture.
> http://zone-10.com/tope2/main.php?g2_itemId=2114
> Honestly, they look hand-painted and are simply off-the-charts!!!
> Simply stunning. I had suspicions of how they would look on this
> material, but I wasn't prepared to be go speechless.
> Now, for the big test. Will they sell? How to price them? I had a
> target price in mind from a businessman perspective. From an artistic
> perspective, they demand a whole different price.
> Tomorrow, the canvas prints arrive.
> I had four images printed up (three copies each) of the schoolhouse,
> open gate and the genie cloud on 11x14 metallic paper. Everything is
> mounted. The schoolhouse pictures look really good on the metallic, so
> does the open gate, but the genie cloud doesn't seem to look as good
> with that much reflectance. I think the canvas ones of that are much
> better. But I'll put them out for sale, anyway.
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