Good morning everyone, from Ontario. Long-time photographer, brand new to the game of selling. I decided to set up an account this week with FAA after family & friends kept nagging me to sell some of my stuff. But to be honest, I don't know if that's the classic "ooh, your stuff is wonderful" or if there is something in the portfolio that would appeal.
If anyone with more experience than me has a few minutes to spare to look at - and criticize - my galleries, I'd be very grateful. I don't take criticism personally, I look at it as a way to improve my photography, post-production and ultimately, hopefully, sales.
Yes, these would not be paintings but photo manipulation.
I like your compositions. I think you have a good eye. Beef up the keywords for sure. Mike has a couple of discussions going here on evaluating your own work. Go through them, they're very informative and have helped a lot of folks out.
Maybe not so much about your actual art, but I saw this in your bio:
Much of my work hangs on my walls. Digital work is still art and is still meant to be seen on walls and in galleries, not just on the computer screen. I hope you like it.
I wouldn't include the last sentence because you are defending something that doesn't need defending. People might find a work they like,then see the digital work is still art comment and you may have a planted a seed of doubt about the validity of digital art that was not there to begin with.
Also make sure you read the threads on marketing and such. FAA does not market your work for you and the chances of getting an organic sale (ie through someone finding you here on the site) are not great since FAA use a ranking system which is based on number of sales and a bunch of other things. This effectively means you are at the bottom of the pile where hardly any buyer ventures. It does happen though and there are definitely works in your gallery which I could see hanging on a wall.
I picked one. Not one of your best, just to show you what not to do. There is a lot of noise in the sky. I don't know what camera you are using but there is no need to have this much noise in a shot like this. The subject isn't going anywhere so you should be shooting at ISO 100 or 200 or whatever the native resolution is for your camera. Use a tripod. Any blurriness should be because of the fog, not camera shake.
Thanks Bradford. I think this goes to show a difference in perspective between the photographer and the viewer. The noise and fuzziness was deliberately introduced because to me it reflected the mood and subject matter and it worked (for me) across that series of shots. That's not to say that I reject what you're saying at all, on the contrary, it shows me that maybe my original intention doesn't come across in a commercial sense.
I wasn't a big fan of the misty gallery but that is me.
Now, the photo manipulation gallery I liked. And actually, the effect Mike mentioned does sell pretty well here but as others have said, it should be called digital art and not a painting. Dean was spot on too about the bio.
As an artist, half of the work is marketing yourself.
Here are some good links to discussions in our forum and elsewhere about marketing your work