Old 01-24-2013, 03:00 PM   #26
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I actually feel bad for Konrad... as HG noted above, this is not a business that is going to make any money. Honestly, if you have some railfan street cred or fame (like a Steve Barry, or maybe or own Mr. Flannery on this thread) I would think you might be able to pay for your framing - but if you are looking to start a business by selling prints of train photos - unless you know something that I don't know, you are trying to milk a rock.
I sold one railroad photo on my web site recently and I almost ran through the streets naked screaming and shouting. I was shocked. Most of my railroad sales have actually been to counties and towns wanting to do web sites and such. But most of my photography sales have been non-rail.

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Old 01-24-2013, 03:36 PM   #27
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I got that picture of 3751 making the turn out at Lavic printed and framed poster sized, and it was almost $300.

I just don't see selling photos at rail events to be a big money maker, perhaps because a large portion of the attendees are still living at home with mom, or in assisted housing.
I sense that many railfans share my own odd obsession with having pushed the shutter release themselves. While I actually do have a small slide collection of other people's work, I honestly have no interest in other people's digital images or prints as something to keep and store. I look at them on line and I'm done. My limited interest in owning other people's photos (outside of books - which I enjoy owning a great deal) is in owning images of things that I just missed or saw and didn't shoot or that occured in my hometown long before I was born.

Now, there is a different buyer, the non-photographer who enjoys RR photos, but is that a large enough population to make money off of, especially with so many photographers out there today now framing correctly and shooting with such amazing cameras and glass?
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:48 PM   #28
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In my experiences with print selling (several store fronts and what I sell at fairs and festivals) the railroad photography outsells the non-railroad material by a decent margin. I will agree that selling at dedicated railfan events is a break-even game at best.

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I sense that many railfans share my own odd obsession with having pushed the shutter release themselves. While I actually do have a small slide collection of other people's work, I honestly have no interest in other people's digital images or prints as something to keep and store. I look at them on line and I'm done. My limited interest in owning other people's photos (outside of books - which I enjoy owning a great deal) is in owning images of things that I just missed or saw and didn't shoot or that occured in my hometown long before I was born.

Now, there is a different buyer, the non-photographer who enjoys RR photos, but is that a large enough population to make money off of, especially with so many photographers out there today now framing correctly and shooting with such amazing cameras and glass?
Its funny how much work we go through just to duplicate something we could likely already see on the internet without leaving the house, just to say you went there and took the picture.
I'm the same way about other prints too, all of the ones I've bought have been photos of the long abandoned line through my home town. The few times I have sold any prints have been to people who happened to live near where I took the photo and stumbled across my picture, don't think any of my sales have been to other railfans.
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... - but if you are looking to start a business by selling prints of train photos - unless you know something that I don't know, you are trying to milk a rock...
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That is utterly ridiculous.
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That is utterly ridiculous.
I was waiting for this...

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That is utterly ridiculous.
No. That is udderly ridiculous.

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