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#1 DigitalDarrell

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Posted 07 November 2009 - 09:43 AM

Let's all post the single image that has made us the most money. Post the amount if you feel comfortable. Tell how it was used. My post was licensed by a book publishing company for the front cover. I made $715 USD: Attached File  CadesCove12007DarrellYoung.jpg   208.54KB   6 downloads
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Posted 25 February 2010 - 09:48 PM

Let's all post the single image that has made us the most money. Post the amount if you feel comfortable. Tell how it was used.

My post was licensed by a book publishing company for the front cover. I made $715 USD:

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I wish I could find the last image i made money with. That was over ten years ago when i did commercial photography for my stepfathers printing company, mostly plumbing parts for catalog and display racks. If any of you remember seeing "DANCO" and "CREED" plumbing cats and display rack in plumbing stores i shot many of those dam black O-rings, faucet handles and brass replacement stems. Not sure if there are any still around have not seen one myself in over 5 years. Any way it was boring as all get out which is why i did only for my step father and then only part time. I did do a couple of banquets and special events for people that knew of me but i did not advertise as my main occupation is that of a paramedic for the past 30 years. I would love to explore the possibilities of stock photos but i need to get myself up to speed with this digital stuff as all my experience comes from slide and B&W film.

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Posted 26 February 2010 - 06:14 AM

I presume payment in kind counts?

I got a whole roll of film for this one from a magazine called Camera Choice in November 1983 :o . Not sure I still have the original slide but here's a shot from the magazine page after they ran the article title over it, so excuse quality as the slide was sharp or they would not have used it!

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It's my finger too, so I was balancing the camera on my knee whilst looking through the viewfinder to focus and using the shutter release left handed. Of course I immediately retired on the profits! B)

It does not matter if you make money from a hobby as long as you enjoy doing it. You always have to decide whether it is to be a hobby or a business, since businesses have to be run on different lines to hobbies. If you want to make money you then have to take pictures that are commercial, and that may not be what really interest you.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 05:00 PM

Let's all post the single image that has made us the most money. Post the amount if you feel comfortable. Tell how it was used.

My post was licensed by a book publishing company for the front cover. I made $715 USD:

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Now, this image has not brought in much money directly, but indirectly it's brought me a lot of new business since I shot it. I can only measure it general terms of "thousands".

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 08:14 AM

Here's my $900 shot.. Sold the gun after posting it's picture on a local "for sale" forum. (-:}

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 12:23 PM

How do you even go about selling your work and make good money? Is stock the way to go? Arlon nice gun. What kind of gun is it?
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:07 AM


Arlon nice gun. What kind of gun is it?


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I've made a lot of money from the pictures of my goods for sale on ebay. Sometimes a detailed picture can make a huge difference in the price you get. As for selling pictures themselfs.. I'll pass.
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Posted 25 May 2010 - 07:24 PM

I wouldn't sell that one. That is one of my favorites, which I don't own, but loved it when it was issued to me in the good old USMC. OD
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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:12 AM

$500 for the laughing lion pic

 

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:27 AM

I'm gonna say the one of me that appeared on the front page of the local paper.

 

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(The OP never said it had to be an image I took!!!!!!)

 

 

The image in the article:

 

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The photographer that took this image built a 25' scaffold in the middle of the street to take this shot of people gathering for a memorial for the passing of Ulysses S. Grant.

 

 

My 'modern' reproduction of it:  (I specialize in recreating historic images by placing my camera in [hopefully] the exact same spot as the original was taken from)

 

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I never have sold one of these, but they put a link to my website in the article and DAM.... was I busy for a month!


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:36 PM

The first image in this forum was Published in Photo Life Magazine, I believe in October, 1979 or 80.  I got a 4 page spread in that issue, with an article on how to take concert images.  In those days, we are talking film!

 

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I made $250.  Not bad for 30+ years ago.  I was simply delighted.

 

I also have a series of images (I can't put my fingers on right now... can't find the negative folder) that I had published in the city Newspaper.

 

They paid $20-$25 for each image at the time of publication.  That was a big thrill as well.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:45 PM

This year I sold one for $150 for an 8x8. Last year I sold a 16x20 for $250.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 01:26 PM

I sold a canvas print of the shasta daisies I took.  16x20 for $75.

I've sold photo's that I have taken but it was for a wedding.  And Photos for a senior session.

I haven't sold individuals and made a ton of money.  But then again, I haven't really tired all that hard.

I had the canvas displayed on the wall at work and someone walked in and bought it.  It wasn't even for sale.

 

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 01:54 PM

None, yet.

 

I won a couple of first place titles. This one that wa selected by a group of five professional artists and photogs will be going up and priced for $75 at an art exhibit that will run from 1 May to 31 July 2014. 

12x19 framed job. Will keep you posted.

 

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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:42 PM

Very nice photo Jazz worth more if you ask me! :D

 

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Posted 24 April 2014 - 02:46 AM

The slide has gone now but I had an image of my yacht, that image made me $85000, taken with a Nikonos 5 using Ektachrome  :)


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 07:13 AM

I replied to this post 4 years ago and still haven't made a dime directly from my photography. I have made a few friends as the result of photography and I consider that priceless.. (-:}


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:28 AM

$54. I made a set of 8 blank note cards and this one is the most popular. I have two gift shops selling them plus I use them as thank you cards at work. When I look at the cost of printing, I should break even in a month or so.Attached File  11939303983_452804b03e_b.jpg   169.99KB   0 downloads
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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:40 AM

Actually, I think the future of making money out of photography is training

There will always be a niche market for fashion, but only for a chosen few

Kelby TV, says it all

And who really wants to spend the long hours shooting weddings


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Posted 24 April 2014 - 08:48 AM

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And who really wants to spend the long hours shooting weddings

 

Everyone who just bought an entry-level DSLR with the 18-55 kit lens.


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 10:05 AM

I just realized this thread was started in 2009!!!


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Posted 01 May 2014 - 11:39 PM

I have sold this image  many times. I have made $300.00. It was from a color negative. This is not the original scan.

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