Have you ever wanted to make money from your outdoor photography but don’t know where to begin? We recently tried out the Saal Photo Portal and found it to be an easy way to start selling our landscape images as high-quality photo products.
We often get requests from friends, family and fans on how to buy photos we share on social media. (You know, the ones that get all the likes.) Making prints at home and selling them to clients is one way to do it but it’s a big hassle and limits the type of products you can offer. You could partner with a local lab for print fulfillment, but the lab might not offer a seamless web experience for your customers. Not to mention, labs sometimes have hidden fees that cut into your profit margins.
With the Saal Photo Portal, you can store, share and sell your photos and photo projects easily online. There are a variety of options for how you can sell your images via the Photo Portal including as prints, posters, photo books, calendars, cards or as wall decor. You can also sell your images as digital files through the Portal.
Saal Digital produces the photo products for your customers and takes care of shipping. The best part is it’s free to open an account on the Saal Photo Portal and you don’t have to pay a commission on a sale. Along with increasing your profits, this will get you started right away with selling your work without any upfront costs. You will also maintain control over the rights to your images and can decide how you want to price them.
Here are four quick tips on how to use the Saal Photo Portal to make money with your landscape photos.
#1 Choose Your Best Outdoor Images
This might sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how bad some photographers are at picking their best landscape photos to sell online. Don’t choose hundreds of images to feature thinking it will give potential customers more of a selection. All this will do is make it more difficult for someone to decide on what to buy. Select around twenty of your very best images whether it’s a gorgeous shot of the Grand Canyon at sunrise or Old Faithful blowing its top at sunset. If you can’t decide on what to include, show your friends your work and let them choose. After all, they could end up being your customers so it’s a good idea to get their opinion.
#2 Build Your Galleries
After you’ve signed up for a free account in the Photo Portal and picked out the shots you want to sell, create your first gallery by uploading your pictures. This part of the process will give you a nice overview of the images you’re trying to sell. You might consider grouping images in your galleries by theme. For instance, create a gallery of your best sunset photos, since these types of landscape photos are always crowd-pleasers. Or create galleries based on photos from specific national parks, such as images you’ve shot at Yosemite or Glacier National Park. Don’t forget to turn on ordering in your Photo Portal gallery so customers can buy the images they like.
#3 Set Pricing
Now this part might be the most difficult for photographers who are new to selling their images. You don’t want to sell yourself short by underpricing your photos, whether you’re selling them as a digital file, a poster, or a photo canvas. But don’t set the price so high that your customers won’t be able to afford your photo products. The good news is that Saal Digital gives you lots of flexibility on picking pricing including choosing the price per resolution when selling digital files. If you’re stumped, we suggest seeing what some of your fellow photographers are charging for their landscape images and setting your pricing accordingly.
#4 Share Your Shop
Once you’ve finished setting up your galleries, picked the photo products you want to sell and made your web storefront public in the Saal Photo Portal, spread the word about your new photography shop. Share the news via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media sites explaining that folks can now buy your images on a variety of photo products. If you have a photography newsletter or an email list of friends and customers, provide links and promotional material to your new web storefront and blast it out. You may be surprised at how many people have been clamoring to buy your landscape photos!
If you want more information about how to use the Saal Digital Photo Portal check out this helpful video explaining the process and how to optimize sales.
There’s a lot to like about the Photo Portal but our favorite thing is how easy it is to use, even for newbies. We had a similar experience while trying out Saal Digital’s simple and straightforward Professional Line Photo Book service. The web-based user interface for the Photo Portal is intuitive and most users should be able to get started with creating their galleries and online store in no time. To save time and space, the galleries let you upload low resolution versions of your images until they’re purchased.
We also appreciate that there are no fees or commissions. You can create your account and start selling through the Photo Portal without incurring any costs. Additionally, we found there’s lot of flexibility in deciding how to price your photo products, whether you’re selling a high resolution digital file of one of your gorgeous landscapes or an attractive Wall Decor of a one-of-a-kind wildlife photo.
Another great feature is the high level of safety and control you have over your images when sharing them through the Saal Photo Portal. You always retain copyright over your images no matter how you decide to share them in the Portal and you can check orders before they go into production for increased quality control over your photo products. There are also easy ways to protect your galleries with passwords to ensure privacy and you can add a personalized watermark to your images to add a layer of protection.
The best way to figure out if the Saal Photo Portal is right for you is to try it out for yourself. You can do that for free here.
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