What do I sell?
I specialize in selling photographic wall art (framed pictures, box art and acrylics), along with high quality photo albums and books. I also sell desktop products (acrylics and framed pictures)
You are not obliged to buy anything, but most families buy a picture for the wall and a photo book or album
I only use high quality professional photo labs, and the quality and durability of their products is excellent
I do not sell digital files, although I do sell personalised apps for smart phones and tablets. This is an excellent way for you to share your images with your friends in digital form
I do not sell digital files because other photographers have discovered that the clients who are least satisfied, are those who just bought digital files! This makes sense when you think about it;
What is good about printed photographs?
Customers who buy pictures for their walls have the satisfaction of seeing them continually, and they feel good every time they see them
Customers who buy albums or photo books can bring them out whenever they want
In my opinion photographs that are printed at a good size are much more satisfying to look at (and touch!) than images displayed on a monitor. You can literally feel the quality. A digital image on a monitor does not do the quality of the images full justice
What is less satisfying about digital files?
I think when people buy digital files they think; "I will have them for ever. I will be able to print them any way I want, whenever I want". In practice, most people do not get round to making full use of them. The original USB or disk may be put in a drawer, and be largely forgotten.
Customers put the digital files on a computer. But how safe are they really, in the long term? You should make your own back ups of course, but files can get corrupted, disks can fail, computers can be stolen or break... and so on
The quality of high resolution photos is not fully used when viewed on a computer monitor. For example, a reasonably large monitor may be 1900x1200 pixels. A high resolution digital file may be in the region of 6000x4000 pixels
Even if you do get them printed, there is to some extent a bit of a lottery about the quality you will end up with. Both in terms of their longevity and their appearance. Most people will assume that the digital image file will define how the photos will look after printing, and that is a natural assumption to make. Unfortunately it is not that simple, for a range of technical reasons
And finally digital files are seen by many to be "expensive". After all, digital files cost nothing to copy, so why should they cost real money to buy in the first place? But in fact the photographer is effectively selling his negatives (from the days of film), and he or she has to charge for his time, experience, and all the costs of running a business. And he or she is selling his most valuable product.
So for all these reasons I do not sell high resolution digital files. I do however sell personalised apps which are ideal for sharing your digital photos with your friends
Commercial photography clients
I do sell digital files to commercial clients. In addition to the image files, I sell a licence that covers the way the images will be used