Fine Art Photography: The Complete Guide


Lesson Info

How to Choose Editions

So editions this is where things start to get fun because you get to really mold your process now and how you're going to offer your prints and exactly what your business will be like. I think it's really exciting at least. Hopefully you do too So you can have open editions or limited edition prints And this is just a choice that you'll make. So an open edition will be more affordable in general whereas a limited edition will be more expensive. And hopefully that's pretty obvious as to why, if you have an open edition meaning you can sell as many prints as you want at any sizes that you want You're never limited well then they're not special as much as a limited edition where you're not going to sell more than a certain amount so I shouldn't have said special that was really the wrong word they're very special either way because it's your image. But they're not as what's the right word give me a word for limited that's not saying rare thank you okay they're not as rare so that's why th...

ey're more affordable. And then the opposite is true of limited edition the more you limit your edition meaning you're limiting the number of prints that will ever be out there in the world it's going to be more expensive for that naturally. So then the number of editions this is a little bit confusing now, so we're moving into the confusing realm of editioning and pricing but the first choice is open edition limited edition and maybe already you guys are like I know what I wanna do I know the direction I'm gonna go in. Do any of you guys feel like you don't know you're just like nah I have no idea which one I want to do and that's okay, that's okay let it digest a little bit, and even I would really suggest going into galleries or spaces where prints are sold and seeing is this artist selling open edition prints or limited edition and what price point are they at and is that sustainable for me because the more you have open edition prints you're probably gonna have to hustle to sell larger quantities of them to make the same amount that you would for a limited edition print. Just something to consider when you're thinking long term about making a living from selling your prints. So the reason why I say this is confusing is because we're not only talking about open versus limited we're talking about the number of editions okay so if you have open editions and you're like I'm doing open edition I don't care I'm going to sell as many as I want in as many sizes as I want then what I have written below here does not matter. Cause you're not doing limited editions but if you want to if that's a consideration for you, then you'll want to think about how the larger number of your edition size I'm gonna make this very clear in just a second the more affordable it will be. So if I have this image right here and this is my one of my ten inch prints and I have this hanging on a gallery wall to sell, this is an edition of 15 meaning that I will print this exact image at this exact size 15 times and no more than that. So that's my edition number here 15 on this size print. So if I have 15 available that might have a lower price point versus the same exact print at the size where you're only selling five of them. So the larger the number of the edition, the more affordable the print is for the art buyer. The smaller the number the more expensive it is. And golly we're gonna talk about this even more. So these are my editions and my sizes and you can see that here. 10 inch print edition of 15, 20 inch print edition of and it keeps going down as the size gets bigger which is really standard here to have the bigger the print the smaller the edition size on that print. And the idea being that if it gets bigger you should be able to put a higher price tag on it and the way that you're helping yourself do that is by having a smaller edition size. This is all very difficult for me to wrap my head around so hopefully it's not difficult for you and you're doing okay there at the end of the day if we go back to this framed print here if I were to sell this image in all of my sizes lets just say I miraculously sold out of every single edition that I have at every single size that would mean that I will have sold 37 prints of this image okay. So it's not only important to think about your sizes of your editions here individually but also what is it add up to to the total size or I'm sorry the size of the edition so that's 37 for me. So for my general works I will sell 37 of this image at various sizes to sell out of that image completely. And that's a really important thing to think about which I completely overlooked when I was setting my editions You know when I was getting my advice everyone just said oh just set it by the sizes and I had four sizes and I chose numbers that seemed reasonable and then I had a portfolio review where I sat down with a gallery and she said do you realize that you offer 37 prints of this image and I was like nope I did not ever think about that even once and I regretted not thinking about that I regretted that I didn't take into account what those numbers add up to because I probably would have lowered my editions slightly but again the good thing is that when you put out a new body of work you can change your editions for that new body of work and that's always something to think about. So for my new series I have the two sizes and my eight inch size is editioned out of three and my 42 inch size is editioned out of two it's a total of five prints in case anyone can't do three plus two five prints total for every single image in that series. And that's very much limited from 37. Which is quite a large number especially if you have a high volume of prints that you offer which is a totally other thing to consider when you're editioning is do you have a small portfolio of images that you offer for print or do you have a huge portfolio of images that you offer for print? And it can be really hard to limit yourself in terms of what you offer for print because if somebody emails you and they say oh I saw this image way in the depths of your social media and I really wanna buy it it's not gonna be easy to say oh I don't offer that one for sale because the only reason why you're not is simply to limit the number of prints that you offer in the long run. So that can be a little bit of a test of willpower I think to say no to people if they want to buy a certain image but it is something to consider in terms of how you're pricing your work is how rare are my images not just with the edition number but how many total images am I offering to print for people? So something to consider.

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Class Introduction
Storytelling & Ideas
Universal Symbols in Stories
Create Interactive Characters
The Story is in The Details
Giving Your Audience Feelings
Guided Daydream Exercise
Elements of Imagery
The Death Scenario
Associations with Objects
Three Writing Exercises
Connection Through Art
Break Through Imposter Syndrome
Layering Inspiration
Creating an Original Narrative
Analyze an Image
Translate Emotion into Images
Finding Parts in Images
Finding Your Target Audience
Where Do You Want Your Images to Live?
Create a Series That Targets Your Audience
Formatting Your Work
Additional Materials to Attract Clients
Which Social Media Platforms Will be Useful?
How to Make Money from Your Target Audience
Circle of Focus
The Pillars of Branding
Planning Your Photoshoot
Choose Every Element for The Series
Write a Descriptive Paragraph
Sketch Your Ideas
Choose Your Gear
How to Utilize Costumes, Props & Locations
What Tells a Story in a Series?
Set Design Overview
Color Theory
Lighting for the Scene
Props, Wardrobe & Time Period for Set Design
Subject Within the Scene
Set Design Arrangement
Fine Art Compositing
Plan The Composite Before Shooting
Checklist for Composite Shooting
Analyze Composite Mistakes
Shoot: Black Backdrop for White Clothing
Shoot: Black Backdrop for Color Clothing
Shoot: Black Backdrop for Accessories
Shoot: Miniature Scene
Editing Workflow Overview
Add Fabric to Make a Big Dress
Edit Details of Images
Add Smoke & Texture
Blend Multiple Images Into One Composite
Put Subject Into a Miniature Scenario
Location Scouting & Test Photoshoot
Self Portrait Test Shoots
Shoot for Edit
Shoot Extra Stock Images
Practice the Shoot
Introduction to Shooting Photo Series
Shoot: Vine Image
Shoot: Sand Image
Shoot: End Table Image
Shoot: Bed Image
Shoot: Wall Paper Image
Shoot: Chair Image
Shoot: Mirror Image
Shoot: Moss Image
Shoot: Tree Image
Shoot: Fish Tank Image
Shoot: Feather Image
View Photo Series for Cohesion & Advanced Compositing
Edit Multiple Images to Show Cohesion
Edit Images with Advanced Compositing
Decide How to Start the Composite
Organize Final Images
Choosing Images for Your Portfolio
Order the Images in Your Portfolio
Why do Some Images Sell More Than Others?
Analyze Student Portfolio Image Order
Framing, Sizing, Editioning & Pricing
Determine Sizes for Prints
How to Choose Paper
How to Choose Editions
Pricing Strategies
How to Present Your Images
Example Pricing Exercise
Print Examples
Licensing, Commissions & Contracts
How to Keep Licensing Organized
How to Prepare Files for Licensing
Pricing Your Licensed Images
Contract Terms for Licensing
Where to Sell Images
Commission Pricing Structure
Contract for Commissions
Questions for a Commission Shoot
Working with Galleries
Benefits of Galleries
Contracts for Galleries
How to Find Galleries
Choose Images to Show
Hanging the Images
Importance of Proofing Prints
Interview with Soren Christensen Gallery
Press Package Overview
Artist Statement for Your Series
Write Your 'About Me' Page
Importance of Your Headshot
Create a Leave Behind & Elevator Pitch
Writing For Fine Art
Define Your Writing Style
Find Your Genre
What Sets You Apart?
Write to Different Audiences
Write for Blogging
Speak About Your Work
Branding for Video
Clearly Define Video Talking Points
Types of Video Content
Interview Practice
Diversifying Social Media Content
Create an Intentional Social Media Persona
Monetize Your Social Media Presence
Social Media Posting Plan
Choose Networks to Use & Invest
Presentation of Final Images
Printing Your Series
How to Work With a Print Lab
Proofing Your Prints
Bad Vs. Good Prints
Find Confidence to Print
Why Critique?
Critiquing Your Own Portfolio
Critique of Brooke's Series
Critique of Student Series
Yours is a Story Worth Telling


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