Writing and Photography
Selling images, even for a few pence is no longer easy. The internet is awash with images from the truly exceptional to the unbelievably poor. Magazine and website editors and designers have an almost infinite choice of cheap or sometimes free photographs to illustrate their articles so why should they choose yours (or mine)?
Writers are often poorly paid or expected to allow publication of their work for free. This site explores ways of combining writing and photography and improving both.
I have been writing articles to accompany my photographs for many years and have just completed an Open University Degree in Creative Writing and English Language. I also write short stories and poetry and you will find illustrated examples of some of these under Fiction and Poetry.
There are numerous sources of writing advice and I don’t consider myself qualified to offer an in depth ‘How to write’ guide but I am a qualified photography tutor so can offer advice on improving your photographs.
I have been a professional photographer for forty years and over that time have seen photography emerge from the secretive darkroom, where mystical arts were practiced, into the digital light. Almost as soon as digital photography became affordable I found myself using it and then teaching courses on it in adult education.
Take Better Photographs – Start Here
Now anyone with a decent mobile phone can at least produce an image. That means that if you want to sell your work or even just get people to look at it there’s a lot of competition out there. Hints and tips for beginners and those still stuck on P
Thinking About Your Photography
Point and shoot is great but thinking about what, why and how you are pointing your camera at a subject helps
My photographs have appeared on hundreds of book covers, in magazines illustrating other writers and my own articles and on numerous websites. My work currently sells through Alamy and Fine Art America
If you want to see thousands of my images visit Viewfinders.uk.com
(Warning contains some fine art nude, fetish and erotic photography).
So how do we stand out?
Combining photographs with writing, whether that is a detailed caption or a complete article makes them more saleable. Writers who are also able to produce publishable pictures also benefit from increased demand for their work.
An awful lot has been written on the internet and in books about making money from photography. Before you read any further bear in mind a quote I heard many years ago.
“The quickest way to make money from photography – is to sell your cameras”