Sliced Cucumber Background larger slices – Picfair

via Sliced Cucumber Background larger slices – Picfair.

My first sale on Picfair. Just click the link to see what I’m making such a fuss about. You might want to look around to see what else I have on offer.

They say you never forget your first time!

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I’ve had a good week on – Picfair

via Surfer at Lynmouth. – Picfair.

The above image was picked for a Picfair award earlier this week. It was picked 16th out of 25 in an Online exhibition called “Hot and Cold” and it has been trending on their home page all week. I am very pleased. It has now had 639 views – the most by far of any of my Photographs on the site.

If that wasn’t enough, I found out this evening that I have made a sale of another of my photographs on Picfair – this time it was of a background of backlit sliced cucumber – it looks way better than it sounds.

Hot and cold – Picfair

via Hot and cold – Picfair.

My image “Surfer at Lynmouth” has been chosen by Picfair as one of 25 to receive special attention in their “Hot and Cold” themed presentation and has earned me a Picfair award – I am really excited and what is more, it has attracted a lot of attention as a result. Thank you Picfair.

Photo 4 Me.

I wanted to tell you all about a new web service that I have just joined; it is called Photo4me and it’s brilliant.

I know, it sounds a bit like Phones4U or something like that – that put me off for a bit because I thought that it might be a little gimmicky. I was looking for somewhere else to sell my photographs   – another market so to speak. I am glad that I finally looked into it as I am really excited at the prospect of selling through their site. Hot on the trails of me joining 500px Prime and Fine Art America, I decided to sign up with Photo 4 Me.

Photo 4 Me is a U.K. based photo site where you can put any of your photographs (preferably those which would look good as wall art) onto their site. If they get through the “quality control” phase can be sold. Where they differ from traditional stock libraries is the product fulfillment function of the site – if someone wants to buy your image they have the option to have them presented as a canvas print, a large print, a framed print, an acrylic print,  a box print or a wooden print (a textured layer that shows the grain of the wood through your image – it is very effective). All of these prints are available in a large variety of sizes to suit every wall – they sort out the production and delivery of the goods with your image on it to your customer; all you have to do is put your image on there and set your profit margin and the minimum and maximum amount that you expect to receive for your artwork. You get paid 30 days after you make a sale through PayPal (so you would have to set up an account if you haven’t got one).

Tidal scene in abstract.

Tidal scene in abstract.

It is possible to put your images up on the site but not have them go forward for sale – I suppose that you would build up your collection online as you might with other sites like Flickr.

It is free to join whatever path you take.

When you first start out, you can submit up to ten images per day which they look at closely after thirty images they begin to trust you a little more because you will have learned what sort of standard they expect by then. After that the site sort of polices itself; if the standard of your images falls another members are encouraged to flag it up in order to keep a consistent standard, but let’s face it, your images are not going to sell if you’re not giving them your best stuff.

One of the good things about the site apart from the chance of supplementing your hobby or business, is that the members are very active in giving encouraging feed back; furthermore, there is a coloured camera system – when your image gets between 5 and 15 comments you get a green camera, 16-25 an amber camera, 26 + a red camera. There are also signs to show when it has featured on the Front (home) page gallery or is an editors favourite – so there is plenty to like. You get notified by email when you get a comment from a member, and for thirteen published images, I ended up with 200 emails – a bit much really, the good news is that you can turn them off in the settings.

Pink Wood Sorrel or as it ia sometimes known, Flowering Shamrock. It is an Oxalis rather than a clover from which true shamrock comes.

Pink Wood Sorrel or as it ia sometimes known, Flowering Shamrock. It is an Oxalis rather than a clover from which true shamrock comes.

I am really excited about this; I don’t know whether I will sell any photos but I think that it is worth a try. Perhaps you would like to assess my chances at :-

Paul Cullen Photography at Photos 4 Me

Perhaps you would care to tell me what you thought of the experience as a reply to this posting.

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This is the photograph that has attracted the most comments so far and earned a red camera Yeh!

Picfair.

One of the other things that I have been doing with my time recently is putting my photographs on a site called Picfair. Their tag line is “your pictures are valuable”, so I now have 461 photographs on there and more will follow. It is a stock site but it is not aimed at the out and out commercial buyer; there are many other reasons why people want images such as for personal or company blogs, publications, backgrounds for web pages, promotional materials but not for advertising such as billboards or pop-up adverts, or for incorporating into logos or merchandise. They have one licence for all and are open to amateurs and professionals alike. The way it works is that you join, put up your pictures, say how much you want for the licence which is on a royalty free basis, the buyer pays a bit on top of that and that is Picfairs way of making their money. You can charge anything from £1 to £1000 for the use of your images – your choice (although, there are not many at the higher end – most people charge between £3 and £30)

The site has a friendly feel to it and Benji Lanyado, the Founder and C.E.O. awards “Stars” to the photographs that he likes. These starred photographs gain extra prominence as you can specifically search for “starred” images. My last upload was awarded 17 stars and here are the images that Benji particularly liked:-

Impressionist style photograph of Saint Catherine's Chapel through the mist with Chesil beach in the background.

Impressionist style photograph of Saint Catherine’s Chapel through the mist with Chesil beach in the background.

Old posts standing resolutely strong against the wind and tide under a silver sky.

Old posts standing resolutely strong against the wind and tide under a silver sky.

The Sea out of context.

The Sea out of context.

Waterfall at Watersmeet, near Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon, England.

Waterfall at Watersmeet, near Lynton and Lynmouth, Devon, England.

Exmoor pony grazing in a fiels in Exmoor, England.

Exmoor pony grazing in a fiels in Exmoor, England.

Teasel Sihouette at Sunset.

Teasel Sihouette at Sunset.

Typical street scene in Arles, Provence with an old Restaurant, given a paint effect.

Typical street scene in Arles, Provence with an old Restaurant, given a paint effect.

Bamburgh Castle across the sands of Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland.

Bamburgh Castle across the sands of Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland.

The beautiful island of Eigg, one of the Western isles of Scotland in silhouette. Photograph given watercolor treatment.

The beautiful island of Eigg, one of the Western isles of Scotland in silhouette. Photograph given watercolor treatment.

Eilean Donan Castle in the blue hour Contre-jour after sunset. Originally taken on Fuji Velvia slide film and converted to digital. Seen from the Loch Duich side with Loch Alsh in the distance.

Eilean Donan Castle in the blue hour Contre-jour after sunset. Originally taken on Fuji Velvia slide film and converted to digital. Seen from the Loch Duich side with Loch Alsh in the distance.

Tree lined stream recorded in infra-red in spring time and given a sepia type tone.

Tree lined stream recorded in infra-red in spring time and given a sepia type tone.

Tree-lined pathway in monochrome from infra-red recording. Location - near Bossington, Somerset, England.

Tree-lined pathway in monochrome from infra-red recording. Location – near Bossington, Somerset, England.

Boathouse on Derwentwater, Near Keswick, Lake District national park, Cumbria. Portrait format.

Boathouse on Derwentwater, Near Keswick, Lake District national park, Cumbria. Portrait format.

Boathouse on Derwentwater, Near Keswick, Lake District national park, Cumbria.

Boathouse on Derwentwater, Near Keswick, Lake District national park, Cumbria.

Arthur - a listed building on Goonhilly downs, Cornwall, England. Arthur was built to track the Satellite Telstar and took part in the first live trans-atlantic television transmission.

Arthur – a listed building on Goonhilly downs, Cornwall, England. Arthur was built to track the Satellite Telstar and took part in the first live trans-atlantic television transmission.

Sunflower lit from behind.

Sunflower lit from behind.

Sunflower basking in the sun

Sunflower basking in the sun

These images, and all of my other photographs – many of which were also starred on previous uploads, can be found at:-

https://www.picfair.com/paulcullenphoto

Fine Art America.

Hello everyone,

it’s a while since you have heard from me I know, I’m sorry but I have been busy. One of the things that I have been busy with is “Fine Art America” postings. I have joined the site and so far, I have uploaded 180 photographs for sale. I am really excited because now, through Fine Art America, “things” can be made from my photographs – not just prints, canvases, framed prints and the like, useful things like phone covers (iPhone and Galaxy S phones only at the moment) Tote bags, shower curtains and even duvet covers!

I sort of discovered it by accident – well I knew that it existed but thought that it was a bit “high brow” because of the name, but I was doing some research and discovered that they turned paintings, photographs and other art works into things and I was hooked. There are hundreds of thousands of artists, photographers and digital artists have uploaded their work onto the site in digital form – the watercolourists and oil painters have scanned or photographed their work; I thoroughly recommend that you take a look whether you are buying or selling or just looking – it still costs nothing to look!

If you were interested in selling, there are at least two options:-

Free:- You get to post up to 25 works into your own account, you can set up galleries, and sell your work through the site – http://www.fineartamerica.com

You set your own prices, there is a base price for everything (how much it costs to produce the merchandise) and then you say how much you want over the top of that. If you make a sale, they pay through PayPal – so you would need a valid paypal account that can accept payments – but most people who have bought and sold through Ebay would have one of those.

You pay $30 a year:- In addition to the above, you get your own website which you can customise – so it doesn’t look like The Fine Art America site, you also get a share (5%) of the cost of the materials used to make the product that your buyer orders (Frames, mounts/matting, phone covers, bags, and so on. your web address is yourname.artistwebsites.com

mine is (‘Cos I paid the $30):-

http://johnpaul-cullen.artistwebsites.com/

In addition, if you decide to sell your images/pictures through their stock library you get another personal web address through pixels.com

If I have whetted your appetite for more, please follow the following link:-

 

scotland photographs for sale

u.k. photographs for sale

Latest additions to my Veer stock account – Saving for every eventuality!

I have taken a bit of interest in pigs recently; no, I don’t mean that I have taken up Pig farming, it is more that I have been photographing Piggy Banks and adding useful (I think) and illustrative text to them for the stock libraries. These are a few examples recently accepted onto my Veer account:-

Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif - University fees
Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif – University fees

Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif - Break in case of Emergency
Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif – Break in case of Emergency

Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif - Retirement fund
Black piggy bank and some coins with the motif – Retirement fund

Other examples can be found here. (Please click)

Latest Upload to the Stock Libraries.

I thought that my old coin collection may be of some interest to people from an educational point of view. I think that they could be of use for those completing History projects or other numismatic endeavors (That’s the study of coins – I had to look it up) so I decided to post some of them to the Microstock libraries. They have been accepted by Veer and I am still waiting to hear from Bigstock and Shutterstock. Here are photographs of some of the (I think) more interesting ones:-

Commemorative coin celebrating 50 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Face side.

Commemorative coin celebrating 50 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Face side.

Commemorative coin celebrating 50 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Reverse side.

Commemorative coin celebrating 50 years since the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Reverse side.

American Dime 1929

American Dime 1929

fifty German pfennig 1940

fifty German pfennig 1940

Five Pfennig 1925

Five Pfennig 1925

Queens Silver Jubilee 1977

Queens Silver Jubilee 1977

Royal Engagement.

Royal Engagement.