Free Your Images
Free Your Images, what does this mean? The days of taking your roll of film to get developed and coming home with 12 or 24 prints which you then put straight into your photo album or shoebox are over. Now, in the digital age the majority of people are taking photos on their digital cameras and/or mobile phones and then doing nothing with them. Or maybe they upload them to their computer and post a few to Facebook or other social media sites. But the majority are kept hidden away. By freeing your images you are showing them to the world or at least your family and friends.
So how can we free our images? Get them printed. Whether that means taking them to your local kiosk and printing your favourites out in 6″ x 4″ and putting them into albums. Getting large prints made to frame and hang on your wall. Other options are POD’s and Photo books which I’ll go into shortly. Personally, I print and hang images on my walls. I have cushion covers, drink coasters and placemats printed and I always have a stash of my images printed onto birthday cards on hand. I have also started getting photos printed onto clothing, they look great on shirts, leggings and scarves. The prints on my walls are all in wooden frames and they are set up so that I can easily change out the photos every year or two.
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Free Your Images with POD’s
What am I talking about you may ask? POD’s are companies that will print an item when an order is made, even if it’s for just the one item. They include companies like Redbubble, Zazzle, Society 6 and Blurb. The digital age opened up a whole new way of printing onto the products of your choosing.
In the 13 months from December 2016 I’ve made 7 photos books. I’ve just collected them all into a pile and WOW I can’t believe how many that I’ve produced this past year and a bit. Well to tell the truth I’ve got 6 books and the 7th is being uploaded to Blurb as I’m typing. These are great for the coffee table. I’ve recently come back from a tour through Baja Mexico and have sold a number of copies of the book to others that were on the tour. I prepare my book layouts through the book module in Lightroom, which uploads direct to Blurb. You can then buy a copy for yourself and put it up for sale for others to purchase directly. Blurb is just one of the many book producers, if they don’t suit your needs then look around.
Clothing, coffee mugs, iphone covers, notebooks, cushions and much much more
Just a small sample of the type of products available on sites like Society6 and Redbubble. They also have a collection of wall art ie photographic prints, canvas, posters and wall tapestries.
My final bit of info with regards to ‘Freeing Your Images’ is, if you have the time. To sign up with a stock agency to sell your images. Images of everyday life with and without people seem to sell reasonably well, they’re not looking for that masterpiece that belongs in an art gallery. I current submit to Shutterstock, a micro stock agency, Stockimo, an iPhone stock agency and Alamy.
I’d love to hear back from any followers just how you ‘Free Your Image’