Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Slides to Digital Conversion Services.

Slides to Digital Service

Tonight I updated my slide scanning services Web site.  I had been a while since I added new content.  The site has also slipped a bit in the search engine ranking recently.

I've been converting 35MM slide film to digital for over 12 years, during which time I've seen many changes in the film digitization industry.

When I first started offering slide to digital conversion services there were very few other companies doing this. Now there are countless film to digital conversion services.

I've heard from many customers who bought the cheap ~$100.00 film scanners and were not pleased with the results. Many of these devices are not actually scanners but a cheap digital camera which makes a low quality digital photo of your slides.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Stock Photo Sales

In August 2012, I was contacted by an architectural firm.  They wanted to purchase rights to one of my Fenway Park panoramic photos.  An agreement was reached.  Now my photos of Fenway Park grace the walls of a popular restaurant, the Cask N Flagon in Marshfield Maassacusetts.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Selling Photos for Profit (Prints) 2012

During 2011, one buyer in particular, over the course of a few months, bought several 8x12" prints of aircraft and airshow photos from my photos for sale pages at Zenfolio.

Now my $100.00 annual fee for hosting at Zenfolio has come up for renewal and sales have slowed down.

That's the reason I'm creating this post, to help drive more search engine traffic to the site.

A list of the photo categories with links to the corresponding pages should help a bit.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Stock Photo Sales April 2011

A week ago I received a photo-usage-rights price request. This potential customer wanted to make a print of one of my Fenway Park photos. The print would be resold for display in a local restaurant at like 45 x 60 inches.

I quoted $200.00 over the phone. After telling me the price was "high" the person told me he was not sure if so and so would be willing to pay it. I've not heard back from them.

After a few weeks of working out the deal with their client, the buyer paid the invoice for rights to the Fenway Park image.

On a related note, rights to one of my New England Aquarium photos was requested via e-mail today. The use would be in a promotional brochure. I replied with quotes based on the image size. I'll update with the the outcome of this potential sale soon.

It's likely these people found my stock photos via Google Image Search.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Photo Use - No Charge


Yesterday a woman called asking about usage rights for my American Flag Waving photo. She wanted to use the image in the cover of a pamphlet which would be handed out at the funeral of a man in her community who recently died. I told here there would be no charge.

She wanted to give me a credit on the back of the pamphlet. I told her to make the credit read "Photo courtesy of SlideScanning123.com"

She found the image via Google images searching for "American Flag waving". She thanked me for making my contact info so easy to find. (in image borders)



On a related note, I recently sold rights to an F-16 in flight photo for use on a t-shirt. The shirt will be produced for employees of a company which make parts for the F-16. In addition to the check already received, I asked for a t-shirt to be shipped to me and no charge.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Photo Sales 2009


Photo sales (aka usage rights) have been increasing, apparently proportional to the photos I add to my stock photo collection at photo.net.

Accurate photo captions and keywords there help the images come up number one when Google Image search is used by potential photo buyers. The word "photo" as the domain at photo.net name helps too.

My butterfly in flight image sold for use on the cover of a report. I sold rights to 5 images for use on a Hampton Beach Hotel Web site.

A large company bought rights to one of my helicopter photos for multiple uses. They paid me $725.00. Trips to air shows can be profitable photo outings.

Print sales from my Photos for Sale at Zenfolio have been moderate but enough have sold to cover the annual hosting fee. Most of my pages (galleries) there come up number one in a Google search for my targeted search strings.
I target strings like:

As of 12/27/09, My Zenfolio main page is currently coming up number one with the Google search generic term "photos for sale". That will vary over time.