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« on: July 03, 2008, 17:47 »
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Have you sold Sepia toned images.
What kind of market is for them?


RT


« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2008, 18:46 »
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Yes.

Any market that needs a sepia image.

Sorry to be blunt, but to be honest if the image suits a sepia tone then go with it, stock is a suck it and see market, what have you got to lose.

Wait a while and upload it in colour or B+W aswell and see if that version sells better.

Maybe you could expand in what sort of photo you're thinking off?

I'd also add that some sites will state that you should just upload the colour version and let the buyer do the manipulation, in my experince thats b***sh*t, some (a lot) of my best sellers are where I've manipulated the photo and it's sold better than the original.
« Last Edit: July 03, 2008, 18:49 by RT »

« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2008, 19:07 »
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This one of me sells relatively well.


« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2008, 19:52 »
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Is that my picture after SS banned me?

Cranky MIZ
The voice of reason

« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2008, 20:30 »
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who would ban you Miz?

« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2008, 20:31 »
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I have one olden-days looking image that is sepia and sells well.  I have another sepia image that probably has never sold on any site ever.  LOL  It just depends.

« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2008, 21:14 »
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Yes, they sell, though they are not bestsellers.  In this case sepia is not even that relevant, but it works. 

Regards,
Adelaide
« Last Edit: July 03, 2008, 21:17 by madelaide »

« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2008, 21:24 »
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IMO it has suit the image (ie not technology etc :) so old stuff (which are not going to be bestsellers) or have good artistic merit (like Litifeta) where it compliments the image really well.

« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2008, 00:47 »
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I have this one, but it never sold (so far) :)


« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2008, 02:42 »
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I always thought sepia images looked like this



Cranky MIZ
The voice of reason

« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2008, 02:57 »
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That depends on the paper they were printed on. :) Then again, MIZ, I do like your take on my image. Mind if I use your view on sepia images? :)

« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2008, 07:57 »
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This is the only sepia photo I have in my portfolio and it has done fairly well.  I remember it was rejected by one site saying it would be better left to the person buying the image if they wanted it is sepia or not, to resubmit the original version.  Well, I took the photo with the sepia setting in the camera and it was the origianl version.  LOL  So, maybe you are better off submitting the original version if it was in color and let the person buying it decide whether or not they want to convert it into sepia.


tan510jomast

« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2008, 08:50 »
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some sites will state that you should just upload the colour version and let the buyer do the manipulation

true,  some sites do mention that .

and in tazzy's case, unfortunate that the original sepia was rejected
asking for the original color. the reviewer in my case, did not reject my
black and white images, simply suggesting in future to upload the color ones if it was originally in color.

tazzy, you should email them to explain that is was in fact the original.
still, another reason to shoot in colour. in future, why not shoot a second or even third if you want it sepia or grey scale.




« Reply #13 on: July 04, 2008, 13:24 »
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I did ask them to review it and told them that this was the original.  They took it that time.  I never even thought to take some pictures in color.  I just thought the scene would look good in sepia.  I used the in camera settings as I could never get sepia to look just right converting it in photoshop.  Funny thing is, all the sites (7) that I contribute to have taken it.  I recently joined Crestock and they rejected it for artifacts and compression flaws.  LOL  I didn't upload many to them as they were rejecting my photos right and left and these were ones that were selling well on my other sites.  I emailed them and told them this and then they took most of them.  But, I decided it just wasn't worth my time to have to email them every time I turned around.  I don't have that much spare time.

« Reply #14 on: July 04, 2008, 13:34 »
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sold 2x on SS.

« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2008, 15:59 »
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This is the only sepia photo I have in my portfolio and it has done fairly well.  I remember it was rejected by one site saying it would be better left to the person buying the image if they wanted it is sepia or not, to resubmit the original version.  Well, I took the photo with the sepia setting in the camera and it was the origianl version.  LOL  So, maybe you are better off submitting the original version if it was in color and let the person buying it decide whether or not they want to convert it into sepia.




this annoys me, far enough a few people will look at an image and say, its got be that image and I'll convert to sepia, crop, rotate, flip etc etc but there is so many images in the libraries and the majority of people wouldn't have a clue how, they just pass on to next image.   Its a really dumb argument if  the client searches for "sepia".

Phil

« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2008, 14:50 »
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not a true sepia, but this one outsells the rosier version:



« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2009, 09:17 »
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I just sold this one, for nice money. Buyer wanted it in .TIFF


hali

« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2009, 10:02 »
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double post deleted
« Last Edit: January 31, 2009, 10:08 by hali »

hali

« Reply #19 on: January 31, 2009, 10:07 »
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you know, original the purpose of sepia tone was to mask a bad print , or to make the old fibre paper last longer. then later , as the market went into the plastic resin type when longevity is no longer a problem, we use sepia to make it look old (ancient).
but nowadays, with so many of the old (as in ancient) photographs being made available by the Library of Congress as public domain. i really can't see why anyone would pay for a new sepia for the old look, when they can get the real stuff for free .
did any of you actually look at the public domain images? they were made by real pros working for the organizations of the day. all great press photographers with the view cameras. and the shots are just incredible. we, teachers of photography, still use them to show our students what to look for in a photograph, and how well they compose the shot, even with the limitations of the equipment they faced in those days. remember, it was not just DSLR here, no motion stabilizer, no auto, no exposure meter, no spot meter, nothing.
all done with real knowledge by experience. the real stuff, i would say.

take a look at them. it's almost a hidden treasure for anyone who wants to be an incredible photographer. which , honestly, you don't find too much of that here in stock photography.  ;)

« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2009, 10:12 »
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I have to be honest... This image had dull colors, poor lighting and it was taken from distance, so it even had a haze. It's taken from a car in motion, so I had to decrease the size of it to a minimum...and it has a banding on the sky. It was taken in JPG moge, so I couldn't really correct all these problems and I decided to make it sepia :D

avava

« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2009, 10:51 »
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 I would think that buyers can figure out if they want to make an image a sepia I think it is better to offer the color version and give them all the choices they can use. Maybe not, I know if I was a buyer I would rather have the option.

Best,
AVAVA

tan510jomast

« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2009, 10:56 »
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Whatever you do, it's better not to do it in camera, as some dslr have that feature.
Not unless it also keeps the original.
And yes, I have to agree with AVAVA. Better to submit the colour one and let the buyer change it to greyscale and sepia if needed. Or else, you're limiting your market for that shot.

hali

« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2009, 12:18 »
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I have to be honest... This image had dull colors, poor lighting and it was taken from distance, so it even had a haze. It's taken from a car in motion, so I had to decrease the size of it to a minimum...and it has a banding on the sky. It was taken in JPG moge, so I couldn't really correct all these problems and I decided to make it sepia :D

well, at least you got a sale, congrats. you also said they asked for the tiff . did you give them that ?
and were you paid a higher sum?

« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2009, 19:56 »
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Oh, it's sold on 123RF. There is an option for buyers to download TIFF. I earned 4,3$


 

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