Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/01/03

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Subject: RE: [Leica] an appeal to photographer (was re: tina's print pricing)
From: Henry Ambrose <>
Date: Wed, 3 Jan 2001 18:31:34 -0600

>On a regular basis, I get pricing requests from people who are have visited
>my web site.  The prices that I have quoted in the past were $75 for an
>8x10, or $200 for an 11x14 for fibre based, archivally processed, tonded,
>signed, etc.     I rarely here from them again.   I *assume* that they
>initally emailed me because they liked something on my site, yet they loose
>interest when I quote them what seem to me to be a small price.   So what
>is going on?   Are they expecting something for free?   Or do you really
>think that if I asked $500 for an 8x10, that I'd get a better order rate?
>Dan C.
You could ask for more. If you're not selling any now it can't hurt.

A big problem is the 1-hour-photo-and-after-all-anyone-can-take-a-picture 
mentality which we probably can't beat. I think its better to find 
someone who appreciates your work than to try to do much missionary work 
to change the mind of the folks who do not appreciate what you do. They 
don't have to like what you do. They can think real photography is about 
some celebrity on the cover of People which they buy for $1.25 

This is what I try to do as much as harsh reality will permit:
Do what you like to do and someone out there will probably like it too. 
Even if they don't at least you'll be pleasing yourself.