10 Replies Latest reply on Jun 19, 2018 12:59 AM by italosan

    Digital photo prints to sell

    sugarcoated293 Level 1



      I've seen some people sell digital photography prints on etsy with great success but I'm wondering about which cameras/specs work best so that buyers can blow up the image to a great size and not lose focus. I know you should have a SLR camera but I think I was thinking of getting a mirrorless for certain travel photography and was after minimum specifications?



        • 2. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
          cmgap Adobe Community Professional

          With photography gear as is the same with computers, people are partial to brands. Rather than start a brand favorite discussion I'll say that you should compare the weight to quality factor when considering a DSLR vs Mirrorless and budget.


          You can get a high-end mirrorless, think Sony A7R ii against a Nikon D850 or Canon Mark V. And if you really want to up your game for landscape you could look at a mid-size like a Pentax 645.


          It will take a lot of sales on Etsy to pay for any of the above mentioned gear kits. And don't forget the glass... you can't get a high end body with a cheap lens.

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          • 3. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
            rodneyb56060189 Level 4

            I agree with cmgap re: equipment choices. You'd need to do a lot of research to get the best deals you can.


            Keep in mind another possibility re: selling the work.


            This guy has been successful because 99% of his work was sold by him at Art Fairs ( mostly pretty high end fairs on eastern Long Island. He printed his own prints (large) and framed some. He also printed on canvas sometimes. It was a lot of work and many years but he did well at it.


            Home - John Ellsworth Photography

            • 4. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
              rodneyb56060189 Level 4

              Another print option. Believe it or not, last fall I send a digital image to a Fed Ex Kinko place (sent online) to see how their mounted photo quality was. I worked closely with the technician at the place ( due to tones and crop concerns ). I was very happy with the result and if there is a place like that near you it might be worth looking into, instead of investing in giant printer of your own, etc.


              I think there are also photo print places at Walgreens, which can be mounted maybe, but haven't used them.

              • 5. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
                Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                I understand you're asking about equipment but that's only a means to an end.   I've seen some pretty amazing photos captured with a cardboard box .


                Below are the technical requirements for submitting digital photos to Adobe Stock. 


                Technical requirements

                • Submit images in JPEG format.
                • Minimum image resolution: 4 MP (megapixels)
                • Maximum image resolution: 100 MP (megapixels)
                • Maximum file size: 45 MB (megabytes)
                • No watermarks or timestamps
                • Do not upsample your files; submit the maximum file size that your camera can produce.
                • 6. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
                  rodneyb56060189 Level 4

                  hehe, better elaborate. cardboard box = pinhole camera


                  : )

                  • 7. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
                    Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Pinhole maybe but not when your box is the size of a 20 ft shipping container.

                    Truck-Sized Pinhole Camera Captures the Great American Panorama - Creators

                    • 8. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
                      Ussnorway Adobe Community Professional

                      the only time a mirror camera out performs a mirrorless camera is for speed of focus i.e, fast moving objects = use a mirror camera

                      • 9. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
                        rodneyb56060189 Level 4

                        hehe... that's one big pinhole camera !  Probably used a number 2 pencil to make the hole.  ??


                        So many variables re: mirror less vs. reflex, re: choice. Used to use M3 rangefinder a lot when young. Pre-focus (focus ring) and shoot mostly. But that was mostly wide lens stuff. I personally hate AF lenses cause I focus manually ( lenses go beyond min and max focus so it goes out when doing manually). Cine lenses (Zeiss) are better, but way more expensive for DSLR's. It's a lot of thinking and deciding and researching to figure out what's best for the way you want to shoot, etc. I'm so glad I don't have to do that !

                        • 10. Re: Digital photo prints to sell
                          italosan Adobe Community Professional

                          The kind of camera you want to use for this kind of work, is completely up to you.


                          At this point, you may have a very good quality even with a high end smartphone, so good that in some side-by-side comparison with good D-SLR an non-expert eye couldn't tell the difference.


                          However, if you have to comply with some specs, this can help with a choice.


                          I would say, if you plan to sell prints up to 1m on the long edge, you may want to choose at least a 24mpx camera, regardless of sensor size. Given that you want something lightweight that will be easy to carry around, I would suggest something like a Fuji X100f.