Marketing Advice and Information for Artists

Advice, Websites, and Information Helping Photographic Artists:

Wide range of good information at: http://art-support.com

Mary Virginia Swanson's photography marketing blog at: http://marketingphotos.wordpress.com/

Photographer's Rights:

Sadly, even artists have to know their rights. These days a lot more converstations start "...you can't shoot that" or "...what are you doing". I get this I especially get it when I stand in one spot for hours by my tripod.

If you want to avoid getting hassled when you are confronted about your photography. Take a look at these pages, the sites listed below have pdf's you can print out and carry them with you:

US Photographers rights: http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm

Canadian Photographer's rights: http://ambientlight.ca/laws.shtml

UK Photographers rights: http://www.sirimo.co.uk/ukpr.php

Australian Photographers rights: http://4020.net/words/photorights.php

Portfolio Reviews:

For photographers, Ibelieve Portfolio Reviews are a great way to get exposure to your work when you have a tightly-edited conceptually solid portfolio. Great chance to meet and start building relationships with curators and others who can further your fine art photography.

Photolucida (held in odd years)    
http://www.photolucida.org/critique.aspx

FotoFest (held in even years)
http://www.fotofest.org/success.htm

Photolucida's Critical Mass (online submission review)
http://www.photolucida.org/current.aspx

Juried Show Information:

Arts Deadline List gives competition deadline listings nationwide for all media: http://rtuh.com/adl/

Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides information and opportunities for Portland, Oregon (Clackamas, Multnomah, & Washington Counties) http://www.racc.org/

CameraArts Listing:
http://www.cameraarts.com/contests.php

Artshow.com is another source: http://www.artshow.com/juriedshows/index.html

NYFA offers current calls for a nationial listing of competitions: http://www.nyfa.org/ (look under Opportunities for Artists Link)

Southern Arts Federation provides an online search form http://www.artsopportunities.org/

Boulder CO Arts Resources http://artist.bldr.net/Opportunities.cfm

Manhattan Arts International: http://www.manhattanarts.com/Resources/exhibitions.htm

Business Cards:

  • Card Size: 2"x3.5" (Photoshop approx 2452px by 4291px)
  • Best sizes for Fonts: 11 point to 7 point
  • Coated 100lb stock for cards with full color photographs
  • Heavier card stock possible if limit to 1 or 2 color

Post Cards:

  • 4/4: full color both sides
  • 4/1: Full color one side B&W other
  • 4"x9" Postcard (same as rack brochures), 2 to 3 images on one side, room for background on reverse, fits #10 envelope
  • 3"x5" Postcard, 1 image on one side
  • Always send with cover letter