Selling sports event photos online

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Mick, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. Mick

    Mick Guest

    I've been thinking about starting a small business to sell sporting
    event photos online, mainly local running events. It would be more of
    a labor of love and a hobby than a money maker.
    I've checked out various commercial sites such as Printroom,
    Shutterfly etc that display thumbnails, crippled/watermarked orginals
    and allow interested buyers to order prints online, all for a fee of
    Is anyone aware of a site that allows the buyer to download the
    photo file instead of or as well as ordering prints?. I realize that
    the commericial sites also make money on supplying the prints, and
    that the full size, non-crippled image files would require a lot more
    server space.
    The other alternative I can see is to have to have the download
    customer return to my business website and have some mechanism for an
    exchange of money for the digital file.
    I know if I was buying a photo of myself running in a race I'd
    prefer to have the digital image rather than a set of prints, and I
    suspect more folks are leaning that way too.


    Mick, Jun 21, 2004
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  2. Mick

    Brad Guest

    You can sell your photos as downloads at
    Brad, Jun 21, 2004
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  3. Mick

    Meldon Guest

    I'm not necessarily a proponent of Paypal, however as a quick and easy way
    to have the user pay for the image file, it might be applicable for you. A
    surcharge applies of course.

    Server space is an issue as well as byte charges so Brad makes a good
    suggestion with a third-party specialist.

    From a business perspective, what would compel prospective customers to
    purchase the pictures? For instance, if they are local events, those people
    could take their own pictures.

    Personally, I see local newspapers as a better prospect for those images.
    The method of distribution becomes less critical.

    Meldon, Jun 22, 2004
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