2021 Resolutions

Print mats in black and white. ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.

Showing and selling your images online, and other resolutions

Happy New Year!

We start each year making plans and promises (mostly to ourselves) to guide us through yet another chapter in our lives. Yet, in a post-2020 world, with coronavirus still among us, are we really ready for this New Year’s resolutions?

And yet, the resolutions and plans that we make, and the deadlines we give ourselves can help us focus and stay the course, especially during challenging times like the ones we’ve been through for a while now.

Sundial on deserted Jersey City waterfront during Coronavirus pandemic. Photo ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.
Photographing Time: “Measuring Life – how do you measure a year in life with Coronavirus” Photo ©Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved. Image captured during the Covid-19 quarantine, inspired by RENT’s Season of Love.

So, for creatives and in particular photographers out there, if you wonder where to start or how to resume your (photography) projects this year, here are a few ideas:

  • remember the lessons learned last year, especially when it comes to the business of photography; keep them in mind in 2021 and in the years to come
  • revisit projects started last year; consider completing them or rather using them as sources of inspiration, stepping stones for new projects
  • enter (free) photography contests
  • update your website; that’s always a work in progress; NOTE: you can sell images directly from your website; you might need a certain plan, say, if you’re on Word Press, for example
  • update or work on a new photo portfolio; write an artist statement for said portfolio, and an artist bio, too
  • sell images on stock photography sites, such as Alamy, iStock Photo, and plenty others like Adobe Stock, Shutterstock, and so on; NOTE: if you already have an Alamy contributor’s account, download the Stockimo app (it’s free), log in using your Alamy login info, and upload images (to Stockimo) directly from your iPhone (Stockimo is basically Alamy for iPhone images only)
  • sell images on sites like Fine Art America (free/premium membership) Picfair (free/plus), Red Bubble, and others, as prints, framed prints, canvases, or printed on various items; a free membership (for instance with FAA) limits the number of images that you can upload, as well as the options/tools available to promote and market those images; in general, a free membership can provide a good starting point and a way to familiarize yourself with using a specific platform
"Time waits for nobody." Solar clock. Lensbaby Velvet Photography by Alina Oswald.
Photographing Time: “Time waits for nobody.” Lensbaby Velvet56 Photo by Alina Oswald. Inspired by Freddie Mercury’s song.

Personally, this year I find it difficult to come up with a to-do list, with 2021 resolutions, especially when I’m not done with my 2020 resolutions, but who’s counting….

As always, thank you for stopping by, and wish you a safe, healthy, gentle, and Happy 2021!

Alina Oswald


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