Recently a young friend on flickr asked me Is RedBubble working for you? and said We would love to get paid for what we do and was wondering if it worth the time. I didn’t hesitate with my response:
“… No, I’ve not sold any work yet. But I use it for more than that:
1. It’s a great networking tool. The variety of interesting artists is amazing – and
predominately Australian from all over the world!
2. I present my ‘better’ work on RedBubble, whereas I use flickr to present my experiments and ideas.
3. It’s a slick and professional site. When anyone wants to view my work – I send them to RedBubble , not Flickr.
Don’t think about the money – just work to be the best at what you do. …"
I really mean this!
There are lots of sites that enable you to create a gallery, host your work, ‘fave’ other artists and win garish awards for experiments with light. But not many allow you to sell that work as easily as RedBubble. Very few make it so easy to upload your work.
That being said, there are few very important points to realise for any artists using this service. Before you upload that picture, ask yourself these few questions:
1. Would I pay to hang this photograph on my wall?
Would you, your boss, your partner, your best friend, or Bill Gates or Donald Trump want to buy this image to hang in their home?
2. Would my mother be ashamed or proud?
The most important question of all!
3. Would National Geographic or FOE print it at 21′ × 14′?
Is the resolution and DPI high enough to print at either business-card or bill-board size?
NOTE: Imperial: 21 feet x 14 feet! whereas Metric measures 6metres,50cm x 4metres,27cm
One last thing that I ‘insist’ upon:
4. Take the time to stand-back and view your images from a distance.
This method can even be applied to any scene you want to shoot – unless you simply want to capture the moment.
1. I am no expert, but I know what I like. If you disagree with my opinions, suggestions, methodology or bluntness: Good. Healthy communities are built upon healthy debate.
2. I get no commission from advertising RedBubble. But wish I did. Sigh. Please buy my photographs .