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Would you buy prints?

I am debating possibly expanding. No not my waistline, although that seems to be happening all by itself… But that’s another thing. After a facebook conversation and some thought, I wonder if you might be interested in some of my images as prints. I’m thinking around A4, or similar in size, with a card mount. You could put the print in a frame of your own choice, or not – it’s up to you.

Would you put my pictures on your wall?

Silhouette at sunset - prints

I’m looking into products I can offer for sale that are reasonable to post. There’s no actual shop you can go into and pick one up off a shelf. It’s all online, and there’s only me here. This is a small hobby business at the moment, so there’s no team of people looking after dispatch, orders, customer service, marketing. It’s just me.

Taking into consideration that there’s also not much storage space in my house until the kids leave home – and I’m not kicking them out any time soon! Any product has to be reasonably small, easy to store, and lightweight enough to be posted from my local village post office, which is tiny.

Greetings cards were the obvious first choice. The canvases I’ve had made are fine for local venues, and possibly future craft fair events. But canvases are bulkier and more difficult for me to post. Once I factor in the cost of packaging materials, boxes, and postage, it’s not really something I want to venture into right now.

But a print, in a card mount, in a card backed envelope? I can do that. Those wouldn’t take up too much space, and would be reasonable to post too.

Steel works at sunset - prints

So, I am planning a small range of prints to be available in time for Christmas. Do you have any preferences? Are there any images in the galleries that you love?

Let me know and I can consider either including an image as a commission for you, or put the most popular images in the first selection.

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Canvases for sale

My canvases for sale!

canvases for sale

Some of my photographs have been printed onto canvas and are for sale at Franco’s Restaurant, Aberavon Beach, Port Talbot. They’re prominently displayed in the heart of the restaurant, and you can buy one for £30. There are 5 there at the moment, with different images, all taken right outside Franco’s. Look in the gallery below if you want to see them. Other artists also have their work on display.

When these sell I’ll have more done so the prints will change. Even if I use the same image, the crop and adjustments will be different. But, I’m going to try to make sure each set of canvases for sale uses different images.

Of course, if you prefer, I do have some greeting cards also for sale in the shop here.

It’s constantly changing at the beach. One day the waves are high, and fierce, the next calm and soft. Today was flat and grey. Last Wednesday the waves were pounding on the sand and the gulls screaming in the wind. Every day is a different view, and I love that.

Franco’s is well worth a visit anyway. The views are lovely, they make an excellent coffee, and the food is good too.

I hope you enjoy your visit.

 

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The Shop is Open

shop open

I declare the Sarah Barnard shop open for business!

The shop is now open again, and linked to the lower of the top menus.

shop open

I decided to reactivate the shop, and have the greeting cards back on for sale. They sold reasonably well when they were available before, so it makes sense.

All the images used are my own. Cards are A5, 340GSM card stock folded in half to make a landscape card that is A6 in size. Each card is supplied with a plain white envelope for your use. Every card is blank inside for you to write your own message for any occasion.

These are my own designs, printed and supplied by me directly to you.

If you are interested in my images for sale for digital use, my Shutterstock portfolio might be a good place to look.

Maybe it’s a bag, mouse mat, or t-shirt you’re looking for? Then my RedBubble store would be the place to start.

You can find my work in these places in different forms, and as an independent artist I value every view, review, and sale. I appreciate all your interest. If there’s nothing you want to buy right now, I’d love it if you could share something on your own social networks.

Helping small business

You’d pay for the latest mass produced Kardashian perfume, or Beckham merchandise, right? Small businesses need your support. All it might take is a few moments to share something you like, tell people about what you found. It’s not just for me, it’s for all the small businesses out there. Lots of us are working online, trying to get some exposure, and we all need you.

You are vital to the success of small, local, business. Every time you interact with us online, every like, every share, it helps. If you’d think about buying something that would be even better.

Thank you!

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New cards just arrived!

Black & White Thistledown

A lovely box of new card designs arrived this morning, and I’ll be adding them to the shop in the next few days.

Bear in mind I’ve been adjusting the postage rates, so orders with a small number of cards should work out as free postage. If it doesn’t please let me know and I’ll play with it until it works! Free postage will be sent second class with no tracking or signature. This is at your own risk, and tracked is available too, it’s your choice.

In the meantime you can see the designs in the gallery below, I hope you like them.

When your cards arrive, the watermark will not be there. I only add it to protect my designs when they’re online. If you want to use any of my images for anything, please ask. I’ll need to know what you want them for, and how you’re planning to use them, but I’ll look at each request on its’ own merits.

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Preparing images – Focus

It’s been quite an eye opener, the different requirements for the various photo selling sites, and there are numerous “How to” guides littered around the internet. This isn’t one of them, this is an anecdotal rambling about part of what I have learned as I started out.

First take some images that you are really proud of, that you think are the best you can take, considering where you are on your photography journey, and the equipment you have available. Don’t worry too much about having the right camera, tripod, lenses etc. These things will help, but they’re expensive and you can gather things like that as you find you have a need for them.

Take your images with the highest resolution you can, get a nice large file – several mb size is best. Most of mine start out over 10mb.

The first thing I do is to check if it’s an image I like, and is worth the time to work on to prepare for submission. I skim through using the Photos app on windows 10 which gives a nice viewer where I can zoom in and have a good look at each image. I delete loads at this stage.

Is it in focus?

Examine your chosen image in detail using something like photoshop – there are plenty of image manipulation softwares out there, some are free, some cost, but you will need to use something.

Look at your picture at 100% – yes, it’ll be so zoomed in you can only see a small fraction, but you need to go over it with a fine tooth comb, so to speak. Check that every detail in the main subject, or main area, is in crisp, sharp, focus. If it’s not, the image will be rejected. Pick a different image, or take more pictures. But trust me, some look beautifully sharp until you zoom in to 100%, then you can see the blur.

That rose, looks lovely at low resolution, looks great in print on a greeting card, but zoom in to the original image and the petals are fuzzy. This is not one to blow up to hang on the wall.

Yellow lilies with water drops

Whereas, these lilies (which have been passed as good for shutterstock, are beautifully crisp even at 100%.

So, first check your images are in focus throughout the subject area, and I’ll ramble on about other things to check and look for, another day!

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