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kneeshooter
kneeshooter
Today is a good day...
I seem to have a job interview next Friday. It might even be interesting... More on that - probably never... Fortunately this one is in Nottingham rather than Amsterdam but travel time is roughly similar.

In better news, my Sekrit Project has come through - and now the jolly nice people at Music Non Stop and I have come to an agreement for them to sell some of my photo prints. This is all jolly, jolly exciting - and will be even more exciting when I've made back the stock cost. Of course I shall still make more money selling direct but I don't have even a sniff of their reach.

Actually I'm very excited by all this! So go, tell your friends!

Artw**k continues to be amusing - last night I had a seminar on the health and safety risks of hanging a photograph on the wall. Oddly enough it didn't take long...

Still here? Leave a comment and I'll say something nice or nasty about you. Then you can try and guess which I did.

I nearly forgot - if I don't make back the sale or return on the prints with MNS I'll have an excess. So it'll be a CombiChristmas for all my friends and family. And no, the interview isn't for a job as a comedian.

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gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: November 2nd, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh, congrats. Won't be long now before you're syndicated through AP and Getty :-)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks - but I can't see AP or Getty having much demand for Ronan Harris & friends...
gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: November 2nd, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
At your rate of shooting you are statistically highly likely to have shot the Next Big Thing when they were just starting out... question is only who they'll be.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 12:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is at the back of my mind, but I'm still shooting within quite a small non-commercial scene so I don't hold out much hope.

I am trying for Paul Simon next weekend though - but that'd be for a Christmas present for my dad!
ayrton_nix From: ayrton_nix Date: November 2nd, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Good luck with t'interview and big congrats on the MNS thinggummy.
ayrton_nix From: ayrton_nix Date: November 3rd, 2006 10:07 am (UTC) (Link)
C'mon mister say something nasty then....
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 3rd, 2006 10:14 am (UTC) (Link)
You're so impatient! I'll get round to it eventually! (or was that it...) :-P
ayrton_nix From: ayrton_nix Date: November 3rd, 2006 10:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Teehee. So very true.
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
The short answer is they've been let down in the past by suppliers so want to keep as much control as they can. I might try and tweak it in the future, but to be honest there's a certain charm in getting them to handle all the post, packing and hassle. But of course I pay through the nose for that through reduced margin.

We're going for an initial (small) stock and then just-in-time printing on others. After all, I can get prints from my printer to them in 24-48 hours once I've got files uploaded.

But I agree it does seem a bit archaic.

Also, my worries over stock costs might be reduced when I have an idea what the demand might be!
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gaius_octavian From: gaius_octavian Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can pretty much do that through Photobox anyway. Question is how to get people to go to your gallery in the first place.
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Spot on.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes. I use Photobox anyway - and just make more money per print if people buy direct. As Fitz points out - I'm paying them for their mailing list. Which is another reason why they don't want me posting stuff out - their customer list is their business. Of course, anyone who buys a print will have my URL on the back so perhaps I'll gain some direct gains too.

I'm very excited. I just hope the market is there.
karohemd From: karohemd Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's what I'm trying to figure out, too. I set up my "pro gallery" last week, although at the moment, it's more a gimmick than an actual attempt to sell anything. ;o)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have a number running but really there's little point. My most recent approach of "paperback-cost" is a lot more satisfying.
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
People do it now with kiosks I believe. The investment means that it's possible to do but only big venues tend to be able to afford it - let alone actually do it. It can of course be done cheaper and probably reasonably effectively (if slowly on portable printers) but I'm not sure the interest would be there. Current high end cameras will all take wireless units.

Probably the main restriction is actually the bands. I've had to be very careful what gigs I sell prints off as in some cases I've signed releases specifically prohibiting me from doing that.

Maybe next time you gig we can try it as a proof of concept if we can beg/borrow kit?
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Might as well have something to do on stage :-P

Actually I'm getting fed up with artists who want to tightly control what they look like. You're the third in as many months.

Trust me, I'm a professional!
davefish From: davefish Date: November 2nd, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually I'm getting fed up with artists who want to tightly control what they look like.

You can always suggest that they pay a make-up artist, if it bugs them so...
stelmaria_clg From: stelmaria_clg Date: November 2nd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
www.concertlive.co.uk

They already attend various gigs and record the show with the promise of having the disc ready for you within 8-10 minutes of lights coming up. They have a van outside with a load of cd rack burners to make up 500 copies and then sell online what doesn't go on the night.

(I only know this cos they were at the gig i went to last night harassing everyone to come over to their stall and sign up.)
stelmaria_clg From: stelmaria_clg Date: November 2nd, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and also... congrats on the interview and MNS bits and pieces :)
davefish From: davefish Date: November 2nd, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can definitely get that sort of technology. I know that its pretty much the done thing if you shoot college sports in the US, without the speed of getting product out to people, they loose interest.
davefish From: davefish Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congratulations on the MNS thing, and good luck with the job interview. Would you be able to telecommute to this one, or will it require actual physical presence?

Have MNS been listening to you talking about artw*@k? Just with the bottom link to "related projects" from the CombiChrist shot
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The job would be a real proper office one - though if there isn't some degree of flexibility I wouldn't go for it.

And no - but Scandy is that crazy Andy LaPlegua dude again. He's such a hero ;-)
karohemd From: karohemd Date: November 2nd, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Congrats from me, too. Hope you sell loads. :o)
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kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: November 2nd, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks x2.

Tell all your friends! Well, about the first part - the job thing will leave them rather bemused I suspect!
ikkleblacktruck From: ikkleblacktruck Date: November 3rd, 2006 08:24 am (UTC) (Link)
Nice and nasty, who could ask for more?
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