WHERE TO PURCHASE FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS

Seattle, Washington

TOP 5 WEBSITES FOR FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY

As the owner of Randy Bott Photography, getting the fine art prints to the public can be time consuming. There has been an increase in websites that sell fine art prints and other art works like sculptures, paintings, etc. Creating an online presence as a photographer is quite difficult since the competition is high. Using websites like Artfinder.com or Fineartamerica.com take the hard work out of it. An artist creates a profile, uploads the work they want to sell, and the website takes care of everything else.

Before the internet, purchasing fine art photographs was a bit complicated. Look up fine art galleries in the Yellow Pages of the phone book, drive to the gallery (if a gallery is located where you live), talk to the front desk person, and blah, blah, blah. The other option was to wait for art fairs which were in the summer. At least where I lived. What if you wanted a print in the winter, well, go back to the yellow pages and start over. Now with all the websites that offer fine art prints, it's much easier today.

A lone tree at sunset in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado.

While shooting sunset at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, this twisted Juniper tree stood out and needed to be photographed. Although not much was going on with the sky, the alpen glow adding some much needed color to the scene. This national park contains only 12 of the 48 miles of the canyon but are the deepest and most dramatic sections. Very few people visit this national park and is worth stopping by if you are in the area. Limited Edition of 100 prints available.

FINE ART AMERICA

Fineartamerica.com is a one stop shop for buying fine art photography prints. Artists create a profile, upload images to the site and begin selling prints. Fine Art America takes care of everything else. Printing, framing, matting, shipping, etc. for the artist. The artists set the price in the print sizes available and the company takes care of the rest. The profits are sent to the artist after taking their 5% commision. 5% is quite low considering galleries usually take 50%. This model makes it easy for photographers to sell prints without creating a website, finding a print shop and everything else that goes with fine art print sales. Fine Art America also provides home decor as well. Maybe you want your photographs on bags, coffee mugs, pillows, etc. They can do that. This service is a Print On Demand (POD). This means the art is not printed until ordered. With 16 manufacturing facilities in 5 countries, Fine Art America can provide products to anywhere in the world.

SAATCHI ART

Saatchiart.com is an online gallery that specializes in paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography in a range of prices. Unlike Fine Art America, the artist takes care of the printing, shipping, etc. Saatchi Art is not a Print On Demand (POD) company. After creating website profile, photograph the art you want to sell, upload the photograph to the website, and wait for the sale. Once the artwork wells, the artist, packages and ships the piece. Saatchiart.com then takes 30% of the sale price. The commission is high but the artist doesn’t have to make a website, drive traffic to the site, etc. Saatchiart.com website takes care of that. For the buyer, Saatchi Art provides a complimentary art advisory. Think of this as your personal art curator. They will help find the art that best fits your decor, budget, and design concepts.

Crashing waves at Cape Disapppointment State Park with the lighthouse.

As the waves of Cape Disappointment State Park reflect off the wall, they get hit by incoming waves and create massive columns of water. During the big storms in winter, Cape Disappointment will never disappoint. You have to be careful because as the high tide comes in, the waves can crash over the rock wall and cause severe injury if you are too close. The Cape Disappointment Lighthouse creates a perfect backdrop for the large waves. The Lighthouse became the 8th active light on the west coast when it was first fired up on October 15, 1856.

ART FINDER

Artfinder.com is an online shop for artists to sell their prints. Similar to Saatchi Art, the artist is responsible for the prints and shipping. After you create the art, take a high resolution photo of it and upload it to your Artfinder profile. An advantage of using Artfinder or Saatchi Art is artist can limit the fine art prints. This creates value over open edition prints. Each artist must apply to Artfinder and have an online presence to sell their prints. The commission for selling on Artfinder is 33%-40% and the website claims this gets reinvested into artist promotion. As an artist, it’s free to set up your profile and get prints on the site. If you are looking for limited edition fine art prints, Artfinder.com is a good choice.

SINGULART

Singulart.com is a great place to find limited edition prints. All art on the website is offered as a single edition, especially photography. No other prints will be recreated. Artist must apply to be considered for Singulart and not many are approved. The artists must have be recognized nationally and have global potentional, held solo exhibitions and been awarded prestigious art prizes. I couldn’t find anywhere on the site about how much commission they take. Most galleries take 50% so I’m going to assume it’s close to that. All art comes with a signed certificate of authenticity and in the case of photography, each print is signed and numbered.

21st Street bridge in tacoma bridge in black and white.

Where does this bridge go for you? So many choices and each one is up to you. You get to decide where the road is taking you. Wherever you want to go figure out how to get there and take it one day at a time. No excuses, no blaming others. Follow your path and make it what you want. I have been driving past the 21st Street bridge in Tacoma, Washington for years and as I learn more about black and white editing, I finally have a vision of what I want it to look like. Limited Edition of 100 prints available.

DIRECT FROM THE ARTIST

Buying fine art prints from the artist is the best option. The artist can talk to you about the print, how it’s made, and everything that brings a personal touch. Purchasing directly from the artist removes the middle man like Singulart.com, Saatchiart.com, and others. They paid no commissions to others representing the art work. You will notice the prints on my site come in specific sizes. If you want a size not offered, email or call and we can work something out for the print size you want. This is not an choice when working with a fine art gallery website like Singulart.com. The prints will be cheaper through the artist since no commissions are paid to a gallery. Artists are always happy to discuss the prints with clients. There isn't much information on the print other than the price when working with a third party. Checkout my Fine Art Galleries and see if any work stands out that you would like to discuss.

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Fine art photography prints can be purchased from a variety of websites and galleries. Some sites offer limited edition, some offer open editions. Limited editions are always more valuable than open editions like you find on Fineartamerica.com. Buying from the artist is always the best choice as no commissions are paid and we always update our websites. But, depending on your budget, buying from the artist may not be an option. Look around on different sites and see what best fits your budget. Your budget is more important than the art.

black and white image of the capitol building in Washington State.

The halls of justice can invoke a myriad of emotions. Whether in color or black and white, everyone sees the justice system of America in a different light. Some good, some bad, some indifferent. Either way, be proud of who you are and always try to do good in this world. Limited Edition of 100 prints available.

470 nm hyper color infrared photo of the space needle from Kerry Park

Infrared photograph of the Space Needle in Seattle with a Hypercolor 470 nm infrared filter. Taken from Kerry Park at blue hour after the city lights have turned on creating a new look on a standard Seattle scene. Image was taken on a full spectrum converted camera by Life Pixel Infrared. You never really know what you will get with infrared photos. That is the fun part. Limited edition of 50 prints available.