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How to Take Photographs and Sell Them on Products in a Print on Demand Online Shop

Updated on July 19, 2018
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A librarian, family historian and artist, Jen loves to travel and take photographs

My photo of this Irish Cathedral has sold well on postcards
My photo of this Irish Cathedral has sold well on postcards | Source
My photo of this pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne has sold on postcards and magnets
My photo of this pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River in Melbourne has sold on postcards and magnets | Source
I took this photo of the Irish countryside while travelling on a train.   Ive even sold postcards of this image.
I took this photo of the Irish countryside while travelling on a train. Ive even sold postcards of this image. | Source
This photo was taken well over 10 years ago in Tasmania.  It recently sold on a magnet.
This photo was taken well over 10 years ago in Tasmania. It recently sold on a magnet. | Source
My cat playing in the leaves in my garden.
My cat playing in the leaves in my garden. | Source

My online store

Cards, postcards, mugs and more ... in my online store!

One of my favorite thing to do is take photographs, especially of new places, buildings and scenery. I have an eye for composition and see opportunities for taking photographs everywhere!

When I am traveling or on holidays I am often disappointed by the quality of the souvenirs in the local shops. They are bland, boring and stereotypical.

I often used to think that the sort of souvenirs I would be interested in buying would feature photographs like the ones I would take of the local area. Featuring these on postcards, magnets, tshirts and mugs would be a great way to promote the tourist attraction and the town.

When I found a store where I could design these sort of items and include photographs that I had taken, I was absolutely delighted. The possibilities of design were endless, the products were of good quality. And, best of all, people started to buy them. REALLY! people were keen on buying the sorts of souvenirs that I found were missing from the shops. They would buy them online and I wouldn't have to print them or post them out to them, that was all done for me. All I need to do is upload the photo or design on a template, add some description and tags and post it for sale.

Along with photos of landscapes and places, my cat gives me lots of photo opportunities as she likes to play. She has been featured on quite a few products and has made a few sales, so other people think she is as cute as I do.

How do I do this? I have my work on Zazzle. Zazzle is a print on demand service that anyone can use to create your own unique gifts. The Zazzle site is a huge marketplace, with hundreds of thousands of unique items. Yours could be here too!

I am now a proseller on Zazzle, isn't it marvelous when something you love to do, makes money for you?


My photo of a cobbled laneway in Cork Ireland sells very well on postcards
My photo of a cobbled laneway in Cork Ireland sells very well on postcards | Source
These irons have been in my family for generations.  Just a bit of  arranging on bricks in the sun and wala! another image for my shop.
These irons have been in my family for generations. Just a bit of arranging on bricks in the sun and wala! another image for my shop. | Source

Photography tips

New to photography in general? I am always learning myself.

You don't need an expensive camera to take great photos. I have recently purchased an entry level Digital SLR camera, it takes good quality photographs.

One of my photographer friends gave me a great piece of advice: "Don't look for something to take a photo of, look for the light and then take a photo".

Macro shots are good for flowers

red rose closeup
red rose closeup | Source

Photography tips - Great garden photos

I love taking photos of flowers. Flowers have such an ephemeral beauty. Roses are my favourite flower, there is endless variety of colours, shapes, sizes.

Light plays such an important part in taking a great photo of a flower. Experiment with taking photos at different times of the day. Look out for light, then find something to take a photo of.

Have your camera with you when you are out walking, other peoples gardens have beautiful flowers, take photos from the footpath.

If you have a garden, you have a wonderous opportunity for taking great flower photos. If you don't have a garden of your own, I would recommend that you visit public gardens. Particularly in spring or summer time and do your own photo shoot.

My Next step

Once I had stepped into the world of digital photography, I was hooked.

I purchased some photographic editing software. I chose Corel Paint Shop Pro, and I started experimenting with my photos. The software comes with an automatic correction tool for fixing things like sharpness, brightness etc. It also has image cropping and resizing. Very useful for an amateur photographer like myself.

Take lots of photos, this way, even if you only get one or two shots that you are happy with from each session, you are well on your way to creating a portfolio of your own.

Upload them regularly to your computer. Edit the photos using the software on your computer and start making design decisions. What would this photo be best suited to be on? a postcard? a tshirt? maybe its good enough to be a poster. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Make lots of designs, you never know what people are interested in buying.

Photo editing software - How to choose the right one for you

Ease of use

It is important to start with photo editing software that is intuitive to use or easy to learn. While tutorials are good to look at it if you have the time, I prefer to play with it and see what functions it has that will work well for me.

Working with formats

Check what formats are supported. Many common ones are JPG, GIF, BMP, TIF, and PNG are among the most common.

Editing features

The software should include features for you to make adjustments to your photos. Changing the amount of brightness and contrast, straightening images and cropping are the sorts of functions that I use all the time.

Photo sharing

In this era of the internet and social networks, some software have sharing capabilities as part of the program. If not, it is easy enough to upload them yourself.

© 2009 Jen Wood

Will you be setting up your own online store on zazzle?

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      One of these days I do plan on setting up a Zazzle store. It looks like a creative venture. I love your designs!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      I love Zazzle, and have SEVEN Stores, far too many really. I'm enjoying the new updates, they have made Zazzling a lot easier, though take a while to get used to.Zazzle and Squidoo go so well together!

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