Dude! I only learned who you were like 5 minutes ago and I'm amazed. Love the photos, love the lifestyle, love the philosophy and the obvious humbleness. Kudos brother. I'm a photographer myself and love traveling but I'd love to know how you built yourself socially and have managed to live off selling prints on Society6? Its amazing. Obviously good photos are important but how else did you do it? I would love to know man so I can try it mysefl! Cheers!
Thank you. The living off Sociey6 print sales is not true. It’s definitely growing since I started last summer but I’m not there yet. My only income had been from iStockphoto since 2005 until I started selling prints.
I would suggest to put up stuff people will buy and the rest should take care of itself. I had no strategy or plan with S6, but it just worked out.
So, how can you sell iPhone photos for books, magazines, etc. of you can't enlarge them very much. How big can you print a photo before it pixelates? I have an iPhone 5. And I don't think I could print my shots very large. 8x10 would be pushing it. Also. Do you edit them on a laptop/desktop? I don't of any food iPhone photo editing apps that don't limit you to cheesy filters.
I don’t really sell iPhone photos for books, magazines, etc. I haven’t tested how large an iPhone photo can be printed. I edit all my iphone photos on my phone and am limited to the cheesy filters.
Hey, just got my large Kevin Russ print from Society6. It's pretty fucking awesome man. Keep it up! It's the one with the wild horses. Now I want the last storm ones as well. Make them available! Love your work.
Hi Kevin. Big fan of your work. Two questions, if you will... Firstly, how long do you take with your shots? I'm very into landscape photography, and take my time with them. However (for example) your shots with animals, do you plan them out carefully when you see the animal/s from afar, or suddenly find yourself in the situation, and take pause to grab the camera? Also, I've noticed your name springing up all over the internet - did you find you online "fame" to come quite suddenly, or? Thanks!
Thanks. Sometimes I take a while and shoot 5-10 shots of the same thing but other times it’s real quick or from the car. Overall though, I’m fast and only spend a couple minutes on a scene before I move on. For the animals it’s the same way. Sometimes I see them from afar and take my time coming up to them but other times I just happen upon them and only have one or two shots to take before they run away. The online popularity seemed to come pretty quick. After that video of me and my photos went up, things just took off.
Hi Kevin, thanks for being an inspiration - both through your beautiful pictures and the courage you show by really and truly going for it!! Oh, and for being approachable and ready to answer questions - and here it comes: I've just started and am in the process of organising and tagging my pictures - working on my personal keyword catalogue, but I read somewhere that one has to adhere to certain rules when tagging pics for selling stock. How do you tag your pics?
Use relevant keywords, no spam. That’s the only rule I’ve heard when keywording for stock.
Hey buddy, so out on the road, where do you usually park to sleep for the night? Where do you do showers? Have you sold any iphone photos on getty or istock, or are your iphone photos mostly sold as prints on Society6?
I use public land and walmarts when they are available. When they aren’t I usually try and fit in with other cars I find that are parked somewhere overnight. I use public showers when I find them but I’ve learned to go without showers for a week or two. I have sold iPhone photos on iStock and Getty but I make more money with them on Society6. I talk about this on a recent podcast interview I did: