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How To Mint and Sell Your NFT Photo

How To Mint and Sell Your NFT Photo (2022 Updated Guide)

NFT photography has been a boon to artists, making it easier than ever to sell their work. To be sure, when it comes to selling photos, NFTs outperform traditional models by a wide margin. Similarly, NFT photography collections have inspired a whole new generation of photography enthusiasts to begin collecting images from their favorite artists.

So, without further ado, let’s look at NFT photography – why it’s so promising, who some of the early pioneers in the field are, and how you can start selling NFT photography right now.

'Touch’ from the “BlackisGold
Selling NFT photography is providing a new movement of inspired creators with opportunities. Credit: ‘Touch’ from the “BlackisGold” collection by Brittany Pierre

Why Is Photography a Good NFT Subject?

While countless things can – and will – be represented as NFTs in the future, there are clearly some existing mediums that make for an extremely smooth transition into NFTs right now. Photography is unquestionably one of them.

For one thing, most photography nowadays is entirely digital. Even film photos are frequently scanned and converted into digital files. Given this, photos are ideal assets for use as NFTs.

Another amazing feature of photography NFTs is the ability to secure royalties for their creators. For those who are unaware, the ability to incorporate perpetual royalties into smart contracts is a major reason why NFTs have become so popular among artists of all genres. This is fantastic news for photographers, who are usually only compensated for the first sale of a print, stock photo, or commission, if they are compensated at all.

Similarly, the growth of NFTs has eliminated the need for middlemen when it comes to selling photography. Photographers and other artists have long relied on middlemen, whether in the form of galleries, outlets, or even social media sites like Instagram. Photographers now have far more options for selling their images thanks to NFTs.

Quantum Art; ‘Her Wave’
Quantum Art is emerging as a leading NFT photography marketplace. Credit: Quantum Art; ‘Her Wave’ by Joni Sternbach

How To Mint Your Photos On The Blockchain

Fortunately, NFT photographers have a plethora of options for minting and selling their work. Not to mention that the options for NFT creators in general, and NFT photographers in particular, are expanding on a daily basis.

Mint them on NFT Marketplaces Specifically For Photography

Quantum Art 

Justin Aversano, co-founder of Twin Flames, co-founded Quantum Art, a photography-focused NFT marketplace. Its mission is to provide a highly curated collection of high-quality NFT photography.

To that end, it works in the same way as the Art Blocks generative NFT art platform. That is, it has a section of NFT photos curated by the Quantum team, as well as a community section where Quantum collectors vote on which collections to feature.

While Quantum Art is relatively new, its co-significant founder’s credibility in the field of NFT photography positions it as a potential leader. Not to mention the $7.5 million it recently raised to expand the marketplace.

Savage

Savage is an NFT marketplace that specializes in 8K photos and videos. The marketplace, which is currently in Beta, has a slew of amazing features for both amateur and professional NFT photographers.

To name a few, this includes a 98 percent payout to creators, which outperforms most traditional and NFT marketplaces; a flat minting fee of $10; Stripe integration, which allows buyers to purchase NFT photos with a card or cryptocurrency; and its use of Polygon, which results in lower gas fees and environmental impact..

Cheeze

Cheeze is a photography-focused NFT entertainment and media company. NFT photographers will be able to sell their NFTs on the upcoming Cheeze Marketplace as part of this. Notably, the marketplace will be available for both iOS and Android devices, and it will support both USD and cryptocurrency transactions.

Despite the fact that it has not yet launched, Cheeze’s list of high-profile backers bodes well for the new market entrant.

Minted with Manifold
Manifold.xyz is a great tool for creators to create their own smart contracts and mint photo NFTs. Credit: Manifold

In terms of non-photography-specific NFT marketplaces, aspiring NFT photographers have a plethora of options to choose from. There is, of course, a tradeoff: the larger audience of potential buyers on these platforms makes it more difficult to stand out. Similarly, NFT photography naturally receives less attention than on marketplaces designed specifically for it.

In any case, there are numerous platforms that give creators the tools they need to mint and sell NFTs without any coding knowledge.

There’s also the option of minting NFT photos on major NFT marketplaces like Rarible, Foundation, Known Origin, and OpenSea. Non-Ethereum NFT marketplaces include Solana’s Exchange Art and Magic Eden, as well as Tezos’ Objkt and Hic et Nunc.

Hire A Developer To Do It Professionally

This is without a doubt the most involved option, and in all honesty, it’s probably only appropriate in extreme cases. Especially for those who are just starting out in NFT photography.

Hiring a professional Web3 developer may be beneficial if you want to create a collection of NFT photos that grants significant additional utilities, require a bespoke smart contract, want people to buy NFT photos directly from your website, or want complete control over your collection.

Again, while this has some advantages, it is unquestionably a more expensive option. Furthermore, with platforms like Manifold’s ability to create custom contracts, it’s easier than ever to gain more control over your smart contracts with little or no upfront costs (Manifold Studio is actually free to use!).

What kind of photos sell in the NFT Market?

Fortunately, a wide range of NFT photography has done well in the NFT space. To be sure, some genres have been favored by photographers in the space up to this point. Urban photography and landscape photography, for example, are very common.

With that said, the style and story behind the actual photos, as well as the people who take them, appear to be a clearer factor in which NFT photos are successful. Portrait series, photographs of rare automobiles, photojournalism, and collections of storytelling photographs have all done well in the space.

There is no formula, as corny as it may sound. NFT photos with great storytelling and a clear and authentic voice, on the other hand, are always more likely to find an audience. It is also critical to establish a distinct visual style as early as possible.

To that end, here are a few NFT photographers whose work demonstrates this.

Some exciting NFT photographers to follow

An NFT photo from Julie Pacino’s
An NFT photo from Julie Pacino’s genesis NFT collection, “I Live Here Now”.

Julie Pacino (@Julie_Pacino)

Julie Pacino is a visual artist who uses photography and film to create evocative art. Growing up in the film industry, she had been honing her photography skills for years before diving into the NFT space in 2021.

I Live Here Now, her first collection of 100 NFT photos, sold out in less than 30 minutes. It also led to her being chosen as an artist for TIME magazine’s inaugural TIMEPieces NFT collection. Keepers of The Inn, Pacino’s second NFT photography collection, is linked to a larger Web3 film project she is currently working on.

Love Is War’ by Aimos Vasquez
‘Love Is War’ by Aimos Vasquez

Aimos Vasquez (@IAMAIMOS)

Pedro “Aimos” Vasquez is a self-taught photographer based in New York. As the son of Dominican immigrants and a New York native, the artist’s mission is to use his art to elevate the voices of underrepresented people.

Vasquez began his career by collaborating with brands and photographing breathtaking live performances by some of the world’s most famous musicians. Love Is War, his most famous work, was auctioned off on the BlockParty marketplace in 2021. The portrait of late rapper XXXTentacion is also one of the most commented on photographs on Instagram.

collection by Brittany Pierre
‘The//Hustle’ from the “Fac//es” collection by Brittany Pierre

Brittany Pierre (@redactedpride)

Brittany Pierre is a prime example of a photographer who has made a successful career out of selling NFT photography. According to CNBC’s profile of Pierre, her consistent NFT sales enabled her to finally pursue photography as a full-time career.

Pierre’s work and overall mission revolve around empowering Black and other marginalized people. “I definitely think that not only NFTs, but crypto in general, can help marginalized people, especially the Black community,” she says in the CNBC profile. As a result, much of the Chicago-based artist’s work is concerned with Black joy and the Black American experience.

Lost Paradise” collection by Rizacan Kumas
‘Sharing What You Have’ from the “Lost Paradise” collection by Rizacan Kumas

Rizacan Kumas (@KumasRizacan)

Rizacan Kumas is a documentary photographer and visual storyteller. Kumas’ various NFT collections reflect his world travels and the various cultures he has encountered.

Certainly, much of Kumas’ work falls into the category of photojournalism. That is, the photographer photographs people from all over the world in their homes and surroundings. The photographer’s NFTs, in particular, focus on telling stories through the emotions of the people in the images.

Although it should go without saying, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Not to mention that some readers may be perplexed by the absence of some of NFT photography’s biggest names.

Indeed, some of the best-selling NFT photos in the space are by Twin Flames creator Justin Aversano, Where My Vans Go creator Drift, and Drive creator Dave Krugman. In a previous guide on NFT photographers and platforms, we discussed them and others.

Auerbach via Accursed
Frederic Auerbach is a household name in photography who has entered NFTs. Credits: Auerbach via Accursed Share

Famous creators and subjects of NFT Photography

Unsurprisingly, we’ve already seen a number of high-profile individuals, as well as non-crypto native photographers and artists, sell NFT photography in recent months.

Reem Al Faisal, a Saudi Princess and art gallerist, is one of the most well-known examples, having launched an NFT photography collection, Mekkah and Madinah, in February. Then there’s acclaimed photographer Frederic Auerbach, who in November 2021 will release an NFT collection featuring A-list celebrities.

Other notable NFT images that have recently been released include previously unseen photographs of the iconic rock band Nirvana. NFT photos of the International Space Station are also available!

BE..DO..HAVE” collection by Jonny Melon
‘#2 La Digue Island Dreams’ from the “BE..DO..HAVE” collection by Jonny Melon

Marketing Your Photography Drop

When it comes to selling pictures as NFTs, marketing your NFT photography, as with most business endeavors, can be more than half the battle. At the end of the day, regardless of how good your art is, you must still put in the effort to get your NFT photos in front of as many people as possible.

It’s all about the community when it comes to NFTs. Interacting with and forming bonds within the community is by far the most effective way to get your artwork noticed. The same is true for NFT photography.

Another thing to keep in mind is not releasing too much content too soon. It is preferable to concentrate on selling out well-priced one-of-ones and smaller collections for those who are just getting started in the space.

NFT Photography accounts to follow

Following the top NFT photographers in the space (such as those mentioned above) is a good place to begin. In addition to receiving the most recent updates on their own collections, they frequently feature the work of other photographers and up-and-comers selling their NFTs.

There are also accounts that focus on NFT photography. NFT Photography (@photographyNFTs) and NFT Photographers are celebrated. xyz (@NFTPhotograph) are two examples of such pages.

It’s even better if you interact with their tweets because you’ll be able to start conversations with them. In addition, other NFT photography enthusiasts will be doing the same. Many of these artists have their own Discord servers, which they use for themselves or specific projects.

Jonny Melon (@jonny melon) is another artist we haven’t mentioned yet. Jonny frequently highlights all types of NFT pictures on his page, in addition to being a talented NFT photographer selling his own NFT photography. In addition, on the blog linked to his page, he writes about NFT photography.

Super Chief
Super Chief, with locations in NYC and LA, claims to be the world’s first NFT gallery. Credit: Super Chief Gallery NFT

Best places to display NFT photography

Twitter may be the best place to showcase your NFT photography from a marketing standpoint. It’s where the community hangs out, and you can easily connect to the marketplaces where your artwork is for sale.

Beyond that, you are free to be as inventive as you like. Many people enjoy displaying their NFT images in online galleries and metaverse platforms. Of course, as NFTs gain popularity, there are more and more opportunities for NFT photos and other artworks to be displayed in IRL art galleries. These are particularly useful when it comes to selling NFT photography.

Best events for NFT photographers

The rapid rise in interest in NFTs has resulted in an increase in the number of NFT events taking place around the world. There’s everything from one-off gallery shows for NFT artists to full-fledged conferences with NFT photography events.

The ‘NFT NYC Photowalk Through Central Park’ is a great example. This will take place on June 22nd, 2022, during the NFT NYC 2022 edition. Furthermore, events are constantly popping up, so it’s a good idea to search online to see what kinds of events might be taking place near you.

Conclusion

Finally, there are numerous opportunities emerging that make selling NFT photography more feasible. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a hobbyist looking for new ways to hone your skills, turning your amazing photos into NFTs is a route well worth taking.

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