It’s known that I use Photoshelter to help me display, share, print and distribute my photography work. I recently updated my website so that I could use my Photoshelter account to fit in better with some of the fine art work I was doing. I needed a way to automate my print sales a little more so some reorganisation was required.
It got me thinking as to what would be the Top 5 features of Photoshelter, so here they are:
1. Client Distribution
The main body of my work is made up of commissioned client work. These client range from fashion labels through to model portfolios. There are various ways of distributing work online but none seem to have the same power or control as the Photoshelter options. At the moment I’ll create a gallery which I can then invite the client to view. From here they can either order the photos they want via usage licenses, download them in high or low res, or simply just view them. I can also set expiration dates and re invite people. Until you start using it you have know idea how much time this saves.
2. Aperture to Photoshelter Plugin
Another known fact is I use Aperture. Being able to upload directly to Photoshelter through Aperture saves on some exporting time. It also keeps all of your meta data and pre fills the fields in Photoshelter to help with seo.
3. One image multiple galleries
Often I find myself wanting to save an image into a new web gallery. This usually comes around when I feel a little reorganisation is required, due to just too many photos in one gallery or something similar. Instead of having to re-upload the image multiple times I can easily copy the image into the new gallery. This makes on the fly changes pretty quick and painless.
4. WordPress Plugin
Displaying photos on my blog is important. It’s an important part in marketing for all photographers. What many photographers don’t know is by outsourcing your image hosting you can dramatically decrease your hosting bandwidth usage, plus decrease your page load times. Not to mention the time saved in not having to export a web ready version of your image again, and then upload it to your blog.
5. Direct Print Sales
This is a feature that has saved me so much time already. Recently we started to sell a limited number of prints. Originally we had to do everything manually. From taking the order sending out the invoice getting the payment and then finally sending the image off to the printers. From there of course we had to check the quality and then delivery it to the lucky customer.
It’s all changed now, thanks to Photoshelter. The whole purchase and payment part of the process is completely removed thanks to Photoshelter. The print is bought and paid for through the ecommerce functionality. From there you can decided if you want to use one of the 4 printers available to completely automate the system from print to client deliver or in our case we went for self fulfilment. Our printer is part of the Photoshelter Printer Network, which allows us to send the print to the printer through photoshelter, with any notes we want. We then pick the print up or have it couriered to us before we check it for quality sign it and on ship it to the lucky customer.
Bonus: 6. Pricing Profiles
I couldn’t leave this out. Pricing Profiles allows you to assign different pricing to different images or albums. It provides an additional level of customisation that is very powerful, because not everything is priced the same.