Create a photography website

by hramki
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Hi Warrior Forum Members,

I am a freelance photographer and blogger. I want to know how I can sell images online through my own website. I do not want to go the microstock route and sell my images for a paltry. I believe my images are worth a lot more.

I want to give the buyers ability to select and buy the images which I will then print it professionally and have it mailed to them.

Questions:
1. How do I setup such a website? any guidance?
2. Is there a genesis/WP theme that has such a capability?
3. How do I protect my images online(from hackers or from casual users who try to save the pictures on their computers)?
#create #photography #website
  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Go to StudioPress for the theme. They have several portfolio themes specifically for photographers. Look at Ambiance Pro, for instance. These are Genesis platform WP themes.

    They have an active forum where you could ask your security questions as I'm sure other photographers have set up systems that work for them.

    Another alternative is to use a hosted solution. It's more expensive, but not prohibitive. Security is built in to most of these services. Here are a few popular ones:
    • Photodeck.com
    • Squarespace.com
    • Smugmug.com
    • Photoshelter.com
    • Bigfolio.com
    • Zenfolio.com
    • Photobiz.com
    The best to you in your new business.

    Steve
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    • Profile picture of the author snic15
      1)You can download a free flash gallery template from flashmo, it's really easy to set up.
      2)You can also get a lot nice WP themes for free and it indeed is really to set up. Just type in google "The best wp themes free one" or something like that and you will get a lot of them ( with image gallery and more)
      3)Not sure if such thing exists, the only thing that comes to my mind is that your gallery will be actually an animation done in flash, so no one will be able to just right click it and download
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    • Profile picture of the author serryjw
      STEVE...Do you personally know anything about them? Do you have a favorite.

      Namaste,
      Serry
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  • Profile picture of the author guitarizma
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    Originally Posted by hramki View Post

    Hi Warrior Forum Members,

    I am a freelance photographer and blogger. I want to know how I can sell images online through my own website. I do not want to go the microstock route and sell my images for a paltry. I believe my images are worth a lot more.

    I want to give the buyers ability to select and buy the images which I will then print it professionally and have it mailed to them.

    Questions:
    1. How do I setup such a website? any guidance?
    2. Is there a genesis/WP theme that has such a capability?
    3. How do I protect my images online(from hackers or from casual users who try to save the pictures on their computers)?
    You can try Pinterest for traffic. Its all about images. Facebook is good too. For website, why not choose a flash site? They look great with all the moving stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    You can go it alone, but look around you - EVERYONE has a camera these days. Photographs have little value - even getty images are giving away stuff for free.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Originally Posted by brettb View Post

      You can go it alone, but look around you - EVERYONE has a camera these days. Photographs have little value - even getty images are giving away stuff for free.

      Brett,

      I respect your opinion, but I have to disagree . . . even strongly. In my mind, photographs have great value. Certainly, many can be licensed for a small fee these days. But there are many stock photo sites that offer millions of images. If they weren't offering value they wouldn't be in business very long.

      For web owners, photos can mean the difference between an interesting and engaging site that holds it's readers compared to a mind-numbing all text site that viewers can't leave fast enough.

      I think it has been shown in many tests that product images (photos) enhance sales of those products over text only by a good margin.

      If it weren't for photos, I don't think Facebook, Pinterest and all the social media sites would still be around.

      And it's not like you can own a camera and take all the photos you need when you're a business owner. If I want a photo of a cruise ship and I live in Kansas, it's a heck of a lot easier to buy one for $1 than to take my own.

      Steve
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