On my to-do list for this year: Making a serious effort to sell prints of my photos. (For those who aren’t aware, I have a sporadically-updated photo journal at electricana, and a portfolio website at http://photogr.aphi.st. Do feel free to friend the journal if you like the occasional pretty picture on your friends page.)
To which end, I am looking for a print-on-demand photo service that has the following features:
- Good printing – That’s a given, really. I want these to be professional quality, ta.
- An attractive website – Seriously, this is important. I want the purchase process to inspire confidence, and if you’re parting with your hard-earned in exchange an attractive object, you’ll feel better about it if you’re buying from somewhere that doesn’t look like a dog’s breakfast.
- The ability to link directly to individual photos – I want to be able to link to images that are for sale from my website and photoblog.
- Control of product and exact prices – The ability to control exactly which products are available for purchase, and at what specific price.
- A good admin system – I’d like not to want to kill myself or others any more often than strictly neccessary while setting this up.
Photobox, who I have used in the past has 1 and 4. Imagekind, who I am currently looking at have 2 and 3, and probably 1, but not 4 or 5 – I can select a percentage markup, or I can set certain base prices for specific images, but there’s no easy way just saying “A print of X size costs Y amount framed, or Z unframed” across the whole shop, which is what I really want.
I also need some guidance on the prince front.
So, your opinions please:
And if anyone feels like leaving me a comment telling me which, if any of the photos in my portfolio they’d consider paying cash for, well, that’s always appreciated.