We are honored – jAlbum featured on the cover of Shutterbug magazine including a 3 page article (test report) inside.
Shutterbug is one of the leading photo magazines in the United States. George Schaub, Shutterbug's Editorial Director, was very nice and even wrote up a short summary for this blog post:
"Shutterbug is written for enthusiast photographers as well as those who earn a living or aspire to make money from their photography. Published for over 30 years, the magazine's watchwords are "Tools, Techniques, and Creativity." Shutterbug tests lighting equipment, cameras and lenses, as well as covers techniques that range from posing to HDR and lens selection to multi-flash usage. All Shutterbug writers, and the editor, are experienced photographers who bring their expertise to every page."
If you enjoy photography, I would really recommend Shutterbug - The magazine is filled with great articles
(...like a 3 page test report on jAlbum :)
Check out their website for more info: www.shutterbug.com
I'm excited to tell you that we've opened up a marketplace for you where you can offer your images for sale with great ease. Classic stock photo marketplaces require you to pass a frustrating manual approval barrier. Any photographer that has experience of being rejected knows this frustration. Our partner Mostphotos has a new take on this. All images are approved. To ensure high quality for the customer, images are rated by a combination of factors like number of likes, views, keyword matches and previous sales from the same photographer. This is the future, just like Google's automated page rating mechanism rendered old hierarchical maually maintained web directories obsolete.
Anyone can sell images and it's really easy to get started. Just open an album project in the jAlbum software and click the "Sell images" button and take it from there. You will be done in minutes. It's free and you earn 50% of each sale. You retain the ownership of the photos, you simply sell the right to use it.
For inspiration, check out this list of random sold images and my portfolio on Mostphotos.
Promote sales through your albums
You can also promote your images for sale using a jAlbum album, like I do here. The only thing I needed to do was to upload images for sale using jAlbum's embedded Mostphotos uploader, then tick a checkbox to activate the Mostphotos "Buy image" button and make the album again. (See Turtle skin settings->Selling photos->Mostphotos).
Examples of images selling well
Fresh sprout spring. Sells well on keywords like "growth", "talent", "future"
This image sells surprisingly well due to its local touch
Happy kids at the beach. Easy to take and is selling really well
It happens quite often. You're on holiday or some other happening with family or friends and everyone takes photos with their own camera or mobile. Now you want to create a nice web album containing all the images from everyone's camera...
How do you go about it?
Easy (or it is now)! Use jAlbum and the great free service www.wetransfer.com (no need to create any accounts, you just start sending right away). There are several services out there, but this is probably the simplest and fastest way to gather images from other people's devices.
1. Send a SMS or Email (or share anyway you want) to everyone with the link www.wetransfer.com and your email address.
2. Your friends just click on the link and select all images/videos they wish to upload (from mobile or computer).
3. You receive an email with a download link.
4. You now have all images (or any files) on your computer and can create a neat jAlbum gallery and send the album link to everyone.
jAlbum + Wetransfer = Easy way to create collaborative albums :)
Go ahead, give this a try right away.
Interview with photographer Scotty Robson who hopped off the ever spinning corporate wheel and decided to start his own business in professional photography…
Jason: So tell me a little bit about yourself.
Scotty: I turned 40 years old this year and I had an epiphany - some may call it a mid-life crisis, but for me it was more of a wake up call. I’ve been running round the corporate wheel for more years than I care to remember and I’ve always spoken about setting up my own business, and although I have a strong marketing and commercial background, I struggled to know what my “product” was. And there it was standing in front of me jumping up and down…my camera and me!
So I picked up my camera, and here I am today on an exciting journey into something that I’m truly passionate about and that I’ve been doing as a hobby most of my life.
Jason: What got you into photography?
Scotty: I’ve always loved taking photos, right from the days of film, but my first digital point ‘n’ shoot camera was a revelation to me. It was a Canon Ixus of some description and I got hooked. So even though I’ve not been a pro for years, I do know my way round the back end of a camera, and I know what works and what doesn’t.
I soon ventured into the market for my first DSLR – a Canon EOS 400D – and I loved it. But it was only after I’d been to night school that I really understood what the camera could do, and it was this course that gave me the confidence to move away from auto and start to really learn more about the art form that is photography.
And last but not least, I wouldn't be the photographer I am today without froknowsphoto.com - check him out and tell him I said "Hi".
Jason: What do other people usually say when they look at your photos/portfolio?
Scotty: Most people comment on the natural feel to my photos, particularly the weddings I’ve shot. I guess I’m more of a reportage type photographer, and I know that’s a bit of a buzz word these days, but to me all that means is that I can tell a story and capture the mood and emotions through my photography…so I’m really pleased that other people see my photography this way too.
And in this world of disposable social media by which I mean, snap it, share it, forget it, it’s easy to forget what a quality image looks like. I hope I’m beginning to remind a few people what that is too.
Jason: Being a jAlbum user, what do you feel jAlbum offers that competitors don't? In other words, why did you choose to go with jAlbum?
Scotty: It was a long time ago now when I was looking for some free software to create a website to show my photos to my friends and family – before I even thought about a career in photography. I did a Google search and found a few options, and after trying them all, jAlbum was the clear winner for me. I have dabbled with a few other options over the years too, but jAlbum keeps on giving.
I love the fact that I can design and produce professional looking websites on my laptop, without being online, tinkering with the myriad of settings to get the exact look and feel that I want. I’ve also found amazing support in the jAlbum forums, particularly from a chap called Laza. I have to say that my website wouldn’t be what it is today without Laza. Use the forums, they’re awesome too and make the whole jAlbum experience even more pleasurable!
jAlbum is more than just a piece of software for me. jAlbum offers the ability to quickly produce a simple, yet effective website that will stand out in an otherwise hectic digital world. I would recommend that everyone give jAlbum a go, whether you’re someone looking to share your photos with friends and family (where I began), or an amateur starting out and right up to the professional photographer.
Scotty: My first ever shot with my first digital camera was a macro shot of a tulip – sad and somewhat odd, I know. But my love of flower shots has continued, so I have to say that my “Flowers” album is amongst my favourites, which you can get to by following the link below…
But I would say that my favourite photos are in my “Landscapes of New Zealand” album (http://www.scottyrobson.co.uk/projects/nzlandscapes/index.html). New Zealand is such a beautiful place, particularly the South Island, so taking photos there was a pure pleasure and a simply wonderful experience. I’m sure you’ll agree if you’ve been there or once you’ve seen my photos.
Jason: Many thanks Scotty for this interview! One final question. If someone would like to book you to come and take some photos, how does one get in contact?
I am also on many of the social networks, so take your pick, as you can find me at all of the following places to...
Many thanks to you too, Jason, it’s been a pleasure speaking with you.
Today, most of us share images on social media. But the images you share are probably only about 1% of all the photos you take with your mobile, pad and digital camera. What are you doing the the other 99% of your images that you don't share?
This is where jAlbum comes in, to get those 99%, today just collecting dust on your hard-disk, into action. jAlbum is optimized to handle huge amounts of images and present them in a personal way, anywhere on the internet.
Images presented through jAlbum range from families on holiday, photographers selling their images, organizations and sports clubs, collectors, and generally anyone with a passion for something. Hopefully, this article will shed at least a little light on why jAlbum is a great tool for all those images (and videos) hidden in the darkest corners of your hard-drive(s).
If you remember nothing else from this article, please keep these two things in mind:
jAlbum is not for those 1% of your images you today share on social media. Keep doing what you already are doing.
jAlbum is the perfect tool for those 99% of your images and videos that you currently are not sharing on social media.
The neat thing, when adding images to jAlbum, is that if you select a top level folder on your hard-drive containing sub-folders with all your images and videos, you now have them ALL uploaded to an organized web album presenting your images and videos in an amazing way. You can choose to keep the album private or share on social media. If you want to be really private you can even add password protection.
(Remember, jAlbum will never auto-index your hard-drive, you select what you want to include in your web albums.)
Here are some cool things you can do with jAlbum:
- Activate Google maps to display where your photos were taken- Activate the Shopping cart to sell images or anything else
So, get those 99% of your images and videos in action...
(...and the same thing goes for your (and your parents) old photo albums, get them out of the attic and put them into your bookshelf so you and others can enjoy them.)
Sample image presentation with lots of images organized in different albums.
(Remember, the only thing you have to do is to have your images/videos in different folders on your hard-drive and jAlbum uses your current organization to create a structured web image presentation for you.)