Eddie Clayton runs a successful business as a pro photographer.
-> Take a look at his photography (http://www.eddieclaytonphoto.com) and you'll understand why the word successful is in the above sentence. Eddie is a new jAlbum user, but quite familiar with photo and website services.
How did you get in contact with jAlbum?
I have created websites using many methods. Everything from scratch html, standalone apps, expensive Photoshop plug-ins, and Lightroom webmodule extensions. Although these methods all created professional looking websites, they were all difficult to tailor to my taste and tedious to maintain. Just as I was becoming extremely frustrated while trying to update my site (with a well known Lightroom extension), I came across the jAlbum article in Shutterbug. I previously thought that jAlbum was just a photo-hosting site like Flickr or Shutterfly, in which I have no interest. The article excited me and I went immediately to your website and downloaded the jAlbum trial. Well, it took me about 10 minutes of experimentation to realize that this was just what I had been looking for. I re-connected and purchased the Pro version immediately.
How does jAlbum help in your work flow?
I spent maybe 6 hours with jAlbum generating my site. I then spent another 10 hours refining my photographs to look the way I wanted them to look for the site. I am ecstatic. My site has a professional user-friendly interface and appearance. I am currently reviewing additional photographs I plan to add to the site. I get to spend my computer time tweaking photos instead of fighting with site software. Bravo jAlbum!
Tell us about your customers
I make a substantial portion of my income selling prints. I have discovered that my best customers are Doctors, Dentists and other professionals with "waiting rooms". Its important to have a professional and user-friendly site to service these buyers.
-> IF you would like to purchase Ed's amazing photos to hang in your office or at home – please check out his website (and feel free to comment below what you think!)
Thank you Eddie for this interview and most of all for using jAlbum!
Interview with Peter Reijners and his world of amazing photography.
Jason: So tell me a little bit about yourself.Peter: I’m Peter Reijners, 46 years old and live in Roermond in the Netherlands. I've always admired the beautiful flora and fauna around us. Due to the busy life people often do not have the ability to enjoy this. Through my photography I can share a bit of our wonderful world with all of you.
Jason: What got you into photography?
Peter: In 2008 I bought a 2nd hand camera (Fujifilm S5700), but after a short period I became interested in macro photography so I bought a Panasonic FZ50 with a Raynox macro lens. I have used this combination for about a year and then switched to my first DSLR camera (Canon 50D) with several lenses (incl. a real macro lens of course) and a real passion was born. Till now I love to take pictures of landscapes, animals, people etc, but my greatest passion is still with macro photography because it gives people the opportunity to see all the small details you can’t see with your bare eyes.
Jason: What do other people usually say when they look at your photos/portfolio?
Peter: One of the things I often hear is that I have created an own style, they call it “a real Peterr” which is the name I mostly use on the different forums. Also I get lots of compliments about the sharpness and colors in my pictures.
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?
Peter: I really wanted to have my own website, but I didn’t know how to do this with zero knowledge of HTML, Java etc. After searching the web for website creators I ended up with Jalbum. For me it’s the easiest way to create a beautiful website. It has great skins and runs really fast. A big advantage using Jalbum is the great support on the forum especially from Laza who helped me a lot.
Jason: Could you give us a link to the album with your favourite photos?
Peter: That would be of course my macro section: http://www.preijners.nl/Gallery/Macro/index.html
Jason: Thank you Peter for telling us about you and your amazing work!One final question, if someone would like to know more about your work, how does one get in contact?
When people would like to buy my work, they can look at my shop on the website, or visit:http://www.shutterstock.com/g/peterr/sets
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.