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Archive for April 21st, 2009

Prints and eCards from the photoblog

by on Apr.21, 2009, under Computer, Photography

A couple of days ago, I heard about a new company in California offering an excellent service to photographers. Fotomoto offers the ability to provide print purchases directly from your web site without the need to tag, keyword and upload high resolution images to yet another site. I applied to join their beta program and was invited this evening.

Setting the service up on my photoblog was trivially simple. After logging on to the Fotomoto site and setting pricing for the various print sizes, I copied a small block of JavaScript and pasted it into the footer of the photoblog page. Immediately, all the images have a couple of new, unobtrusive links added beneath them, one to allow print purchases and the other offering to send an eCard containing the image.

Some of my images were taken in places which do not allow commercial sale of photographs taken there and one was taken with an old digital camera whose resolution was not really up to producing high quality prints so I had to return to the Fotomoto control panel to indicate which images were not for sale. Overall, the installation and customisation was incredibly easy.

So far, this looks as if it should be a superb service. I’ll purchase a couple of test prints and report back once I have checked out the print quality. Assuming it’s on a par with ImageKind, I will likely move all my online print purchasing there since FotoMoto do not charge an annual fee (they take a 15% commission on each sale instead which, given my current sales volume, works out better for me)

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