June Newsletter 2016

Warmth and leave

With the summer started, most of us are longing for a day out by the beach, coast or where ever their heart is during those long and cold winter days. Vacation time has started! Don’t forget to bring your camera and take some fantastic pictures, which may turn out be great wall art – you never know!


News from the community

As always there is plenty of buzz around Photo4me with many contributions, remember that if you want to featured, send us some relenvent P4M news and we’ll be happy to put it into the news letter.

This month brings us the news of:

Steve Purnell will have his art on display at the Rhymney Valley Literature and Arts Festival at St Gwlady’s Church Hall in Bargoed from July 1st to 3rd. Pop-in and say hi!

Congrats to Craig Preedy who made his first sale on the site, “The River Wye”.

Congrats to Lynn Bolt who finished 2nd in the RSPB's 2017 calendar competition. Her entry of "Two Gannet" will be in the calendar, goes on sale in July.


June Happenings!

We’re not going to run any promotions this month, but that shouldn’t stop you from promoting your work and trying to think of fun marketing ideas to get people interested in your work.

Keep in mind there are a few dates in the calendar. June 14th to 18th is the Royal Ascot and June 19th is Fathers day (don’t forget!). 

It might be a good occasion to take or promote your pictures of Horses like Camargue Horses By David Tyrer and nature and fishing like J.Tom L.Photography of Llyn Nantle Uhaf.

You can then promote them on social media and follow the trending # to show off your work to a larger audience.


Air-shows

Next month is the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. There will be a lot of air-shows and photography relating these air-shows. We have little doubt that these air-show pictures will grace the Photo4me website.

A word of caution: We will accept air-show pictures but they can’t be just a picture of an airplane and a sky. They need to have a second level or artistic merit to them. They need to have something that anyone with camera could not capture.

What makes a airplane picture special? Look at the great portfolios of well known and respected members like James BiggadikeKen BrannenColin WilliamsNigel HattonGary Eason and apologies in advance for those who I did not mention. These 5 are a good start on what it takes to be successful and a good example of what people are looking for. Notice that all 5 deal with planes but each artist has their own unique feel to them, please don’t copy their images or they’ll be flagged and removed – but find your own unique feel and artistic flare.

To find out more on the plane guidelines, click here.


What’s new this month?

As you all know, we launched Printshop with the help of Splat Web Works in Mid-May. 

What does this mean? This means that you can upload your pictures and print them yourself with our high quality products at a much reduced price(commission taken off). This will also give you discount than if you, your friends and family if they or you were to purchase through the Commercial site.

To do this, you will notice share buttons on the Printshop home page (only you will be able to see) after uploading, this means that you can share them with Friends and Family on Facebook, Twitter or through Email giving them deals on your work and you sort your commission out on the side. You always have the option of deleting the image after it is uploaded.

To make the Printshop more visible to everyone, we’ve also redesigned the home page, which should go live in the very near future, we’d love to let us know what you think by sending us a nice little tweet @photo4mecom or through the Facebook group.

To go to Printshop, click here.


Top effort everyone

I know it’s been the focus of a few last newsletters but please keep in mind the customer when you do your write and description. Remember to focus on the customer and not yourself. I hate to be blunt, but no one will care if you took your beautiful dog out to the beach. “My lovely Lola on the beach.” This might evoke a lot of emotion with you, but to the customer, they won’t have that connection. A better way of writing about the picture would be, “A beautiful Border Collie, sitting on Blackpool Beach after a long and beautiful sunset stroll down by the water.” Generalise. Take them to the place of remembrance.

When it comes to keywords, remember the FAQ from the past month, the search will look up keywords or phrasing that you’ve put in between the commas. For the full review go to the FAQ located here.


We’re always looking for something to report or to announce, anything that would interest the community. Would you like to write up a blog? Start a photography club? Have any tips? Locations? Advice? Let us know and we’ll be more than happy to read and even put it into the newsletter.

Have a great month everyone, and thank you for being part of the community. 

Best wishes,

Jon & Mike

May Newsletter 2016

Has summer arrived? We certainly hope so. 

After a long wait, I think we can all agree that summer is here to stay. With those warm and extra long days of sunlight there is no excuse to not get a beautiful sunset or if you’re and early bird, a fantastic sun rise.


News from the community

With the warm weather, exhibitions are popping up all over the place. Liz Alderdice has an exhibition in the John Lewis store in Aberdeen until May 13th and Phil Wareham has an exhibition in Moordown Community centre on June 2nd.

Congrats to Sean Foreman on a sale on his birthday, a nice surprise and a very happy birthday!

Big shout out to Nick Wardekker who donated all his commission from all his sales(7) to the St. Andrews’s Children Hospice. Well done and an amazing gesture Nick.


What’s happening?

The biggest news recently has been Leicester winning the Premiership and not only that, they were they were the first new team in 38 years to win top flight English Football after starting the season at 5000 – 1 odds! To put that into perspective, that's the same odds as finding Elvis alive. 

The 21st May is the FA cup final. Who’s going to take home the cup this year? Man U or Crystal Palace?

Building off the above, take pictures of football stadium or team related like Red David has of Theatre of Dreams / Old Trafford. There is a massive emotional attachment with a team and everyone has some sort of allegiance to one club or another. Remember you need permission or accreditations to take pictures inside the stadium, however as long as you’re on public property you should be fine. You're responsible for finding that out and checking before uploading. Find something that has a lot of emotion and attachment to that fan base.


Also remember that between the 24th and the 28th is the Chelsea Flower show - so there is potential to take pictures of a lovely garden or memorable place with great foliage likeDawn Cox has of this Country Manor House! Just keep in mind being on private property when and if you do take these pictures.

Last minute edit: Keep your eyes open for The flying Scotsman. A quick Google search will give you its voyages for the month in and around the UK. From what we understand, it will be running on the fife circle on the evening of May 15th. This might be a great photo opportunity to see it crossing the Forth rail bridge and getting a once in a lifetime picture.


What’s new this month?

Over here, we’ve been working a couple new projects. Our sister company Splat Web Works, who you may have noticed on your payment’s called “Splat Photo”, has launched a new version of their website www.splatwebworks.co.uk/

We’ve been working hard on updating the uploader with a new technology, which has made it a lot more stable and easy to use, and on top of that, we gave it a facelift with a sleek and modern design. The test group (a massive thank you to those kind people) has come back with some positive feedback and results. A link is on the Facebook group or email customercare@photo4me.com and we'll send you a link if you want to try it out before it goes live on the site. (If it hasn't already).

We’ve also been working on the Printshop. Customers will be able to upload their pictures and purchase their own work. Also, this means that YOU can also upload your own picture through the Printshop without your commission. In the future, we will be working on a function where you can take your image from your portfolio and put it into the printshop. This will be a feature we upgrade to later on in the year.


Top effort everyone

It was requested that we list our most popular keywords, now we can give you all a massive list, but in reality, we don’t want to over saturate the site with people forcefully using these words.

What we see from out end. People want colour or a stunning black and white picture, they want a beautiful sunrise or a sunset, they want to see the sea, the beach, they want the picture to take them away to a place that brought them happiness or a place that has significant meaning. Taking a picture of an object is OK, but what does this object do, what is this significance to someone? Why would they purchase it?

On the other hand, we do see themes all the time, we see people searching for bell bells, London, Liverpool Skyline, Manchester, beach huts, Highland Cattle, Tyne and Wear the list goes on – these are trends. If you happen to spot an early trend, jump on it, make it look professional, upload, and self advertise.

We’ve also released a new Consumer Blog, which might be helpful in what trends are taking place and what people are looking at. You can read it’s entirety here.


We’re always looking for something to report or to announce, anything that would interest the community. Would you like to write up a blog? Start a photography club? Have any tips? Locations? Advice? Let us know and we’ll be more than happy to read and even put it into the newsletter.

Have a great month everyone, and thank you for being part of the community. 

Best wishes,

Jon & Mike

March Newsletter 2016

April showers bring May flowers 

Spring has arrived in England with a force and we’ve seen all extremes of weather, from major storms to beautiful sunshine, a perfect opportunity to get some fantastic pictures! Which we’re already starting to see uploaded to the site.

• Congrats to Kayleigh May Meek who sold her first canvas this month, a lovely picture of The Island of Halki.

• Some great winter pictures by new member Alexey Trofimov who has been very active on social media, joining in on discussions.

• Thank you to all who have been positive and have created content on the Facebook page. Particularly, long time member and always positive and a great personality on the social media, thanks for making the new members feel welcome Mary Fletcher, check out her photos


Thank you as always to the community who are active on our social media but also to those who just want to upload pictures. The community continues to grow as we now boast 6,900 members and having 357,000 pictures and counting. We have sent your artwork from Auckland New Zealand to San Francisco, which is to us and hopefully you, an amazing accomplishment. Well done to everyone!

We’re not going to run any promotions this month, but that shouldn’t stop you from promoting your work and trying to think of fun marketing ideas to get people interested in your work. Keep in mind there are a few events going on around the country, in particular the London Marathon April 24th, so it might be a good occasion to take or promote pictures of London or some sort of athletics.

Top effort everyone!

This month in our regular info-sharing, for P4M member, which we bring you hints, tips and advise.

We’re going to cover keywords. Lately it has become a question from our members as to why pictures don’t show up in search.

Say you look up the keyword, "New York Taxi" and we didn't come across your image. It is very possible that is because "New York Taxi" is not part of your keywords. You have: New York City Collage, New York City, Manhattan, Taxi, Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Collage, art, abstract, modern, decorative, colourful, geometric

The keywords or phrases are exactly what customers would look up word for word. So you would need to add "New York Taxi" to that list to be found. You want to come up with common keywords but not broad enough that the customer finds 1000 pictures.

Try to avoid words that will yield a lot of results. For example, I see members all the time write in only 7 keywords (the minimum) but don't put anything specific in them. They'll write, beautiful, red, art, sea, blue, sky, sand. Be specific to the location or subject and type in all variations of and what people might look up. Then start putting in very generic and common terms. Start specific, then go towards common.

An example for wording variation -- a Park in Montreal. The actual spelling for Park in French is "Parc" so to cover all your bases, you would write both versions -- "Parc LaFontaine" and "LaFontaine Park"


We’re always looking for something to report or to announce, anything that would interest the community. Would you like to write up a blog? Start a photography club? Have any tips? Locations? Advice? Let us know and we’ll be more than happy to read and even put it into the newsletter.

Have a great month everyone, and thank you for your patience and help once again regarding the uploader. 

Best wishes,

Jon & Mike

Photo4me Consumer Blog - May 2016.

Photo4me Consumer Blog

Spring is finally here, and no doubt you’re thinking about giving your home a bright new look ready for the sunny season.


Whether you are looking for guidance into new ideas, or you have your own that you just want to refine further: we have been bringing you all the latest in wall art trends to inspire you to maintain your interiors ‘a la mode’. So, let’s get a pair of scissors and some glue to start our mood boards!


Photography has been considered an art form for many years, as a result, interior designers will often choose to use photographs and wall art to aid their creative expression. During the early 20's, avant-garde artists started engaging with it for its association with technology and science- initially the reason it was disapproved of by many artisans, half of a century earlier.


This continuous link with technology, science and art has seen photography evolve throughout the years influenced by art movements, engaging a diversity of styles, materials and subjects on trend.


As you may have seen in our recent Style4You email newsletter series, It’s all about the 70's theme this season. Here we can delve deeper into the elements to be found within the 70’s trend, characterised by the variety of colours, shapes and materials that are hot right now.

We want you to feel inspired to experiment with these current state-of-the-art trends and get creative yourself as you choose a palette and materials for the look of each room.


One trend that hasn’t been referenced in our previous communications is the use of fabrics and texture. This theme has inspired some photographers to take pictures of fabrics or simply, textures that resemble woven materials, manipulating images to create abstract effects not possible using fabric alone.

The infographic mosaic below reflects the range of styles relevant in the broad 70’s concept and featuring a few photographers who have identified and adopted contemporary trends here at Photo4me.


Among these photographs we found funky, abstract and saturated images that can provide statement pieces for your interiors. Some of them combine complex textures, movement and reflection, creating retro and dynamic compositions.


We have also featured some photographs composed by the use of warm metals and materials, which would give a sharp and elegant finish to your interior space. But there are many more to choose from within the 350k + images to be found in Photo4Me so get exploring to find something Unique and Stylish for your home!


A photograph can transmit serenity, nostalgia or joy. It can express something meaningful to you as well as your taste in art. It has the power to add value to a room and play with emotions that sometimes cannot be described with words. It is important to choose photographs correctly as energy will be transmitted through into the interior space. It is essential then, to above all, choose photographs that you can stop and admire and feel connected with.


Getting Started and Not Stopping, the key to selling photos!

Getting Started and Not Stopping, the key to selling photos! by Frank Irwin

 

I don’t make that many sales, one here and one there and given my age of 75 the income is not important to me but, of late within the space of a few weeks I managed to make several sales.

 

A lot of you will know of course that Photo4Me aims for the wall decorative market, which is becoming more popular by the minute. The requirements for printing must be pictures which people are able to live with on the walls of their homes and offices without getting tired of them. Pictures uploaded for sale on the site must also be of sufficient resolution that they will not pixelate at the sizes to be ordered. Historically Photo4me requires them to be uploaded as a JPEG 3000 to 4000 x 5000 to 6000 pixels range and in sRGB.


Editors note: Example - If you send us an image 4,000 pixels by 3,000 pixels the biggest that will print before pixelation starts to become unacceptable is 30 by 40 inches. If you send a file for a square image that is 2,500 X 2,500 then 25 inches square would be as large as we go before pixelation. So in short - the more pixels you can send us the better however it has been best when one side of the image has been between 3000 to 4000 pixels.

 

Now then in order to fulfil the market requirements on Photo4Me, in my opinion it is essential that the photographer knows what he is doing as far as equipment is concerned. I certainly feel that as far as new photographers are concerned, a course on basic photography is a wise investment - where camera owners at a similar knowledge level, study together, the aspects of lighting, apertures, shutter speeds and of course ISO values to be able to understand the relationships between these aspects and how they work together. Leaving a camera set at “Automatic” will not help in this regard and indeed although it may well work for a lot of photograph taking, it will never work all the time. I would highlight as a good example, “contre-jour” work where some exposure compensation will be always be required.

 

Composition is a crucial factor when taking photographs for the Wall Art market.  There are rules of composition, which will stand the photographer in good stead as a starting point, in particular the “rule of thirds.”  Notice how the lighthouse is right on the 3rd line, also the horizon is on a line of thirds. 




People will always say “Rules are made to be broken” but it is my belief that before knowing when to break the rules one needs to fully understand the basics otherwise one will never know when the time is right to break them. One of the most important rules is to ensure a level horizon. Remember the sea runs neither up nor downhill! One thing that will definitely greatly decrease a photographer’s chance of a sale is when the sea and the horizon are prominent within a picture but the horizon is not level. If there is no horizon to level off of, use an object that should be vertical.



 

Levelling can be achieved either within the camera using viewfinder grid lines, live view on DSLRs or a spirit level on the tripod, but a final check and correction if necessary within software, is essential. If you’re having problems with levelling the tripod on sand or an un-even surface, a great suggestion was given recently by John Farnan is to use 3 plastic flowerpots which hold the tripod steady and prevent it from moving or sinking into sand.

 

Generally, these photographic rules make a picture look better and far more natural, with leading in lines and the attitude and direction of the subject matter being very important. It is these rules that creates the ‘balance’ of a picture which could well be what attracts a person to want to own the image after the location or subject matter has first led the purchaser to the search for it, making tagging essential.

 

See the tips in the Photo4me FAQ section: https://photo4me.desk.com/customer/en/portal/articles/652115-wording-master-class

 

After a short while, inexperienced amateur photographers will have to learn to process the pictures on their memory cards, therefore some software will be required and I would recommend something cheap and cheerful at first.  It will soon become obvious when the time is right to invest in better software like Adobe Lightroom to be introduced including the ability to also process RAW files. Basically, RAW files are needed when a picture contains a high range of light and dark, which is too great for the camera to handle. A typical subject would be a wedding on a sunny day when the dress is brilliant white and the groom’s suit is black.

 

At this time I do believe the photographer just now needs experience. This cannot be taught but comes with time - as long as the learning curve has not come to an end. There is a lot more information to be gleaned, lots of tips to be squeezed out of old photographers.  Perhaps one answer is to buy a subscription to a good Photo Magazine. A few should be sampled as they differ in content so the final purchase should be one that the photographer is comfortable with and which helps the level of photography achieved to be constantly improved.

 

 

Frank Irwin

It's cold outside . . . There's no kind of atmosphere . . .

Well it's been a while since I last posted here so it's about time the grey matter came out of hibernation.

 

And, says he, creating possibly the most contrived lead in line ever - talking of hibernation as I sit here typing I do think hibernation would be a great option as the temperatures go sub zero, rain, snow and grey skies dominate the short UK days and inspiration seems itself to have taken an extended holiday.

 

But this is an ideal time for many types of photography that perhaps aren't our normal style - for one thing later dawns mean even the slumberly challenged of us can be awake at sunrise without getting up at silly o'clock and the longer, darker evenings make it easier for those of us lucky enough to live anywhere north of the UK Midlands to be in with a chance of Northern Light images.

 

So often people take a look out of the window, see rain or cloud and give up. One of P4M's long standing members John Farnan has just come back from the US. For those not familiar with John's work he specialises in long exposure, mono images - specialises isn't perhaps a strong enough word - he excels at them. He is the only person I know who goes to the US and complains it isn't cloudy.

 

Rain brings great opportunities too - all you need is a tripod, big umbrella (to keep the rain off the lens) - and preferably a willing assistant to hold it and the reflections from hard urban surfaces like paving slabs, tarmac and even concrete become wonderful reflection creators yours for the taking. Do this at / after sunset and a whole new glorious range of photo opportunities await you. Recent experience tells me something dry to kneel on is also a good idea.

 

Still not convinced about going out in the cold?  Try some indoor macro work - spend just a few pounds on a bunch of supermarket flowers, get the tripod out so you're free to arrange and compose and there's a whole world of images to be had. Experiment with flash - master isolating your subject by controlling the light, practice your depth of field skills . . . .

 

Someone once said "There is no such thing as bad weather - just the wrong choice of clothes." - or something like that anyway. Similarly there's no such thing as 'nothing to photograph' - just a lack of seeing opportunity.

 

I'm not for one moment saying every such image is going to be a best seller - but every such 'not my normal style' image adds to your experience and enjoyment - who  knows - these cold, dark and wet times may just be the thing to set you on a new photographic journey.

Zoos that allow photography

Animals are always a big attraction for amateur and professional photographers.


We do ask that you have permission to sell pictures taken at zoo's and other wildlife sanctuaries. With the help of the community, we can help everyone by getting the right information.

If anyone would like to contribute to the list, please send and email to: customercare@photo4me.com with the name of the zoo, location (post code) as well as proof of the ability to sell your image for commercial gain. A short list of animals could also be helpful.

Keep in mind the following when taking pictures of wild animals in zoo's or animal sanctuaries.

- No fences, cages or anything that would hint that they are in a closed/confined space.

-  Please take into account the nature of the picture and avoid flash photography if possible at zoo's and sanctuaries that allow it.

Current list that will allow commercial photography, and has the appropriate accreditation.

Exmoor Zoo

Paignton Zoo (location credit required)

- Living Coasts (location credit required)

- Newquay Zoo (location credit required)

Plymouth Aquarium (not permitted to use their logo, brand identity, or name and no flash photography is allowed)

- Tropical Birdland, Desford, Leicestershire (They have a sign at the entrance that says it is OK to photograph for sale though they do ask for the location to be included in the description.

- Dartmoor Zoo (location credit required)

- Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (location credit required, accreditation required, agrees that if picture is "magical" You would need to give them the picture which could be used on posters, guide book or advertising, CWPG would use it free of charge)

- Wingham Wildlife Park (location credit required)

- Twycross Zoo (They ask for location credit and ask for use of image for free for their own publicity) 

- The Aspinall Foundation Howletts (location credit required)

- The Aspinall Foundation Port-Lympne (Location credit required)

- Battersea Zoo - London -- (Location credit required - allow Battersea zoo the right to use your images free of charge)

- Blackpool Zoo (Location credit required)

- Paradise Wildlife Park (Location credit required - Asks that some art work be donated when possible to help raise funds for conservation work)


Many thanks to Jay LethbridgeSteev Stamford and Dave Godden who helped contribute to the list.


List updated as of May 4th 2016.

Please note: The Member is the owner of the image(s) uploaded to the site including the copyright therein and if there is any illegalities of the image uploaded by the member this is the members responsibility and the member will be liable. No liability or responsibility will transfer to photo4me.com and photo4me.com will cooperate with all legal requests to the best of their ability.

Uploader news

Hello Photo4me members!

As you may have noticed by now, we have been working on the uploader. Last Thursday night the old uplader had stopped working and there was little we could do to repair it. Luckily, we were working on the new uploader for the past 5-6months. With the old uploader now none existant, we had to take the new uploader out of the building stages and implement it right away. We were a few days short of having it thouroughly tested, it was good enough for a BETA version.


Jon has been hard at work trying to fine tune the uploader which has been quiet stressful on all of us over here. 


Jon has said the following:

Releasing new software is always a stressful period for stakeholders IE you the members and us the developers.

We appreciate all the help we can get. If a file fails to upload for some reason we will work on it to solve the issue.

To help us please do this:

Take a snap shot of the screen (alt print screen) and attach it to an email along with the image you are attempting to upload and send it to customercare@photo4me.com along with any other info that may help us like the computer operating system and browser you are using. And lastly please let us know which version you are using it will state at the bottom of the uploader BETA 1.4 etc we need this to reference with the code.

The current live development link is here:
http://up-test.photo4me.com/uploader

The current test link is here:
http://up2.photo4me.com/uploader

Many thanks
Jon & the team.


I will keep you all updated on the blog with new versions and developments.


Update: Wednesday 20th of January 10:30am.

Beta version 1.5.0

Please note this application is in beta. If you notice any issues please report it in our Facebook group or report below in comments.

  1. This version solves issues with empty EXIF
  2. With reduced sharpening.


Stop hoping and increase your odds

I've been asked a few times by members on what they need to do to be more successful in selling their pictures on Photo4me. So I thought this write up might help for those looking for that extra edge.


In my experience, people want to see a few things. If you do these things, I think it would make a difference you would start seeing results.     Working/Descriptions   A lot of people tell me about their personal stories about an area, a place or an event that happened somewhere. I then try to match that description with what they've told me. I then send that picture to the client.   I also try and find a description which makes an emotional connection with the client.   I don't know how many times I've seen, say, Brighton Pier for example, good picture but the description says "On holiday took a picture. I think it looks nice." OR someone took a picture of their dog and said. “This is Charlie, he’s 8yrs old.” It’s a lovely picture of your dog and you have that emotional connection, but I hate to be blunt, but people won’t care about your dog, they care about their dog. Put yourself in the customer shoes, work it for them.   We've stressed it many times but please be descriptive with your image. Pull on people’s emotions and make them want to buy your picture.   Sometimes, I'll send a customer 4-5 picture links which match the description the client was looking for and 9/10 times, they'll go with a feel with the picture and an emotional touch. They want to know as much information about the picture or area. Try to avoid the Wikipedia copy and paste job, people want a personal touch.     Your portfolio

http://mem.photo4me.com/Home/Index/Upload/1   Another point would be to have a strong portfolio. This idea of more is better is a complicated one.   - You want people to see your portfolio and all the nice stuff. - To much stuff leads to substandard photo's. - You want to keep all the emotional storied photos and take out the "meh" pictures.   People look at other images from that photographer. If they see great photo's and substandard photo's they question the professionalism and skill of the photographer. Never underestimate the power of your own portfolio.   Moreover, notice that those who sell multiple pictures tend to be those with great photo's? Sure you have the 1 time seller because they have a specific area and that great shot of it. But notice it's more or less the same people in the "Top sellers last thirty days” It’s because they have found that taken quality pictures, they have put in the right keywords and descriptions, and they have advertised themselves.   I would advise members to avoid pictures which don't sell often. For this reason we came up with the redundant decline. Insects/Swans/Ducks/Geese/Cats/Mushrooms don't sell often and the site is loaded with them already. This takes away from the power of your portfolio.   Planes get flagged as well from time to time, because they need to fit the Photo4me guidelines, which could be found further down the blog – http://blog.photo4me.com/post/2015/10/07/replicative-images-planes.aspx     Pricing   People are also looking for the best price. Sure some can get away with having 100% mark-up and if that works for that member, great. Keep in mind however that people are always price comparing. I'll see potential carts/dropped carts through admin and they'll have 4-5 same images and be comparing the price. Don't give your away but don't make it out of reach of a persons budget.

The current site averages are: Min: £14 Max: £157 Commission: 43% 

 No need to change the pricing per individual picture, it can be changed globally on your pricing page: http://mem.photo4me.com/Account/MyPricing


Advertise:   Try uploading one of two pictures a day, do your own picture of the day. Put ads around Facebook and twitter. Do something different. Make business cards with your link on the site to your portfolio, start your own following. Hand out flyers, get your name out there and self promote, think outside of the box, tell your friends, understand how Google Adwords works and advertise through there, use Google Analytics, family anyone that will listen, send out emails to people who might be interested.   Some people will upload to the site and think they are going to sell automatically, however with the site consistently growing, it is not like the old days when we had less than 50,000 pictures and images would be found quickly and purchased, those days are long gone. With a few thousand pictures being uploaded to the site every week, the competition to be found is always increasing. I believe that the new successful member will need to do a little self-marketing, get the right pictures in their portfolio and have the right keywords and description.   To break it down even more, if you have 150 pictures in your portfolio, and we have 350,000 pictures on the site, you have 0.0004% of the content on the site, how do you turn this into a better percentage with the hopes that someone finds and purchases one of your pictures. I don't mean to say this to dishearten you, but the opposite, to encourage you to do more and to stop you from hoping - be proactive, get your name out there, you never know what will happen!   Mike

Use of public domain images

When posting pictures, in particular public domain images, we do ask that they be unique in their own right. Meaning:


Because anyone can take a free public domain image and upload it to the site and due to the high possibility that duplicates will happen, thus losing the “unique” factor, which Photo4Me promotes, we ask that members upload images that are in the artistic spirit and not easily replicable.


If we were to allow straight rip and upload of public domain images, the site would become over saturated with these images from free domain websites and duplicates would definitely happen + other complications we foresee.


Compilation works using free domain pictures have been fine in the past (as far as we are aware of) because it's original and made in the artists eye. These images are heavily altered and using various pictures from free domain images + the artists own work in some cases; moreover the accreditation of where these images have come from has been well represented.


Free domain images posted as compilations are subjective and will be judged upon upload.