August Newsletter 2016

Dog days of summer.

These are the days and months that we dream about during those grey, cold winter months. Hot cloudless days turn into long and festive nights. Whether you’re traveling abroad or within the UK remember to take/bring your camera and take that stunning picture that you thought you could only dream of. As always, we’re constantly getting new pictures uploaded on a daily and it’s always exciting to see what the members will upload, keep them coming!

News from the community

Congrats to the 2 newest members of the Photo4me century club.

Oxon Images and Simon Wrigglesworth. It goes to show that success can be achieved if you take the right pictures, have a strong portfolio, do a little self-marketing and have the right keywords and description.

Congrats on the milestone!

Also Congrats to Mark Fraser who sold his first image after waiting about 2 years. It goes to show that patience pays off! Only 99 more to go!

What's happening?

The Olympic spirit will dominate the news cycle and the beautiful country of Brazil will engross the world just like London did 4 years ago. Tower Bridge at Sunset was captured by Phil Clements. Whether it on top of Corcovado (Christ the Redeemer) by Brian MacDonald down the valley to Copacabana Beach or other parts of Brazil such as Iguassu Falls by Yvonne & Paul Carroll. The world will hopefully the beautiful side to Brazil and not some of the negative aspects of the games which the media is leading us to believe. We wish all the athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic games all the success the in the world and to have a great games!

Closer to home, let us not forget that there is the always entertaining Notting Hill Carnival which takes place on the August Long weekend (August 28th). Go out and see the amazing costumes, taste the great food and experience the vibrant music and atmosphere. As always, don't forget the camera!

What's new this month?

Early in the month of July, we completed on the member search from the commercial homepage dropdown and also the search engine. Putting your photography name into the drop-down will give the customer the ability to look up your portfolio. If the customer puts your name into the search engine images will come up but also the photographers head shot along with the images to go to their profile. Please note that if you do NOT have a unique avatar, your profile will not show up. To update your profile or just double check, go here.

We’ve redesigned the Printshop landing page to fit in more with the overall design of the site.

Lastly, we’ve done some backend housekeeping which should speed up the site and therefore rank higher in site SEO for all the great pictures we have for sale. Not very glamorous but it was a must in order to keep the site running efficiently and smoothly.

Other newsworthy info: Photo4me’s sister company (Splat Web Works), who you might have noticed in payment notification to those who were fortunate to sell a picture, “Splat Photo Limited” is hosting an event in October, all 100 tickets have sold out in 10 days. It’s not too late to get your name on the waiting list. Sign up here.

Top effort everyone!

This month we didn’t really see any general issues with regards to pictures and questions about the site, so not much to report here, but if you do have a question, please feel free to ask and we might address it in the following newsletter or on our social media channels.

Not to let space go to waste we’re going to start a new section called “heard around the office.” Now you’ll get more familiar with what goes on behind the keyboards and screens, with our philosophical wisdom such as these beauties last month.

Mike: Looking very serious, “I hear all the music I listen too.”

Jon: "Mike you look a little blurry today."
Mike: "I've always been a little blurry."


Can’t wait to see what we come up with in the next few weeks!

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 in your area? 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

July Newsletter 2016

Summer Solstice

As sad as it sounds, the summer solstice has come and gone but summer is here and in full swing for another 2-3 months. Currently we’re in the middle of great events and celebrations, last month saw the annual Glastonbury Festival, the start of Wimbledon, the Queen’s birthday, the Euro’s tournament (Sorry English Fans). I’m sure I’m missing a whole bunch of other things I didn’t think of at the top of my head.

News from the community

Janet and Richard Burdon currently have an exhibition running at the Dalby Forest visitor centre in Dalby, North Yorkshire. The exhibition is 50/50 mono and colour landscape and runs until the end of July. If you’re in the area, pop in and say hi!

David Wilkins received an award this year and is listed as one of the top 30Best Wedding Photographers in the UK (no19). Congrats on the achievement David! 

Sandra Cockayne is giving a presentation at the Townswomen Guild in Low Row on Tuesday the 21st at 7pm to 9:30pm and inviting the ladies to be a judge for an evening, and will be given a transcript and guidelines to do so. Best of luck and we hope its a great success!

What's happening?

As mentioned above, it’s been a busy month and busy time of the year. For all you music lovers Glastonbury has come and gone and for the lucky people that went, memories that lasted forever. Very muddy ones but I'm sure fun none the less! Now that these emotions are still fresh, find some sort of music inspiration photography and promote like Anne Macdonald's image of Antique Mandolin. You never know who’s looking. Be aware that if you do take pictures inside festivals or venues you need permission to sell them and need to provide us with proof.

Currently “The Championships, Wimbledon” is causing a racket (excuse the pun but it was too good to foul on) with excitement and is easily the most popular ticket in The City. Now would be a good time to promote any type of photography involving tennis like David (Dai) Meacham's picture of Point of impact or racket sports due to the public awareness and again, promote to help increase the odds in selling. 

** Editors Note: Apologies for the confusion regarding last newsletter. The 75thanniversary of the Battle of Britain was last Summer/Fall, although the message remains the same regarding our commitment to replicated and air-show pictures. Guidelines can be found here.

What's new this month?

This month we have been busy tightening up the Printshop and Home Page making it look slick and fast. Moreover, we have completed an overhaul of a backend API that will help market your images throughout on various paid advertisement platforms. (This won’t cost you a penny and we foot the bill to promote your work). We’ve been doing this for a couple years but it was using old technology so a complete rebuild was in order. These new and improved technologies will also help with the SEO of Photo4me images on major search networks. It’s not very fancy/flashy that you’ll notice directly on the site, but hopefully you’ll notice in your pockets sooner rather than later. 

Although we do promote your work with paid adverts, we do ask that you also do your part in promoting your pictures to give yourself that extra exposure. The more people know, the better the chance you have in selling.

This month we have hired a new employee by the name of Liam Hind. He’s going to help with the administration of the site when Mike is on annual leave or during the busy times of the year. Please make him feel welcome, understanding and patient with him as he is still new and still learning the job. 

Top effort everyone!

Although no request this month was made to cover a part of the website, I would like to recap a couple things. 

We at Photo4me do watch the social media boards and see that there is a common concern about the “substandard” images that are uploaded. As you all know and have gone through, we have the 30 approved images vetting process. Once a member hits over 30 approved images, it goes live instantly when upload is complete. Unfortunately we cannot police all these images, we don’t have the time to do that, therefore, before you hit those “likes, loves and exceptional” ask yourself if it is wall art and it is substandard or have any technical issues. If so, flag it and we’ll take a look, simple as that and takes just a few seconds. When an image is flagged, it just means that someone wants us to have a second look, 99% of the time, within 24hours a decision will be made (on business days). Flagging an image is completely anonymous and has no effect on the commercial site. The flag will remain because we don't want to see the same image multiple times after we've seen it once.

Remember if you want to see and the site to show off the best possible pictures, we need your help in achieving that =).

Now what happens if your image is flagged and declined? Rather than write us angry emails or take to social media to start a mob, write us a nice reply, make a case, show us of examples of similar images, we’re more than happy to explain more in depth, reinstate your image and admit we were wrong or flag the other images still on the site. Remember, you catch more bees with honey than vinegar. 

As per a suggestion to cover – Rather than upload your images to the site and think you’ll win the quantity battle, it’s not so much the case. Quality will always trump quantity. ? I remember looking at someone’s profile a month ago, which had 5 images but sold 3 of the 5.

You want have pictures so that someone will stumble onto it, but it doesn’t help if you have thousands of mediocre images, make sure your images are stunning and be honest with yourself. Ask yourself, would someone buy this picture? We’re all here to sell images, lets make it the best possible outcome for the customer.

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