Speaking about web places which are useful for art or commercial photographer it is necessary to pay attention on services where artist can sell his work.
Currently there are many digital photo print services which allow you to do this and trust me I have try many of them. But looks like developers of these services are not close to a life of a photographer and not well understand his needs.
Finally I have found photo print service which is close to my own needs and I want to share this site with you.
First of all, let’s think about requests we might have to such service:
- Galleries management and easy photo upload.
- Photo management including Name, Description and Tags
- WYSIWYG Print editor. “What You See Is What You Get”.
- Easy and clear prizes management
- Easy and clear photo rights management
- Delivery to most world Countries
- Statistics of Earnings
- Easy way to point visitors of our home sites to the print service gallery
- All kind of programs to promote your work
The service name I want to present to you is ImageKind and it covers most of features I described. More of it, ImageKind provides good support which allow you to request features and they really work on your requests.
Galleries management and easy photo upload:
ImageKind is one of “Web 2.0 modern applications” which supports the Ajax technology. That means you do not need to refresh the whole page content during site navigation.
There are not many applications which really need and know how to use Ajax in to usable way. But definitely, the service which works with large images, must support this technology.
The gallery management and photo upload of ImageKind worth 5/5. It is possible to sort the gallery using Drag and Drop, I can see the progress of large image upload, I can rename any image right from the gallery page using Ajax technology.
WYSIWYG Print editor. “What You See Is What You Get”:
Here we go. This is the most important feature for the artist. I WANT TO SEE how my final (framed, glassed and matted) print will look like.
Every digital photo print service provides ability to select picture frame. But frame is very important part of your work and it is obvious that you need to take a look on your framed artwork.
ImageKind allow you not only select a frame and mate for you art print but also preview your final print! And this all is done using Ajax and without any additional page refreshes, so, it is fast!
Easy and clear prizes management:
ImageKind allow you to setup prizes not only for every piece of art but also to the whole gallery. You can set the fixed prize in dollars or set markup in percentage.
The prizes preview will show you detailed information of final print cost based on basic prize you have entered.
Easy way to point visitors of our home sites to the print service gallery:
The way you can point your home page users to your prints gallery is not the strongest part of ImageKind. Currently the only way you can do this is to place the stylized link directly to your ImageKind personal page, you can take a look on my Prints page to see such link.
I have discuss possible extensions in this field with ImageKind. My suggestions are:
- Plugins for every well known blog engine which will show gallery thumbnails from ImageKind site directly inside my home page. Where every thumbnail should point on shopping page of ImageKind.
The support team of ImageKind has sad they like the ideas and they will work on it. This is not only the good feature for art authors but also great advantage for ImageKind itself because such linking system will rise up their PageRank, and this is also good for art authors to!
All kind of programs to promote your work:
ImageKind provides some programs to promote your work over search engines and over ImageKind search. I haven’t used them right now, but I think I will try and let you know about the results.
As the resume, I can say, ImageKind is definitely one of the most friendly digital photo print service for photographer. And I recommend you to try it!