Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Featured by Photoshelter

To those of you that came to my site via Photoshelter's recent ad featuring my image and quote, welcome...

Featured on Photoshelter

Andrew Fingerman, the Marketing Director for Photoshelter came across the quote featured in the ad in a comment I left on John Harrington's Blog post about the recent demise of the PS Collection. The comment basically said that while I was disappointed to see the closure of the PS Collection, I loved the Personal Archive service they offered, and that it had made a big, positive impact on my business. He asked if they could use it in a marketing campaign and I was happy to oblige. They're great people that work hard for the rights of photographers and they provide a killer service. I hope they continue to innovate as they have in the past...

On a related interesting note, it appears that Digital Railroad, Photoshelter's direct competition is hoping to capitalize on the recent closure of the PSC by offering a 20% discount to its former members. The campaign is cleverly and appropriately named Gimme Shelter. As someone that uses both services, I can say both have their merits, though I signed up with DRR mainly to gain access to their Marketplace, another alternative to the big stock agencies that I have had much more success with in image licensing than I did with the Photoshelter Collection. I still much prefer Photoshelter's feature set for customization, ease of image management, metadata management, etc.

While you're here, surf around and read my blog. You might enjoy my post about the image featured in the ad called Prairie Light. See some of my other popular posts in the sidebar on the right. If you like what you see, why not subscribe to my blog? Looking for a link exchange to boost your online presence? I do that too.

Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Josh
Copyright © 2008 Josh McCulloch.



5 Comments:

Anonymous Mackie Images said...

Congrats Josh. You have a great site and I'd be interested to hear from you regarding the actual process of using the customization feature set within PS to create your site. Was it hard? Do you have HMTL experience?

With the recent announcement by PS I've been contemplating what to do regarding a photo hosting site. Not that I use PS very much now but I hope to some day.

September 18, 2008 at 12:48 PM  
Blogger Josh McCulloch said...

I do have some basic HTML knowledge, all self-taught with a lot of trial-and-error! I had originally build my own website, and the had Photoshelter do the customization for me. They have a team of web developers that are able to do this for you. When I had it done about a year and a half ago, it was $400 to have them do it and it was done in a few days. They were really great at making sure everything was just how I wanted it. I'm sure I could've figured it out on my own, but at the time I was pretty busy with a few other projects, and just wanted it finished ASAP.

That said, if you do have some HTML knowledge, you could spend some time looking at other users customized archives (including mine) and checking out their source code to see how they've done the customization. PS also has some great help documentation on using their customization feature.

I really do feel that photographers will need to become their own agency more and more as the industry evolved, and PS is a great platform to do that with!

Cheers, Josh

September 19, 2008 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Josh McCulloch said...

In response to a few questions about my customization, here are some resources for you to explore:

Photoshelter Customization Overview

Photoshelter Customization Technical Documentation

Photoshelter Customization How To Articles

As I mentioned in the comment above, I had Photoshelter's Designers do my customization for me and they did a great job. Feel free to contact them directly at support@photoshelter.com or by phone at 212-206-0808.

Cheers, Josh

September 19, 2008 at 9:55 AM  
Anonymous nicolas said...

Congratulations from Chile! Great pictures of great landscapes and amazing nature.
all the best.

September 23, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Anonymous Andrew Ptak said...

Great site Josh - i'm thinking of using Photoshelter to sell my own stock too but wonder just how much traffic can get generated?

Whenever I do a keyword/image search on Google, Photoshelter Archive material never appears, so other than people coming over from my site or blog, how will anyone find my Stock on PS?

November 29, 2008 at 3:13 PM  

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