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« on: August 26, 2006, 13:22 »
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Hi,
I just joined. Found this forum from surfing Google.

At the beginning of the year I launched a New Stock Photo site called Shutter Shots http://www.shuttershots.com [nofollow]

I would like a review on your thoughts on my micro stock site and any suggestions on how I can improve it.
Hope it is OK, if I ask for a review.
Thanks
Shutterlady


« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2006, 13:47 »
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hi shutterlady

there are a few things that i'd comment on, but the one that seems the most important is the maximum file size of 2Mb.

i realise you're catering for a low resolution screen market but most of the photographers here will be producing larger file sizes because they are worth more money and the leading sites impose minimum size restrictions larger then 2Mb. i doubt you'll find many people wanting to go to the extra effort of resizing and maintaining two sets of images.

why not allow larger files and offer print and screen sizing? if disk space is the issue, dreamhost [nofollow] offers reasonably reliable hosting with load and loads of space for a low cost.

hope this helps

thad

« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2006, 14:00 »
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Hi Thad,
I was trying to say away from prints as there are already many sites that offer prints. My main goal for my stock site was to appeal to web template designers. The other larger stock sites place a lot of restrictions on stock photos and many do not allow them to be used in web templates, so I was trying to cater to web designers. Maybe my idea is headed in the wrong direction. What are your other thoughts?
Shutterlady

gbcimages

« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2006, 14:39 »
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I agree with thad on the small file size. All my images are of a larger file size so I wouldn't want to resize them. Most all my images are from 3 to 5 mb's

« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2006, 20:33 »
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I also don't think its a good idea to mention the amount of photos you have per gallerie since the amounts are so small. When i see that i wouldn't bother uploading because i'd know i wouldn't get alot of sales. Its also a big turn of for potential buyers as they wil think the chances of finding exactly with they want in sutch a small collection are minimal.

The site design itself could aso use some work. It gives me an amateurish and cheap vibe. Check out the design on sites like schutterstock, dreamstime and istock. There the biggest players and i believe there website design has alot to do with it. Most new stock sites have trouble finding photographers so why not lucky oliver? Because they have a great looking design and people feel as if they might succeed. It gives them a professional feeling.

So spend alot of money on redesigning your website and you will increase your chances of succeeding enormosly in my opinion. Go to several bussinesses and have them make you a design. Don't stop looking untill it is absolutely perfect. Also stay away from those type of "camera logo's", or atleast make a fun and new version of it like istock and shutterstock did.
« Last Edit: August 26, 2006, 20:44 by Wisent »

« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2006, 21:25 »
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Thanks Wisent
For your review. Regarding my design I really like the design and have had a lot of compliments on it. I'm not trying to compete with the big guys. I have a different market that I'm striving for. As with any site it takes time to build and I'm confident that it will take off in the right direction.
Shutterlady

« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2006, 19:08 »
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Hi..there a lot of things I found "right" about what you are trying to do, particulary for images I have that I think would work well there (and are too small for the "other" sites.  But I do not understand your pricing features on uploading.  If the payout for each image sold is the same, why is there a place for putting in the image price?  Also i could not find a contributor's agreement, something that needs to be avlaible before uploading is done.
judy

« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2006, 19:21 »
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Hi Judy,
Contact me privately and I will answer your questions. My site is operated by PHP and some of it is automatic.

« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2006, 19:48 »
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I've emailed you some questions, the one's I posted here I figured others might also be interested in learning.

« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2006, 20:04 »
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I have no problem answering any questions. I just did not want to get into trouble with the moderator as I'm not sure what is allowed in answering questions. Some forums restrict answering questions regarding a personal site and since the question was regarding my site, I was being courtesy to the moderator of the form. If the moderator does not mind I will answer questions.
Shutterlady

« Reply #10 on: August 28, 2006, 00:20 »
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I have no problem answering any questions. I just did not want to get into trouble with the moderator as I'm not sure what is allowed in answering questions. Some forums restrict answering questions regarding a personal site and since the question was regarding my site, I was being courtesy to the moderator of the form. If the moderator does not mind I will answer questions.
Shutterlady

questions and answers regarding individual microsites are more than welcome here, that is what this forum is for.  It is nice to see owners of microstock sites taking part.

namussi

« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2017, 04:59 »
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I guess it didn't work out for shuttershots.com

 :'(


« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 07:08 »
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Very old Thread

namussi

« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 07:18 »
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Yup. Interesting to read more than a decade later.


 

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