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Photography Question 
Michèle J. Thomas
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michelesphotoart.com

member since: 7/17/2004
  1 .  $ of my photos for someone's website
Someone is creating a new website on "Meditation" and she wants to use some of my nature photos on the website. She asked what I charge,(per photo) for this. I have NO idea what to tell her. Can someone please help me, she is waiting for my answer. Thank you,
Michèle

6/26/2014 8:53:30 PM

  Some people just donate the photos in exchange for her giving you photo credit. I don't know what you would charge her if you want to charge at all.

6/28/2014 8:52:07 AM

  I think this depends on where you are in terms of commercializing your work. If you have an established photography business then I think a small fee in return for exposure which would include a link to your website and perhaps a short bio would be appropriate. If you do not have an established business then I suggest you provide them for no charge in return for same.

6/28/2014 10:52:08 AM

Michèle J. Thomas
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 7/17/2004
  Thank you Janel, for your answer. I really appreciate that.
Michèle

6/28/2014 11:09:17 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  She's looking for photos on the cheap. I can understand the desire to get some kind of return for your work, however it would be much better for you to find out the details of where the photos will be on the web site, how long she intends to use them, is this a business she's running(yoga classes,etc...) and whether she plans to use them in any other capacity.
You can check stock photo sites and see what royalty free image files can be priced as. You can use that as a starting point.
However, if you do start to ask about terms of usage, don't be surprised if you don't hear back from her. Sometimes this can turn out to be someone who's willing to use something off of google. She's not paying for a file, she's paying to use your image.

6/30/2014 9:29:34 AM

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Mary Dimitriw
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  2 .  Selling image? Contacted by buyer.
Just a question about selling prints. Somebody emailed me and gave me their phone number to contact them. They saw one of my photos here and asked what I would charge for a large print. I've never sold a photo before so I'm curious. I've had photos published but all That I ask for is a photo credit. What about water marking or signing to prevent copying the image? Thanks for any input.

12/12/2013 5:22:30 PM

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Wendy Wyatt
shootinstarphoto.com

member since: 11/22/2008
  3 .  Pricing
I just got an assignment to take photos for a high dollar stallion campaign and advertising. I know they will be reprinted and reused a lot. I don't know what to charge the client, any thoughts?

10/16/2013 6:56:01 PM

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Jill Odice
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  4 .  E Book Images?
 
  E Reader image
E Reader image
© Jill Odice
Nikon D40 Digital ...
 
I was approached about using one of my images in an E-Reader for Special Needs children. My question is what size file is needed for an E Reader? He asked for an image of 3000x2000, which seems big to me. I don't mind them using the image online but do not want them to be able to make prints. What DPI and dimensions should I send them? Also what is the typical charge for somebody to use an image one time?

10/3/2013 10:27:20 PM

  That is an interesting concern. 3000x2000 is a high-resolution print-possible size of at least 10x6.6. With home printers it is really closer to 15x10. A typical video device will not be much about 120 dpi, and that means it would display this image at about 25x16.7.

I think it is sorta large for any type of hand-held device, even with near-future considerations for changes in technology.

Have they offered you a contract? That should explain their future concerns, and why they might ask for an image so large.

The "typical charge" for an image can vary widely. A shot in demand can grab quite a lot. A shot that casually meets a design need, not so much. My perspective might be "why not be happy with a one-time sale" and add it to your experience and resume? Of course with the caveat that you clarify the resolution needs.

Hope that helps.

10/5/2013 5:53:28 PM

  Thanks for your response Richard. My dilemma is that I do not know what size to offer him that will work for an E Reader, but not be large enough to print. This is one of my most popular images , Betterphoto used it for their Christmas card last year :-)
I am happy to help out a small company that is working towards educating special needs kids, but I do not know them and they are only offering me $20 which is way less then I charge for a large print...This book is to download onto a reader, not to print so I don't get why he wants such a large size...

10/5/2013 7:54:38 PM

  I understand the dilemma. I just don't know much specifically about readers. I've got a good idea about the resolution. Let's just substitute an example...

A Skiff reader (described as a high-resolution reader) is 11.5 inches (that should be on the diagonal if they give only one dimension). It "supports" a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200. That would size up to a resolution a little over 170 ppi -- quite high for a video device. You see right there that the 3000x2000 is nearly double what you need for full-screen viewing.

Reading devices also tend to have a vertical orientation, so an image could be only 1200 pixels for a full-width view. That would suggest a maximum need of 1200x800 for an image of landscape orientation. That is currently about the size I use for shared images on the web. These would probably print at 6x4 on a home printer.

There is really nothing you can do to stop that sort of small print thievery, unless you want to keep your images off the web and out of readers. At the same time, readers are meant as a replacement of sorts for print, so your image being distributed via a reader seems like a relatively safe avenue. If you are worried what the publisher might be doing with your photo, I am guessing that if they were honest enough to contact you, they would likely not be looking to do a print run.

Looking at the example numbers, I think you are right and they really only need the 1200x800 size. On the other hand, $20 is not a lot to walk away from. I'd offer the 1200x800 size, and make sure you get a byline, or move on. Sometimes you have to turn things down. For example, I was offered the contract for The Photoshop Bible when Deke McClelland decided against re-writing it, and ended up turning down that rather prestigious title because I could not come to terms on contract wording with the publisher (which was clearly anti-author).

Good luck!

Richard

10/6/2013 4:58:14 AM

Ken Smith
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  Richard, it's nice to have you back on BP!!

10/6/2013 6:13:46 AM

  Thanks so much Richard! I was pretty much thinking the same thing as far as size. I figure when I post images on my own website they are usually 1200 x 800, even here at BP they are 800 x 600 which is kind of small, but on my Kindle, is big enough ...Nice to "Meet you" here, love your work!

10/6/2013 9:31:30 AM

  Ken, I'm glad to be back! I missed the BP community.

Jill, I'm glad if it helped. Thanks for the compliment. Glad to meet you too, and hope to meet a lot more people (again and for the first time) here on the forum!

Richard

10/6/2013 8:46:00 PM

  I did sell them the image at 1200 x 800 with credit on the image and also credit on the credit page of the book. Once it's published I will place a link on my website to it on my "Magazine Covers & Published Images" gallery :-)

10/6/2013 9:58:53 PM

  Good for you! Nice to hear and thanks for the follow-up.

10/7/2013 1:13:59 AM

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Photography Question 
Clark E. Brown
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member since: 1/24/2006
  5 .  Transitioning from a well-paying career
I have been working to see how I can transition from my current well-paying career that has become little more than that. My passion for photography and desire to do it full-time continues to grow. However, I have not been able to come up with the path that leads me to my goals of one day having my photography as my main source of zen, finance, fun, etc. I realize this is difficult to do. However, if there are any suggestions I would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

9/24/2013 8:59:12 AM

Clark E. Brown
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/24/2006
  After I think about my previous post, I realize that some give in the balance of zen, finance, fun, enjoyment will most likely be experienced when the desire is to "make a living". Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.

9/25/2013 8:14:01 AM

  Variety seems to be the makeup of success to me. I know very few photographers who only take pictures of what they want. Most supplement through teaching craft (as the instructors do here on BP), perhaps write a book, maintain clients or a service, sell stock, retouching services, guide tours, other sales... It may help to lean on whatever your previous experience has been in that well-paying career and extend it (e.g., if it was sales, apply that knowledge.).

No matter what I am involved in, I try to keep time open for MY photography. If I am writing a book or teaching courses, I enjoy that and learn from it even, but it cannot replace taking an hour or four on a walk to a place where I want to shoot. I may make nothing on my walks, but those are the shots I prize (and tend to use in books and instruction as well as marketing tools).

You started in the right place, but you will have to explore your focus, realistic capabilities, and desire...

Richard

9/26/2013 4:43:59 AM

  Clark, I'm only a rabid amateur, so no useful advice from me. But if you do a search under "career" here in the BP forum, you'll find over 300 queries similar to yours with loads of comments worth every penny you're paying for it. Good luck!

9/26/2013 7:44:10 AM

Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Some supplement their income as an Eric Clapton impersonator.

9/26/2013 9:33:38 AM

Clark E. Brown
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 1/24/2006
  Thank you Richard, Kay and Gregory for your feedback and yes, Richard, that is a good point I do need to hone my focus, capabilities and desire... I am looking to see how I can adapt photography to my current career (construction estimating), maybe as a project site photographer taking progress photos and documentation.

I will peruse additional career queries and even do some research on Eric Clapton...

all great advice, thank you for the help.

9/26/2013 10:04:11 AM

  Gregory, it takes all kinds! Is that a particular skill of yours? I guess my point was that not everyone is lucky enough to have simply their passion be enough to support them. I certainly tend to wear a few hats...

Clark, there is at least one BetterPhoto instructor that I know who has done progress photos on construction. You would have an advantage in the field having a practical background in it...

Richard

9/26/2013 12:37:30 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 11/11/2003
 
Eric Clapton impersonator!

9/27/2013 5:45:33 PM

  Never would have guessed you were referring to me! Even my air guitar isn't that good.

Richard

9/28/2013 5:45:12 AM

  I'm very much in agreement with Richard that variety is important when you're planning a career in photography. Teaching and writing about the subject are great ways to go. If you enjoy shooting commercial work and you're very prolific, you might also consider selling your work through a stock agency.

Also, identify what your photographic strengths are and build your career around them.

10/7/2013 10:59:49 AM

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Photography Question 
darlene brady
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  6 .  putting a logo on photos?
I have just recently done a photo session with a family, the pics turned out awesome and they love them, now they are buying a package of pictures from the session, im not a professional photographer by far so do I put my name and a logo on the pics small bottom right or maybe on the proofs? not sure what to do but don't want them to be able to remake them or anything, is this right of me lol not even sure or that lol. If it's a yes to do this then wwhere can I get it done?

ty darlene

7/25/2013 8:29:17 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  You could put a logo into each image file itself (such as using a brush stamp in Elements, etc., that stamped your name in script, etc., like you see as a watermark on many BP images.) Then it would print on paper as part of the image.

If you're talking about adding a logo to already-printed photos, you could probably find a place that makes custom rubber stampers, or embossers. (I'm thinking back to Olan Mills Photo Studios in my childhood, where their name was stamped on the image itself, in gold foil, at the bottom corner.) 'Fraid I don't know of any off the top of my head.

7/25/2013 10:44:25 AM

Thomas W. Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member
SchoellerPhotos.com

member since: 12/4/2006
  Darlene, you can have Vista print create small labels you can adhere to the back of each print.

They have a spectacular amount of available presets to choose from.

Simply place your name at the top as "Photographer" and under the heading state the images are Copyright protected and may not be reproduced or used for any other purpose. Then add your contact info.

I would not be concerned with archival quality as you stated your not professionally in the business and it will take decades for the glue to have any negative impact at all.

The beauty of this is the labels will be difficult to remove from the back without damaging the print and in order to make a quality reproduction a lab will need to photocopy to get good results. Labs will not photocopy someone elses work.

8/25/2013 10:50:55 AM

  soo cool ty tom that's a great idea appreciate the info :)

8/25/2013 11:11:05 AM

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Sharon 
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member since: 4/23/2007
  7 .  BetterPhoto using your photo
Does BetterPhoto pay members when they use their photos to advertise on this site? If not, do they ask permission to do so?

4/20/2013 2:22:01 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Nope. It's part of the terms and conditions.

4/21/2013 9:43:43 PM

  Thanks Gregory, Guess I need to read those terms and conditions sometime. :)

4/21/2013 9:52:33 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 11/11/2003
  You won't find a web hosting/contest site where they don't use uploaded photos to promote on the site.

4/21/2013 10:22:02 PM

Thomas W. Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member
SchoellerPhotos.com

member since: 12/4/2006
  Watermark your images, loud and proud. Then let them advertise you

11/5/2013 2:52:54 PM

  Thank you Gregory & Thomas!!! Gregory, you are looking very good these days :)

11/5/2013 2:58:06 PM

Angela Morgan
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member since: 12/2/2013
  thank you gregory, I also have the same problem....thanks for helping us

12/23/2013 8:55:20 AM

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Susan M. Smith
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member since: 3/22/2004
  8 .  Portrait Photographers and New Business
Not sure how widely reported this has been yet but since I work for a portrait studio (Portrait Innovations) we heard about it immediately.

Sears and WalMart portrait studios closed their doors this past week (abruptly, I might add). Of course, PI is happy to grab all that new business but consumers may not realize these closures have happened until they go to get their portraits done. I'm sure this will be the case all the way up to Christmas, even. In my area, this leaves JCP and us as well as independent photographers.

It goes without saying that PI and JCP will see more business because of this, but I am wondering if this is a golden opportunity for Independents, as well?

My ultimate goal has been to work for PI to get jump started and get some experience, then go independent. So I would love to hear any thoughts about this from anyone running their own studio or on location business.

4/8/2013 4:46:13 AM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Could be. Sears has been hurting and JC Penney is hurting also. So if JC Penney closes their studios, I wouldn't be surprised.
Those studios were never there to make money, just as part of marketing. So since wal mart is so big and doing so well with just selling things, they don't need the studio anyway. And I've never seen anybody using their studios in the wal Marts I've been in. The only one I've seen people use is Target's.
So it could be an opportunity. But the other side to consider is, since those kinds of studios had such low prices, will that type of customer switch to a private studio and consider the higher prices that a private studio needs to charge to stay afloat, worth while.

4/10/2013 9:30:44 PM

Dennis Flanagan
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 12/31/2005
  Everyone and their brother/sister now owns some sort of digital camera. A lot of people are happy with their results using an outdoor setting. I hope your business picks up, but am doubtful.

4/19/2013 12:13:06 PM

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AJ Huntoon
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member since: 11/3/2012
  9 .  Self-Employed Photo Retouching
Working as a self-employed Photo Retoucher. Good idea or bad idea? If yes, better to have an business online or a brick and mortar shop somewhere? I'm an "Aspie" and photography/photo retouching is a huge passion of mine that I want to turn into a career.

2/1/2013 8:40:24 PM

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Thomas W. Schoeller
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member since: 12/4/2006
  10 .  WOW, 2 months and no new topics
I see this website has clearly fallen off the radar. Last new topic dates back to 11/18 of last year. That's too bad.

1/15/2013 6:01:20 PM

  Well, some of us keep checking every couple of days, but the action definitely ain't what it used to be (unfortunately)!

1/16/2013 9:55:14 AM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  I think the Forums "dried up" quite awhile back, relatively speaking, when it was removed from "free member" (and when BP free membership was eliminated) and then the Forums became restricted to just paid members.
Back in the day, so much of the Forum activity/new questions came from folks who had joined BP on the free membership. Now, with only active members (who pay to join BP), I think you have a self-contained audience that over time, has fewer questions to ask in general!
Members who are in classes have a classroom Forum to use for all their questions... Members who aren't in classes, either have fallen out of the habit of using the Forums, or, have had their questions answered, and have yet to develop new questions, perhaps!

1/17/2013 8:41:58 AM

  That's probably true, Chris. Also there was some sensitivity on BPs side as to what we should or should not discuss, and that shut down a lot of the more argumentative or controversial threads.

1/17/2013 12:30:12 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Carolyn's always looking for an argument.
There's a big group that's hanging out at Mountaineer Campground drinking beer and wine. It'll pick up when that party's over, whenever that will be.

1/17/2013 2:52:02 PM

  Yeah, wanna fight? LOL

1/17/2013 3:01:34 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 7/17/2003
  I too miss miss the "juicy" debates.
And sadly, very few people ask for real photography advice anymore.
Maybe we all should grab a 6 pack and join the party.
Bob

1/29/2013 12:17:15 AM

Thomas W. Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 12/4/2006
  I failed to elaborate in the initial post my innermost feelings.. Needless to say I'll disclose just a bit more to build upon to say the site has fallen out of favor with established photographers in the business. I'm sure I am stating the obvious. As far as the tools (SEO) provided the annual cost outweighs the usefulness. I've found a noticeable decline in customer service in regards to very specific issues that 2 short years ago they corrected for me and showed genuine concern.

Too many other host websites have simply picked up the ball and are running with it now.

2/3/2013 1:15:35 PM

Gregory LaGrange
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member since: 11/11/2003
  The Q&A section never had very many established people to begin with. It had a lot of drop by people asking questions, that many came back or hung around when they saw they could get their questions answered by somebody who knew a little more or had been doing it a little longer.
So now it's either take a class first or buy a gallery first, then start with the questions, as far as new people. Or a lot of people have gotten enough questions answered that they don't have any questions.
It's never been that much of a place to talk about stuff associated with photography, or whatever kind of ball being run with that you speak of. Any discussions like hanging out and talking are probably done as part of the courses.
The customer service, I've never really needed any so far. So I can't speak about what other people have needed or what they do with their websites and galleries. Off they top of my head I can talk about what others have asked for. Minor stuff like edit ability for post. Some unhappiness with the contest selections.

2/4/2013 10:15:52 AM

Thomas W. Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 12/4/2006
  Greg I'm implying the website in general. It's also odd that the forum is set up only as a place to ask questions, as opposed to a forum to discuss topics and exchange information now that you mention the Q&A.

The ball I'm referring to is again not anything to do with their Q&A.. I'm speaking of a client friendly website a legitimate business person can operate their photography business from. Other than dazzling us with a handful of preset designs (wow) they have not acted on keeping up with SEO changes or trends.

Over the spring I had one hell of a time adding hyper links in text to my print shop. They have it set up so I have to use THEIR encrypted code, not basic HTML. You cannot seamlessly integrate from another website to here, making BP an outdated dinosaur.

My deal runs out in April thankfully, I'll be masking my domain name to send all active hyperlinks to my new homepage and be done here. I may just keep the basic exclusively for an additional web presence

2/4/2013 5:43:00 PM

Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 11/11/2003
  Well, you could have discussions and people did, just not like there used to be. You might like something like LinkedIn for discussion on topics. Although there isn't a lot of discussions that are all that interesting there either. Some, but not a lot.
As far as legitimate business people using it, depends on how you want to use a website. What I think of when it comes to using a website, the first thing that comes to my mind is how people use websites like those hosted by Livebook. Other ways of using a website like being able to download different sized files for a fee, they've never been that way. Probably never will.
They've always touted themselves as very simple and easy, low hassle. And even though they aimed at and attracted people who were looking for a place to just upload and categorize, it's really more similar than different than the kind of websites I usually end up looking through.
Hyperlinks? I might be in a minority, but having a hyperlink or copying a reference and going to it in a new tab never made a difference. Practically all links that I see on photographers websites go to a blog of the photographer anyway.
But people finding they need something else isn't unusual. People's taste change and their needs change.

2/5/2013 11:41:04 AM

Christopher J. Budny
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Interesting to read the recent announcement from BP this week, about returning to "the old style" of BP - where people can join for free---there weren't a lot of detail in that announcement, but it sounds like a return to how it was - where folks can sign up for free (gaining, perhaps, a small gallery, such as the "30 images" it used to be) and free access to contest & Forum...

2/8/2013 5:54:43 PM

  Is that a good thing for those of us that pays?

2/9/2013 5:29:25 AM

Thomas W. Schoeller
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 12/4/2006
  I've noticed a few basic changes in the background when I go into my control panel, mainly how things appear in the layout. There is a menu column on the left now.

2/9/2013 2:22:15 PM

Ken Smith
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  Chris, I hadn't heard about the "return to the old style of BP." I wonder if we'll return to the days of 30,000+ entries and entertaining forum topics? :-)

Thomas, I also noticed the layout changes to the front page of BP. Seems more intuitive. Now, it's easy to see the main pillars of BP...the courses, contest, and web sites. That should make it easier for first-time visitors.

2/9/2013 5:52:22 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  Ken; below is the text of the email I received from BP on Wed:

We are making several improvements at BetterPhoto. These include:

* Simplifying our navigational links.
* Restructuring our membership model
* Opening up the contest to everyone...

That's right! We're going back to the way it was many years ago. We feel that this will help increase the pool of participants and increase the likelihood of new people winning the contest each month. While I have always believed that merit and excellence should be rewarded, regardless of how many times a person has won in the past, it WOULD be nice to open up the possibility of winning to more participants.

So, the contest is now open to anyone who has signed up with BetterPhoto and confirmed their email address.

More exciting improvements coming soon.

Thanks,
Jim Miotke
BetterPhoto.com, Inc.

P.S. Since we are moving some links into the Member Center, some of you may be missing a particular link you really love. If so, please email bpsupport@betterphoto.com with a description of the link. If enough people request a link, we'll be sure to put it onto the welcome page that you see once you sign into the Member Center. Thanks very much and enjoy the contest!

P.P.S. We still have lots of graphics and pages to change at the site... so if you see something that talks about the old way we did the contest, please excuse the dust, as they say... we'll soon update all the pages so everything says "Contest is open to everyone".

2/9/2013 6:30:45 PM

Christopher J. Budny
BetterPhoto Member
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member since: 10/3/2005
  (Interesting side-note, re: Tammy's question---the notice doesn't say anything about whether "free" 30-image BP galleries would be offered again, as they were when I first joined 7 years ago. Perhaps just the contest will now be open "to all", and if you win or Finalist, great, your image is on the winner's pages, etc., but you won't have a gallery to show off your winners, unless you then pay for one? That could actually be an interesting inducement to get folks to buy gallery plans. (I also feel like "free" contest entry to all, as in the past, probably draws more potential students into BP classes...)
Perhaps more details to come... I haven't gone exploring on the "membership" type pages yet, to see if any new details are spelled out there.)
I have noticed, that when I'm viewing my Page 1 of my "Basic" gallery, the "Sign In" link no longer works... I have to go to BP Home, then Member Center link...

2/9/2013 6:51:40 PM

Ken Smith
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  Chris, I think new folks would get the free gallery. Unclear how many images folks would get, though.

I logged out of BP then went in as if I were a first-time visitor...clicked the Contest page. Then, clicked the first option, Contest. Next, I clicked "Become a BetterPhoto Member today."

That page had the following text "Join BetterPhoto - it's free! Every BetterPhoto member gets a:
Bio Page
Photo Gallery
Contact Page
Join our community! It's free! Enter your email address to register.

2/10/2013 6:38:47 AM

  I did the same thing, Ken - hoping to find the answer to my primary question, which is how many photos "free" members will be allowed in their galleries. That seems to me to be quite an important question to those of us who've paid (even at the basic level). They're just starting to revamp the pages, so hopefully the benefits of free membership will be spelled out soon.

2/10/2013 2:28:01 PM

Allen O. Howard
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  I responded in a questionnaire. I added how I felt about the relevance of BP and the other sites that were closing in on it or simply passing it by. It has been a shame as this is where I learned what the camera in my hand was. It came to a point were everything I did was an editors pick but I very rarely received a finalist much less a winner. All of a sudden it seems as though they have gotten way behind here or they are scrutinizing differently. I am not saying better or to a higher standard, just different. I worked for a while judging on another sight (Which I shall not name) and while judging it became very easy for me to pick out the regular winners even though there was no name involved. Subsequently the challenge for me was to dig deeper and make sure I was giving everyone a fair viewing. Originally when BP started giving me all of these "editors picks" I thought my chances were improving. I mean I might get 28 editors picks in a month but that never changed finalists or winning for me. Now I have virtually no EP'S and that is okay by me If BP finds there way back. Relevance matters. Especially when we have Facebook and Google social platform. I truly love BetterPhoto and I hope that they can figure this out. We are in an age of compression where everything is moving faster and faster. BetterPhoto was the king.

3/25/2013 10:24:42 AM

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