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Photography Question 
Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2004
  91 .  Sample PRO Web Sites
I am trying to decide whether to buy a BP PRO web site while they are on sale, but I would like to see more samples of them.

There used to be a list of BP members with links to their sites on BP. Does anybody know if that still exists? I can't find it. Otherwise, if you know of a PRO web site that you would recommend, please provide the link to it.

Thanks!

Category: Pro Web Sites (not availble from the Category list)

5/16/2009 7:44:14 AM

  Hi Debra,
Good hearing from you, and thanks for your interest in the Pro sites!

Here's the link to all of the Pro BetterPholios (under the "Get a Website" tab):
http://www.betterphoto.com/sites4photogs/allDeluxeProsList.asp

Lots of excellent ones to check out. Top pro and BP instructor Jim Zuckerman uses a Pro site as his only website:
www.corporatefineart.com

Have fun checking them out!

5/16/2009 1:31:02 PM

Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2004
  Thanks, Kerry.

Could you please tell me if it is optional whether you display the "Photography Websites by BetterPhoto.com" link at the bottom of the pages?

Also, is the mechanism for creating and sorting photo albums the same or better than the way it is done in the Basic membership?

5/17/2009 8:05:46 PM

  Hi Debra,

I’m Brian with BP customer support, and to follow up with what Kerry told you and answer your last questions: The BetterPhoto websites logo at the bottom of the page is not optional, and appears with all our website products.

The galleries on our Pro Sites (similar to albums in the Basic Membership) are processed in similar manner to the Basic Albums, but with more options and a great sorting feature.

1: There is an option to categorize photos in bulk. You have the choice of bulk categorizing all uncategorized photos or just uncategorized photos that have been uploaded within the last 24 hours. (Or you can edit categories for photos individually).

2: With the Basic gallery albums, the album display order is done alphabetically, by title. so you can only arrange them by changing the title, or placing numbers in front of the title. With the Pro categories, there is a sort option that allows you to quickly drag and drop the album titles in the order you wish them displayed. (I believe this is the feature you are specifically asking about.)

3. The Pro galleries are further enhanced with the option of creating Parent categories, each containing sub-categories. For example: a “Softball” category, with sub-categories for pictures of individual tournaments. Or “Bears” with categories for Grizzly, Polar, etc. If parent categories are created, there is also a sort feature available for them.

I hope this gives you a better idea of the Pro galleries features and the album sorting features. Thanks again for your interest in our Pro Websites, and we hope you’ll be able to take advantage of our Super Sale now in progress (thru 05-19-09).

Regards, Brian

5/18/2009 1:33:46 PM

Debra Booth
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/2/2004
  Thanks, Brian.

5/19/2009 7:03:17 AM

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Photography Question 
Kerry Drager
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Kerry
Kerry's Gallery
kerrydrager.com

member since: 2/4/2002
  92 .  Great News: 2-for-1 Website Sale Coming Up Soon!!
Hello All,

Thanks to popular demand, BetterPhoto's 48-hour, 2-for-1 Super Sale on Pro and Deluxe websites is returning this Monday and Tuesday (May 18-19).

That's two years of a Deluxe or Pro BetterPholio website for the price of a single year! Translated into actual dollars :-) this means you get two years of a Deluxe site for just $199, or two years of a Pro site for just $349.

Not only that, this Super Sale will unveil some exciting new design options too!

Even if your website is not up for renewal anytime soon, you can still take advantage of this terrific offer now. Sign up and get two years added to your current expiration date.

The Super Sale's "doors open" at 9PM PST (Sunday night) /12AM EST (Monday morning), and you can get this special bargain at:
http://www.betterphoto.com/sites4Photogs.asp

Note: This offer applies to only those orders paid in full. The 2-for-1 Super Sale cannot be used in combination with any other discount.

Be sure to let your friends know about this awesome event!

Thanks,
Kerry

P.S.: Learn more about our BetterPholios...

5/14/2009 12:57:45 PM

  Looks like a great deal for very many here at BP.

I just wish BP offers this to Basic BetterPholio members too, before my current year subscription expires in September!!.

5/15/2009 2:53:08 AM

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Barbara Helgason
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Barbara
Barbara's Gallery

member since: 1/4/2004
  93 .  Disapearing albums
One of my twelve albums has suddenly become invisible in my gallery. I don't understand, it's there, but my gallery only shows 11 albums. The album that isn't showing is called "E. Animals"

Does anyone know why this is happening? I would appreciate any help. Thanks.

5/7/2009 6:45:06 AM

  Problem solved. Thanks.

5/7/2009 4:58:25 PM

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Lynnmarie Daley
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Lynnmarie
Lynnmarie's Gallery

member since: 5/2/2006
  94 .  Photo size
Is there a way to size the photos in your gallery so you don't have to scroll up and down to see the full picture?

4/15/2009 1:34:49 PM

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Photography Question 
Laura J. Smith
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2003
  95 .  How Designate A Photographer as my Favorite?
How do I make a designated photographer a Favorite Photographer? Thank you. I can't find an appropriate forum for this post.

3/30/2009 2:00:06 PM

  on the main gallery page it says
"add Favorite"

3/30/2009 2:56:41 PM

Laura J. Smith
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2003
  But where is the the main gallery page?

3/30/2009 3:46:04 PM

Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery

member since: 6/11/2005
  Laura, using one of your photos as an example:
http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/dynoGallDetail.asp?photoID=8064437&catID=

Call it up, then look at the bottom right. You'll see the copyright symbol next to your name. Towards the bottom of that text is a link labeled as "Add to my Favorite Photographers." Click that link.

Then, under your Member Center, you'll see a tab labeled as Favorites. It includes invidivual photos you tag as a favorite, and the photographers.

3/30/2009 5:36:13 PM

Laura J. Smith
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 7/1/2003
  Thank you, both.

3/30/2009 7:41:16 PM

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Photography Question 
Bobby R. Strange
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/14/2006
  96 .  Photo Titles
Hi all. I couldn't find where else to post this, so I'm trying it here :) Does anyone know why on some of my titles it puts odd characters after them when viewing the gallery in the thumbnail screen? For example, my "Reflection" photo says "Reflection&#" below it.

Thanks!

3/26/2009 6:34:22 AM

Gen Nagase
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/31/2003
  Bobby,
Do you use quote marks around your title? It so, quote marks can cause some problems generating the proper code for the gallery. The weird characters are not that bothersome, but if quote marks problem, try without the quotes.

3/26/2009 7:30:02 AM

Bobby R. Strange
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 5/14/2006
  You know, I had wondered if that was it. I do use quotes around my titles. But I wasn't sure since it doesn't do that with every pic. Oh well, like you said, it's not that bothersome :) Thanks! :)

3/26/2009 8:06:59 AM

  And there was me thinking the odd characters were covering up some naughty expletive! :)

3/26/2009 9:05:20 AM

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Photography Question 
Rae Jean Erickson
BetterPhoto Member

member since: 2/7/2007
  97 .  Selling on Pro Site
I've looked at several samples of pro websites, but I don't see any that are selling their photos. I am thinking of getting a pro site, but need the ability for people to purchase their photos. I'd like to see how this is done and the look of it. Am I not looking in the right places? Help! Thanks!

3/12/2009 1:25:48 PM

Amy Wadley
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Amy
Amy's Gallery

member since: 11/30/2000
  Hi Rae! Thanks for the question. With our Pro website package, your customers will be able to buy photos directly from your site. All you need is to set up a Premier account with Paypal (this is a free upgrade from their basic account). When your customers make a purchase you will be emailed the details of their order, including image title and size they want. Then you would need to fulfill those orders using an outside lab, your own printer, etc.

When a customer views your sales pages on your site, they would see the sizing group displayed next to each image you have indicated you are offering for sale in that particular size. So as your customers looked through your images they would see the 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, etc. descriptions and options next to each image and could order right from there by using the PayPal Add to Cart button. Here is a site that illustrates what I am talking about to give you a better idea of how it works:

http://www.betterphotojim.com/-/betterphotojim/

Click on the "Photo Galleries" link at the top of the page. You will see a "For Sale" gallery. Click on that and then choose any gallery. You will notice a "Buy A Print" link under each image. Click on that and you will see photo product descriptions on the next page (considered the sales page). This is where your customers can choose the images they wish to purchase and add them to their PayPal Shopping Cart.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to email me at amy@betterphoto.com if you have additional questions. Thanks!

3/13/2009 7:24:46 PM

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Photography Question 
amanda switzer

member since: 8/26/2008
  98 .  domain transfer
I have also tried to contact through the phone number and via email about getting the authorization code and unlocking my domain name to transfer over, but I have not been replied too.
Where do I go from here?
Please contact me as this is important for my business and I am waiting to get this info to the web designer I am working with.
switzerac@gamil.com

thanks,
Amanda

3/2/2009 9:58:25 AM

amanda switzer

member since: 8/26/2008
  typo on the original post
switzerac@gmail.com

3/3/2009 1:26:28 PM

  Have you tried emailing Celia Burkhart at:

bpsupport@betterphoto.com

3/3/2009 1:46:18 PM

amanda switzer

member since: 8/26/2008
  i only had the contact us email, this is the first I have seen of this.
I just emailed her. Thanks for your help!
Amanda

3/3/2009 1:52:40 PM

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john forrant
BetterPhoto Member
Contact john
john's Gallery

member since: 4/27/2008
  99 .  uploads
 
  whtie
whtie
© john forrant
Nikon D50 Digital ...
 
I am having a bit of difficulty downloading some images. Goes to page that says can not get to site? I do believe these photos are Jpegs. Thanks john

2/5/2009 4:58:01 PM

  Hi John,
You need to size the jpegs to 750KB on the long side & 500KB on the short side.
Having too large of an image is the only problem I have had with BP uploads.
Hope this helps, Carlton

2/5/2009 7:42:43 PM

  I never resize my images. The system can upload files of photos with 10 Megapixels and probably also more, but it takes time. Maybe you have a slow Internet connection? Sometimes the system is also closed for maintenance, so try again later.

3/5/2009 6:30:41 AM

  How can I get the best quality upload?

How do I size for best quality of color & sharpness?
Many BetterPhoto members suggest that making the color space sRGB upon uploading will yield the best color quality. In Photoshop - at least in CS2 - click on Edit, then Color Settings, then sRGB for the RGB working space.

Also, whether using the default uploader (drag and drop) or the alternate Single Image Uploader, try sizing your photo to 480 pixels on the short size (rather than the "traditional" BP standard of 500).

BP photographers often add just a tiny bit more color saturation and sharpening than they would normally do for printing - to offset the ever-so-slight softening of color and sharpness that occurs on upload. Again, not too much, since you don't want things to look unnatural or pixelated.

3/5/2009 8:03:03 AM

Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery

member since: 6/11/2005
  Carlton, BP changed their size restriction to 800 pixels on the max now.. I always resize before I upload to BP..to the 800 max and then convert to TIF, and sharpen a tad. I've uploaded full-res shots, and BP will crunch them down to 800, but some have been fuzzier because of their compression scheme..that's another reaon I resize before upload.

3/5/2009 9:16:47 AM

  Hi Ken,
Thats weird - I just copied my last post from the BP help site this morning. I didn't know they changed it to 800. Is the 800 for the long or short side ?
I started resizing because some of my larger images were getting a little blurred with the compression as well.
I have a seperate folder just for my resized images for uploading to the BP site.
Thanks for the update,
Carlton

3/5/2009 9:24:06 AM

  WOW!!!! Alot of coversation generated by my question...cool. I will try to resize and upload. Thanks.

3/5/2009 9:32:33 AM

  I just re-read my 1st response I stated that the images needed to be resized to 750KB ???
I must have lost my brain cell again, I meant 750 pixels...
Mine are usually sized between 300-400KB.
Now where did that brain cell disappear to ?
Cheers, Carlton

3/5/2009 12:27:19 PM

Ken Smith
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Ken
Ken's Gallery

member since: 6/11/2005
  Carlton, I'm pretty certain the 800 pixels can be either vertical or horizontal..or square. It's easy to experiment by uploading differnet sized photos on BP then comparing them in differnet browsers. For example, save one as 2000 pixels, 800 pixels, and 750..and you'll note that the 2000 and 800 will be identical in size (800), and the 750 slightly smaller.

3/5/2009 12:36:06 PM

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Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member
Contact Sharon
Sharon 's Gallery

member since: 6/27/2004
  100 .  Stock photography and BP terms question...
A friend just emailed me to point out the Terms specifically the area of General terms. These two particular terms caught my attention,

"Use their Bio page, Photo Discussions, or other online forms to promote competitor web sites or direct BetterPhoto members away from the courses, resources, and contests available on BetterPhoto.

Use the Forums, Contest, Galleries, or Discussions to direct BetterPhoto visitors to other sites to purchase photos."

Are we not allowed then to provide links to our stock sites where we make money?

Naturally if this is not allowed I will remove my links. I don't see the microstock sites in direct competition since BP is a contest and learning site opposed to a commercial site where they promote and sell our photos.

Thanks!

1/27/2009 6:37:21 AM

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