Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Enterprise accounts for professional photographers

A new type of account is availabe for BlueMelon users :  the Enterprise account. This account type has been created bearing in mind the needs of professional photographers who seek to present and sell their work.

The presently only supported payment method is PayPal. For all salles there is a common 12% profit fee :   12% of the net profit of each sale is taken to cover the additional hosting, order and payment processing, and the customer service.

Anything you can do with a Power account or a Pro account, you can do with an Enterprise account as well - this is the top level account available. For an account comparison click here.

Having this account, you can :
  • create unlimited text and image based watermarks
  • assign your watermarks either to photos or to all photos in an album at once
  • sell digital copies of your photos in various dimensions (chosen by you)
  • sell prints, posters, and other products
  • easily manage prices using price-lists which can be assigned either to photos or to all photos in an album at once
  • you can review and approve orders of your photos - you can replace the ordered photos with higher quality ones
Watermarking

There are two types of watermarks available :  text watermarks and image watermarks. You can see the watermark creation window for each of the types in the following screenshots :































Once a watermark is created it can be simply assigned to either all photographs in your albums or to photographs one by one (there is no limit to the amount of photos a watermark can be assigned to)

Creating digital products

To sell your photos in the digital form, you first need to create digital products :  a digital product is defined by a name, a description, a license and a resolution restriction. If you, for example, want to sell a photo of yours in 500px by 500px, all you need to di is create a digital product with this resolution, add it to a price list and set your price. One digital product can be assigned different prices in different price lists. Thus you can simply sell your photos in various resolutions and under various licenses. There are three default licenses available, but these are editable and you can use whatever licenses you prefer.

The digital product creation panel can be seen in the screenshot below :


Creating price lists

To easily manage prices of your photos and their prints, you can create price lists :  these are lists of products with prices assigned to each - you can hide some of the products entirely and - on the other hand - feature some of the products so that they are easier to notice and access. You can adjust your prices in bulk and filter the dispalyed products by various criteria.

You can see a price list being edited in the screenshot below :




Once a price list has been created, it can be assiged to either all photographs in your albums or to photographs one by one - much as the watermarks can. There is no limit to the amout of photographs a price list can be assigned to.

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