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I see from the ephotozine news that Zenfolio have partnered with Photobox to offer their service in a wider range of currencies and to provide a uk based lab. I was about to sign up to Photobox's own pro galleries, but Zenfolio looks like a more capable offering on the surface.
Does anyone have any experience of Zenfolio and operating a photographic business using them as the sales channels?
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Hi Steve - I've just signed up and created my page - yet to go live but you can see it here. http://marschp.zenfolio.com/ (ignore the Shrubs for ID gallery - its not permanent).
I'm not using any of the e-commerce capabilities yet (and may never do), but I liked the fact that its possible to upload IPTC keyword data with the images - good for searches, and you can limit the viewers searches to your own gallery. The templates also give quite wide range of customisation and generally feels quite slick. There's also a plugin for Adobe Lightroom that allows you to export images from Lightroom straight to your Zenfolio site - its really easy. In a few weeks I'm going to point my old online gallery web address to this one and decommission the old site.
Hi guys, I've posted a review of the Zenfolio service which you can see here:
Thanks Matt, great review and reinforces my gut feeling having looked through all the features of the site, of it being a very capable tool for a photographer without the full resources of photography business behind them.
A friend of mine has recently set up a Zenfolio site, using the photobox lab to handle the prints, so I tried it out from the customer perspective.
I encountered a couple of minor issues, the first with getting to the shopping cart once I had selected all the images I wanted. I eventually found the Ďgo to cartí link, but it wasnít obvious (I was looking for an icon or button). The option to go to the cart from the print size/quantity selection pop up was much more obvious, but Iíd chosen to go back to view the rest of the gallery first. My feeling was that could encourage people to purchase fewer images than they may have otherwise done.
The second issue I encountered was that it took me a while to realise that I had to confirm the cropping during the order process, even though it clearly states that in red on each image. So I was beginning to get a little frustrated with the number of mouse clicks it was taking me to order 4 prints.
The first of these may well have been down to the way my friend has implemented his choice of interface, and Iíve sent him the same client perspective feedback.
The actual prints were delivered in a standard cardboard envelope, with no additional packaging to separate the prints and to the normal Photobox print quality Ė which may or may not be sufficient for clients.
I think itís the site I will go with, itís a stronger and more flexible offering than the Photobox pro galleries, so now its just a case of timing of when to set it up. Following three very useful days for me with an event photographer from this site, I think I need to spend a little more time getting my consistency right before I set it up.
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