(Closed) Photog bees! What proofing/printers do you use?

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Are you looking to do the order fulfillment yourself, or do you want to have the company do it for you?

 

I create galleries with Lightroom or Bridge and upload them to my site for viewing.  Clients view the images and email me the orders, but payment has to be done either by CC or in person, as it isn’t set up for ecommerce.

 

I looked into ProofBuddy quite a while ago and i see they have really upgraded their system.  I’m not sure what it costs to use, but you could check it out and see if it has what you need.  http://www.proofbuddy.com

 

Also check out smugmug.com for hosting and order fulfillment services if you are looking to do a great deal of online sales. 

 

HTH! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Post # 5
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255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Proof buddy has a free version still…might be the way to go since you are just starting out.  You can upload 100 images per album, and a maximum of 10 albums.  If you do a hard cull of your images and upload just the very best, you should be able to put the photos together in a couple of albums.

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Post # 6
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1405 posts
Bumble bee

I know you want to make a few bucks, but printing is a hassle if you don’t do it yet and are not setup.  From prepping the image (cropping to size), to getting the color calibation right from the lab you use.  It may be easier to just give the high res file to the people interested and have them print it themself.  Or charge something small for each file like 15 dollars.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

In that case if it’s only a few orders I would just fullfill the manually…not worth the setup

Post # 9
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1000 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@kate169: I use Photo Cart for proofing and WHCC for printing. Photo cart is neither cheap or easy, and WHCC is probably a little out of the prices you were looking to spend on prints, but well worth it IMO if you are planning on going to the trouble to calibrate your monitor accordingly and use the same printer in the future. It takes a while to master perfect printing and colors that match. When you sign up somewhere, just be sure to do EVERYTHING they suggest, calibrate your monitor with the recommended device, run off some test prints, and then manually calibrate again from there to match what you see on your screen. It’s a PIA, and if you mess up, it will be on you to reorder the prints, but thats also part of why we charge appropriately for prints. If you need advice on print pricing PM me.

For proofing, I would suggest http://www.zenfolio.com/ A lot of semi-pro and pro photographers I know use it and swear by it. It’s cheap and easy… so I’m told ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck!

Post # 11
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883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My photographer uses zenfolio.com like @LBPhotography suggested. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also use PhotoCart and two pro labs.

I think Mpix.com has a contract with Zenfolio, have you checked there? I don’t know how much it costs.

 

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