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mathomas
13th August 2010, 18:59
I love flickr, but I put everything in the world up there, so it's really a grab bag of all sorts of photos.

I wanted to try something more directly related to presentation and marketing of art photography. A friend mentioned zenfolio.com some time ago in the context of me using it to sell my paintings. I finally just got around to trying it out, but for my photos, instead.

It was pretty easy to get started. I had a basic site with a few images, and a front-page slideshow within a half-hour of starting. They have incredibly deep styling tools, so I've since spent another hour or so customizing "my" site's look to my own preferences. So, the web presentation looks pretty good, IMO.

I was also looking for printing/framing solutions, and the site's commerce engine supports that pretty well. It could probably be a little easier to use for non-computer folks, but being a geek, I had no troubles at all. As an experiment, I ordered a framed 8x10" of one of my scanned MF film shots, on premium Ilford B&W paper. The print was mailed quickly and looks very nice (I'm not an expert at art printing, however). They did get the print a bit crooked in the mat, which I'll have to fix. The framing/matting options are pretty basic. I really wish they'd allow more customization of matting -- double mats, wider mats, etc. I suppose they'll add that over time.

zenfolio.com offers a fairly broad set of services, from the most basic to a fully customized site with your own domain name, pricing strategies, etc. I think the range is something like $25-100/year depending upon your needs.

Have a look at my setup and see what you think:

http://mathomas.zenfolio.com

Jorgen Udvang
14th August 2010, 16:07
Looks nice and well organised. I'm currently weighing Zenfolio towards Smugmug, but the opinions seem to be rather divided and I can't make up my mind. Maybe I should just toss a coin :)

mathomas
14th August 2010, 16:59
I haven't tried smugmug. I think each of the photo-sharing sites has a little something different going for it. Flickr, certainly for the community, but not for presentation. Zenfolio for flexible and classy presentation, and print/product sales. And, smugmug? Not sure. Guess I'll have to try it, but I don't think I want more than two "platforms".

I did go ahead and sign up for the top-end Zenfolio service ($100/year). That will allow me to make a profit on the thousands of prints that I'm certain will be ordered :).

Ben Rubinstein
17th August 2010, 22:41
I'm also on zenfolio for my wedding stuff. It's nice.

Shani Clinton
18th August 2010, 20:22
Its well organized and nice.

Shani.

kweide
23rd August 2010, 08:37
Thats excatly the decision trap i am within. What to choose ??
Smugmug, Flickr, Zenfolio, Picassa or what ???
Is it really necessary to check them one by one ??? Is there no place which give organize, presentation and business in one solid solution ?? And is affordable as well !

Klaus

mathomas
23rd August 2010, 10:48
Klaus,

I think each of these sites (and others like them) have picked an area to concentrate on. Therefore, I think you have to decide what your requirements are, then prioritize them. For example, if you want to do sales, then flickr.com is not for you. If you just want to share some photos with friends/family, then maybe flickr is for you (and maybe smugmug), but probably not zenfolio (IMO). Etc.

This is why I've ended up with both flickr (at $25/year) and zenfolio (at $100/year for "professional" level). Note that flickr has a free service, but it is somewhat limited.

edmund
9th October 2010, 08:26
I went with Zenfolio because most of my work is in black and white. They offer, through Mpix, a "true black and white" option.
Smugmug uses bayphoto, which doesnt have that option.
Though, they do offer many other printing options - ie, metal prints, Giclée prints, etc...

Good luck!

The Smoking Camera
9th March 2011, 17:18
I have been using zenfolio for about three years.
Highly recommended.
They continually upgrade their offerings.
And they provide clean, simple and elegant layout options.
I just opened a second zenfolio account to promote my wedding site (http://www.joemarquez.com).
Happy to answer any questions you may have.
Joe

jminor
12th October 2012, 07:18
Hello,
Are you folks still happy with Zenfolio? I'm looking at a more professional way to present my photos and am not that concerned with the community aspect such as Flickr. Don't get me wrong, I like Flickr very much for getting photos out for friends & family, just looking for a bit more polish.
John

LB Jefferies
6th November 2012, 15:01
+1 for zenfolio :)
Now if they would just hook up with WHCC for prints, I'd be set. :cool:

MGrayson
7th November 2012, 08:19
Big :thumbup: for zenfolio.

--Matt

dougpeterson
7th November 2012, 12:39
Zenfolio | Doug-Peterson.com (http://thepowerthatbe.zenfolio.com/)

Makes life easy.

JednaChwila
19th October 2013, 13:52
thanks for sharing your opinions :)