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Client Specific Photo Galleries

  • # August 12, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Hey everyone,

    I’m getting ready to propose a solution to a photographer, and one thing they mentioned being interested in was having a client login that allowed them to put photos online for their clients.

    There are alot of solutions for this, I’ll share kind of what I was thinking, but I’m curious what people think or have used in the past that might be a better solution.

    1) Go the "all out route" and program a customer login with user permissions through a database on the client’s server. The main problem I have with this is that the client not computer savvy, so I would be the one who would add these directories / usernames / passwords every time she had a new customer. I don’t mind billing for the work but whenever I can empower the client I will.

    2) Set up a WP site for the client. They could then password protect that one page or post.

    3) Use some outside solution like Picasa.

    # August 12, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Not really sure what you are trying to do. You want the photographer to be able to post the pictures and the photographer’s clients to be able to login to see the pictures?

    I would go down the WordPress path, definitely the simplest option for a non computer savvy (unusual for a photographer in this day and age) client. Sending the client’s clients directly to somewhere like Picasa or flickr would seem ‘unprofessional’.

    # August 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Yeah I see that as a big concern. I think it comes down to if the photographers customers are going to just view a few of the photos, or will actually download them since many photographers charge for additional proofs. If they will charge for them, then it probably be best to just link to http://www.pictage.com or something similar and keep their site purely a portfolio.

    # August 12, 2009 at 4:32 pm
    "xheathen" wrote:
    Yeah I see that as a big concern. I think it comes down to if the photographers customers are going to just view a few of the photos, or will actually download them since many photographers charge for additional proofs. If they will charge for them, then it probably be best to just link to http://www.pictage.com or something similar and keep their site purely a portfolio.

    Surely the photographer is not going to put high quality, print resolution images on the site? Any images that are for sale should be watermarked anyway.

    # August 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    I don’t honestly know what their intention was until I can dig into it.

    My *impression* was that they were going to build a top level "photo package" that would include a place where customers can go online and just access a folder full of downloadable photos that are print quality. If it’s just a method on proofing images that are low res, WP with a little tweaking seems the way to go.

    # August 15, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I’d go the Flex route and create a photo gallery using embedded objects. That way the client can see high res photos, but the photographer doesn’t have to worry about the client being able to rip them off completely. Small/Medium thumbnails aren’t as valuable as full high-res, plus the fact that flash has a 92% penetration rate, I have no doubt that the clients would be able to see the photos fine.

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