So what does PhotoShelter do for me? Other than archiving my digital images, I am also able to use their technology to help market and license my images for stock photography. This is a huge plus, because I manage my own stock library, and getting images to my customers is challenging when I am in Africa for 3 weeks. PhotoShelter also allows me to sell prints of my images, which I can either fulfill myself (print, sign and ship), or I can choose to have them print and ship without my involvement. I am currently setup to print all of my own print sales, but I might choose to sell unsigned prints in small sizes in the future.
I will be integrating PhotoShelter into my own web site soon, so the look and feel will be seamless from a viewing standpoint. My PhotoShelter archive will replace the Galleries section on my web site.
Moving to PhotoShelter has been a huge relief for me. Working for myself means that I have many tasks on my plate, and many things just cannot get done by myself, and I need to outsource those things that I either do not have time to do or that I am not well suited to do. I think both of these situations apply to the technology aspect of my web galleries, print sales and image licensing.
Here is a link to my PhotoShelter archive.
The Andy Biggs PhotoShelter Archive
If you are interested in print sales or image licensing, please test out the process and let me know what you think. Hopefully I am making it easier for everyone, including myself.