So why did I go down this path? Previously I had a challenging selling my photographic prints, as all print sales had to come through an email that people would have to send to me. My pricing was all messed up. Now I can set different pricing schemes depending on the image. I have setup two different print pricing profiles, so I can limit specific images to having a maximum print size. I have some images that were captured in the early days of digital photography, and I am not comfortable printing them larger than about 13x19". All of my other images I can sell prints up to a whopping 40x60". I could have selected PhotoShelter to fulfill all of my print sales, but I really do enjoy printing and signing all of my own photographs. I currently print my own images up to 17x22" paper, and all larger prints I have printed on a LightJet printer.
On the stock photography side, I am also completely covered. All of my images can now be licensed directly from my web site, and I have full metadata search capabilities for potential buyers to assist in finding an image that suits their needs. I only have about 350 images online at the moment, and that will be increase as I keyword and tag all of my images from my library. I have over 30,000 images from Africa, so it might take a while to sort through and select the best images. Right now I do have to electronically approve all stock license deals, but that may also change over time.
I cannot recommend PhotoShelter highly enough. Allen and Grover have really helped me improve my business, so I can focus (haha, pun intended) on my photography. I consider myself a field shooter, and not somebody who particularly enjoys sitting in front of a computer all of the time. Now I can put my images to work while I am out capturing images.