Need Input From Photographers

Last modified on July 13th, 2009

I was talking to a few people on the weekend about this current iteration for my theme, and it seems there’s enough interest that I might eventually set this up as a download, or add it to the WordPress theme repository. But, I’d like a bit more input from some photographers about features I can potentially add.

One thing I was thinking of incorporating was a stand-alone microstock service. For example, beside each photo there would be a “Buy” button that would take you to PayPal. Once you paid your $5 or whatever, you’d get an email with a large version of the photo and a license to use the photo. Still thinking about how that would work, but I think it would be a useful feature, and I’ve always wanted to write a plugin that interfaces with PayPal.

Some other things I’d like to integrate:

  • Somehow incorporate Flickr photo comments, which was the original reason I wrote Crossroads years ago
  • Have the ability to display Flickr sets in blog posts — basically, after I’m done a photoshoot, I want the Flickr set to tell the story instead of me having to manually write a big blog entry
  • Right now the title tags don’t really do anything on the single photo pages — I have to somehow come up with a way to inject information about the current photo into each page, without breaking popular plugins like the All In One SEO pack.
  • My main photography page is a bit too static for my liking. I’d like a section at the top that shows my recent photo activity, or something that changes fairly often to encourage people to browse through it

Anything else that would be awesome from a photographer’s point of view?

10 responses to “Need Input From Photographers”

  1. John says:

    I like the microstock idea…would this be a solely self run/hosted thing or is it incorporating some pre-existing service for fulfillment?

  2. Duane Storey says:

    Totally custom / self-hosted. Still have to think it through, but as long as you upload the full image size to Flickr instead of resizing, fulfillment could simply be an email with a link to download the large file, and some verbiage around the terms for the license. PayPal will automatically execute a callback when the transaction is complete, so you just have to intercept it and do the right thing. Should be easy actually.

  3. John says:

    Sign me up as a beta tester…I’ve wanted to switch out my flickr plugin integration on my site anyways and have been thinking about alternatives like this.

  4. Kevin says:

    The ability to change theme colours without having to dive in the the CSS would always be a plus, but I am not too sure how easy this would be to implement.

    I think integrating as much Flickr as possible is great that way the theme would essentially update itself saving much redundant work from needing to take place.

  5. Duane Storey says:

    Yah, the work involved in having users pick colours in a semi-intelligent way isn’t worth the effort in my mind — might as well hack the CSS. What I would rather do is have a few variations of one stylesheet, and have the user pick from a drop down list. But good input, thanks.

  6. Rolograaf says:

    I would never upload my full sizes to flickr, but can see that a quick service would improve the micro-stock sales.

    I would not extra need colourpicking efforts, dark monochrome is the best background for colourfull photos.

    Besides flickr I use Picasaweb, where I can make hidden albums and invite for your eyes only. Not found a good plugin yet which can easily get thumbs, cache them locally and link to both Picasaweb and flickr.

    Any use these remarks?

    Good luck

  7. Duane Storey says:

    @Rolograaf – how come you wouldn’t upload the full sizes? I believe there’s an option to disable other people from downloading them, and if you have a pro account, Flickr will archive them for you then. I’m just trying to understand the reasoning behind it.

    I’ll look into Picasaweb. I use SmugMug for hidden galleries and what-not, I imagine it’s pretty similar. Crossroads 2.0 already supports the SmugMug API.

  8. John says:

    Had another idea about the Flickr set stuff… it would be cool, if it’s possible, to create a flickr set that would auto post 1 photo a day/week/whatever from that set as a blog post.

    So you drop say 10 photos into a set and you get 10 posts from it on a daily/weekly basis with the image metadata generating the post title, etc.

    I’m not very well versed in the Flickr API so I have no idea if you can figure out how many photos are in a set, and sequence them somehow.

    Anyways, more ideas on the table.

  9. Duane Storey says:

    That’s a good idea. So basically like your blog updates itself automatically. I also want to have the ability for a set to tell a story, like if you were to do a photoshoot. So basically the Flickr set Title/Information would become the main blog post, and the photos would rotate or something along with the verbiage for each photo.

    But yah, I like your idea.

  10. John says:

    I think both options would be cool to have…I’d just like to focus the blog posts on the photos without having to write much, if anything about them. I usually find that my posts about a shoot contain text filler so I try to type less and embed more photos. But I also don’t do a photoshoot everyday so it would be nice to flow regular content through on the days that don’t have a story told via a set.

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