Thursday, August 23, 2007

Zenfolio : An Upscale Flickr?

I was intrigued by a recent post on Photopreneur on Zenfolio.

Zenfolio's website (below) is slick and well designed, and is essentially a hosting service for online photo galleries. It claims that it shows photographs with "uncompromising quality using professional looking page designs and easy to use organization tools, along with unlimited storage space for full size photographs"

As far as the terms of service go, Zenfolio offers a free trial of two two weeks, and fees ranging from $25 a year for the Basic service to $40 per year for the Unlimited service (which gives photographers unlimited storage space for their images).

I decided to try Zenfolio, and found it to be really quite simple to upload photographs, and to display them in gallery format and slideshow. Photopreneur however, makes the point that Zenfolio does not yet have the capacity to sell images directly, so photographers are mostly using the site to create easy-to-build portfolios. In other words, marketing and promotions are all in the hands of the photographers as Zenfolio is not an image bank nor a stock photography site. This may come in the future.

Zenfolio has definite advantages, so give it a try if you're on the lookout for a quick and easy-to-build portfolio. You may find it well suited to your needs.

Further details are here: Zenfolio.

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