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A Better Way to Create PayPal Galleries with Lightroom

Posted in Adobe Lightroom, PayPal, Photo Products, Photography, Web Galleries with tags , , , , on October 28, 2012 by bobshank

Over the past few years I’ve posted photo galleries to my website from Lightroom that allows viewers to purchase photographs from me directly. The order is placed online using PayPal from a photo gallery on my website. Once I receive the order, I submit the order to my printer and complete the order. I posted a blog entry on this procedure back in August of 2010. This worked well for me and actually helped increase my print sales. The process was pretty easy once the code was inserted.

However, one problem was that the location of my copyright watermark was locked into the very lower-left portion of the print. I felt that some people were simply saving my images to their computer and easily editing or cropping out my watermark. Ideally, I wanted my watermark to be in the middle of the print at about 50% opacity. I am not a code expert, so this was not easy for me to figure out. So I kept using what worked even with the limitations. You can view one of these old galleries here.

Fortunately, I was doing a search on the internet one day and discovered a new and better way to post a Lightroom Gallery to my website compete with PayPal options. The bonus was that it allowed me to put my watermark exactly where I desired, all within the Lightroom output settings! It was an excellent option, so I read and re-read the article and decided to give it a try. I am extremely satisfied with the results and I use this feature for all the photo galleries I post now. It’s sweet!

The web link I found in my search is: http://www.imat.co.uk/ligtroom_paypal.html and includes the code required to make this process work. Thanks John Burton for sharing this productive and efficient way to utilize PayPal with Lightroom Galleries!

This process does involve one additional step but it’s a free signup! It involves using Mal’s ecommerce, which creates the cart when a visitor to your gallery wants to purchase a photo. When you go to this website you have to join by creating a new account. Then you need to set up your cart. But all this is a one-time process. After you do it once, it’s done. And it works beautifully!

In Lightroom you need to add some instructional code in the Web Module in the Caption box. It is only entered here instead of in each photograph’s meta data, so it is much more efficient than my older method. This code is found at the bottom of the link I mentioned above from John Burton’s website. This is where you include your products for sale and their prices. You can see one of my newer galleries utilizing this feature here.

I really like the look of this option for posting photo galleries to the web. And it makes it easy for visitors to order products from my website directly. The great thing is this web gallery is easily repeatable for any new photo gallery I want to post to my website. It is really effortless once it was all set up. The setup process didn’t take very long either. Give this method a try. You will like the way it looks and you will be easily able to sell more of your photo products!

Sports Photography Products Available

Posted in Buttons, Calendar, Collage, Gift Idea, Magnet, Photo Book, Photo Products, Photography, Sports Photography, Trading Cards with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2012 by bobshank

Sports photography is a passion for me!

There is nothing that quite beats the challenge of capturing the action on the field with my camera. As play after play unwinds, the story of the game is told. My job as a sports photographer is to capture and tell this unique story through photographs.

A single photograph, or even a photo album of photographs is one traditional way to tell the story and remember a game.

But today there are better and different ways to recapture a special moment on the field or re-live a game.

One popular way to capture a game or a complete season is to create a photo book, which includes photographs compiled nicely in a photo book. There are many alternatives to this method including soft-covers and hard-covers, one photo per page or several photos per page, and much more. You can see a sample of photo book here.

A custom photo collage of a play or a game is another option that can highlight a great play on the field or a victory. I create these custom collages in Photoshop by including several different photographs and soften their edges to help them blend together in an attractive way. You can see one sample here and some more here.

Photo collages can come in all sizes, shapes, and varieties. I like to include several different options.

The 4-Photo Collage is a simple, straightforward design. It highlights four equally-sized photographs in the four quadrants of the collage and highlights the player name and number in the middle.

The 3×1 Photo Collage is the perfect way to capture great plays or a hitting sequence like a triple. The one side of the collage features a vertical photo while the other side features three smaller photos. A triple could be documented in this way: the player hitting the ball on the vertical side with each of the three smaller photos featuring the player running around the bases. A defensive play could be displayed in a similar fashion on one of these custom collages.

The 3-Photo Collage is a nicely laid out presentation including one large photo in the middle and two supporting photographs overlaid to create a more artistic display. This can also highlight a great defensive or offensive play, or any combination of desired photos.

One of my favorite options is what I call the Teamsake Collage. The idea behind this collage is to include several teammates on the collage to remember a special season. Players bond together during a season and this collage provides a way to remember your teammates in a great way for many years to come. This layout includes 9 equally-sized photographs so the starting lineup of the team can be included, or just a variety of favorite teammates can be featured. It’s all up to you!

Collages are just one one example of the great options available today. Photo buttons, trading cards, calendars, greeting cards, mouse pads, magnets, and Stick Pix, which are like FatHeads that stick to the wall, are also available from any photograph in my galleries. You can view some of the options here. These options make perfect gifts for Christmas, birthdays, and graduation!

Over the years of creating my photography website, I tried to find better ways to make these products available for purchase. I currently  offer many of them directly in the photo galleries when you click on and enlarge a photograph. Prints, buttons, magnets, and trading cards are easily selected in this way. I will be including the other options soon, but some are not so easily available in this manner. For example, the photo colleges need to include more than one photo obviously. Finding an easy to follow method to choose and include the exact photos presents a dilemma. I am experimenting now with some new ideas and hope to have this available as soon as possible. In the meantime, if you want to purchase a collage, just email me and I will get it together.

Photographs make special and unique gifts. There are a variety of ways to take a photograph and turn it into a creative keepsake. I feel my job is to “capture the moment” and make a memory for a lifetime. These sports photography products help to deliver this goal!

Baseball Photo Products

Posted in Action Photography, Photo Products, Sports Photography with tags , , on November 7, 2009 by bobshank

I enjoy working as the official photographer for the Lehigh Valley Baseball Academy. It keeps me involved in a game I love, allows me the challenge to capture the amazing plays that happen on the field, and introduces me to a lot of incredible players, parents, and coaches.

Besides the benefits I enjoy from this, I also like to share my work with others. Capturing a player putting a tag on a potential base stealer in the midst of his slide is but one example of the thrill of photographing baseball games. I photographed 19 baseball games this year–14 for LVBA and 5 for the high school team at Pleasant Valley. Each and every game is different and trying to reflect the flow and outcome of the game with my Nikon camera is an exciting challenge!

Sharing the photographs is the second part of my job. I do provide the LVBA with 7 framed action shots for them to hang on the wall of their facility. We are also in the design stage of creating unique calendars for each team. But here are a few more ways players and parents can enjoy my photographs.

Sticky Pix
These are similar to Fat Heads, if you know what they are. These photographs stick to the wall and can be moved over and over again without leaving a sticky residue on the wall. They can also be ordered as cut-outs and are available in three different sizes–11″ x 14″, 16″x 20″, or 20″ x 30″.

3-Photo Sports Collage
The collage features three different photos of the same player. The one in the middle of the collage is bigger and the other two are arranged in an attractive way around it.

Teamsakes
For goodness sakes, what in the world is a Teamsake? I’m glad you asked! A Teamsake is an 8″ x 10″ collage of 9 photos. The idea is to include a variety of photos from your team as a memory keeper of the season.

Buttons
Many parents are proud of their baseball players and mom’s especially like to wear a 3″ button featuring their favorite baseball star. The photo in the button can either be a portrait or an action shot.

Magnets
I don’t know about you, but our refrigerator is filled with all kinds of magnets. My favorite section is the rows of photo magnets depicting our kids in the various sports they have played. Each one brings back some special memories of that season and you can see your little man growing up right before your eyes!

Mugs
Do you drink coffee, tea, or hot cocoa in the morning? Well why not drink out of a mug that shows your favorite athlete on the side? While you’re at it, take it work to show all your co-workers. Action shots showing dust and dirt flying are guaranteed to stay on the outside of your mug and not ruin the taste of your favorite hot drink.

Large Prints
Prints have become a bit more rare with the advent of computers and digital frames. Still, there is nothing quite like a large print hanging on the wall. The details of a photograph are much easier to see and enjoy in the larger sizes.

This is just a sampling of the ways to enjoy your favorite photographs. For more information on these and more please see my website or go directly to this page or this page.