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Into the Platinum Waters Runs our Spirit

I’ve been extending and adding and upgrading portions of my website and various on-line bits. I feel like some sort of cyber-cyborg, which seems like redundancy. Specifically, I’ve built the bones of a blog at blog.abmann.net which essentially mirrors what I post to LJ – I suppose I’m just not willing to believe LJ is dead.

Actually, technically LJ mirrors Blog.abmann but who’s counting?
I know, you are but that’s because you’re anal.

I think I’ve also figured out a better way to host a contact form on abmann.net that makes it more obvious than the little contact button in the upper left. Discretion is good and all but if I’m actually trying to get anywhere with it, people need to contact me more easily. The form isn’t ready yet as I had some domain-creation and propagation issues last night but should be relatively straight forward to create after a run tonight.

The next step – and always the hardest step – is figuring out how to do print ordering and contract inquiries. I want some centralized way to do it but haven’t figured out the best way to do it as, say, a new line on the site akin to the blog, shoots and twitter sections.

Part is that I’m negative on Etsy as it’s only worthwhile/profitable if this is a significant percent of one’s income as I can’t (or maybe won’t) pay listing feels for each print I’m trying to sell. That seems expensive and annoying to track.

So that search continues. Always so elusive. Perhaps my desire to keep it integrated with all my other stuff is keeping me from actually making money from photography? Probably.

How do you do it? How do you manage your businesses and on-line identities?

Technically an outtake as it didn’t fit into the narrative but I loved the silhouette. I did some interesting processing to get the color gradient – it involved channel layers and extra contrast to make the silvered water in the lower left corner and, hopefully, draw the eye to [info]labelle77‘s vibrant hair.

Sidenote: I’m liking the regular Saturday photo shoots. :)

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Originally published at Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist. You can comment here or there.


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techdragon From: techdragon Date: October 13th, 2010 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't find etsy that annoying and I do a different style shop - I have 16 items that have a quantity available of 20 each. People order what they want and I make it... I think that a photo print shop would work the same way. It costs $0.20 to list on etsy and then they take a small % when people order. Not too bad - the other option is to do your own shopcart but you don't get the same xposure and people trust Etsy (something with a feedback system makes people much happier about putting down money). I don't think it is profitable only when it makes up a significant part of your income and honestly, I think one has a better chance in making money if stuff is on something like Etsy. Their billing and tracking is really easy and personally, I don't think the fees are that high (compared to whatelse is out there).

techdragon From: techdragon Date: October 13th, 2010 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you want to take a look on the inside working of an etsy shop let me know - I'll give you my password and you can poke around.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 13th, 2010 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I have the time or wherewithal to dedicate to keeping it up-to-date. I need stuff to be automatic for, like, print ordering.
techdragon From: techdragon Date: October 13th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know that A says that whitehouse does print on demand that can be tied into etsy (so one click ordering for the customer). I don't think it takes much to keep it up to date (lsiting last 6 months before needing to be renewed) and it does have a built in thing for auto responses and auto "marked as shipped"

But on the other hand... I do understand that you want something a little different than that .
world_rim_walke From: world_rim_walke Date: October 13th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Her hair does look vibrantly red in that shot.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 13th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I know we all have our preferences but... you didn't want to use a fill?
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 13th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Actually, to retract my statement, I can see why you wouldn't use it from an artistic perspective, just would also expect the bride to want her image there. Unless this is one for your own collection, of course.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 13th, 2010 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you mean by "fill?"
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 13th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know, a fill light: some small light source that provides just enough light to either brighten the subject or soften it at least.

For example, this one I used my in-camera flash as a fill. The sky was obviously bright enough, but without it, the image came out as difficult to distinguish features since the sun was hitting him in harsh angles and disallowing myself to take a balanced image without blowing out the sky.

Aaaaand that's my overextended explanation of the day. Tune in next time when I turn frying eggs into a 50 step process.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 13th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I thought you were referring to this being an outtake from the narrative - like a fill photo between two points in the photo story. I was using a fill light, in fact - my SB 800 - for most of the shots even though the light was great. It's more obvious here and here.

Two things with this one:
1. I was far away so the fill couldn't reach.
2. I liked the silhouette. :)

And 3 - I'm still not very good with my flash!
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: October 13th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's fair, I was asking if this was one of the photos that didn't make the cut for her photo album so you were using it for your own portfolio because it came out really nice anyway (just not in a wedding way).

I do agree this has a charm all of its own. It seemed a little too ominous for a wedding-type shoot though, so I was concerned for a moment.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 13th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ohhhh. This wasn't for a wedding. All the shots are a little dark and brooding. That's just how I roll!
wytchelf From: wytchelf Date: October 14th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
As far as going Pro goes, I am struggling with the idea of wanting to make money off of my art alone, and grappling with the idea the real "money" is in the drudgery stuff, or perhaps the fun for some, ie the weddings, the graduations etc.....I figure one feeds off of the other.

Having said that, I am actually in photography school and have been given (by way of paying 1000.00 for my online education, pamphlets, brochures, forms etc, to make it all easier, including ways to integrate it all online and such. Would be happy to share it all with you for a cup o'joe and some good photography chat. Just let me know. Best way is to either hit me up on FB or email me at emmaluv20@hotmail.com.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: October 15th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
LiveJournal is NOT dead!

Remember about 15, 20 years back? Everyone thought that Apple (at that time, still "Mackintosh") was dead, and look what happened! Just look! I bet you're using an Apple product RIGHT NOW!

Give it some time, and there will be a major backlash again FaceBook, MySpace, etc...people will suffer the shocks of too much life made public and go back to desiring comparative anonymity.
abmann From: abmann Date: October 15th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
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