Photos for bloggers
Photos are a very important element in communicating your stories. A story of a thousand words can say so much more with a picture that also speaks a thousand words to your audiences. Photos are famous for turning the tide of popular opinion against wars, for creating empathy in social issues, and pulling heart strings. Photos are very powerful devices that add so much value to your projects.
We provide cheaper photos for bloggers and for other private uses. Why? Quality (non-cliché) photos normally cost from $250 for commercial uses. We know this costs too much for personal uses, so many people just steal photos “from Google”, which ultimately costs them hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees and fines for breaches of copyright, and costs them their careers for the criminal records they may acquire. Do we find out who’s stealing our photos? Yes, we use the TinEye Alerts tool to automatically monitor our photos in the ether. Instead of going to the virtual (or real) gulag, use our Personal Use licence, which means you could pay as little as $10 per photo. This article describes how to easily purchase, and use a discount coupon.
You could do your own online purchase, or contact me directly. If you purchase for yourself online you can save a lot of time by avoiding the email exchange that will happen across time zones (I really am in Japan). If you want a manual purchase, there will be a USD$10 order surcharge for us manually handling your order, and there may be other fees for special delivery requests.
In short, it’s quicker, cheaper, and easier to purchase via our PhotoShelter portfolio. Here are the steps:
1. Choose the photo. Click the green “Buy +” button
2. Bloggers, teachers, and private individuals choose the “Personal Use” licence.
3. Choose your size. These days most images look better at a larger size of about 800 to 1000px, but eventually that will soon be too small. Think long term, be safe and avoid the old and dowdy look of having images that will be too small. So, most people will choose the 1500px option.
4. Continue shopping. Usually, there is a minimum purchase requirement, and so you might need to purchase at least one more image.
5. Check out. Once you’ve got all you want, click “Check Out”
6. Coupon Code. If you have a coupon code, use it here. Under Order Summary, click on “Coupon Code?” and enter the code here. Then click “Check Out” again. Look here for any current coupon campaigns.
7. Order Summary & confirmation. Click on the “I have read the blah blah blah”. Here you will see the total price. You also have two options. 1. Use PayPal, or 2. Use your credit card using the secure PayPal system. I do not see or store any of your credit card information, ensuring good security for you.
8. PayPal will take you from here. I’ll admit that I don’t remember what happens next, but I assume after the PayPal process, you will be directed back to a page and a button that says “Download” for the ones you just purchased. According to the PhotoShelter people themselves, at some point you will be required to provide your email address, which is needed for the next steps.
9. After the PayPal process is completed, check your email for a download link to your files. PhotoShelter says, “The download link will process a zip file for the image(s) that will be automatically unzipped once your client navigates to that download link.” At which point, you have your items.
Please give credit, say something like “Copyright Andrew Blyth, JapanesePhotos.Asia”, which is legally required in some jurisdictions.
I do see some details of website activities, and so I can help if you get stuck somewhere. If you have have any problems, please contact me.