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Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by TJ K, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. TJ K

    TJ K No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ok so I'm thinking about creating a smugmug account but I don't know whether or not I should pick standard or power account. If someone here has one or the other or has had both can you please help me out. Thanks a lot.
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    You can always upgrade after you try it awhile. The feature list is here.

    I can make it easy for you though: if you want to completely customize the look of your site then you need something above the basic standard level. If you're ok with the stock themes (and of course don't need the other additional features) then don't worry about it.

    There are a couple of other small features but almost total customization is the biggie.

    PS: If you don't have a referral discount code already, mine is on my smugmug site.
     
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    What do you have? Power or Pro?
     
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    Custom look but also 'right click protect' so that your pics are secure from downloaders if u wish.
     
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    Is the right click in the Power package too? Thanks for the help guys.
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    That's true, but a lot of people are too taken in by that. Disabling right-click honestly does next to nothing. I'm not quite sure why, but Firefox on my machine just ignores the right-click protection (you click the "ok" warning and the right-click menu pops up anyway).

    Having said that, I do like the feature. It's at least a reminder or an annoyance to the folks that harvest pictures for their own sites, etc etc
     
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    Yes, it is.

    I have a pro account. The biggest difference between pro and power is the ability to add watermarks to your images and to set your own prices to sell them.
     
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    So if you don't have a pro account and set your own prices then what does smugmug do with the money that they sell your pictures for in like standard or power accounts? So if you don't have a pro account can you make money? Thanks
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    They don't take any money (except whatever their deal is with the printer). In the standard/power levels you can let people order prints but you can't set it up to make money. It's really no different than sending your files to a printer, except this way it's done through your smugmug site.

    The standard and power levels aren't set up for you to make a profit. That's not to say you can't set up a gallery to display your images to clients, have them pay you directly, then order the prints yourself offline.
     
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    So if i'm not really ready to sell and make money on my pictures at the moment, would you say my Pro flickr account will be suitable for now?
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    I don't think there's a good way to answer that. If you're happy with Flickr and it suits your needs then great!. I've never liked flickr, the general layout of it, the way it works, etc etc etc.

    The big *BIG* difference is when you get something like a smugmug power account and start doing your own customization. Some people are really talented and come up with some killer sites. You can't do that with flickr, pbase, zenfolio, etc.

    An afterthought: I don't know if a flickr "pro" account offers this or not, but Smugmug allows you to set up private galleries. That might be another edge smugmug (and zenfolio for that matter) have. I don't make the images I post here available to the general public through my smugmug site usually - for example. That kind of feature is also useful if you're posting a bunch of family pictures you don't want everyone to see, etc.
     
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    With the Pro account can I set different prices for each customer? Say for example pictures of my son I dont want to make profit on my family... or if I do a shoot for a friend and dont want to charge them as much.
     

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