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Is there a website that charges for gallery access?

 
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Dec 19, 2014 18:22 |  #16

...you want to charge people to see photos taken at WWE events?

Good luck getting into any future WWE events after you start doing that. You might as well put the images on T-Shirts and start selling those.

There are easier ways to make money in photography that won't ruffle any feathers. Dan has pointed out the biggest flaw in your business plan. There are a few others.


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Dec 20, 2014 14:57 |  #17

One approach would be to set up a Vimeo Pro account ($200/year) and then create a pay per view project for each event. Use a video editor to convert the images to slide show type video. If you record audio during the events you could drop an audio track on the timeline.




  
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Dec 20, 2014 15:09 |  #18

You can password protect entire galleries at smugmug. In fact, if you upgrade to a pro account, you will make a commission per photo printed or ordered from that gallery. So you could charge access into the gallery to see the proofs (restrict the largest size they can see, so they can facebook ,etc but not print), and then they could order large prints and you make a commission.

If you decide to do that, please let me know, I would love the referral perk that goes with recommending a new member.


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Dec 25, 2014 03:24 as a reply to  @ banquetbear's post |  #19

No, why would I do that for WWE events? Please point out another flaw if you will.


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Dec 25, 2014 04:49 |  #20

CH_Devin wrote in post #17349958 (external link)
No, why would I do that for WWE events? Please point out another flaw if you will.

...because you have 14 WWE galleries on your website and you said you wanted to charge people access to view pro-wrestling galleries? It isn't an unreasonable assumption considering how little other information you have supplied.

So how's that charging for gallery access working out for you then? Making as much money as you anticipated?


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Aug 06, 2015 23:12 |  #21

Harm wrote in post #17341232 (external link)
Even Peter Lik doesn't charge to view his galleries...

Peter Lik couldn't touch what I do around a wrestling ring.


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Aug 07, 2015 03:12 |  #22

CH_Devin wrote in post #17340191 (external link)
Galleries are my bread and butter, but at the moment, I am not making any money by showing them for free. Is there a website that can present my galleries in a locked form and have customers pay for access into them? I'm thinking either a password protected (possibly a password generator), or a one-time cookie of some sort. This would help me out a lot if there is a way.

The phrase "bread and butter" means that's how you make the bulk of your income. So how are galleries your bread and butter if you, like everyone else, don't charge for them? Shouldn't selling prints be your "bread and butter"?




  
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Aug 07, 2015 03:25 |  #23

Not to be negative about expectations - good luck. Didn't look at photos, just galleries. Looks like you get some good shots.

I had a quick look at your site, and the gallery with the largest number of visitors is about 500. That's a far cry from your initial statement, and likely to reduce your potential income. Most galleries are also fairly old (that I saw, anyway), and of a single event. Therefore most people won't view more than one gallery. (BTW: are you proposing that once someone's paid to see one gallery, they can come back in a couple years and look at the same one again through that payment?) I'd say a subscription model would work "better".

Personally there's no way I'd pay just to look. I'm not one of your _market_ though.




  
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Aug 10, 2015 18:52 as a reply to  @ ScottM70's post |  #24

Just from a business standpoint, why would anyone pay to see unknown photos from an unknown phtographer (no offense meant). Its 2015. They can pretty much google for any image theyd want to see, unless youre offering some rare unique photographs. In fact, kinda has a piss off factor.




  
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Aug 11, 2015 00:36 |  #25

CH_Devin wrote in post #17340191 (external link)
Galleries are my bread and butter, but at the moment, I am not making any money by showing them for free.

You seem to contradict yourself. "Bread and butter" means "where most of one's income is coming from". Yet you say that you are not currently making any money from galleries. Yet you say that galleries are your bread and butter. Yet.......

What you have said here is quite confusing to me, and appears to contradict itself. Could you please clarify the statements and explain exactly what galleries are to you, and what they are not?


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