Photrade: “Share, Protect, Get Paid”*
Any of you who have been reading my blog (and those of you who know me personally have probably gotten an earful from me about it, too) know that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the “share” and “protect” parts of the Photrade experience. The recent addition of the expanded photo stats, contests, groups, and events sections has only enhanced an already great service and I’m loving it even more.
“Share” is what photographers always want to do. Scott Bourne has stated many times that for a photographer to be successful, they have to do three things: (1) Show the work, (2) Show the work, and (3) Show the work. In the Web 2.0 world that means some kind of photo-sharing website like Photobucket, Flickr, Smugmug, and now Photrade.
“Protect” is what photographers need to do regarding their copyrights. Unfortunately, in this Web 2.0 world of ours copyright infringement has been rampant not only where photos are concerned, but with just about everything from software to books to music. Photrade is serious about helping their patrons protect their copyrights. The focus on security and emphasis on copyright protection through their HyperPhocal learning center shows that they not only pay lip service to the idea of copyright protection–they put actions to their words!
“Get Paid” is what we all want. For some the amount is important. For others, its the respect that a customer shows by actually paying for the right to possess a copy of the photographer’s work. Both philosophies should be happy because Photrade has made it possible for the photographer to set his or her own price structure for their work.
That brings me to the point of this post. As of today, I can fully comment on the full statement that timsdd made because I made my first two sales through Photrade this morning. They came from out of the blue and from trading messages with the buyer, I’m sure it is a mutually satisfying experience (after I took care of the one technical glitch that was totally MY fault. Thanks, John! May they bring you as much enjoyment as they’ve brought me!).
Photobucket….only had my photos stolen and received no response from them.
Flickr….only had my photos stolen and received no response from them.
Photrade….was paid for prints of my images and hear from top management from time to time.
‘Nuff said. Photrade rules!