A rights-managed license calculator
fotoQuote is based on industry, actual pricing and the different types of commercial and editorial licenses provided by stock/editorial/commercial photographers. It allows the modification of prices per the photographer's choice--and makes it easy. it also generates licences based on country, region or worldwide usage. This functionality is built into PhotoShelter and is a strong reason for moving from Zenfolio to PhotoShelter for those who sell stock and editorial photos.
I'd love if Zenfolio offered an easier checkout for stock sales. One where the client could choose between Editorial, Advertising, and Personal use, then select the type of use (print, web, etc), then the number of reproductions. The final outcome would be the price of the image for the use specified. Standard on stock photography sites, it would be great to see it integrated here.
If you sell Digital Downloads, the licenses you're going to provide to your clients depend on many factors: kind of publication (online, website, newspaper, books, printed advertisement...), type of usage (commercial or not commercial), quantity, duration, geographical area...
You can see that there are many different combinations.
The consequence of that aspect is that there are many different licenses to provide.
The actual tool provided by Zenfolio is a basic tool, good enough to manage few different license, but if you have more than 20-30 license, it become very cumbersome to use, for the photographer and for its clients.
Professionnal photographer who want to sell online need to be able to cover easily all the different possible combinations of licenses.
It would be very beneficial for both to have AT LEAST the possibility to create license group and subgroup. This would make the choice for the client much easier, rather than to have to scroll down a list of hundreds of different choices.
The best would be to make this choice available to the client by selecting option in dropdown menu, each choice being dependent of the previous one.
The icing on the cake would be to have license variable like #quantity, #duration, #location, ... and to have the text of the license being created automatically base upon a model with those variables.
This feature could also be a feature available only in Pro and Premium version of Zenfolio.
Usually, customers get access to a form that they fill out, submit it and then get a quote based on the information on the form. For that reason, I think it would be a good idea to have something to plug in the information and get a number. Getty has it and so do a lot of other stock photo agencies.
The HUGE problem with zenfolio at the moment is that if you wish to sell imagery online you are obliged to sell it like fruit at the market. This much for a 3mb, this much for a 10mb etc. Unless you create complex and difficult to navigate multiple choices for image usage.
Any photo library worth its salt will price imagery on the basis of final usage, and to calculate final usage an online database is needed. There are competitors using fotoquote to calculate pricing. This is a far more sensible option, however I would go further, so that we can adjust our pricing up or down based on fotoquote, and also incorporate our own individual price scales for rarer or less rare imagery, (so we can use the basic fotoquote price scale, but reduce or increase it according to each image that we sell.
As photographers we need the freedom to choose the value of our imagery.
A good example of tiered commercial pricing can be found here: http://bit.ly/eb0hyC
The company providing the engine for this is NYC based PhotoShelter: http://www.photoshelter.com/
Zenfolio should up their game to compete with this setup. It shouldn't be that difficult to implement, and it would be very useful.
Please pardon me if this has been covered already or if I'm not stating this correctly.
A lot of what I am using Zenfolio for is organizing my stock photo library. My goal is for picture buyers to find photos I've taken. Popular search engines like Google for example don't see much of anything on Zenfolio. It would be nice to change that.
Also- stock photo sale tools would be nice too. For example pricing and licensing options much like some competing services offer like Light Room and Licensestream for example (albeit at a greater cost.)
Please concentrate your votes in ONE post:
please concentrate your votes for this in ONE post:
Right Managed selling solution - easy to implement, so hard to get Zenfolio to see its benefits - for both the photographer and Zenfolio.
Thomas Reiner commented
for 4 year people asking for that, thanks for ignoring Zenmaster!!
PhotoDeck has some lovely, lovely functionality, including rights-managed licences. The price is high, however, if you have an extensive stock collection (though heck, you might make it up in sales), and it's not as easy to have "friendly" URLs.
Yes, yes yes please! Both PhotoShelter and PhotoDeck have this, and it's essential for correctly managing stock and editorial photos. The functionality should be available as a code library, Zenfolio, you shouldn't need to devlop from scratch. And many of us WILL pay a premium to have this build in (or available as an integrated add-on) to our Pro subscriptions... rather than having to move somewhere else.
And as all my votes are still TIED UP in other suggestions which have not yet been implemented, I cannot vote for this one, otherwise I'd give it ALL of my votes.
Just in case anyone at Zenfolio is reading this. Zack?
PhotoDeck has built in PLUS Rights-Ready licensing too. This really is a big gap in Zenfolio functionality and as it's available as a third-party add-on, you'd think it would be easy to implement. And I too would pay for having this functionality. Zenfolio: we WANT TO KEEP USING YOU but your competitors are making it easy for us to move away and then sell our work. Today, Zenfolio is *not* a stock or editorial photographer's ideal tool.
OLD 81 STUDIOS commented
This would be a nice addition.
Dan Donovan commented
I looked at PhotoShelter for their stock photo sales ability, but their interface is just not good. Plus, Zenfolio is much more customizable. I truly hope Zenfolio can do something with this for commercial photographers who sell stock.
Nicolaus Wegner commented
Would be very interested in seeing this implemented. Also, stop converting my quicktime movie files to h.264 please...or at least allow the original video to be downloaded as is.
Since you don't have this I'm actually going to look at some of the other providers mentioned here
Mark Bienvenu commented
We are not getting this feature. I asked about FotoQuote integration a year or two ago and was told that FotoQuote has an exclusive partnership with Photoshelter. Zenfolio is not pursuing a partnership in this area with anyone else. Too bad Mpix doesn't offer it!
Zenfolio definitely does not cater to commercial or stock photographers. It's a nice looking site to display your images, but the sales part of the site obviously caters to wedding and portrait photographers, and their refusal to partner with any labs other than Mpix show that they aren't serious about meeting everyone's needs.
After a year (or is it longer) the concept of Rights Management isn't even under review ?
Is there any news ?
Seriously this is not happened yet? Photoshelter has had this for ages and this is a Dealbreaker for a lot of photography colleagues with Zenfolio, PLEASE FIX THIS!
GDMK Images commented
I think this is a great idea and would make Zenfolio a much more rounded platform for image selling. The portrait/wedding slant is fine, but there are so many ways the service could benefit those sellers that are not primarily working the aforementioned photography sectors
This idea could be the game changer for us. We hate using a different site for our stock photos, and often have thought about switching from Zen.
ANy news on this?
Mike Swindle Photography commented
I would love to see a rights managed calculator. It is a nightmare to create licenses for every scenario.