Welcome to the third installment of #WorkLessWednesday. (Check out past #WorkLessWednesday posts on decluttering your archive and achieving a beautiful portfolio.) Today’s focus: easy, fast, and professional delivery (for you AND your clients). When we say fast, we mean in under 2 minutes. (Seriously. We timed it.)
All you need to do is determine what your end goal is, and we’ll tell you how to accomplish it.
1. End goal: Proof and select images online.
Solution: The Client Proofing Tool.
The client proofing tool allows your clients to make selections from a shoot right on your site. It’s a beautiful, responsive display that is so easy to use, no instructions are needed. Once clients choose their images, they can send them to you for edits, download, or whatever the need may be. Your proofing process will be incredibly simplified and headache-free.
2. End goal: Send images directly through email (zip file).
Solution: Deliver via Quick Send.
Quick Send allows you to send your images (regardless of the size, or resolution) directly to your client’s email through a zipfile. This method uses no logins, no passwords, no attachments or third party services, yet it is completely secure as it is a one time use, only accessible by the original email recipient.
3. End goal: Send images to editorial publications or wire services.
Solution: Deliver via FTP.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a preferred file delivery method for many clients, particularly editorial publications and wire services. If this is how your client would like to receive images, it’s easy to accomplish within PhotoShelter. And, you can make it happen without using any third party FTP clients (such as Transmit or Fetch). You’re even able to FTP to multiple concurrent destinations without your computer being on. Just begin the FTP and we’ll shoot you an email once the transfer is complete.
4. End goal: Send images to a client using a login or password.
Solution: Share/Deliver via Gallery Invite.
Sharing images and granting download permissions through a gallery and/or collection gives you several options and controls. If, for example, you’re sending images to a group of people, then creating a password will allow all visitors to access them based on the permissions you’ve set through the password provided. No log in needed. If you need a bit more security, creating a login for your client means only the person who you send the email to will be able to login to access the permissions for the gallery. You’re able to create as many permissions as you need, determine file size, expiration date, maximum number of downloads and a whole lot more.
5. End goal: Give a client unlimited access to your images.
Solution: Share/Deliver via Trusted Client.
The trusted client tool allows clients to download anything that you make visible to them on an ongoing basis without your involvement. You set the size at which they have permission to download (in pixels), and they login to get direct access as they need it. To keep track of their activity, you can view downloads from these clients in your account statistics.
Let us know what your favorite sharing/delivering tools are in the comments below!
Questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!