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Photoshelter 59 Reviews From Real-Life Photoshelter Users

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Published Nov 14 2018 · #16 of 16 in Photography Website Builders.

  • I like photoshelter, its a great way to story and manage a large amount of images, its easy to manage the delivery with many customers on parallel. The templates are great and easy to be used. Great functions to add in social media elements. There are two functions I miss - zooming function on the mobile - Multiple frontend: Having big archive would be great to have one archive only and multiple frontend Not sure how other users feel about SEO, did all I could but still would improve this part

    I can deffently recommend photo-shelter.

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  • As a site for my photographs I cannot fault it. Great templates to choose from, plus easy to create a bespoke looking site with lots of functionality. I have not done much research, but it seems good value and for less than $50 per month - unlimited storage as back-up.

    Plus you get lots of great guides and whenever I have had any issues I have received an immediate and helpful response.

    I have not used the retail function on the site, but it also looks impressive.

    I can not find fault with PhotoShelter as a professional photographer

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  • Photoshelter has been ok, they seem to have some issues with optimizing the SEO. I am working on switching to Good Gallery", I think they will be better.

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  • I’d recommend PhotoShelter to anyone wanting to build a portfolio site. All the components already built in, good templates for photographer portfolios, makes it easy to look good. Good functionality.

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  • It’s the only one that I’ve ever used, I am happy with it and would recommend it however there are some things I would change. I may end up trying something else in the future.

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  • I have been using them for several years now. Yes I would recommend them as well. I think the most usable feature for me is that fact that I can show and deliver files to clients from the website.

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  • I love it for my portfolio. I also have blog through squarespace with a portfolio. My only complaint with PhotoShelter is it's interface regarding blogs. Squarespace is much easier to use.

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  • I have two websites, one on Photoshelter and one on Format. Both display my images well, which is really all I care about.

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  • I would highly recommend Photoshelter for photographers. There are about 80,000 other photographers who would say the same thing

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  • I recommend the use of Photoshelter as portfolio, but also if you want to sell pictures to magazines.

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  • I'm currently building a new site using SmugMug. Photoshelter is very limited with the customization you can do, has far fewer design templates, and I'm unhappy with the end user's experience in viewing and the shopping cart.

    So no, I don't recommend it!

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  • I have been using it for years... since the end of Digital Railroad so I think 2006!

    I am very happy with it and will never change!

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  • I've been using photoshelter for 7 or 8 years. I absolutely love it. It's easy to display my work, create proofing galleries for my client, allows me to easily deliver work to clients. AND THE MOBILE APP IS INCREDIBLE. I can access all my galleries and deliver assets to clients via my iphone. I recommend it to everyone. Their customer service is very responsive and personal.

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  • I would definitely recommend photoshelter. Their UI is very user friendly. Uploading new photos and arranging galleries is as easy as it can get (drag and drop). Many templates is a plus too. Mine is responsive and it’s working flawlessly on smartphones and tablets. I’ve never had any problems with the site (no glitches, no downtime) Pricing plans are good value compared to let’s say Square Space (I have a basic plan and I just noticed the prices have gone up a bit since last year. Still a good deal though). All in all good service, I can definitely recommend!

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  • I would not! I actually canceled their service, and will be building my own website after this account expires. Their yearly prices are ridiculous, and they charge too much for printing, and shipping. Their are much better, and cheaper sites to use.

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  • I would recommend it for sure. Easy to use, it takes a few hours to deploy, even less if you have the pictures selected and neatly placed in folders.

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  • I still like it for the line of work I’m in sharing photos with clients, etc. Have been a bit concerned in the past 2-3 years about the lack of development of the platform.

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  • PhotoShelter is easy to use and I like the ease of being able to create client access galleries but it really depends on what your needs are. It does not provide all of the features that are really needed. I find it inadequate for things like SEO, for example. I will probably ditch PhotoShelter fairly soon and build my own site. One of my biggest complaints is the size restrictions on the logo for my preferred template. If you’re someone like Joe McNally they will customize it but not for others...

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  • It’s been generally pretty good. I feel like there are some features they’re slow to add (e.g., when you go to the Galleries section and are looking at the pages, they feel rather “old,” and I don’t think I can customize it to have larger images with watermarks that you can’t just right-click on). Overall it works and does what I need, and it’s at least on par with everything else out there. Having done work to build a custom WordPress template to match the PhotoShelter style I built, I don’t want to migrate/change, too.

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  • I am migrating away from them actually— they haven't innovated and changed anything in a few years and don't seem interested in taking it to the next level. Its OK..but for a portfolio OK isn't good enough.

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  • It's a great system for professional photographer's, but a bit pricey if you don't have the income. The photo management and delivery system is secure and very easy to use.

    In terms of a portfolio, it's a solid system. A bit limited on layout choices. Templates are responsive and having an iOS app allows me to access my uploaded photos anytime. I have been using it for the past 3 years and it has matured with some great new features and more streamlined workflow.

    To be honest, SquareSpace offers more templates and more options than Photoshelter and I will be using a Squarespace site as my portfolio and store while still using Photoshelter as my photo/client management system.

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  • I would recommend it based upon the ability to license images through the website. Rights managed Image licensing can be a labyrinth of confusing conditions and prices (do you want a non-exclusive, worldwide, one-time editorial print publication license, or do you want to license for commercial packaging, or perhaps you need to license an image to appear in a video - each will have its own price). Photoshelter has a system setup where a buyer can figure all of this out using a series of menus. Its the only portfolio website that I’m aware of that can handle this kind of complicated licensing.

    Of course, most people prefer royalty free licensing - and that is also an option for a photographer on Photoshelter. I’m a bit of a dinosaur with my rights managed image library, but it continues to do well for me.

    My hope if that Photoshelter will soon allow video licensing as well. More than half of my recent work is in video these days - and I do pretty well with secondary licensing. But I can’t (yet) do it through Photoshelter.

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  • I very much like the site and would recommend it highly for it's ease of use (building my site, etc, features and templates. That said, I have never used another photo web site to build my own site so I don't have much to compare it to. I'm very happy with photoshelter.

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  • I would recommend it. Here are some pros and cons on my opinion: Pros - Comprehensive platform for photographers, integrating some good tools like pricing tools, connection with online labs for ordering prints, blog integration, and other valuable tools for photographers. Cons - Very few themes to choose from, and the ones that exist don't get updated or refreshed often, and are not catching up with the evolution in browser and mobile technologies (such as responsive design, etc). In an online world where things are constantly changing, and where there are platforms like wordpress with hundreds of themes to choose from, this can be a problem against Photoshelter. In retrospective, I don't regret using Photoshelter, but if I was to review my approach to my web site now, I would probably use Photoshelter for my photo archive, and another platform such as wordpress to highlight my portfolio and some photo stories with a more eye-catching theme.

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  • Photoshelter is the best site for photographers. It's the industry standard as far as I know. It is really only for photography portfolios, they do have some video features. However, there not great - it just links to a vimeo page. They also have unlimited storage and file sharing to clients. Thats a huge perk as well as the print and digital download services it offers. It is a great service for professional photographers.

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  • I would recommend it... they have been very reliable and they offer real people you can talk with if you have questions or issues to resolve..I'm very pleased with their service.

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  • Actually, I'm currently building a new site using SmugMug. Photoshelter is very limited with the customization you can do, has far fewer design templates, and I'm unhappy with the end user's experience in viewing and the shopping cart.

    So no, I don't recommend it!

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  • I would recommend it to someone, whose main priority is to be able to deliver the images to their clients in a professional way and tore their images online.

    If your goal is only to display your images and maybe have a blog, Photoshelter is a bit an overkill and might disappoint you with a lack of some functionality.

    For Instance, not all templates have the same functionality. I might like the design of one, but I need the features from another, and there is no room for customisation of that. My example - I am using a template that fits me aesthetic needs, but I can’t add descriptions to my galleries, which is very important to my portfolio.

    Also, note, you can’t add a simple page to your website with your custom content. You can add a link to an external page, but that means that your blog, your page with achievements, exhibitions, announcements of your workshops (or anything other than portfolio and “About page) has to be hosted externally, which I don’t find pleasant.

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  • i use Photoshelter for my portfolio. But also for my online archive. And i would recommend it to others.

    I used to have my portfolio on a page built using Wordpress. And my online archive on another page, using a differensen service.

    First of all i do really like how you can build your portfolio using Photoshelter. I do also really like the way i can have my archive online, and that its really easy to uppload images directly from both Photo mechanic. And Lightroom (Support for this is built into Photo mechanic, and there is a great plugin for Lightroom).

    To me the above is truly great as i pretty much work as a ”one man agency”.

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  • Do I like it? Yes. Would I recommend it. Maybe. I guess it depends. It's a bit pricey, and its best two features I hardly ever use, which are sales tools and the unlimited storage.

    I used to sell more photos, but I work full time now as a photographer at an ad agency, and its just takes too much time to update, and tag and keep all my best and new contect up their to sell. Plus to be honest, I am not sure that many people are looking to buy images anywhere except the main stock and news/wire servers out there these days anyway. AP, Getty, Shutterstock, and iStock are about it. And that's just not how I make money.

    If someone is looking to run a simple portfolio, squarespace is the best way to go. However, if they plan on running their photography business online, Photoshelter is great. The client proofing tool is the only one i have ever seen to work this well. I send a client jpgs through a gallery, they can make their picks, and it syncs back up with my raw files and i can deliver.

    I wish i was uploading ALL of my raw files to photoshelter since its unlimited, but I use Backblaze for unlimited hard drive backups.

    The templates are great though, and they have been good to me, so I keep using it.

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  • I've been using Photoshelter for about eight years now. It used to be excellent, but they haven't upgraded their portfolio templates for a long time. I have been complaining to them about this for at least two years now, and they just haven't done anything new. I am currently building a new Squarespace site and will migrate to that when finished.

    Main benefit for me was the archive space that PS gave me for backing up my photos. I have asked them repeatedly, like five times to add the ability to store RAW or. Dng files but no response from them. I don't need to store a lot, just key images that I can't afford to ever lose. Overall I found that for archive purposes, although it also will not sure RAWS that smugmug offers a better platform for this. So I will be archiving to Smugmug.

    My changes are pretty much ready to go, but I forgot to turn of autorenew on my Photoshelter subscription, so I ended up with another year. I decided to wait and see if they turn the dinosaur around, but see no indication of that. Therefore I expect to be leaving Photoshelter soon.

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  • I'm not a power user though. I've had the service for I think my third or fourth year so far, but I'm not that happy with the organization of it. Maybe there's a way to custom code around it or change it, but I'm stuck needing to have a portfolio" in my menu. I really don't want that option and would rather have more modular flexibility to have just a few categories with some kind of home page that contains images I choose from various galleries.

    There's been some funky stuff with the image number or titles showing in the galleries, and being unable to turn that off. And there was some odd programing on their end that made files display in a different hierarchy than my Mac does (bad when delivering 1000 images in a specific sequence to a wedding client). These were issues I ran into a couple years ago, so maybe there's fixes for that now, but I got frustrated and just wanted to ditch the service and go with a different provider. I'm currently wanting to see how much I can manipulate photoshelter before I make my final decision on where to go next.

    My summary is that it's a good service, but there's some features that are annoying and restricting. However, for the amount I'm paying and for how professional it's supposed to be, I'd expect (at least hope for) more flexibility and control.

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  • I originally got PhotoShelter for the online image storage and when they brought in the integrated portfolio site it took me no time at all to switch from a website and photoshelter to the full photoshelter. I find it great for showing my portfolio. The best part is that my clients can come straight to my website to download images with a password and it’s almost like having my own picture agency working for me.

    10/10 for any professional!

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  • If you want to sell wedding and sports photos it’s very good.

    The management side is it’s strong suit, the tagging, pricing and user management.

    For just sharing and the odd photo, I think smugmug is fine. Plus you have far more range of styles.

    One area PS lacks is in the web styles, with only a few on offer.

    One aspect people don’t know about is the in built pricing model. This is very useful to price work for advertising etc.

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  • Unfortunately there are some features that are actual not possible with PhotoShelter (f. ex. integrated blog system, individual contact forms) and there are some annoying bugs, but all in all I would recommend it because it's really easy to use.

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  • It works fine. But with some limitations. Hard to customize. And the form ( The one that you used to write to me) has photoshelter as the sender. So I overlook the mails from the site sometimes. But overall I am happy with the site. I mostly use photoshelter as a way to send my pictures to customers.

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  • I think Photoshelter is good. The backend is really easy. The mobile version is fairly good. It has rotation but landscape doesn't do full screen like I would like. I actually don't use it very much but I like it.

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  • Photoshelter is more of a place I use to send out event photos. It allows me to keep bread & butter work separate from showcase portfolio work.

    The other main thing I use it for is to send out to clients.. for proofing, selections, of client Work. And batch multiple downloads of events.

    It’s also great for work syndication.. red carpets, fashion weeks, film festivals etc.. one upload, then can ftp syndicate to multiple locations with a few clicks.

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  • I am very pleased with it

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  • it has worked well for me. i would recommend.

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  • I would recommend it. It does extra for me – I can sell my photos directly to end-user.

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  • I’ve been using it for a few years. I just wish they had a better mobile friendly template. Other than that I enjoy it

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  • I do recommend it. It's user friendly and has a lot of back end features for photographers. I haven't even begun to utilize all the tools.

    Shopping Cart etc. So yes, I recommend.

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  • I do use photoshelter and I highly recommend it for photographers.

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  • I'm using photoshelter and mainly because it is very easy. For that purpose I would recomend it.

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  • I am at a point where I am starting to consider dumping Photo Shelter. I pay by the year, so I’ve got until January next year to figure out a better solution for my needs.

    These days I am doing mostly agency work, both on assignment and speculation. So all the sales and payments are handled through there. That alone cuts out a bunch of the most useful aspects of Photo Shelter. Being able to set up galleries and let people purchase pictures. It also never sat right with me that they tried to dip their hand in and take a cut for processing credit card payments. Feel like photo sales should be mine and my alone.

    It is fairly full featured in terms of being used to sell pictures. You can set it up to forward pictures to another FTP. So if you want to automatically send pictures to a news paper you can do that automatically as they go up on you archive. Lots of great features with setting prices and running that bit of the job.

    The thing that has mostly disappointed me is that there has not been many updates. The themes are nice but very limited in how you edit them. My blog is on WordPress and there is no way to integrate that into the front page. Also the cname feature where you use your own domain name tends to feel apart if you have picture archives. It works good on the front page, but if you have albums it tends to revert to he Photo Shelter web address. That has always bugged me and it still is not fixed.

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  • yes not bad...is the only i know.

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  • we like it and would recommend it. Some of the generic customisation is limited and there’s a lack of a bulk upload facility but.

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  • I mainly use it as a platform for my portfolio, which unfortunately has gone a bit neglected as of late because I have a lot of new work to add.

    I'd say overall, PhotoShelter is pretty good, though I don't like having to pay a monthly fee. There are other hosting services that would likely be a better bargain but I never seem to have time to actually build my own web pages, etc., for it. So with their templates it's easy to give it a professional-looking design.

    There are times I also use my PhotoShelter account as a delivery portal for photography I have shot for clients working freelance. I can assign a password-protected gallery for clients to review, download and even order prints from within PhotoShelter.

    However, as a full-time employed staff photographer I have mainly used it as my online portfolio when applying for new jobs. Up until I was laid off from the Baltimore Sun in 2009 (half of the entire photo staff was axed in a single day) most of my career was in newspapers. After that I have worked in three federal jobs and in each case having the online portfolio was essential in closing the deal in obtaining these jobs. I still do freelance work, such as weddings, enviro-portraiture, editorial assignments, etc., and so it is there for possible clients to see my work.

    A big downside to PhotoShelter is that I've gotten a lot of solicitations from post-processing technicians/labs wanting to do batch editing on my work as if I was somehow swamped with something silly like school portraiture, or something high-volume, which I don't do. I've also gotten scammers contacting me trying to claim they're looking for a freelancer to shoot some models and offer a payment but claiming they need my bank account info to seal the deal. They are so obviously bogus that I delete these.

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  • I would highly recommend photoshelter!

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  • I would recommend them.

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  • I use Photoshelter professionally,

    and if it is a good work tool

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  • At least for my photography needs is great.

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  • the backend is easy to use so I can add pages and customize PLUS sell images. But I barely use it for that.

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  • I love photoshelter.

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  • Yes 100%... It's the most flexible solutions for photography and videography.

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  • I’m phasing this one out. I feel it’s become kinky and hard to manage- cart, porftfolio, SEO. I have moved to ArtStorefronts.

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  • I am indeed using PhotoShelter, and yes, overall, I’d recommend it.

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  • i like it

    but my SEO guy hates it : (

    so i'm currently transitioning to photobiz.com --- hopefully he'll like that one better...

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