Market Research (Online Photo Hosting)

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by Russell Stewart, Jul 3, 2003.

  1. Hi Guys,

    If you think this post is too commercial please just ignore and don't
    reply...

    I am thinking of starting a hosting service, with built in scripting for
    automagic photo albums.... what I would like to know is what the markets
    wants ie....

    1: How much webspace for each account?
    2: How big would you like the images? (It will not be directly linked to
    any processing service, so I do not see a need to upload the full size
    files, I would hate to think of the hard disks that I would need, let alone
    the bandwidth charges if we had full size images going up.)
    3: Would you like multiple sizes to cater for visiters different dialup
    speed/monitor resolution and if so what sizes?
    4: Please feel free to add any suggestions as to what a service like this
    "should" be supplying.

    Many thanks

    Russell Stewart
    Australian Digital Photo Of The Day
    http://www.pixelpix.com.au/adpotd.html
     
    Russell Stewart, Jul 3, 2003
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  2. Hi Russell,

    The charges for the hosting service would to a part be the main thing
    that would govern what I would expect from it, with regard to the
    webspace, etc... webspace requirements, and price, depend greatly on
    the aim of the hosting service... is this a professional resource for
    potential clients to contact photographers, or a self esteem excercise
    for people who just want an online gallery??

    800 X 600 is a good starting point as an absolute maximum, size wise,
    that anyone should need... of course, you may be better with a pixel
    limit, so panorama shooters can be included... 800 X 160 ends up
    looking useless... :) I quite like 700 on the longest edge as a bit
    of a go between from 600, which I see as possibly limiting on a 600 X
    400 image...

    Choice of viewing images at a small/medium/large size for different
    needs is a good idea - that helps keep the dialup users happy too...
    preferred size configured by the user, I would suggest...

    Question 4 depends greatly again on the target audience for the
    site... you need different info and a different feel for the
    appropriate service...

    Cheers,
    Stuart
     
    Stuart Elflett, Jul 4, 2003
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  3. I was thinking the later.... as a pro and former ISP owner I would never
    suggest that a pro goes with an "album" host, but rather they get their own
    domain and devolop their own site/corp. ID etc.... plus creating a site for
    pro's is just too hard and it already exists anyway....and they charge a
    truckload! :-(

    ah... yes, the pano shooters... I will keep that in mind when I am talking
    to my code guru tonight.
    to much code me thinks for each user to config different sizes... I would
    rather just give them a thumbnail, then Sml, Med, Lge.

    I will consentrate towards the mass market, which will Mr and Mrs Joe
    Average and their P&S digicam.

    Thanks Stuart.
     
    Russell Stewart, Jul 4, 2003
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    Cameron Guest

    Russell,

    If you want to start something that would probably make you some good money
    why don't you do something like www.timeexposure.com but offer a commission
    basis rather than a monthly/quarterly flat fee. I am sure there is a big
    market out there for this but no-one in Australia seems to be doing it.
    Plenty in the US but sales are in US dollars so that would scare off
    potential buyers. Time Exposure have done a great job on the site but don't
    offer any type of commission setup...

    Cameron
     
    Cameron, Jul 4, 2003
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  5. Thanks Cameron,

    I had a quick look but it's not the kind of thing I was thinking about (too
    much work in that :) I was thinking more along the lines of www.pbase.com

    Many thanks

    Russell Stewart
    Australian Digital Photo Of The Day
    http://www.pixelpix.com.au/adpotd.html
     
    Russell Stewart, Jul 4, 2003
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    VH-MR2 Guest

    when I find someone really up on coding to help me .... :) *sigh*
     
    VH-MR2, Jul 4, 2003
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    ChrisMc Guest

    pick me, pick me. ah ... you mean PHP (damn!)

    Oh well, one more language to learn ;)
     
    ChrisMc, Jul 4, 2003
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  8. Russell Stewart

    VH-MR2 Guest

    that's proving quite difficult for me ... in the midst of everything else I
    must do
     
    VH-MR2, Jul 4, 2003
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