Creating an Event Album

  1. Go to http://www.photostockplus.com/ and log into your account. If you are unsure how to log in, see ((Logging In)).
  2. Click on the “Event Albums” tab for a dropdown menu with additional options.
  3. Click on the “Create New Event” link.
  4. Click the “Continue Creating Album” button.
  5. Enter the required fields:
    • Create as sub folder of existing album:
      Leave this field at its default “Select an album …” to create a regular event album.
      If you would like the new event album to be a sub folder of an existing event album, or located within an event group for organization purposes, use the dropdown menu to select its location.
      For more information on event albums, sub folders, and groups, click here.
    • Album Title
      This will be the name of your new event album which will be displayed on the event’s homepage as the title.
    • Pricing Group
      Photostockplus offers 6 default pricing templates (low, medium, and high for Economy or Pro Prints). Use the scroll down menu to select the pricing template for the images in your event album. If event sub folders are later created, this pricing group will also be applied to all images within each sub folder of the main event album.
      You may also create a custom pricing template for a specific event. For more information on pricing groups, see ((Pricing Groups)).
  6. To create your new event album using the default options and website template, click on “Add Event”. You can customize your event further however using the following fields:
    • Photographer
      Enter the photographer’s name which will be displayed towards the top of the event’s homepage. This featured is used to help with image organization, and to ease search.
    • Date
      Open the calendar by clicking on the (…) button to select the event’s date. This featured is used to help with image organization, and to ease search.
    • Login password
      You may type in a word or phrase in this field if you wish to password protect an event album for private viewing. Once an event album is password protected, users will be asked to type in the password before viewing its content.
      For potential buyers who do not have the password, a link will be available to them to request it. An automated email with their name will then be sent to you at which point you can choose to grant the user access and agree to send them the password, or ignore the message.
    • Slideshow music
      If you would like music to be played in the background while a potential buyer loads and views a slideshow of the event, use the dropdown menu to select a song. You can preview songs by using the “Start” and “Stop” buttons.
    • Event Type
      Select an event type from the drop down menu. This featured is used to help with image organization, and to ease search.
    • Select Template
      You can now give each of your event albums a unique template. This is excellent for event shooters that cover a wide range of events, as it will allow you to give a more personalized feel to each and every event that you shoot.
      Click on the “Select” tab to open a new window where you may preview each available template. Click the thumbnail version of the template for a larger preview, and “Choose this template” to accept a template for the album.
    • Select main event photo
      Consider this the one image you’d like to showcase and use as a first impression of the event album. You will be able to choose the main event photo only after uploading images to your event album.
    • Make Event Available for Viewing
      In order for others to view an event album, it must be made available for viewing. By default, this option is always on when creating event albums,
      If you are creating an event album and wish to continue editing options or upload additional photos at a later time before having the event available for viewing, you may un-check this option and only turn it on once satisfied with your event album.
      This option is also useful in creating limited time event galleries (example: For 5 Days Only!), or for removing certain events temporarily and putting them back at a later time without having to delete the album.
    • Feature Event on my Main Homepage
      On your Photostockplus homepage (www.user_name.photostockplus.com), you can have multiple events featured with a thumbnail in the ”Featured Events” section. Select this box to have this event featured, or leave it unselected to have it simply added in the drop down menu.
    • Include Link Back to Homepage
      This option adds a link towards the top of your event’s homepage which will direct back to your main storefront (example. http://www.johnsmith.photostockplus.com).
    • Mandatory Email Login
      Check this box to prompt visitors to enter their email address before viewing the event album. This option is a great tool for lead generation and to help start collecting an email list of potential clients and increase your revenue potential.
    • Header Area
      The text entered will be displayed towards the top of the event album’s homepage, and on every internal page of the event making it a great tool to market yourself and your work. Use the space in whichever way you feel most appropriate.
      Using the small icons above the field, you can change the formatting of the text, add a Photostockplus banner to help introduce various products to potential buyers (large “B” icon), a scrolling Marquee to display eye catching messages (large “M” icon”), or even various images (picture frame icon).
      For those comfortable with basic coding and who want to add other html or flash elements, click on the “Toggle editor/raw to add HTML or flash code“ link below the field for complete control. Once in the manual HTML editor, you must toggle back to the regular editor once again for the changes to be applied.
    • Description
      The description entered will be displayed on your event album’s homepage. Use the space in whichever way you feel most appropriate, and which best ”sells” your album.
      Using the small icons above the field, you can change the formatting of the text, add a Photostockplus banner to help introduce various products to potential buyers (large “B” icon), a scrolling Marquee to display eye catching messages (large “M” icon”), or even various images (picture frame icon).
      For those comfortable with basic coding and who want to add other html or flash elements, click on the “Toggle editor/raw to add HTML or flash code“ link below the field for complete control. Once in the manual HTML editor, you must toggle back to the regular editor once again for the changes to be applied.
    • Select watermark
      A watermark is a semi transparent text which is applied automatically onto your images when they are viewed by visitors and photo buyers. This watermark is meant to protect the photographer and his/her work, and will not appear when the image is purchased.
      Choose a watermark type by checking the box next to the selection.

      • None
        Images will have no watermark applied.
      • PhotoStock Plus
        Select this to apply the default watermark (Photostock Plus, Digital Photography).
      • Custom
        This option allows you to create a custom watermark.
        Fill in the empty slot with the text you wish to use (example: Image by John Smith, copyright 2010), and set the parameters of the watermark:
        Size
        – font size
        Intensity
        – how dark or light the font’s shade of grey will appear
        Opacity
        – how transparent the mark will be
        Placement
        – where on the image the watermark will be located
    • Quickly add additional “events” based on this event’s properties
      Enter a name in the field to create an additional event album using the same settings. Clicking “Show more fields” will allow you to create dozens of event albums at once.
      You can edit the photographer, date, and description of each additional event album by clicking on the “Show more options” tick box.
      These additional event albums will be created at the end of the album creating process.
    • Quickly add “sub-folders” to this event
      Enter a name in the field to create a sub folder using the same settings. Clicking “Show more fields” will allow you to create dozens of sub folders at once.
      You can edit the photographer, date, and description of each sub folder by clicking on the “Show more options” tick box.
      These additional sub folders will be created at the end of the album creating process.
    • Personal Use – Notes
      This section is available for you to use for comments, reminders, or notes for the event. This text will not be displayed on any public pages and can only be viewed through your personal Photostockplus account.
  7. Click on “Add Event”

You can now proceed to uploading images to your newly created event album

  • ((Uploading))

After creating an event album, you have the ability to create event sub folders to help keep your images organized. A sub folder is an event album within an event album, each having its own designated url for easy sharing with your buyers:

  • ((Creating an Event Sub Folder))

For photographers with many event albums, event groups can also be created to help organize event albums and sub folders.

  • ((Creating an Event Group))
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