Free shipping on orders over $25

dotPhoto now provides free shipping on orders over $25, which is a lower “free ship” point than most of our competitors who require a $30 purchase. We’ve also lowered prices on First Class, 2-Day and Overnight shipping by the entire amount of economy shipping, so your shipping costs are lower across the board. For complete info, see http://dotphoto.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/104135-how-does-dotphoto-free-shipping-work-

Annie Leibowitz on the future of photography

Leibowitz notes that, as things move faster, we long for the stills. In beautiful and awful moments, we remember the remarkable images. There will always be room for great photographers who can capture those images. We might add that, as technology progresses, great photography becomes less about having a technological edge than having an “eye.” Equipment like Lytro can focus after the fact and cameras are capturing streams of images everywhere. The great photographers may eventually be those with a talent for picking the most remarkable images from the stream like a miner panning for gold.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/video/2013/jun/18/annie-leibovitz-photography-cannes-lions-video?utm_source=feedly

dotPhoto Public Search Box Works Again

dotPhoto search is online as of June 17, 2003 with a Google search that quickly searches through public albums. (Private albums will not appear in the search.)

After logging into your dotPhoto account, use the search box in the bar near the top of the page.

Add quotation marks to search for a specific string of words such as “bmw charity ride”.

Searching within a specific group of albums has not yet been updated, but the public search is an improvement and can find specific names if you use quotes. For instance, “John Sweet”.

To find professional photos, you can also use the search on http://www.dotphotopro.com

FTP uploads work again

Many dotPhoto members — especially newspapers and professional photographers — asked us to fix the FTP upload function, which has been unusable since earlier this year. FTP is working again.  It is a very easy way to get your photos into your dotPhoto account.  Here’s now:

First, you’ll need to an FTP client application on your computer (you may already have one; if not, see below).  In your FTP client, just set the hostname to ftp.dotphoto.com.  The username and password will be the same as you use on dotPhoto.

You can use just about any FTP package.  If you don’t already have one, we recommend the following:

After you have uploaded your files to dotPhoto, you’ll see a new album in your account called “FTP.”  You can rename it as desired, by clicking on the Organize button on the left and then choosing Album Settings.

Father’s Day Gifts

The new Mahogany Desk Organizer is just in time for Father’s Day.  I like the ability to add text on many of the designs — or to choose one of the Father’s Day designs.

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For more customization, choose one of the other Design groups and pick a design that enables you to insert text or drag more than one photo over.

OrganizerPreviewAt $19.99, the Mahogany Desktop Organizer is 30% off.  We’ve also put the popular 11 oz white mug on sale at just $4.99!

Under new, old management…

On April 19, 2013, DP Operating Company, Inc. acquired dotPhoto from MyPhotoAlbum, Inc.  Having watched dotPhoto for some time, we thought we could do a much better job of providing value to customers.  We decided to acquire the business and begin the long process of turning it back into a market leader.  So here we are.

Our immediate plans are to fix what’s broken, improve customer service, and gather customer feedback.  After that, we’ll update the design, improve existing services and add new ones.  There are some pretty exciting plans in the works, but we’ll save the details for later!

Founded in 1999, dotPhoto was one of the Internet’s first photo sites.  Glenn was in fact a co-founder.  However, due to several rounds of corporate musical chairs, he hasn’t been involved with the company for some time.  dotPhoto was the first to offer a customizable web site, the first to enable pros to sell photos, and the first to offer a mobile application.  We look forward to returning to dotPhoto’s tradition of innovation.

Got ideas or concerns?

Please send them to Glenn at gpaul (at) dotphoto.com.  If you’d like to talk, please send an email with your phone and the best time to call you.  We actually will call you.

Order processing is back up.

During the ownership transition, credit card processing was down for several days, but is operating now.  We deeply apologize for the delay, and we will rebate shipping on any orders placed with expedited shipping.

Your photos are safe.

Pixels are cheap, but memories are priceless.  As such, we will continue to maintain your photos on dotPhoto. Going forward, we will even maintain archives of abandoned accounts on ancillary storage so that they can be retrieved years later when you come back for them.

We feel privileged to work with dotPhoto’s many loyal members, and we look forward to contributing to a beautiful imaging experience.

Glenn Paul & David Duquette