- What is the Perfect Album Process?
Start to finish, professional photographers need a workflow that is seamless and efficient. Albums and the album process should enhance your relationship with clients, capture the story of the shoot, and produce solid profits for your business. With our industry leading album proofing software as the foundation, we've created an inclusive way to help you work best.
We know many of you like to design your albums yourself or love your album company, while several others are looking for an all in one solution with a trusted partner. No matter how you choose to design or where you like to print your albums, we are the primary place to come for your album workflow and can make the presentation, promotion, and sales process smooth. Design it yourself, hire a service, or pay us to do it for you, whatever fits your needs and style best. Upload your high resolution jpeg files directly or never miss a beat if your designer is using our Design Studio Edition. When it comes to the final album product, it?s just as easy. Use our Send to Print feature to verify your files and upload directly to your favorite company directly or check out The Album for an easy to order, premium solution that's built right in. Let us help you discover your perfect album process.
- What is AlbumExposure?
AlbumExposure at its core, is an online application that improves and streamlines your album workflow with realistic presentation of each album design, ability for quick client feedback, and efficiency in the revision process. In full, AlbumExposure is an all-in-one album process that makes creating, managing, selling, and ordering albums easy and pain free.
Instead of a generic slideshow, a potentially confusing email dialogue, or the time consuming nature of presenting album designs in person, AlbumExposure makes it simple to create a dynamic online presentation for your clients. Have presentations ready within minutes and give your clients an easy and desirable way to review, provide feedback, see revisions, share with others, and approve their final album. However, that's really just the beginning! As you discover your Perfect Album Process, you can create a seamless workflow from beginning to end with our proofing software at the center. Plus, use AlbumExposure to promote your brand and sell more albums by embedding your albums on your blog or website as well as sharing a public version of the presentation (both sans comments) with others directly. Once a design is approved by your client, try our Send to Print feature and send your album to print with your favorite album companies directly from AlbumExposure. Save time, manage everything in one place, sell more, and make albums an easy, yet highly profitable part of your business model.
- How much does it cost?
AlbumExposure has two versions, one for Photographers and the second for Design Studios (who sell design services to professional photographers). The Photographer Edition is an annual subscription of $150, but you may opt for monthly payments of $15 if you prefer. Your subscription includes unlimited use of AlbumExposure, so create as many albums as you like and leave them in your account for embedding and promotion forever.
The Design Studio Edition is an annual subscription of $250. It also provides for unlimited use as well as an unlimited amount of designers on your team, so keep cranking out the designs. Regardless of the edition that is right for you, we are constantly improving our software with new features and upgrades, so you'll get those immediately as they're released.
Whether you're doing a few albums a year or hundreds, we believe the time you will save, the ease of management, the improvement in presentation and client experience, and the increased sales you'll realize by using AlbumExposure will make the cost more than worth it.
- How can I customize it?
You can customize your AlbumExposure account to match your existing brand by simply uploading your logo, placing it as desired and choosing an appropriate color background. You can also mask the url, so that your client will visit your domain to view their album instead of albumexposure.com. For details on the setup process, check out the video on customizing your url on the tutorials page.
Also, both types of AlbumExposure accounts (Photographer & Design Studio) are always brand specific. So, if you're a Photographer, your account will always be branded for you in front of your client. If you work with a Design Studio subscriber, their account will be branded to them in front of you, as their client, but your brand will always show in front of your client. Everyone wins.
- Do I need a particular design software?
No, as long as you can output jpeg files from your present album design software, you can use whatever design software you like. We know everyone has a preference and there are many options, so we leave that up to you. If you're looking for a design service, check out our great partners or shoot us a request to learn more about our integrated design service.
- Do I have to use a particular book company?
Once you've gotten an approval from your client, you're ready to work offline directly with any company you desire. So, the short answer is no and you always control your process. However, because we specialize in helping you discover your Perfect Album Process, we've created a slick time saving tool called Send to Print. In each album, you can simply click on Send to Print to have your files verified by our software, core order details placed, and files sent directly to your preferred album company. This eliminates another step in your workflow, saving more time, and gets your book made sooner. Also, if you're looking to stay in one spot for the entire process, check out our premium album options (The Album by AE) at the top of the Send to Print page.
- Can I include music in the presentation?
Yes! You can upload any file you like in mp3 format, just make sure that you have permission to use the music that you upload. If you?re looking for some music, we?ve included several royalty free songs from some talented friends and also highly recommend Triple Scoop Music, the premier provider of quality, legally licensed music for photographers?and as a benefit, AlbumExposure users always get a 10% discount!
- How do I create an album presentation?
It's easy! Just choose a name and password for your album, select some basic presentation settings, and then upload the jpeg images of your album design. To see how simple it really is, please check out our quick overview video on the tutorials page for creating and presenting an album.
- Who can view the album presentation?
When you create an album, you choose a unique password so that only the person to whom you provide the password will be able to view it. This protects the comment process between you and your clients as well as maintains a basic level of privacy for your clients. However, if you have permission (from your client), you can easily make an album public in order to share it for promotion and sales. If you choose this option, you can share the public url anywhere for others to view the album presentation, but with the comment feature removed so that your revision history remains protected. You can also embed albums on your blog or website with an embed code, similar to embedding a YouTube video. This makes for wonderful promotion of your work, can provide another opportunity to celebrate your clients, and gets potential clients used to the idea that you sell albums.
- How does the comment and revision process work?
Once you've created your album, we provide an easy way for you to send the link and album password to your client. Simply click 'Send Link' from the secondary navigation and you can personalize the message to your client. After clicking the link and entering the password, your client can give feedback directly on each spread in a chat style format, and submit the comments back to you unless of course they love it immediately and simply approve the album. In either case you'll get an email notification and the comments or approval will be saved in your account. If revisions are necessary, just make changes to the spreads requiring a change and upload only those revised files (making sure files intended to replace existing files are given the same file name, so the system knows to replace it and keep the comment history intact). If you ever need to rearrange spreads in the system, just drag and drop as required until it's ready to re-send to your client for approval. The chat style comments allow you to dialogue with your client for increased clarity, maintaining a thorough revision history and making sure you have a record of requests, in case a client thinks there is a mistake later.
- What's the deal with Internet Explorer?
Many of you know that Internet Explorer is behind the times with its browser capabilities and progressive technology. As a result, we've had to make a strategic decision to limit our support for Internet Explorer, in order to create a better product for all other browsers, both desktop and mobile. Please see below for a few notes on limitations with IE.
Internet Explorer 9 supports almost every HTML5 feature that AlbumExposure uses. While you may see some things on the backend that don't look quite right, everything should work correctly. Client presentations should work just fine in IE 9.
If your clients are using IE 8 or lower, they will still be able to view and comment on albums in slideshow view but not in book view. If you're using IE 8 or lower things on the backend may not work correctly, so use at your own risk.
We strongly recommend Firefox or Chrome for our users on Windows.