For those of you who follow my blog, you’ll know that for a couple of months now, I’ve been building my own e-commerce website. Tired of Photoshelter, Smugmug and the rest, taking such a large chunk of sales subscribers make, I thought I’d go it alone.
cornwallphotographicsales.com is now available to view via a browser near you, selling fine art photographic prints and cards. I’m now an Amazon and Topaz Labs affiliate so I’m able to sell a select range of cameras, lenses, camera bags, tripods and accessories along with Topaz Labs’ excellent processing software. If you’re looking for camera equipment, check out my site, All the products offered have been tested by myself and come highly recommended. Oh and I’m also to be running workshops from January next year, the details are on the website. A chance to visit some of the best locations for landscape photography in Cornwall.
It’s been a long journey full of many ups and downs but I’m there now. This morning, I put the site online.
I hope you’ll all visit the site over the coming weeks. The more times the merrier! Lots of traffic will ensure Google takes notice and the site will start to climb the page rankings.
Thank you all for your kind words of support and encouragement. Within an hour of the site going live I made my first sale, a large fine art print, confirming it’s all been worth it. My special thanks go to my first customer! :-)
Chillbrook became a company director this week when Cornwall photographic became Cornwall Photographic Sales Ltd, incorporated on the 29th July. Fed up with sites like Photoshelter, Smug Mug and all the rest taking a disproportionately large share of my photographic sales, I bit the bullet, did a self-taught crash course in PHP and Java to build a commercial site of my own with shopping carts, credit card facilities, SSL certificate and all the other stuff that goes with .com commerce. It’s a scary but exciting step. A bit like letting go of the side for the first time when learning to swim. I should have my portfolio uploaded and product options finalised this week and then the site can go live.
I did take a few hours off yesterday however and set off for Godrevy lighthouse at dawn. I waited for the first light of dawn to illuminate the lighthouse as the sun rose above the cliff to my right. I used a Lee 10 stop ND and a 0.9 hard graduated neutral density filter and a 10 minute exposure to get this shot. This is pretty much how it came out of the camera. The only thing I’ve done is add 1% noise to deal with some slight banding. If you missed the tutorial I did on banding and how to remedy it, you can find that here..
Click on the picture for a clearer, sharper view.. ;-)