Finally, after lots of long hours, we managed to categorise, catalogue, colour-check and upload our biggest archive, images from Sapa in Northern Vietnam. The photographic project there lasted more than three years, with several visits to the tribal villages.
As the photographer on that project, I found it such a special place. Many tourists go to that part of Vietnam for just a few days, and they all come back with a feeling of having been to a place of real authenticity, very different from many so-called 'tribal areas' of the world. Imagine how lucky I was, managing to spend months at a time there each year, living with families and being immersed within their culture. My intention is to write a complete blog soon on my experiences, so I hope you will check that out.
So, with the major portion of our images uploaded to the site, we are now ready to flip the switch and and allow users to purchase our images should they wish. We have a number of license types available. Users can easily download a 'comping image', which may be used to test out compositions and layouts for projects. For larger, high-quality image sizes, users may purchase a 'personal use' license, or for commercial/editorial use, a 'royalty-free' or 'rights-managed' license, where the latter type is reserved for our more special images. In the future, we hope to team up with a well-regarded print processing provider so that our users can order high quality prints directly from our site.
For purchasing and payment processing, we have made it very easy for our users, by utilising a real-time credit card processing system provided by Stripe Incorporated. Their integrated system is very fluid, easy to use, and very efficient for the purchaser. You may even optionally save your credit card details with them so that future purchases are easy, safer and very quick. Above all, we believe that because of the way that the Stripe system keeps you on our site, without bouncing around to payment processor sites, verification sites and back again, it is secure and safe.
We recommend creating a user account on our site to take full advantage of features, such as the ability to retrieve previously saved or shared light-boxes, re-download purchased images, review previous purchases, store your account information used during purchasing, such as address, and receive our news should you decide to subscribe.
For the months ahead, we have some more images to upload from around Thailand, Europe, and other areas of the world, covering culture, architecture, exploration, Asian city life and adventure. We also plan to do another photographic mission soon to Vietnam and Cambodia to get some high quality shots to augment our current cultural images.
We hope you enjoy browsing our photos, and should you like any of them, we of course will be very happy for you to purchase one or two of them.
Cass - Photographer.
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