Smugmug Announces Online Commerce Solution for Professional Photographers to display and sell Prints

Smugmug today announced major upgrades for its Professional account holders, providing a personalized portfolio, online pricing and sales of digital images, with fulfillment handled by Smugmug.

Smugmug Announces Online Commerce Solution for Professional Photographers to display and sell Prints


Photographers can now create custom, online portfolios, set their own print prices and benefit from features only found at Smugmug

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF., January 21, 2004 - Smugmug today announced major upgrades for its Professional account holders, providing a personalized portfolio, online pricing and sales of digital images, with fulfillment handled by Smugmug. Smugmug`s continued focus on style and ease -of -use brings the industry`s leading professional photography tools together with the elegant presentation Smugmug has become renowned for.

Print prices can be set individually by the image, by the gallery, by size of print, or by the owner's total collection. Other new features include watermarking, right -click protection against downloads, and up -to -the minute online sales reports that detail which products are selling.

Smugmug is the only photo sharing site that gives its professional subscribers the power to use their own custom hostnames. For example, presidential candidate Howard Dean's Smugmug galleries can be found at http://photos.deanforamerica.com. Coupled with the ability to completely customize their Smugmug pages with their own brands, colors, graphics, and styles, Smugmug provides an easy way for them to create unique and powerful sites to conduct their business.

`Smugmug.com continues to listen and respond to its customers` needs -which is an excellent way to build a business in these times,` said Ed Lee, Digital Imaging Analyst at Lyra Research Inc. `Smugmug`s new service and infrastructure will help professional photographers increase business opportunities. By working directly with photographers, Smugmug continues to build its reputation as a viable player in the online photo sharing market.`

Photographers benefit from Smugmug's mantra of ease of use paired with style, because their portfolios look their best and everyday consumers can easily navigate their pages and order prints.

Other unique and powerful features include private ShareGroups™, which allow them to create private groups of galleries and control which clients access them. Private search enables clients to search just their portfolios, including hidden keywords photographers can add to photos. Prints are sent through a professional lab with a color managed workflow so photographers can control exposure and color exactly.

These additions continue the unparalleled service and individualization enabled by Smugmug across all service levels, from consumers to professionals.

Since the launch of the company in November of 2002, thousands of subscribers have already uploaded more than 1.8 million pictures. Users range from a leading presidential candidate to Peace Corps volunteers in Africa, pro photographers, families, disc jockeys, monks, adventurers, car restorers, artists, businesses, government agencies, schools, and film producers. They all depend on Smugmug for an easy photo sharing experience that makes them look good no matter what computer their photos are viewed on.

The Smugmug.com Photo Sharing Experience
Smugmug.com is an exciting and fast -growing new online photo community. Unlike traditional photo sites that are focused on selling prints and which provide limited photo sharing, Smugmug's center of gravity is great sharing. Its photo galleries are free from ads, spam and pop -ups. Users can customize their own look and navigation, and they have options that no print -focused sites offer, such as the ability to download high -resolution photos for printing on their own printers.

About Smugmug
Smugmug, www.smugmug.com, is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. and was founded in November 2002 by the very determined father and son team of Chris and Don MacAskill, each known for their success on the Internet. Chris founded fatbrain.com, which was sold to Barnes and Noble in 2000 and Don was the first non -founding employee at Best Internet, where he build the network used by Hotmail and Ebay. Their love of photography and the Internet grew into a business called Smugmug.

Smugmug is located at 248 Walker Drive, Suite #8 in Mountain View, Calif. 94043.

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