Fotomoto Takes the Pain Out of Selling Prints

fotomotoRecently I’ve been working with Fotomoto co-founder Ahmad Kiarostami towards getting their service integrated into Photoblog. They’re a relatively new company offering a pretty interesting service, so I thought I’d share some thoughts on what I’ve seen so far with you.

Fotomoto is a service that helps you sell prints (and cards) of your photographs through your website or photoblog. I don’t have any personal experience with anything past getting the service set up, but the functionality and print quality probably isn’t very shabby, since some pretty notable photobloggers have begun selling their prints exclusively through Fotomoto (i.e. David Nightingale of Chromasia and Sam Javanrouh of daily dose of imagery).

When Ahmad first told me that the service required adding only two lines of code, I figured he meant two lines for each image you intend to sell. Turns out, you literally add two lines of javascript to the footer of your page, and the service “magically” figures out which images you’re trying to sell based on image dimensions.

Here’s what the code you add looks like:

<script type=’text/javascript’ src=’’></script>
<noscript>If Javascript is disabled browser, to place orders please visit the page where I <a href=’′ target=’_blank’>sell my photos</a>, powered by <a href=’’ target=’_blank’>Fotomoto</a>.</noscript>

Basically it’s just a single line of javascript. The second line shows a message to people who don’t have javascript enabled. The long, random string of letters and numbers is my personal Site Key. It’s of no use to you, since you’re also required to enter the URL of each site the Fotomoto code will appear on to activate those URLs.

Does this installation process remind you of anything?

If you’ve ever installed Google Analytics on a website, then you’ll find the Fotomoto installation process to be nearly identical. Once you have it installed, it automatically adds a text toolbar under your photographs. Here’s what it looks like on Sam’s photoblog:


What it looks like on David’s (a little more customized):


Clicking the link to buy a print brings up a Fotomoto widget that steps the buyer through the purchasing process.


You don’t need high-resolution images available to Fotomoto at the time of the sale. Once you make a print sale, you’ll be asked to upload a high-resolution image with which the print will be made.

There’s a good amount of flexibility in the system, allowing you to set your own prices, manage which photos are for sale, etc… The service is free to sign up for and use, and you pay Fotomoto only when you sell prints (the cost to produce the print + 15% of the sale price). You get paid when your balance grows past $200.

Overall, I’ve been pretty impressed with what I’ve seen. I think it’s a service that many photographers will find useful, since it takes the pain and hassle out of selling prints, allowing you to focus on your photography. They’re in open beta now, so you can sign up without an invite code. Check it out!

I just asked David Nightingale about his experience with Fotomoto, since I don’t have any first-hand experience with their quality:

Before I started using Fotomoto I sent them one of my most difficult images to print: a deeply saturated shot, with a wide tonal range, that I couldn’t print myself – at least not well. Suffice to say that Fotomoto did a great job of it and I’ve been using them ever since.

  • Miles

    Fotomoto does work well, there are still some kinks to work out while it's in Beta – such as credit card processing (it's paypal only at the moment) – but I'm impressed with the functionality.

    It's worth mentioning that they currently use Bay Photo in California for prints, and they are a very respectable lab.

  • Eugene

    I am using the Fotomoto service on my photoblog as well.

    One thing to note is that by default, they will send you a check if your balance is over $200. But they also mention that if your balance is less than $200, you can still make a request for a check to be sent to your address.

    By the way, there's a typo in this article: “since it’s takes the pain…” should be “since it takes the pain…”



  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for the info Miles. Didn't know about the Bay Photo thing.

  • Michael Zhang

    Thanks for the typo catch. :-)


  • jonathangreenwald

    As they say on the Staples commercial, “that was easy!”

  • Dave Wilson

    I've been using Fotomoto since April on my photoblog and can second all the opinions expressed here. It's extraordinarily easy to set up (on my WordPress-based blog, it involved nothing more than pasting a block of HTML into the page footer after creating my Fotomoto account) and integrates very cleanly with the existing blog design.

    The biggest benefit to me over other services such as ImageKind (which I also use) is that I can offer a very large number of pictures for sale without having to prepare high-resolution, keyworded, captioned, print-ready versions of each one in advance. Prints are offered based on the low resolution versions on the blog and I only have to do final print work on those which are actually ordered.

    On top of this, my customer support experience has been great – bugs I reported during the early beta were typically fixed within a couple of days – and the folks at the company are very responsive to feedback and suggestions. Oh, and did I mention that orders are filled very quickly and that the print quality is excellent?

    Needless to say, I have no affiliation with Fotomoto other than being a delighted customer.

  • damonbillian

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for the kind words about Fotomoto. Very much appreciated (I recently joined the team & I am still learning the ropes).

  • damonbillian

    Hi Folks,

    Thanks for the kind words about Fotomoto. Very much appreciated (I recently joined the team & I am still learning the ropes).

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