If you are interested in finding information on anyone or anything, use the Search box available on the top right corner. Type in an individuals name, a location, a team, whatever you are interested in, and if I have written about it you will be directed to the stories where that item is located.
All photos on this site are hosted at Smugmug, a professional photo and video hosting site that allows you to purchase prints, photos on merchandise such as aprons, postcards and other items. You may also download the image for either personal or commercial use.
Another way to get to the photo site is the link in the right sidebar of this site, advertising the availability of my photos for purchase. It will redirect you to the Smugmug site. Note that photo sales help cover my costs of the website, the photo hosting and travel expenses. My camera gear is professional level and needs regular investment and maintenance on my part. Your help is appreciated.
Pictures and videos can be shared on your team or Club website. Click on any photo from the gallery and in the bottom right you’ll see an arrow (to the left of the Buy button) and if you choose Get a Link you’ll see some options. Gallery links would allow you to add a Slideshow to your site, or embed individual photos.
As to the story, you can ‘excerpt’ it, meaning grab a paragraph to illustrate the story and then add a link to the original story so anyone wanting to read more will then visit my site to learn more about the game and what I’m doing to cover soccer here in St Louis.
To Purchase downloads of the photos on the Smugmug photo site, click on the photo. Click on the BUY button in the bottom right. The COMMERCIAL Photo License is for media organizations or others who will be able to profit from the use of the photo, say a manufacturer of GK gloves that likes an action shot. PERSONAL Photo License are for individuals or non-profit organizations such as schools. A player will be asked for an action photo when they sign for a college. This is a perfect use for downloads. A school want’s to promote their program and players, this is also acceptable HOWEVER they cannot resell the photos, say as poster’s. You may use them to promote seniors but there should not be a cost to the player in that case. You may also contact me about hiring me to cover your team. That includes all photos and a story on the website.
There are three sizes although the majority of photos fall in the Low Resolution (1MB size) or High Resolution size (up to 4MB). Low Resolution is great for websites and is roughly equivalent to what you see on the SmugMug site. The High Resolution is the better choice for large prints such as a senior Poster. Or for use in an Alumni magazine (print) for example.
When you purchase the downloads, they come without Watermarks. It is not necessary for you to credit SoccerSTL.net but it is appreciated as a courtesy so that others can find my work. I return to cover schools and clubs who purchase photos from me more frequently then I for to non-purchasers. When you help to promote my efforts I show my appreciation. I may occasionally question your source of the photos and I apologize in advance if it’s a memory lapse on my part. Jog my memory and we’ll be cool.
Note that this is not a profitable endeavor. I cover approximately 150 games a year. Figure 3 hours per game (travel, game time) and a similar amount of time to edit photos and write stories. Six times 150 is 750 hours for highly skilled work, right. Add in the cost of my web hosting, photo hosting, professional camera gear that needs to be replaced every three years and related technology items (phone, high data levels, software tools) as well as Auto costs and you can see that costs are well over $15,000 dollars annually. Photo purchases are the single best way for individuals who appreciate my efforts in the community to support me.
Comments are welcomed and appreciated by the webmaster and the subjects of the story usually. The best method for doing this is to visit my Twitter profile and comment there. I moderate the comments meaning if there is foul language or behaviour it will be deleted and the user blocked.
If you have questions or would like to learn more, contact me using the “Contact” page. You can see it on the left where you found this “How To” page.
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