Fotki gives users a fun way to share photos and videos. The site is also intended to assist professional photographers hone their skills and provide a portfolio for potential clients. The site backs up its users’ files for safe keeping. It also allows the community to get to know each member, which could bring professionals and clients and service providers together from all over the world. Users can locate a professional wedding photographer or someone to cover other important events through Fotki. The site provides everything users need to showcase their work experience through a gallery. Users can also make purchases of photo products through Fotki. These include high quality, professional prints, artsy prints in museum quality frames or other unique photo products that could be used to display an image or the logo of a business, organization or team. There are many ways a number of users can benefit from using Fotki.Show more screenshots »
Fotki is based out of Maple Ridge in British Columbia, Canada. It was designed to combine photo and video sharing and social networking into one lively community. The site also provided helpful printing services and more to its users. Today, the Fotki team includes founders Katrin Lilleoks, Dmitri Don, Igor Shoifot, and Pavel Merdin as well as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, Leo Goldfeld. Lilleoks is currently the Vice President of Finance and Administration, Don is the company president, Shoifot is the COO and Merdin is the CTO.
Fotki combines a lively community of users and professionals in a way that almost seems to celebrate photography and ideography. The average user can find a professional to handle covering an important life event while professionals can build a portfolio and reach out to potential clients and business associates. There are many opportunities to connect through Fotki and the images and videos that the community posts on the site.
The Fotki website welcomes newcomers with a very bright, fun atmosphere starting with the bubble black and white logo. Users are enticed by stunning photographs that provide a brief glimpse into what the community has already posted. The site also includes a few advertisements, some are for similar services. Although these are slightly annoying, they are somewhat relevant and do not take anything away from the user’s overall experience on Fotki.
A new user can become a Fotki member by clicking on the blue “Free Sign Up” link at the top, right hand corner of the homepage. This takes the user to the registration form, which is relatively clean and includes a lot of wide open space. The form asks for a referral name (if the user was referred by another Fotki member), a username, password, email address and location information including country, state and city. This information may already be populated for the user. The terms of service agreement check box is automatically selected so the user can go right to the grey “Sign Up!” button at the bottom of the form.
Anyone can stop by the Fotki website and create an account for free. There are no set up costs or premium account options currently offered. There is no indication that this will change any time soon. Users can access all features without paying for the service. There are ways to spend money on Fotki. Users may select an advertisement or choose to order prints or a photo product through the site. These are not mandatory and the price will vary depending on the user’s purchase history.
Fotki offers a helpful service that allows a community of users to come together and do many things related to photographs. Professionals can build an online portfolio and reach out to potential new clients.