Humans love many things and one of them is photography. Perhaps it’s because photos are so inextricably linked to the way in which we immortalise moments and capture special times (or these days, help us craft our online personas!). Whatever they mean, there is a beast of an industry in photography and many are taking advantage of this selling their photos online.
And so. We bring you WooCommerce Photography, an extension designed to make selling and buying photographs online an intuitive and easy process for both photographers and their customers!
Something slightly different this product launch, a Q&A with the very passionate developer behind this new product. World, meet Claudio!
How long has the Photography extension been in the making, and on a scale of 1-10 how excited are you that it’s ready?
Not sure how long ago the project was initiated, Matt received feedback from some customers and created the specifications with James. It seems that the project was a little stopped for a while and then I took over. I took about three months to develop the extension, it was quite challenging in parts, but the end result was very satisfactory. 10 for sure, I really am very excited about the launch of this extension.
What was the key problem you were attempting to solve with it?
It was the difficulty of selling albums of photos or multiple photos for a client. The user needed to create a product at a time for each picture, something that took a long time for someone who wanted to sell a lot of photos. In this way, we needed simplify this task, making it simple and fast for users to sell their photographs.
Which features are you the most proud of?
Surely the batch upload tool, which is the main tool of the plugin where you can simply drag and drop photos or select all the photos from your computer and thus are created all products at once, requiring only a few settings such as price and collection that the image will be part of.
Describe the types of people you think this will be really helpful for.
Surely photographers (freelancers or companies). It will be very simple now, shooting for example weddings or graduations, then you can give users access to specific collections / albums and end customers can choose the photos they like and buy them easily.
Brilliant! And a little closer to home, where in the world are you based and when did you start with WooThemes? Tell us the story.
I live in Brazil, at the moment I live in a town called Botucatu in state of São Paulo. I started work at WooThemes in April of 2014.
I followed WooCommerce from the start and soon began to use and love it, and then developed some extensions for personal projects. Then I started to develop Open Source integrations, and I did it for a good length of time and then in February 2013 I started to contribute to WooCommerce.
A year later I was sending some contributions when Coen Jacobs contacted me asking if I was interested to talk to some people from WooThemes. I talked with Matty and was invited to join the team. Certainly one of the most exciting days of my professional life! Mainly because I love WooCommerce and see Mike Jolly, James Koster and Coen Jacobs as super heroes, working alongside them was something I never imagined I could do even for just one day.
How many days in a row have you committed to WordPress.org repository? And why do you do this?
So far are about 650 days.
I started as a challenge to myself, I need to devote at least 15 minutes every day to make a contribution with some Open Source project. I do it mainly because it’s been almost seven years that I use WordPress and I see that this is the best way for me contribute back to the community, this can help someone who that need a plugin or inspiring other developers with my code.
When you’re not developing, what do you like to get up to?
I usually like to read some book, watch a “bad” movie or some tv series.