The Online Photographer (T.O.P.) is a free site, not a paysite. You're always welcome if you contribute or not. The "Subscribe" buttons below (so-called because they sign you up for a recurring contribution) are voluntary payments that you can set up if you like the site and want to wish us well or help us continue to prosper—as a means of saying "thanks" or "keep it up."
Remember, any contribution is generous! Thousands of people—quite probably, tens of thousands—will read the site every day and never pay a cent (alas). So anything you can contribute is extremely kind; it puts you in a small (hopefully not too small) minority; it makes you into a genuine T.O.P. patron and sustainer.
The subscription amount is $6. You can vary your contribution by choosing how often you wish to send it.
The largest (most frequent) amount is very generous.
The smallest (least frequent) subscription is inexpensive. It amounts to 25 cents per month from you (we get a bit less, because of administrative fees). Since we average 45 posts per month, it works out to just about exactly half a cent per post. I know, some of them aren't worth that much. (Hey—I do not want to hear about it!) Hopefully, the ones where we give you our 2¢ worth will make up for that.
You can unsubscribe at any time. (In a few days, I'll create a permanent link to this page that's easy to find on the main page of the site.)
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Thank you for helping to support our efforts!
ADDENDUM: Even with more than 30,000 readers a day, I'm quite sure I don't rate 1,000 "True Fans"—but I'm very hopeful that I have 100 or even 150. So far so good. But you can imagine my chagrin when people who want to sign up for this are stymied by PayPal problems....
PayPal swears up and down that it's possible to make a secure credit card payment without being signed up for an account. You click on the line in the screen shown below where it says "Don't have a PayPal account? Use your credit card or bank account (where available)." If this doesn't work for you, I guess you're not "where available," and too bad for me about that. But thanks for trying.
Here is the page you're supposed to see when you click one of the "Subscribe" buttons above:
If you're not seeing this, I don't know what's going on. I'll get on the phone with PayPal later today and try to find out what's up with that. I'll post an update if and when I learn anything.
And to those who've signed up, thank you; you're very kind, and I'm grateful. For those who have tried, and can't...well, @#$%! And sorry 'bout that. All too sorry.
We'll get back to regular programming later this morning, with a new column from Ctein about possible far-into-the-future technological developments in digital. —MJ