Along with the developments in photography has been the parallel development of the Web. Ten years ago websites were largely clumsy, HTML driven constructions. Today, photographers have powerful and easy to use tools to develop their websites. Photographers are finding new and exciting ways to showcase their best work online.
Your online photography portfolio is intended to either attract clientele or show off your photos and images. Some people choose the latter, adding bits of text to each photo they post, creating a photo blog. That type of site is not intended to attract clients and bring home the cash, but instead be a viewing gallery for whoever stumbles across it.
With the rise of digital photography and rapid developments in devices, which have become cheaper and more powerful, interest in photography has exploded.
Every professional photographer wants to present his portfolio in the best possible way.
In this post I’ll discuss what kind of website you should create, what all those technical terms mean, and tell you exactly what I’d do if I was just starting out and needed a website. Let’s dive right in!
Some photography website Features:
Organize Your Content
Your website is your digital portfolio, and there are tactics that you should use to help present your work more efficiently. A portfolio is designed to show off your best work, in different categories. My tactic, has always been the same one I have shared with many photographers in print portfolios. You present your very best work first, and last, and have the middle portion of your portfolio with the filler. This strategy is used as you want to grab attention initially, with WOW factor, show them diversity in your work, and then wow them again.
Use High Resolution Images
When a possible client goes to your view your portfolio, they expect to see high resolution, capable looking images. So give them that! Don’t display “full size” images at 300px by 300px. The viewer is there to see your work at its greatest quality, not a low quality optimized for bandwidth. When you consider your target demographic, chances are high that they are located near you. By now, most of us have high-speed cable or DSL connections, so utilize them.
Provide high-resolution images for your clients and in return they may have to wait a couple seconds longer. If they’re that impatient that they won’t wait for your portfolio to load the best quality possible, then personally speaking, they’re too impatient to be your client.
Use a Large Viewing Area
Now that you’re using high-resolution images, why not use a large viewing area to display your images on a desktop monitor, for users on tablets and smart phones you can resize your portfolio to fit their device. See next point.
A responsive website’s layout adapts to the Screen size of whatever devices your visitors are using, looking great from a desktop view down to a smaller mobile resolution.
Provide Details with Each Photo
Viewers like to know whom you shot for and who they are looking at. If you find it sufficient to provide a little info about each photo, go for it!
Make it Easy for Your Users to Contact You
Regardless of how good your work is, if your viewer can’t get in touch with you, you’re not getting any work. It’s really simple for you to add contact details to your site. Whether it’s a contact page, a phone number on every page, or an email address in the footer, finding your contact information should be a breeze for your users.
A contact from will give your visitors a private way to contact you, instead of comments, plus you don’t have to display an email address on your website.
Every little bit counts and the more work you put into your portfolio the more passionate the potential client will see you as.
Google maps integration
Your website should be able to show your location on a page via a great-looking Google Map. This will also make easy for your potential client to contact you in person.
Easy to update and maintain fresh
Choose a solution for your photography website that is fast and easy to update and you’ll update it much more often. You may use a hosting solution for your website, like the one we provide here on nCorde with your own Domain name.
Information for Dummies
Your domain name will send people to your website, which will need to be hosted on a web server. Your website is just a bunch of files that people can access online. “Hosting” is the place where these files are stored, and when they type in a domain name, that domain name takes them to the correct server so that they can see your website.
Then you need a platform to build your website on. This is basically some type of software that allows you to build your site. nCorde provides a platform for your to build your website. It’s like the foundation and inside frame of a house that can be built in various ways and can have various looks applied to it. You can try for for free for 14 days.
We know money always seems tight when starting a business, but it doesn’t have to be that. It’s an easy process to have a website build in a few hours, many people Wish they would have started this way right from the beginning.
it’s really cheap to get a website build. With plans starting from $7 a month to have your own site. This is less than 2 drinks of coffee, so there’s no excuse for not having a website.
Part of the reason that more and more people are building their website on hosted services like nCorde is because they have 24-hour online support via email, so you can reach a customer service rep pretty much immediately to get any questions answered. Not only that, but it’s super easy to subscribe. Your complete portfolio and online client proofing website is ready as soon as you open an account. There is no coding necessary to create a beautiful website with plenty of design options and customizations in just a few clicks. Impress your friends and clients with your gorgeous, professional website.
Custom Designed Websites You can also have a designer create a website for you, but this is going to cost you a bit more, and honestly with the vast amount of design on nCorde, I have trouble recommending this to photographers. Because most of the designs included in your package can be customized in some way to at least include your logos and match your branding colors, it seems like a waste of money that you don’t need to spend for your business. I fully believe a strong brand is important, but that doesn’t mean you need a fully custom design for your photography website.
Lastly Protect Your Work
With today’s technology, no matter how hard you try to protect your images, somebody, somewhere, can steal a copy. You can try disabling right click, or put all your images as background images, and hope your users aren’t tech-capable; but that will never work.
The only way to truly protect your photos is to embed watermarks on them. By embedding watermarks into your images, if thieves steal your work, the watermark will always be there. The larger the watermark, the harder it will be to get rid of it.
There are two downsides to using watermarks:
- It will take time to batch process your images to add watermarks.
- The images on your portfolio won’t look as good as they could. Anyone would prefer to see an image without a watermark as opposed to one with a watermark.
Not too many people are using watermarks anymore, but if you are worried about people stealing your images, it may be worth a thought.
Everything on the Internet comes with a price; it just so happens that the price for high-quality work is longer load times.
Throughout the years, Munir has learned the art of light, composition, colour and post processing. He’s mainly a lifestyle photographer who absolutely loves to shoot and everything that comes with it.
When showcasing photography, there are no limits. You don’t need a navigation bar, header, or footer, if you don’t want to have them. The more creative you can be, while still focusing on the main goal of your site, the more attention you’ll gain.
For all other business websites nCorde offers personalized services that suites all types of businesses, big or small. nCorde also provides images that are suited for any kind of marketing material including large displays, advertising, web use or brochures and any kind of marketing including large display, advertising, web use or brochures and offer full range of design services if required.
Whether you’re designing your photography portfolio for paid work or just to show off your images, you should always consider the end user. Make it as easy as possible for your users to view your portfolio. Complex navigations and layouts may be “cool”, but are also useless if they are too tricky for most users.
Website photographs can serve many purposes in what information you communicate and how you communicate it. They can be used to set a mood or communicate an entire theme. Photographic content can take an otherwise simple website with basic design structure and text to the next level.
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