Checklist for a Fab Photography Website
With all the digital cameras floating around, everyone seems to be a photographer. Everyone wants his talents and works known to the public and his reasons are diverse – for profits, for self-fulfillment, for displaying his works, and proving that he is also an artist. Every time one takes a picture, he seems to want the world know about it. The arrival of more sophisticated cameras from the Far East and the mass production of cameras of all sorts in China gave people opportunity to enter the photography scene. While others openly called for regulations to limit the number of photographers and save the old profession, they cannot do anything about it and thus the rule is now – may the best man win. Having a camera and taking a picture is one thing, showing it to the whole world is another. One must be guided some rules so that he will not mess up his art or place his art in danger. Here are some of the best tips we have collected from an array of website commentators and major industry players. See here
First, the website is not a photograph. As much as possible, do not let the background outshine your collection. There is no use of setting up a photography website if the background covers one’s collection. In designing or setting up the free website templates, the first thing in mind that the template is a store. If you think that the template is part of the photography collection, then you are headed into a lot of trouble. While the Madonna of the Rock is a good photograph inspiration, it does not follow that it is also a good website inspiration. One should be careful because he might introduce absurdity on his website and he might definitely turn off the customers.
Second, the contributor at webdesign.tutplus.com commented on the need to add a dynamic message for a dynamic image. While there are some websites (modeling) sites were the image speaks louder than words, there are times when we need to say something about our creation. Let’s say we specialize in urban photography. While the images can speak for themselves, such is not enough because only a handful of city dwellers are aware of the so-called urban photography. Two or three sentences can do. However, you have to make sure to place such contents in good boxes.
Third, the major writer at Karelia.hubpages.com noted that the design and layout of your photography website is an important first impression for visitors and potential customers. Why would visitors trust your site if it appears to have been made by a great one student? Even if minimalism is valued in designing photography websites, one should recall the basics – good layout, good navigation, well-positioned navigation menu, no broken links, and relevant website design. Customers and viewers of photography websites are typical online customers who want to see the photographs minus the hassles. They don’t want to get stuck on the gallery page because the navigation links are broken. Thus, a thorough inspection is necessary to avoid any embarrassments.