I’ve been browing through my local photographers looking for family portrait photographers and wedding photographers. As someone who is very familiar with the web, I’m always struck at how poorly some people do their web portfolioes.
How Do They Find You?
Like anything, the most important thing about a photography site is how it ranks on google for location + keyword searches.
I’m sure that ottawaportraitphotographers.com does quite well when it comes to new clients finding them via Google.
I chose my wedding photographer because he uses a blog to display his pictures. The pictures are big enough that I can see the quality, there isn’t anything hiding the images, and enough pictures load all at once that I can get a good indication that I want to see more without having to click on each individual photo. Blogs also have the added feature where I actually can tell that the photos are recent work. With some sites only the hairstyles give any indication of when the photo was taken.
There were a few Ottawa wedding photographers who use this approach of having both a blog and a flash-based gallery, and I have to say I was impressed with all of them.
- Mike Dickson – Ottawa Wedding Photographer blog (flash site)
- Byron Brydges – Ottawa Wedding Photographer blog (flash site)
- Andrew Geddes – Ottawa Wedding Photographer blog (flash site)
The blogs are photo galleries all on their own. None of them mix personal blog posts in with the photos.
Another pet-peeve is when the pictures aren’t big enough to see the photo in detail. Thumbnails are great for overall navigation, but it’s very hard to tell photo quality when the picture takes up less than one fifth of my screen.
One of the worst things I’ve seen is watermarks embedded in the image. We all understand that you don’t want other people to steal your livelyhood, but much like how digital rights management shouldn’t prevent people from watching a DVD, the embedded watermark in a photo shouldn’t prevent your potential customer from seeing how good your pictures are. I can’t appreciate a photo when the writing on top of them is too distracting.
I hope if there are any amateur or semi-pro photographers in the audience they can learn a few things about what customers are looking for.
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- From the article: ” 1) runs all the tests, 2) contains no duplication, 3) expresses every idea you want to express, 4) minimal number of classes and methods. When you work with these rules, you pay attention only to micro-design matters.”
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- Tons of cheatsheets and tutorials
- [RUBY] TreeTop, treetop.rubyforge.org, via:blog.zenspider.com
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RSS feeds are like cookies (that are good enough for me). Best of Feeds is a weekly collection of the best stuff I saw on the Internet this week. They’re saved on delicious and stumbleupon and cross-posted to Twitter and Tumblr as they happen and then collected together on Saturdays. I don’t blog on the weekend so read these links instead.
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