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John Brady
2-Mar-2010, 17:06
My new web site went live today.

I decided to go with livebooks and found it to be a breeze. They have something called edit suite which is the place where you manage your site. It is very comprehensive and super simple. It has a drag and drop interface to arrange images. They have lots of videos available and you can add video and sound. They also have a sales module.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

jb
www.timeandlight.com

welly
2-Mar-2010, 17:26
Nice work on the site, some great images too!

r.e.
2-Mar-2010, 17:27
It looks terrific, actually.

willwilson
2-Mar-2010, 19:33
John, It looks great. I like the simple layout and the image browsing is very user friendly. Best of all your images look fantastic. I am partial to your color work though.

Ed Richards
2-Mar-2010, 20:06
And I like the B&W.:-) One thought - some of the images look oversharpened. I do not see halos, but they look a little "crunchy." The cover shot has the look a little. It may be the unavoidable problem of trying to shrink a very detailed LF shot down to the pixels of a iPhone camera to fit it on the WWW.

dsim
2-Mar-2010, 20:07
Very nice.

r.e.
2-Mar-2010, 20:12
Looking at this from a straight presentation point of view, there are very few people on this forum whose sites come anywhere close to this.

John Brady
2-Mar-2010, 20:29
And I like the B&W.:-) One thought - some of the images look oversharpened. I do not see halos, but they look a little "crunchy." The cover shot has the look a little. It may be the unavoidable problem of trying to shrink a very detailed LF shot down to the pixels of a iPhone camera to fit it on the WWW.

Thank you all for checking out the new site and sharing the kind words!

Ed, I hate itsy bitsy low rez images so I applied some sharpening to give them a little more pop. It sounds like I must have gone to far. I appreciate the honest feed back.

Frank Petronio
2-Mar-2010, 23:02
I'm not crazy about gallery navigation choice myself, since you don't have a lot of images in the galleries the thumbnails seem like an unnecessary hold over from the low band-width days... but now you can load all eight images no problem.

But it is nice, and as someone said, better than 99% of the photographer websites out there.

LiveBooks is probably what I'd choose right now too, they have their act together and they've lowered prices. The company that Rob Haggart set up is good too: http://aphotofolio.com/

I use DripBooks myself for my second website. Same idea but LiveBooks has better templates and user interface. But Dripbooks has other features and it is inexpensive.

And btw, excellent photos!

Patrick Dixon
3-Mar-2010, 04:03
The gray on black writing is very difficult to see on my screen. I can't read the small text above 'Add to Cart' at all.

mikebarger
3-Mar-2010, 05:07
No problems on my screen, excellent site!

Mike

David Hedley
3-Mar-2010, 06:14
Yes, I like it a lot.

Ed Richards
3-Mar-2010, 06:30
Until I saw Patrick's note, I did not even notice the text for prices and purchase. I would bring that up just a little more.

bsimison
3-Mar-2010, 07:55
Nice site and great images, thanks for sharing. Makes me miss the glades.

I agree with the comments about the "prices" and "add to cart" links at the bottom. They are hard to see.

John Brady
3-Mar-2010, 08:34
Thanks for the feed back, especially on the price tab. One of the problems with using predesigned templates is not having total control over the look. But for me the trade off was acceptable in exchange for ease of use. I can change colors of the text but I can't make it more bold on my own. I will check with there programmers and see if they have a solution.

Frank, the thumbnail choices live books offers are flash based roll over. When I would get a bunch of thumbs loaded they tended to get squirley, as in they would roll way to fast for my liking. I had them customize my tabs to be persistent. The down side is they may look a little old school but I like it better than the other options. The other type of thumbs they offer is an invisible row that appears when you move the mouse over the edge of the image and then disappears when you move away. I didn't like that one at all, call me old fashioned.

www.timeandlight.com

Frank Petronio
3-Mar-2010, 09:24
I know. If you were going from scratch though I'd just load all eight images and scroll em or something like that, since the load time wouldn't be bad.

brian mcweeney
3-Mar-2010, 11:18
Livebooks is great is someways and a bit of a pain in others. You website looks nice. Definitely take advantage of the edit suite and the SEO features.

Ed Richards
3-Mar-2010, 11:55
Tried the site on my iPhone. The flash did not work, of course, but I got an option for an HTML version that looks great. I do not see that option when I go to the site from a brower with flash. How do you get to the HTML version?

adamc
3-Mar-2010, 12:58
Looks nice!
I just noticed a few little things in the Everglades Color Gallery - I think #12 and #24 are the same, and I can't get thumbnails #20 and #23 to bring up a larger version.

Otherwise, nice job!
Adam

John Brady
3-Mar-2010, 14:05
Adam, great catch on the double posted image! It took two seconds to fix based on the ease of their edit suite. I'm not sure why the two images didn't load for you, they load on my computer.

Ed, I think I am supposed to put up a html landing page but I haven't figured that one out yet. Thanks for the heads up on that one.

www.timeandlight.com

ret wisner
3-Mar-2010, 14:33
nice site, i agre with others comments, also there is no mention of the printing process, i find this is of up most importance , especially if i was interested in purchasing from you

Bruce M. Herman
3-Mar-2010, 14:49
Aside from echoing the positive comments everyone else has made, I find that I'm confused by the pricing. The text with the prices indicates to me that the size I'm looking at is the mat size and not the physical print size. Is that what you intended? Personally, I think the print size is most important. Anyway, you may want to reword the descriptions if you do intend them to refer to the print size.

Bruce

John Brady
3-Mar-2010, 17:32
Hi Bruce,
You read the description as I intended. I sell all my prints by the outside mat description. I rarely have in depth conversations with my patrons about exact image size. From my experience they are more concerned about the framed size and where it will fit.

I don't imagine making sales on the site without an actual dialog with the person interested in purchasing. I felt trying to go into more detail about the width of mat and actual image would make the price list even more difficult to comprehend.

Most of my images I sell at shows and my gallery. I would like to sell on the site but I'm not sure how often that will happen. I look at the site as a sales and marketing tool.

Thanks for the feed back.

www.timeandlight.com

joeyrsmith
8-Mar-2010, 20:16
Looks good John,
Hey, how was the Coconut Grove show?
It was nice to met you. Hope you did good.
Joey

srbphoto
8-Mar-2010, 21:45
Nice job. What a great place to be able to shoot.

One small critique: I'm not sure about labeling the galleries "silver". For photographers it makes sense but to the general public it may be confusing. Also if you begin mixing B&W digital there will not be any confusion or need for another gallery.

Keep up the good work.

Doug Howk
9-Mar-2010, 04:41
John, you mention doing some art fair shows; but I don't see a location/schedule on your site. Any in center/north Florida region?

As to site, a well-designed Flash program should have several areas of configuration. These should include typeface used. Check with your vendor. Also the thumbnails do intrude on viewing the image(s). Maybe some space between them and image which you could do by including a frame around your image. Create thumbs from your images, then alter the images with a border (this is what I do for most of mine).

Great images.

John Brady
9-Mar-2010, 05:28
Looks good John,
Hey, how was the Coconut Grove show?
It was nice to met you. Hope you did good.
Joey
Hi Joey, it was great meeting you too! Thanks for making the trip. The show was awesome. I have never seen so many people at a show and my sales were a personal best. I must have gone through 1500 business cards which is what prompted me to up date my site.

srbphoto Nice job. What a great place to be able to shoot.

One small critique: I'm not sure about labeling the galleries "silver". For photographers it makes sense but to the general public it may be confusing. Also if you begin mixing B&W digital there will not be any confusion or need for another gallery.

Good suggestion I will consider changing that.

Doug Howk: John, you mention doing some art fair shows; but I don't see a location/schedule on your site. Any in center/north Florida region?

As to site, a well-designed Flash program should have several areas of configuration. These should include typeface used. Check with your vendor. Also the thumbnails do intrude on viewing the image(s). Maybe some space between them and image which you could do by including a frame around your image. Create thumbs from your images, then alter the images with a border (this is what I do for most of mine).

Hi Doug, I have a show coming up in a few weeks at Main Sail. This will be my first year there but I think it is a college north of Tampa.

Thanks for the advice on how to treat the thumbs, I will have a look.

Thanks again to all who weighed in with advice.

www.timeandlight.com

Thebes
18-Mar-2010, 20:18
I wonder how google is treating flash sites now-a-days. It used to be that they were very poorly indexed and I would have suggested having a page with a considerable amount of google candy on it, and the flash within that page. I don't know if natural google search results figure into your sales strategy. Its possible google spiders browse flash now, its been over a year since I'd have read about it, used to be a very important issue for people seeking google traffic.

I am glad to hear that you are changing the "silver" galleries. Also I would like to be able to see some kind of details of your work, or else at least know what was made with an 8x10 and what with a dslr, since they will look very different in the fine details and I can't see for myself. I had presumed that "silver" meant silver gelatin but I now get nervous making any assumption since giclee prints are now being called by so many different names.

Your small prints seem to be priced very low, I presume that is to get new customers but I wonder if you might present the higher priced larger prints first. I've seen this used as an effective sales strategy, right now I feel like I would probably buy the cheapest print if I were buying.

I find the pricing popover very "busy", probably due to the way you present your framing options.

Overall a very nice site. It has a professional feel.

JPlomley
31-Mar-2010, 18:17
John, enjoyed the website. Are you still using the iQ2 for your scanning?