Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: Designing an effective personal photo website?

  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    535

    Designing an effective personal photo website?

    I would like to get some pointers on designing an effective personal photo website. The aim is to display some of my photos to the outside world letting the web know I exist in photographic terms. It would also be used as a facefront to potential buyers and general people interested in my photography side. For now, I would not like to include a blog or anything fancy, just a site with some information about me and a small number of images representing the type of work that I do.

    Since I plan to implement and maintain the site, the simpler the better philosophy would be helpful. If you have any examples of such websites which are effective or if you can reccomend a system/Template that would also be great.

    MM

  2. #2
    Mike Anderson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    667

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    I think building on Wordpress would give you the most bang for the least work. (Wordpress isn't just for blogs anymore.) Search for WordPress for portfolios.

    The hot buzzword right now is "responsive", that is the pages rearrange their layout and adjust to various display sizes so it looks good in a browser on a desktop with a large display as well as a phone and everything in between. Most of these WordPress themes claim they're "responsive" now. You can test this out by bringing up a demo page and resizing your browser to phone width and see how the page looks.

    I've yet to find a portfolio WP theme I really like, so you're probably going to have to compromise to get the leverage they provide.
    Mike → "Junior Liberatory Scientist"

  3. #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Posts
    1,015

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    seriously, do not try to design a website yourself. It's going to look terrible unless you are at awesome at designing websites. Which if you are asking, you're not. I'm not, you're not, most photographers are not.

    viewbook.com it's simple, pretty cheap and looks pretty pro. I use it for my site but I haven't updated it in a long time. I could definitely make it look better with their newer stuff.

    also you can read this
    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2007/10/...website-sucks/
    http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2007/10/...website-rocks/

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Posts
    108

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    You should probably stay away from anything that isn't pretty simple but simple is good in my opinion. You want a design that shows off your photographs not the design. If you are looking for an easy way to go Indexhibit is a good one. www.indexhibit.org Look at the participants link to see what is possible. No matter what you do though it will take you time to learn.

    Personally I prefer straight HTML. I no longer use Flash for anything since I think it will go the way of the dodo. HTML5 is going to replace it over the next few years.

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Summerville, SC
    Posts
    1,367

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    I wrote my own, as you can see in my signature line....

  6. #6
    Format Omnivore Brian C. Miller's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 1999
    Location
    Everett, WA
    Posts
    2,959

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    For a site that shows you how to design a website by showing you how it absolutely shouldn't be done, visit Vincent Flander's Web Pages That Suck. Flanders published a book about web design, but I found Web Navigation from O'Reilly to be a bit better.

    I personally don't use Flash. I don't like waiting for some glitz to load, which could be done with straight HTML and Javascript. It slows everything down, and I don't like slow.

    l2oBiN, what you need to do is go and look at a lot of photography sites, and see what works for you. Make a list of what you like and don't like, and keep refining it. Go from there.
    "It's the way to educate your eyes. Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long." - Walker Evans

  7. #7
    Greg Davis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    577

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    I use Indexhibit and love it. It is simply designed with no clutter and very easy to update with new content. It is also free.

  8. #8
    Unwitting Thread Killer Ari's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Posts
    5,554

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    I used Weebly; made the site myself, and then brought in my geek-ish brother to tweak it.
    He got rid of the "Weebly.com" and linked the site to my already-owned domain name.
    It's free, too, and you can upgrade to a Pro account for very little.

  9. #9
    Drew Bedo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Houston Texas
    Posts
    2,650

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    In 2006 (a long time ago in the web-world) I contacted Lynn Bell Dsigns her in Houston. We met once and I showed them my ideqas. They told me what was possible. A week or two later (I don't remember now) my website went hot and its been great. the whole thing cost ~ $700.

    I am happy.
    Drew Bedo
    www.quietlightphoto.com
    http://www.artsyhome.com/author/drew-bedo




    There are only three types of mounting flanges; too big, too small and wrong thread!

  10. #10

    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Seattle, Washington
    Posts
    3,018

    Re: Designing an effective personal photo website?

    Quote Originally Posted by davisg2370 View Post
    I use Indexhibit and love it. It is simply designed with no clutter and very easy to update with new content. It is also free.

    I like your site, Greg.

Similar Threads

  1. A link to an enjoyable photo website!
    By John Kasaian in forum On Photography
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 26-Jan-2010, 11:31
  2. New Personal Website
    By Josh Z. in forum Introductions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 19-May-2007, 16:05
  3. what happened to the midwest photo website?
    By Paddy Quinn in forum Resources
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 28-Jan-2005, 11:32
  4. Replies: 8
    Last Post: 3-Jan-2002, 16:45

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •