Photographers often ask me if they should blog. Blogging is hard. It takes time. People will judge the result. And what will you write about anyway? Well there are several reasons for a photographer to have a blog and ways for her to find her voice. read more.
Alison Wright is probably the photographer you wanted to be when you first dreamt of becoming a photographer. Traveling the world often for the iconic Nat Geo, she need a website that could put forward a lot of information. read more.
Valentin Bianchi is a young and motivated photographer based in Liège, Belgium. He is doing all he can to build his career. These are still early days but he already has a handful of interesting projects. More importantly he has a really interesting eye. bianchivalentin.com Call him if you need images from North Western Europe.
I build Harold Feinstein’s original website just before responsiveness became a must-have feature. This relaunch involved a complete re-coding of the site but no major modification of the styling. read more.
In 2015 all websites should be responsive. But what does responsive mean? Why is it so important? Will it affect my Google ranking? How do I go about making my photography site responsive? Here are some answers. read more.
If you are using the Manual Customization mode and haven’t inlined your CSS (more on inlining below), you may have noticed that the PhotoShelter login page on your manually customized website – that is the page your clients use to log into the galleries of images you shot for them – looks broken on Firefox and Safari. Check it out… read more.
Remember when a photographer’s archives used be his or her retirement plan? That’s long gone but you should nonetheless protect your life’s work from theft. And there is only one truly effective way to do that. read more.
Choosing a hosting provider isn’t easy. They all claim you won’t find better. Here is my hosting recommendation for a WordPress-powered photography site based on personal experience and minimum requirements for a business setup. read more.
Most photographers dread having to put their About page together. Not only do you have to go all metaphysical (Who are you? Really) but you have to do it in writing. Short or long text? Funny, factual or inspirational? First or third person voice? Modest or self-confident? Headshot or not? It makes editing your own images almost pleasurable. Yet the… read more.
There are many ways to skin a cat. When it comes to websites for photographers my favorite setup is WordPress + PhotoShelter. That combo provides excellent design flexibility, more SEO options, good admin interfaces and e-commerce-enabled photo archive management. read more.
Some websites you never want to have to build. After being held hostage by ISIS in Syria for almost two years, Jim was murdered on August 19th, 2014. I had set Jim up with his reporter’s blog. We had worked on the Friends of Anton auction together. Now I had to design a site for a project preserving his memory:… read more.
Have you ever thought of your images as potential vehicles to spread malware? Two months ago a security expert found malware hiding in the EXIF header of a JPG image. Using images to infect computers with malware isn’t new but the novelty here is the way the malicious code was hidden. Peter Gramantik, of Sucuri, discovered a new form of… read more.
Have you tried Symbolset? A nifty symbol font that allows you to add social media and other icons to your website by loading a font instead of images. It loads fast, looks good and is easy to set up if you know a little html. See them in use at the bottom of this page or on my photojournalism website.… read more.
Photography is personal. Your images are what they are because you took them. In short, you’re an author. As you may know given the right information Google will highlight authors in it’s search results. The good news is you can make that happen for your PhotoShelter galleries by adding a snippet of code to your manually customized PhotoShelter pages (you… read more.
Remember blogrolls? Those lists of recommended links to other websites usually placed in the sidebar used to be ubiquitous. You don’t see them as much nowadays. And that’s a good thing. They are bad for your website in many ways and should be left in the 1990s where they belong. Some argue that providing your visitors with a list of… read more.
FYI, those sweet-but-slightly-weird comments you get on your blog are fake. I see these comments on sites all the time and you probably have too but may not have noticed anything particular about them. They look more or less normal. They’re always positive, often enthusiastic even. And who doesn’t like to see that someone out there enjoyed your post so… read more.
A few weeks ago I received a phone call from Harold Feinstein’s long-time partner Judith asking me if I could help them relaunch Harold’s dated website and set them up with a PhotoShelter-based photo archive. The existing website was getting old. It had been built in-house using iWeb and, while it didn’t look that bad, it certainly looked out-dated and… read more.
In April London-based photographer Anton Hammerl was shot by Qaddafi loyalists in Libya near Brega. For 44 days the regime told his family he was alive and in detention along with 3 other kidnapped journalists. The truth is he was left to die in the desert. Anton had 3 children, including a newborn baby. Now they need our help. With… read more.
Some photographers include an artist statement on their website, either a general one or project-specific ones. I’m no artist and I have never written one but I can imagine how painful it must be to formulate clearly in words the inspiration and ideas that drive a creative process. And quite frankly that difficulty often shows. A well-written artist statement offers… read more.
WARNING: for Manual Customizers and photographers with access to their site’s code only. Yesterday Google released +1 buttons for use on any website. When a visitor clicks a +1 button on a page, he/she recommends that page to friends, contacts and the rest of the world. The next time that visitor’s connections Google something, they could see the +1’s directly… read more.
News flash: not everyone thinks they should have to pay to use the great images you have on your website. And to make it easier for them to grab your work there are tools that download all the images on a website at a click of a button. One such tool is HyperImage (H/T Steve Skoll for pointing them out).… read more.
I see the crazy-weak passwords every day. Otherwise perfectly smart photographers will pick the weakest passwords for their website admin logins. It baffles me every time. Please do it right. It is easy, I promise. read more.
You are definitely the best photographer for the job in your area and your website makes that very clear. But what happens when you travel and become available in a new area? It would be smart to keep your location information current on your website. At best you will be considered for a job is this new location; at worst… read more.
Photographer João Silva lost both legs when he stepped on a mine while on assignment in Afghanistan. We launched a new website today to sell his prints and collect donations. Help him! read more.
Under US law a copyright notice is no longer required to protect copyright. Yet it makes sense to include one. A copyright notice indicates that a work is protected by copyright, identifies the copyright owner and shows the year of first publication. It’s pretty simple to add one. read more.
Too many photographers send out emails with footer signatures that don’t include a clickable link to their website. Learn how to get it right. read more.
As of today, I am a Certified PhotoShelter Consultant. read more.
Charlie Mahoney is a former banker turned talented photojournalist with a surging career. He wanted to upgrade to his simple all-Flash portfolio website to something much more powerful. It went live a few days ago. read more.