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Jun 11, 2015 - How To, Tip

How Does a Photographer Find Her Blogging Voice?

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.

Mar 20, 2015 - Portfolio

Delivered: Nat Geo Photographer Alison Wright Switched From Neon Sky To WordPress + PhotoShelter

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.

Mar 18, 2015 - Portfolio

Delivered: Website For Belgian Photographer Valentin Bianchi

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.

Mar 16, 2015 - Portfolio

Delivered: Harold Feinstein’s Website Gets An Upgrade To Responsive

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.

Dec 9, 2014 - SEO, Tip

Make Your Photography Website Mobile-Friendly (Or What Is Responsiveness?)

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.

Dec 3, 2014 - How To, PhotoShelter

A Fix For The Broken PhotoShelter Login Page Problem (Firefox and Chrome)

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.

Nov 18, 2014 - How To, Tip

Photographers: Protect Your Archive Images With A Watermark

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.

Nov 11, 2014 - Tip

Tools I Use: Managed WordPress Hosting by WPEngine

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.

Nov 3, 2014 - How To, Tip

Writing Your About Page On Your Photographer’s Website

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.

Oct 13, 2014 - PhotoShelter, Tip

Use WordPress And PhotoShelter To Build Your Photographer Website

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.

Sep 19, 2014 - Portfolio

Delivered: James W. Foley Legacy Fund Website

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.

Aug 30, 2013 - News

Malware Hidden in the EXIF of a JPG Image

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.

Dec 12, 2012 - How To, PhotoShelter

How To Get Your Symbolset Web Font To Work With PhotoShelter

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.

Oct 30, 2012 - How To, PhotoShelter

Add Your Author Info To PhotoShelter Galleries in Google Search Results

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.

Sep 27, 2012 - Tip

For or Against Blogrolls on a Photographer’s Website? Against.

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.

Sep 11, 2012 - How To, Tip

Recognize Fake Comments On a Photographer’s Website

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.

Sep 6, 2012 - Portfolio

New Website For Legendary Photographer Harold Feinstein

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.

Sep 14, 2011 - News, PhotoShelter, Portfolio

Friendsofanton.org: Supporting Anton Hammerl’s Kids

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.

Jun 14, 2011 - Tip

Easy Artist’s Statements For a Photography Website

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.

Jun 2, 2011 - How To, PhotoShelter

Add a Google +1 Button to your PhotoShelter galleries and website

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.

Feb 25, 2011 - How To

Stop Image Harvesters Like HyperImage From Downloading All Your Images

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.

Jan 14, 2011 - Tip

Get Serious About Password Security

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.

Dec 14, 2010 - How To

Update Your Location on Your Website From Your Cell Phone

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.

Nov 8, 2010 - News, PhotoShelter, Portfolio

Print Sales Website For Injured War Photographer João Silva

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.

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Oct 23, 2010 - How To, Tip

The Correct Copyright Notice on a Photographer’s Website

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.

Oct 20, 2010 - How To, Tip

Clickable Website Addresses in Email Signatures

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.

Oct 12, 2010 - News, PhotoShelter

Now a Certified PhotoShelter Consultant

As of today, I am a Certified PhotoShelter Consultant.  read more.

Oct 8, 2010 - News, PhotoShelter, Portfolio

Delivered: Charliemahoney.net

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.

Oct 1, 2010 - News

Re-Designed digitaltechparis Website Goes Live!

Better looks, better message, better functionalities. And a blog of useful posts and relevant news.  read more.