Here’s what I’m reading and bookmarking this week on the web.
There are so many options available to photographers to create a professional looking portfolio site. Here are just a few I’ve run across in the past couple of months.
SmugMug.com offers template based sites and includes a way to sell your photos, printing, and custom watermarks.
Satellite powered by a flickr professional account. You also need a web hosting account that supports the php programming language to install Satellite on. You don’t have to know any php – but knowing some basic HTML helps. Despite all these steps, this is my current favorite because it’s customizable, can be hosted on many website accounts, and gives you a real web hosting account to play with, which gives you additional benefits of having [email protected] email, and the ability to install a WordPress blog like the one you are reading now. To see an example of a Satellite powered site I recently created for a friend, check out Colleen Todd‘s. portfolio.
Worried about copying of your images? Consider using steganography (like DigiMarc in Adobe Photoshop) to digitally watermark your photos, although it has been said it reduces quality. An alternative is to put a “bug” in a corner of the image with your name. This can be done in batch mode with a program like iWatermark. Personally, I prefer the bug method, for reasons Ken Rockwell explains.
Want to include a slideshow widget on your site? Check out the Google AJAX Feed Slideshow widget.
Do it yourself portfolios: (free) http://start.uber.com/design can be used for photography or any artwork.
If any of the above methods doesn’t give you a professional web address (URL) of your own, like www.mynamephotos.com – you can use domain masking at a registrar (like SustainableDomains.com) to point to the computer generated URL.
Know of any others, or had experience with the above that you can share? Please let us know in the comments below!