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The Photographer Website

Posted in PHOT 252 by Paul Turounet on February 16, 2009

livebooks_edu-site

© Klea McKenna, liveBooks.edu Template Website

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With the Internet being the essential place for communication and resource, a website is a particularly beneficial strategy for presenting work. It is immediate and allows for anyone to view it at their convenience from anywhere in the world. While Flickr and other photo-sharing sites can function as a pseudo-website, keep in mind that you’re going to want to create a sense of identity and professionalism for yourself and your work.

Prior to developing the website, it’ll be important to do some research and explore websites to begin conceptualizing how you may want to approach the building of the site as well as develop a budget, including costs associated with securing a URL, design services, server storage space and general monthly | yearly operating costs.

Basically, there are a couple of approaches – work with a company that uses a template system with some abilities to create a customized site or with more team of trained professionals who specialize in website design, web programming and graphic design that are customized for each individual client and each have their advantages and disadvantages depending on the nature of the site developed, including design flexibility and functionality, cost and support.

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visualserver-site

© Jo Whaley, VisualServer Template Website

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Template System

  • Some design flexibility with how site will look, including image size and page design but limited in creating an individualized, “branded” look
  • Suitable for a variety of budgets, including initial design costs, monthly and yearly site maintenance and server storage fees
  • With many template systems, client has ability to modify | update website content from any location
  • Keyword optimization for web search engines

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customized-site

© Carl De Keyzer, Group 94 Customized Website (Group 94 has also done websites for Lauren Greenfield, and Jill Greenberg.

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Customized Approach

  • Significant design flexibility with how site will look, including image size and page design with unlimited possibilities in creating an individualized, “branded” look
  • Not suitable for those with limited budget, particularly with the initial design and programming costs as well as the monthly and yearly site maintenance and server storage fees
  • Limited abilities to modify | update website content in a time – responsive manner as you’re reliant on the technical support of the designer | programmer

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Secure your own URL | Domain Name ( http://www.yourname.com ) and be sure to renew the contract prior to the due date so that the website remains live without interruption.

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Particularly for the emerging photographer with a minimal budget, it is not immediately necessary to have a slick, interactive website, but rather something simple that allows you to have a presence on the Internet. There are a number of website services available that provide template designs that can be customized and are affordable, even on a student budget:

liveBooks.edu

VisualServer

Other Peoples Pixels

Creative Motion Design

BluDomain

Picaholic

Parade

Graph Paper Press

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Assignment

Using the feedback and discussion from the previous critiques, and in conjunction with your preparation of The Photographic Portfolio or The Photographic Book, develop a live website that reflects your identity and “branding” as a photographer and your photographic work, including portfolio(s) of photographs that demonstrate a cohesive conceptual concern through your sense of photographic vision and technical craftsmanship. At this stage of your conceptual development, it is essential and necessary that your idea(s) and vision reflect a sense of who you are as a photographer.

Give particular attention to the following:

  • Secure your own URL | Domain Name
  • Select a website design | provider strategy
  • Edit and sequencing of work in the website portfolio(s). Avoid duplication of similar types of imagery unless it is a function of your conceptual concern
  • Consistent image sizing and digital imaging optimization, including correct image density and contrast and color balance
  • “About” and “Contact Pages”
  • Use of links, multimedia | video and sound

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Requirements

For the website presentation, please present the following:

  • Website is required to be live at time of presentation.
  • minimum of twenty (20) finished photographs that reflect focused attention on a conceptual concern/interest/curiosity through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship from the finished Photographic Portfolio Final Project Assignment.
  • Each finished photograph is required to be digitally optimized for website presentation.
  • Website is required to include “About” and “Contact” pages.

See course calendar for due date.

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Student Websites

Student websites from PHOT 252 – Photography IV (Advanced Photography)

Armer

Jennifer Armer

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Celeste

Jenna Celeste

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Deharo

Richard Deharo

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Folk

Jaclyn Folk

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Keithly

Dewey Keithly

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Lingo

Matt Lingo

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View

View Patibhanthewa

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Rogers

Andrew Rogers

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Saito

Koki Saito

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Steiner

Julie Steiner

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Wood

India Wood

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