A client recently asked me to make a change to the carefully crafted website I had almost completed for him: remove the responsiveness. You heard that right. He wanted me to antiquate his site, make it look like something from 10 years ago. Needless to say that is a bad idea. It makes for a poor user experience and will… 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.
Let’s start with two crucial notions. First, archive images are different from portfolio images. Second, the only effective protection against unauthorized copying is making the image unusable. Too often the images in photographers’ photo archives are viewable – sometimes in large format – without any protection. Occasionally a new client will tell me they don’t want watermarks on their PhotoShelter… read more.
Choosing a hosting provider is a challenge. Their websites are jargon-laced and their claims overblown. A Google search returns pages of complaints by unhappy users of any given provider. You need to try them out to evaluate them properly. The next best thing is hearing from someone with the same needs as yours who made the jump. Here is my… 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.
Combining WordPress and PhotoShelter has long been my favorite way to power the photography websites of my clients. Together WordPress and PhotoShelter offer a number of advantages that are particularly suited to the needs of the professional photographer with better things to do than learn coding. These include excellent design and content organization flexibility, improved SEO capability, unlimited room for… 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 wish my clients didn’t keep telling me their wife’s, kids’ and pets’ names. Don’t get me wrong. We ARE best friends from day one. No, my concern is that photographers seems to take an astonishingly lax attitude to password security. Yet as small business owners they have so much to loose should things go wrong. By using their wife’s… 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. Photographers own the copyright to their work the instant they press the button. However a copyright notice has a purpose as it indicates that a work is protected by copyright, identifies the copyright owner and shows the year of first publication. You should include a properly formatted… 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.
Better looks, better message, better functionalities. And a blog of useful posts and relevant news. read more.