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  • Finally created a website

    After much consideration I finally created a website to display my photos and to give anyone who is interested an opportunity to buy them. The site has only been up for a few weeks and is still a work in progress. So far I think that it may work out fine for me…time will tell. I’m still in the learning curve of the site. I work 40+ hours a week at my day job so I’ve been adding content when time allows. I realize that there may not be any particular “style” evident on my site but I enjoy all types of photography.

    How is it progressing?

    Constructive criticism is more than welcome!!

    Jack Baker Photos
    Jack Baker Photos
    Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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    Who/what is your intended market to sell your images to?
    moreinmind.com - photo & design

    Twitter - @KevanMorin

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    • #3
      Originally posted by moreinmind View Post
      Who/what is your intended market to sell your images to?
      I'm not really sure that I have an "intended" market. I've had several friends ask me to take family photos for them and I thought, in that regard, the website would work best for me. I could upload the photos to the site and they could order what they wanted from it. I've had a lot of good comments on my other photos and I thought the website would be a good place to host them and if, by chance, someone would like to purchase one they could. I've also had several suggest to me that they thought some of my photos would make nice greeting cards but I wouldn't have any idea on how to approach publishers with my photos but greeting cards are available on my site. I do have some ideas on ways to sell prints but that will come later.

      Thank you for your reply!
      Jack Baker Photos
      Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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      • #4
        So...stupid me had a nice long reply written for you, then I lost it all going to another page.

        Have to head out for a few hours...I'll re-write something later.
        moreinmind.com - photo & design

        Twitter - @KevanMorin

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        • #5
          Originally posted by moreinmind View Post
          So...stupid me had a nice long reply written for you, then I lost it all going to another page.

          Have to head out for a few hours...I'll re-write something later.
          *laffs* I can relate...same thing happened to me with my reply a while ago.

          Thank you!
          Jack Baker Photos
          Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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          • #6
            I think I know where Moreinmind was going. You should have a target audience, a demographic of the type of person that you want to sell products to, and paint your website for that demographic. My zenfolio is targeted for weddings, so my slideshow has just wedding pictures.

            The pictures you are displaying are technically beautiful, with the hummingbird being the most striking. (except that you've got the humming bird in there twice, or two pictures that look a lot alike) The first negative thing that I saw was the big huge copyright watermark in the middle of the lake picture. I know that watermarks in this day and age are almost necessary, but when you put it in the middle of a beautiful picture... it's just a turn off for most people.

            You have a menu item for a blog, but no entries in the blog. Like Yoda says... "either do, or do not. There is no try." Either blog or blog not.

            You have some really nice portraits (IMG_6232 of your wife), and then some of the portraits have more of a family snapshot look to them.

            Good luck to you.
            Rich Spears www.rspearsphotography.com
            Blog | Flickr | Zenfolio
            Nikon D3s, D700, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8, 70-200mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm 1.8

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            • #7
              Originally posted by rspears View Post
              I think I know where Moreinmind was going. You should have a target audience, a demographic of the type of person that you want to sell products to, and paint your website for that demographic. My zenfolio is targeted for weddings, so my slideshow has just wedding pictures.
              Yeah, I know where he was going too. I've done quit a bit of research here and other places. When I finally decided to put the website together was right after I had taken a lot of family photos at an event we had at church. I made the decision and hurriedly put it together so I could host those photos. I really don't know at this point the demographic of the type of person that I want to sell to, I've sold more family photos than anything..The slideshow on the home page was put together quickly and I've often thought about including only "nature" shots in it as the majority of my photos are of that type.


              Originally posted by rspears View Post
              The pictures you are displaying are technically beautiful, with the hummingbird being the most striking. (except that you've got the humming bird in there twice, or two pictures that look a lot alike) The first negative thing that I saw was the big huge copyright watermark in the middle of the lake picture. I know that watermarks in this day and age are almost necessary, but when you put it in the middle of a beautiful picture... it's just a turn off for most people.
              Thank you so much for the compliments! It really means much more to me when get compliments here rather than when my friends tell me that my photos are nice.

              The hummingbird photos are a lot alike, taken at the same setting.

              Arggghhh...WATERMARKS....I don't like them either...didn't have them at first and after the advice of a friend, who is a professional, I included them. I currently don't have a logo so I just used one that Zen has until I can make my own, which will likely be small and near the bottom or corner. I may put the photos for the slideshow into a hidden album with no watermarks or is there a way in Zen to not show them in the slideshows?


              Originally posted by rspears View Post
              You have a menu item for a blog, but no entries in the blog. Like Yoda says... "either do, or do not. There is no try." Either blog or blog not.

              You have some really nice portraits (IMG_6232 of your wife), and then some of the portraits have more of a family snapshot look to them.



              Good luck to you.
              Funny...I was just thinking that I need to remove the menu item for a blog since I don't have any content there...it was on the template that I used. I may have one some day.

              What was your opinion of the way the rest of the menu items were...easy enough to navigate?

              I love the photos of my wife too...except for the ones some guy had to get his ugly mug in and ruin them! lol


              Thank you again!!
              Jack Baker Photos
              Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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              • #8
                The watermark was a killer for me too, it was only on some and not others, but the size, type and placement was yucky :P Definitely get a little logo done.

                If you tell Rspears you don't know what he means, he might even give you an example
                Art: www.jamieorourke.co.uk
                Work: www.jamieorourkephotography.co.uk
                Sony a200 Sony a580, Canon 500D, Canon 550D, Canon 600D, Canon 600D

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Biomech View Post
                  The watermark was a killer for me too, it was only on some and not others, but the size, type and placement was yucky :P Definitely get a little logo done.

                  If you tell Rspears you don't know what he means, he might even give you an example
                  Thank you!

                  The reason why some have it is because the first thing I did was to create an album, "portfolio", and uploaded some photos in it that I liked for the slideshow...I did not watermark those. Later after I uploaded more photos to different albums I created a collection, linked a bunch of photos to it and used it for the slideshow, not realizing until later that some would show the watermark and some wouldn't. Too bad there isn't a way to disable watermarks in the slideshows...or is there.

                  I have an idea for a simple watermark but I currently don't have any software to create it and upload to Zenfolio for my photos. Working 40+hrs a week it is hard to get some things done as quickly as I want to.

                  Thanks again for you reply!
                  Jack Baker Photos
                  Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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                  • #10
                    Only 40 hours a week?! :P
                    Art: www.jamieorourke.co.uk
                    Work: www.jamieorourkephotography.co.uk
                    Sony a200 Sony a580, Canon 500D, Canon 550D, Canon 600D, Canon 600D

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Biomech View Post
                      Only 40 hours a week?! :P
                      HA! Well, aside from work I have other commitments which take precedence.
                      Jack Baker Photos
                      Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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                      • #12
                        Ok, I removed the "Blog" menu items until a time when I actually have a blog. lol I also changed the slideshow on my home page. I created another hidden gallery, copied several photos to it...left a few portraits in it but they are mainly landscape/nature, removed the watermarks from those images and linked the slideshow on my homepage to it. I may do something similar to other slideshows on my site so that those images will not have watermarks.

                        Thanks again for your input!
                        Jack Baker Photos
                        Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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                        • #13
                          There are some very good images posted, however, there's also a few mediocre images that drag down the rest. You need to edit and show your very best images.
                          http://pa.photoshelter.com/c/jimbryant
                          http://jimbryantphotography.blogspot.com/
                          (1) EOS 1D MKIII (3) EOS 1D's, (3) EOS1D MKIIs', (1) EOS1Ds MKII, 14mmf2.8, 16-35mmf2.8, 28-70mmf2.8, 70-200mm f2.8, 300mm f2.8 and a 400mmf2.8, (4) 550 EX and 1 580E speedlite, and a Speed a tron studio flash system.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by rspears View Post
                            The pictures you are displaying are technically beautiful, with the hummingbird being the most striking. (except that you've got the humming bird in there twice, or two pictures that look a lot alike) The first negative thing that I saw was the big huge copyright watermark in the middle of the lake picture. I know that watermarks in this day and age are almost necessary, but when you put it in the middle of a beautiful picture... it's just a turn off for most people.
                            Originally posted by Biomech View Post
                            The watermark was a killer for me too, it was only on some and not others, but the size, type and placement was yucky :P Definitely get a little logo done.

                            If you tell Rspears you don't know what he means, he might even give you an example
                            OK...I tried to create a differant watermark. It is close to the simple watermark that I had in mind...just something simple, my name in a nice font. Only thing is I can't seem to be able to make it so that it will show up on both dark and light backgrounds. Is it about the right size?

                            Check it out and tell me what you think.

                            Thanks for any help that you may be able/willing to offer.
                            Jack Baker Photos
                            Canon EOS 7D-gripped/ EOS Rebel T3/ EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM/ EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS USM/ EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM/ EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS/ EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II/ EF 50mm f/1.4 USM/ EF 85mm f/1.8 USM/ Extender EF 2x III/ Speedlite 600EX-RT/ (3) Yongnuo Speedlite YN560-II/ Yongnuo RF-603C Flash Triggers

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                            • #15
                              Hokay...So...

                              I just had to reset my password because I'm down shooting some industrial photography in the Domican Republic and couldn't remember the bloody thing on my Macbook...silly memory.

                              I had thought that I wasn't going to bother replying to this...but I said I would, so I would.

                              I don't mean to be rude about any of this, just realistic. Selling your images is half about good photography and half about good business. Too many photographers flat out suck at the business side of it and go nowhere with it.

                              First off - before anything - critiques from family and friends are 100% useless. What do those closest to you want to see you do? Succeed. They'll tell you YEAH go for it, you can do it, you can do anything you put your mind to...etc. True in some cases, not in many. Not everyone in the world can be a brilliant mathematician, and not everyone in the world can be a brilliant photographer, simply because they want to be.

                              1) Your website is weak. I've been a professional web designer longer than I've been a photographer and I've had schooling in marketing, business, blah blah blah...point is: Appearance is incredibly important. If your website looks like a copy and paste template - anyone who's going to actually PAY you any decent amount of money will know this.

                              2) Your photos don't target anything or anyone. You have some landscapes, wildlife, familty...etc. Being a diverse photographer is extremely important in being a pro or aiming to sell images, but if you're going to spread your portfolio, they need to be solid images. All of them. No repeats. No images that you think are "okay" purely to fill a portfolio.

                              3) Many of your landscapes show tilted horizons, that's bad. Keep them straight. Crop them as necessary. Some of your river/rock/tree photos are just boring. There's nothing in the m at all that stands out as worth seeing, much less paying for.

                              4) Your photos of the birds are badass. I love those. Particularly the one of the red bird in the snowy trees...awesome. The contrast between the bright red and the white is brilliant. That shit takes some serious patience.

                              5) You have family photos - all of which are very poorly lit. Either put your subjects in the sun, or use a front strobe light. Or shoot on a tripod and somehow eliminate the shadows. Shadow on men are fine - on women it's not so flattering at all - there are obvious exceptions to this and every other rule, but generally, women don't want to see shadows in their face, it only conveys and reminds them of their age. Even the most attractive people will not be pleased with their photos or think that they're unattractive/not photogenic - the trick as a photographer is to prove them wrong and SELL them on the notion that in fact, they're damn gorgeous. Lighting can be a HUGE help in this regard. Softening shadows, wrinkles, etc will go a long way in convincing someone to spend money on the photo YOU have taken.

                              All in all...I think you need to decide what you're really going for and focus on that. Build a solid plan and stick to it. Taking photos for fun is one thing, taking photos that you want to sell and expecting people to BUY them is entirely different.

                              I apologize in advance if this seems harsh, I've just had a night out of amazing food and drinks after two days of the most arduous shooting conditions I've ever encountered.

                              I think you have an eye for things - you just need to hone and perfect it and the presentation of your work.

                              Cheerio!
                              Last edited by moreinmind; 01-17-2013, 04:32 AM.
                              moreinmind.com - photo & design

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