Vote me out of spending more cash on photography!
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About to spend $600 on a new website just for photos, and not sure this is a good plan. The annual cost is $350, and there is a one-time setup fee of $250.
You can see the trial set-up here:
Blue's new foto exhibit link, expensive.It's got an annoying audio of me yakking in the background about whether or not I should spend the cash. The trial runs out in two days, and hopefully I'll have an answer by then, and hopefully the answer comes from your vote!
Do I shell out the clams for this slick website, or spend the money some other way? There are many cheaper places than $350 a year, of course, but not many as snazzy as this one by Foliolink. And I am intrigued by having the sound background option, too.
My own site has become a complicated mess, and I no longer think it's effective as a place to show actual photos. Anyway, I value yer opinion.
The site went up and has paid for itself many times over. It has allowed me to offer a PG-rated collection of photographs to other professionals, and allowed me access to places and people I could never get with my regular site of anarchy and blasphemy, seanieblue.com.
I can propose things to newspaper editors, or give a site to other shooters, or to explain why I need a photograph to reluctant subjects or to the people who can deny access to Mayan ruins at sunrise. I am always railing against the notion of a Flickr page or this JPG site used in lieu of a website. That doesn't mean having to spend $500, since there are much cheaper and quasi-professional opportunities at hosts like squarespace or mosaicglobe or other peoples pixels. And who needs a website? For a collection of snapshots, JPG or Flickr is fine and dandy!
But there are people here, and many more on Flickr, who pretend to semi-professional status, whether by shooting weddings or submitting pix to contests, and to them I'd say without a good site your aspirations are empty. With its boundless shots of pets and babies, JPG is a clutter that reflects badly on real ambition; Flickr is even worse a joke. Your own website is your own editorial statement, under your control and subject only to your whims. Stay at home one night a week or eat Ramen and save the $10 or $14 it costs to have a distinctive node on the web, where we all throw away too much of our lives.
Okay, thanks for the letters and notes and comments here. I'm working on a variety of projects and will share these directly with everyone who comments or favorites or contacts. Thanks guys!
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