Vote me out of spending more cash on photography!

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UploadedJune 15, 2008
TakenJune 9, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D300
Exposure1/125 sec at f/11
FlashCompulsory Flash, Return light not detected
Focal Length60 mm
ISO640
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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.

Thanks!!!!!

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November update:

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!

44 responses

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    Cool site seanie...I couldn't get the slideshow to work...must not have the right adobe flash. I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for.

  • adniloj

    adniloj said (15 Jun 2008):

    ? How long will it take to pay off the investment
    ? Will it fuel your passion in a healthy way
    Due to dial-up difficulties I can not view your link and do an educated vote, but feel you must objectively answer the above

  • Adam Morley

    Adam Morley said (15 Jun 2008):

    Nice capture.
    About your website dilemma, $600 seems a lot of money for what you get. There are lots of 'snazzy' websites all over the net but often take away the attention from the main content, your photos. Are you getting value for money? depends on what you need from this service, how many photos you plan to show, will you use or need the archive service? Do you plan to sell your photos and for how much. Your work is personal and unique to you, might be a shame to display them in a website template available to millions of others.
    Just my opinion, hope its of some help.

  • Jan Hoffman

    Jan Hoffman   said (15 Jun 2008):

    Great shot; love the subtle tone and detail.
    As for the site, I have seen better for less -- too much flash and too many active controls. If this is a commercial web site then I don't think it cuts it; if the site creates distractions then "serious" lookers will not spend the time. Bottom line: simple is better -- have a good bio, a way to contact you and portfolios by subject or category with a bottom strip for photo selection and a tool to auto-play the portfolio.
    --Best wishes, Jan

  • lauren smith

    lauren smith said (15 Jun 2008):

    its too much money. there are better sites out there, and some not as good but allow you to blog for free that could work as well. I vote no
    later dude,
    lauren

  • David Eastham

    David Eastham said (15 Jun 2008):

    I also love the photos but, i"ve also seen better for less. Are you looking for have people view your photos or to also sell them ? If you are looking to just view them there are some great free or almost free sites that can do the same. I also agree that the more simple the better. For just viewing photos. I've been using ShutterChance.com and it's free for the basic and minimal for a pro level.
    Good Luck, Dave

  • David Eastham

    David Eastham said (15 Jun 2008):

    After viewing some of their Pro Level accounts(. If your out to make money with it. FotoLink does a very good job.

  • Frederic Frognier

    Frederic Frognier (Deleted) gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    Beautiful details

  • Llorenç Rosanes

    Llorenç Rosanes (Deleted) said (15 Jun 2008):

    Hey Seanie, no entiendo de webs, pero creo haber visto algunas más sencillas y mucho más económicas... pero realmente, lo que importa es si te gusta a tí o no. Creo que ha quedado bien, es limpia, se entiende su funcionamiento rápidamente y se visualizan tus imágenes con gran claridad.
    No sabria que decirte... parece muy cara, pero me gusta.
    Felicidades

  • Amy Welborn

    Amy Welborn (Deleted) said (15 Jun 2008):

    this is a fantastic picture...now the site... i think the new site looks great and i've looked at your current site, it is chaotic and distracts from the photos... but if you want to display your pictures better you really don't need the audio..i like the sound of your voice and it would be great to hear you read some of what you have written, but not necessary. the words that you use have conveyed an incredable amount of emotion and vision without having to hear your voice, i don't know if this is what you have in mind for the audio. but your writting ability is such that what ever you wanted to do with the audio you could probably do with type just as well... it sounds like you've done a fair amount of shopping around. but if you are patient the right thing will come along at the right time and you will know it and have no doubts about it... don't rush art

  • Anne Mcginn

    Anne Mcginn gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    seanie - have you tried redbubble.com?

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand gave props (15 Jun 2008):

    Nice site, lovely shots ('tho I've had it with most roses). But I'm not sure how I'd react once you get beyond four score photos or so. Too much of a good thing is still too much.

  • Teresa Nabais

    Teresa Nabais said (15 Jun 2008):

    Hey Seanie, you definitely have a beautiful voice, but you're also pretty good in writing, so you don't need the audio. I do agree with what has been said. The audio takes away the attention from the main content and simple is better. So, my vote is no.

  • Steve Hogle

    Steve Hogle gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    Great shot Seanie, The BW on this really makes that image "POP" with the droplets.

  • Steve Hogle

    Steve Hogle said (16 Jun 2008):

    Seanie, Not sure if you have jumped into the new website yet, But I use IFP3 for My work. It's 30.00 a month , has Music, Easy loading of work, Available full screen blow up on each image.Paypal, Secure image transfer etc.Great templates you can use change background color etc... I have used it almost 2 years now and have yet to have a complaint , and Never had the site go down! Might not be exactly what your looking for,but thought I'd mention it
    You can see my set up at
    Http://www.Stevehoglewatercolorphotography.com

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   gave props (16 Jun 2008):

    gorgeous and dramatic!

  • Ronnie Ginnever

    Ronnie Ginnever   said (16 Jun 2008):

    Hi Seanie, I checked out the website - your flower images are astonishing and beautifully shown. I don't know what to say about paying $600. - it seems quite pricey and I've seen other sites for a lot less. I'm also in the process of building a website so I'm learning from these comments as well. Thanks everyone and good luck to you.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (16 Jun 2008):

    Seanie-It took a minute to figure out how to make it "go" and then pause on images. The quality of the image display is good. So overall, it looks good to display your images, but, and this is a HUGE BUT, can you link info(ESPECIALLY stories) with the images. It is hard for me to separate your stories from your images, and the images from your stories. Just my personal opinion, but I think your images deserve more.

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (16 Jun 2008):

    Seanie-I thought some more and tried it out some more. I found the ability to add info for the images. But I think it still does not fit your special story telling approach to photography. I have often heard that an image should stand alone, without words, letting the viewer interject their thoughts and perspective. I tended to agree until I was drawn to your images here at JPG. Your images do stand on their own. But when accompanied by your words, the viewer is drawn into new lives and perspectives. Your gift is a very personal and effective way to tell stories and convey a deeper meaning to life's situations. You need a site that does not limit you.

  • Jim Robertson

    Jim Robertson said (17 Jun 2008):

    It is a beautiful site Seanie but I vote no. If you give them the money then they can justify charging those prices to others. It's nice to hear your voice but if the audio is the big attraction then again I vote no. That being said, if your income makes this investment a small expense, and you could justify it by bringing in more money, and it makes you a happy camper then go for it. You know your limits and what drives your passion and I agree with Chris above that your audience is drawn in by your images and even further by your words. This site is pretty but you don't need it... unless they cut the price in half. Hold out brother!

  • Hector Ortiz

    Hector Ortiz gave props (17 Jun 2008):

    is not what we want is really what exactly you need... to be comfortable with...

  • Mojca Savicki

    Mojca Savicki said (18 Jun 2008):

    Exactly what Hector says :), at the end it will be up to you to make a decision. If it should be mine, I would join all who voted for NO, it's too much money, Seanie. But don't listen to me cause I don't have any idea about prices for pages like that :P, i've seen some which seemed better, though.

  • Lindsay Lou

    Lindsay Lou gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    this is a great capture.

  • maria tizon

    maria tizon (Deleted) gave props (19 Jun 2008):

    I tried the link several times and it didn't work for me. 600 is a lot. Its true that you get what you pay for but if you can wait a few more days to just think about it, that's what I'd do. Your photographs are the most important element to any website you build so no matter where you go, you're work will impress. Sound background is just a matter of coding too so don't let that sway you too much.

  • j dixon

    j dixon gave props (20 Jun 2008):

    it is a slick site. I bet you could do it cheaper somewhere. Your photos are so lovely I think even a less "fancy" site would suit them just fine. Make them pop even more.

  • Rogério Freitas

    Rogério Freitas said (21 Jun 2008):

    Hi Seanie,
    I agree with Jan and Michelle. I vote no.
    Good luck.

  • Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid

    Audrey Kanekoa-Madrid (Deleted) gave props (21 Jun 2008):

    I think your work is amazing and I think a website is a great idea (funny, since I've been looking into one too), but $600 is a lot of money. The site looks great though. Betterphoto.com has beautiful sites for half that. I am still researching myself though. Gorgeous photo btw.

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek gave props (22 Jun 2008):

    Well Friend, I am on the same quest at the moment...not really sure what to tell you. The site is awesome, but sound is not always a plus. I freak out at most sites when I click and I start hearing music...or worse that digitized crap from early web days. The voice over is interesting though....used to explain the imagery or feelings and concepts behind the work. Nice to hear the voice of the artst, so.... As for the web layout, look and feel all were excellent and extremely professional. If we think back to the good old days....you know Old Scool...how much did we spend on our "books". Those portfolios cost a mint...$300 seems like nothing compated it so in that sense to have an extremely professional portfolio with mass availability...Perhaps Priceless. Beautiful work by the way!

  • Laura Boston-Thek

    Laura Boston-Thek said (22 Jun 2008):

    Just got a moment to read other more knowledgeable comments before me...sounds like I need to read it again with my coffee...great question that may help others like myself. ;) Thanks Sean

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann said (23 Jun 2008):

    Your website looks beautiful ! The design is absolutely contemporary, cool. ( for me, is a website a digital Calling Card )

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley gave props (24 Jun 2008):

    Just found you, so i also missed this discussin. But keep me posted - I'd love to follow your work.

  • L Hartley

    L Hartley gave props (24 Jun 2008):

    Ah, gorgeous pic, by the way - love the drops, very, very real.

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) gave props (25 Jun 2008):

    This is not just another flower shot. Gorgeous pic!

  • David Rocaberti

    David Rocaberti (Deleted) said (25 Jun 2008):

    This is not just another flower shot. Gorgeous pic!
    Did you try the digitalrailroad? http://www.digitalrailroad.net/corpsite/seller/pricing_and_services/overview
    You can get a one month trial account as well so you can check how your sells are gonna be.

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr said (25 Jun 2008):

    I would tend to agree that the slickness of this site actually takes attention away from your images. Too many thumbnails and layouts competing for the viewer's attention. Your pictures speak beautifully for themselves, give them the space to do it.

  • Jack Johnson

    Jack Johnson gave props (12 Jul 2008):

    What a great shot. The droplets are perfect.

  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (14 Jul 2008):

    rich...

  • Karen Zimmerman

    Karen Zimmerman gave props (17 Jul 2008):

    Beautiful image, Seanie! I checked out the site, and it is very nice, but I would hesitate to plunk down that kind of cash for it. I suppose it depends on the target client base. If it draws the big spenders, then it may be worth it.

  • rory cobbe

    rory cobbe gave props (7 Aug 2008):

    shot man. I"ll have a look at the site next week when I get back. Where you been? missing the old foghorn leghorn around the gaff :-) respect

  • Magda Beda

    Magda Beda said (16 Aug 2008):

    Heya, have you ever checked out Bludomain.com?
    They have some pretty cool sites too.
    Anyway, just a suggestion.

  • Laurent Chantegros

    Laurent Chantegros gave props (15 Oct 2008):

    well done, nice photo Seanie

  • Jesse Greer

    Jesse Greer gave props (28 Mar 2009):

    Great contrast, wonderful composition

  • rory cobbe

    rory cobbe gave props (22 May 2009):

    tones and light...that's what it's about

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