Trends In Photography Websites

Blogs
The best are entertaining and informative, establishing the photographer’s expertise and building a relationship of trust and credibility with potential clients.

Teaching
Photographers are passing on their knowledge and experience to beginners and enthusiasts.

Selling
Photographers are promoting themselves and their work. Some stock photographers sell their photos through their websites rather than the big agencies.

Workshops
Many established photographers earn money by teaching, and promote their workshops on their websites.

Social networking
Many photographers have a page on Facebook, or a Flickr or Twitter account.

Flash
Flash-based websites can be beautiful and effective, freeing the web designer from the limitations of HTML and CSS. The downside is that they’re expensive to create, can take time to download and aren’t good for SEO. Often used by pro photographers who will send their url to interested parties and need a spectacular showcase for their images.

HUGE photos
Photography websites are naturally dominated by images. A recent trend is to display large photos for maximum impact.

Sophisticated design
Photographers are visual artists and need the design of their websites to reflect this. Good design often works in the background by making websites quick to load, easy to navigate and search engine friendly.

Content over design
No matter how good the design, content is king. It may look pretty, but if it doesn’t inform and entertain, your visitors won’t return. Some of the most popular photography websites are nothing more than a free Blogger blog.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/10/35-beautiful-photography-websites/

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