The last time I started this step, I had over 200 photos, and when I was done, it was down to 70. That’s after my third time doing this.
Number of Albums
Rather embarrassingly, my first website had my photos split up over about 12 different albums, some of which contained 20 photos, and others which only contained two.
The names were ridiculous. I even had separate albums for people indoors and people outdoors. Don’t do this, less is more.
Decide on the most sensible way to divide up your portfolio, by thinking about what you want to do with them. If you’re a professional fashion photographer then you will have quite specific album names.
If you’re just collecting a nice selection of images, then you can be a bit more relaxed than this.
I like to keep mine really simple. Peopleand Places. Any photo with a person in it goes in ‘People’, and photo without, goes in ‘Places’.
That way, I’ve not got different albums for cityscape, seascape, landscape, night, fashion, portraits, event, street, etc. Nice and simple, and rather importantly: easy to browse.
There are many different routes you can take, and I’ll explain the three I’ve tried in the past.
I originally started using a platform called WordPress, which runs millions on websites on the internet (including this one). It allows you to install your own theme, and get your website up and running in no time.
You need to be a little bit tech savvy, and you also have to pay hosting fees, and pay for a theme. It’s worth it, but it’s a big step if you don’t know what you’re doing.
This is how I did it the first time. I can’t complain, because it led me to where I am today, but I ended up with a really flashy website, which was complete overkill.
Do not create any flash based websites. It’s horrible, it takes time to load, and it doesn’t work on any iphones or ipads.
While we’re on the subject of horrible website ideas, don’t have any music which auto-plays either. Save that for your Tumblr.
My second website can be viewed here. As you can see, I went the other way and I created a very simple website, which focused purely on the images. This design came with a different set of problems though.
As I use a mac, I can scroll sideways, but most people can’t. That makes navigating my website hard, and as one visitor kindly pointed out, it made the design ‘obnoxious’, haha.
So finally, I created a website using Iconify, which costs $5 a month. It’s about the same cost as any other website, and I can still buy a custom URL have it automatically redirect there.
As it stands, my portfolio isn’t going to rank in Google any time soon, and I can’t use it to blog, but it serves a purpose.
If you want to do either of those two things, then you need to create a WordPress site.
For the purpose of this tutorial though, I wanted to show you how you should be displaying your images, regardless of platform.
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