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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gadget Bag: Get Your Images Online

Instead of paying to have a website custom-made from scratch, try one of these powerful, easy-to-use options designed for photographers like you

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Taking time and exploring nature with a camera is half of the enjoyment of outdoor photography. The other half is sharing the images with friends, family and coworkers and seeing the looks on their faces when you show them one of the real portfolio pieces that you brought back. Sending images over e-mail can be a pain for senders and recipients alike, and most photo-sharing sites lack the design and organization that do justice to your images. When you want to display your images online, a web service that specializes in making customizable sites for photographers is the best way to go.

Getting your images into a gallery show can be a daunting task, but making your images available in an online gallery allows you to present your photography to a potentially huge audience without the need for a sales pitch. It’s even possible that sharing your images in an online gallery could provide you with an additional revenue stream through the sale of prints or even the occasional stock image.

Making a photography website that could properly show off your images used to mean hiring a web designer and spending a lot of money to do it from scratch. After the site was built, you would be at the mercy of your designer to make any adjustments, add images or create a new gallery. Things are much different today. Online tools have improved to the point that you can produce a highly polished and professional photo website with a minimal investment of time and money. What’s more, many of the available online tools provide e-commerce capability, so you can make your images available for sale if that’s of interest to you.

We want to acquaint you with some of the companies who offer complete website packages for a photographer. What’s similar about all of these options is that they make it easy to create online galleries, are relatively inexpensive and offer an adequate amount of flexibility to keep most photographers happy. There are underlying differences with each company, so it’s worth digging a little deeper to find the solution that represents the best fit for you. Most of these options allow a free trial period so you can get a better sense of which will work best for you before making a commitment.


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