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Mar 02, 2013 23:34 |  #1

As i am currently a student studying photography, i need a website to host my images.
I was thinking of just using flickr or something like that for now un till i can afford to pay for web hostings. Which website is the best for that? So would it be a good idea to buy a domain name and redirect it to a flickr or facebook (or whatever other site) account?
Also would a gmail/outlook account suffice for business?

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Mar 02, 2013 23:59 |  #2

If you are serious about starting up a business, I would buy a domain name and use Wordpress to showcase your work. If you are serious about starting up a business, I wouldn't not use flickr, Facebook etc as a website. Nothing wrong with having both a flickr and FB account, but not using it as a website.


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Mar 03, 2013 00:04 |  #3

No matter what, start somewhere. You will get to right track.


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Mar 03, 2013 00:13 as a reply to  @ samsen's post |  #4

Short term, I think Facebook would be good, maybe even duplicate it over to google+. Those are free. Get people to like it and maybe if your work is good it will grow socially through WOM.

Long term you'll want a website with a memorable name that people can find and something you have full control over. Hosting is like $10-20/month. And you can set up your mail to forward to gmail or wherever. Have your mail as name@yourwebsite.com (external link) and not name@gmail.com (external link) Keep the brand consistent.

IMHO, Facebook is not very good for showcasing photography. But then again, hundreds of photographers have flash based websites which are terrible for navigation. I like to peruse various photographers' websites, but many of them are just too slow for me.


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Mar 03, 2013 00:46 |  #5

Hi Nathan

My opinion is to start with a flickr and facebook account. Build a portfolio of quality work before building a professional website offering paid services. Fans don't necessarily translate into customers, but the more people that see your work, the more chances you'll be seen by someone wanting your services. Social networks (Facebook) are fantastic tools for photographers if used right.

What kind of photography are you planning to shoot, professionally?


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Mar 03, 2013 02:19 |  #6

rjx wrote in post #15670597 (external link)
Hi Nathan

My opinion is to start with a flickr and facebook account. Build a portfolio of quality work before building a professional website offering paid services. Fans don't necessarily translate into customers, but the more people that see your work, the more chances you'll be seen by someone wanting your services. Social networks (Facebook) are fantastic tools for photographers if used right.

What kind of photography are you planning to shoot, professionally?

Professionally atm i would like to be shooting weddings and portraiture.
i think as everyone said it will be easier to start with flickr and facebook and build up a bigger portfolio before i move onto my own site.

Thanks for everyones opinions :)


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Mar 06, 2013 19:06 |  #7

It's a good idea to have a flickr, and Facebook presence, but neither are professional by themselves.

I'm pretty sure you can get a free site from Cargo Collective (external link).

These sites have clean design and are easy to navigate, which are two very important components of a website. If you don't have a strong idea of what you're doing with website design, make it as simple as possible.

Best of luck!




  
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Mar 06, 2013 19:41 |  #8

mltn wrote in post #15685307 (external link)
It's a good idea to have a flickr, and Facebook presence, but neither are professional by themselves.

I'm pretty sure you can get a free site from Cargo Collective (external link).

These sites have clean design and are easy to navigate, which are two very important components of a website. If you don't have a strong idea of what you're doing with website design, make it as simple as possible.

Best of luck!

Free websites are not very professional either. I have never heard of Cargo Collective, but like wix or vistaprint or anywhere else where sites are "free", you get what you pay for.

OP has the right idea: build a portfolio first.




  
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Mar 06, 2013 20:07 |  #9

brett201 wrote in post #15685443 (external link)
Free websites are not very professional either. I have never heard of Cargo Collective, but like wix or vistaprint or anywhere else where sites are "free", you get what you pay for.

OP has the right idea: build a portfolio first.

Maybe look at the site before you burn it then?

Cargo sites look many times better than wix, smugmug, zenfolio, and a whole host of other canned portfolio sites. Also you have to submit your work to be approved for a site, so not every joe blow can just sign up for one.

This is a random site (external link), featured on the front page of Cargo. Looks real bad I'll say...

Anyways, my main point was not to preach, but to show that there are options for free sites, that don't look like garbage, and that aren't covered in the branding of the host site.




  
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Mar 19, 2013 19:11 |  #10

Having a website is definitely a must these days. You can still post photos on FB in order to gain more audience. But always refer them back to your website or your blog.


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Mar 19, 2013 19:12 |  #11

Try 500px.com




  
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Mar 31, 2013 23:32 |  #12

Sorry to steal your thread but I have a similar question. I currently have a 500px "awesome" membership which I like but I was looking into Smugmug recently. Do you guys think it is smart to just get my own domain name and use the 500px hosting/template or do something like smugmug instead.

I have a facebook fan page and have been referring people to my 500px as my "Main" page but although the portfolio on 500px is nice, I've heard people are having trouble navigating the normal page and finding my photos.


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Apr 02, 2013 15:36 |  #13

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Apr 02, 2013 20:24 |  #14

I'm looking for a site where I can directly sell prints, I guess Smugmug/Zenfolio is my only option...I wish 500px had a better website, I like the look of the one I just made here (external link) but not being able to sell prints is annoying...


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Apr 02, 2013 20:39 |  #15

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