I have been a fan of photography for many years. I bought my first SLR (not DSLR!) way back in 1991. It was a Minolta that was more geared for someone who wanted an SLR camera but maybe didn’t know why or how to use one. Which was good since I didn’t.
The camera could be used as a fully automatic camera (huge point and shoot?), or in manual mode. Mainly, I used it in auto mode and occasionally tried to use some of the manual inputs. I always said to myself that I would learn more about how to use it but never did, and then came digital.
It was so easy to use a point and shoot digital that I kind of forgot about my Minolta for many years. Recently, I took a photography class. The class took me back to the roots of manual photography. The Minolta I had proved to be too expensive to get the required shutter release cable and 50mm lens for. So I bought a very inexpensive Canon AE-1 that was probably new around the early 1980’s.
Not only did we learn lots about how to use the camera, but we also learned to develop our own film and print our own images. Both are things that I thought I would never be able to learn since the advent of digital cameras.
What does this have to do with Photography Websites?
After a semester of photography, I decided I wanted a website that I could use to showcase some of my best photographs. Additionally, I thought it would be a good opportunity to create something that I have not tried in the past, a photographer’s website. So the research began.
I have looked at about 1.99 billion photographer’s websites. I had an idea of what I wanted to do a couple of times, but haven’t put pixel to screen yet. Below are a few of the best site I found:
I love Brett’s clean and minimalist styling. His site is not devoid of color though like some minimalist sites. He uses a nice shade of orange around his name. I can even get past the side scrolling on most of the pages. The only issue I have seen is the sidebar. Having a stationary sidebar works well until the information goes off the screen. I have a 24″ monitor with the resolution set fairly high. When you click on the contact link, there is information that is located somewhere off screen.
Ok, it’s Richard Fricking Avedon. Enough said about the work. The site is extremely nice looking. The load times are almost imperceptible. The main drawback for me is that it is a Flash site. The site has a very modern look, but as most people now know, the modern world includes browsers on smart phones. A good number of those phone will never be able to show this site at all.
Like Richard’s site, Eric’s site is built on Flash. This is the one flaw I see in this site. The layout and usability are both fantastic. The imagery is exceptional. I just wish he had not chosen Flash.
Nick’s site is probably one of my favorite photo sites. The images become the work. The text and images are intermingled in a way that I have not seen often. On top of that the typography is spot on. The biggest plus, it is built on my favorite CMS, WordPress. Click around on Nick’s site, you will see some amazing images and design techniques put to use.
Now the struggle is to digest everything I have seen, and come up with my own unique idea. Isn’t that always the case? The work is the hardest part!
Thanks for reading.