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General Category => General Photography => Topic started by: Cathus on February 05, 2012, 10:39:14 PM

Title: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Cathus on February 05, 2012, 10:39:14 PM

I've spent the weekend working on a new website.


I'd be really grateful if you could take a look and let me know what you think.


I'm particularly interested in any mistakes or grammatical errors and anything you think might be a bit weak, also any suggestions for anything I've missed.


It's not entirely completed, for instance the 'client galleries' and 'see more' links on the front page don't go anywhere, but it's more or less there.


http://www.glnphotography.com


thank you!
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Mick on February 05, 2012, 11:08:20 PM
Garry, nice work.  Looks very clean and professional.  :tup:  Didn't realise we had another coder on board.  8) (that doesn't include me, as I'm no coder).  ;)

Will take a good look around and see if I can spot anything.  So far very good though.  :)
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: ABERS on February 06, 2012, 09:03:55 AM
Bright, crisp and eyecatching, the opening page making you want to look more into it.

Is for generating business? Not too sure anyone other than a photographer would want to know, or understand the list of equipment, might be a bit superfluous.

I understand it's just been put together, but when you click the 'See More' button on the home page it just sends you back to that page.

All you have to do now is get people to look at it. That's the tricky part.  ;)
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Hinfrance on February 06, 2012, 09:31:19 AM
I agree with Abers. Bright, crisp, and looks very shiny®.

I would lose the equipment list too* - it seems too much 'ooh look what I've got', not 'look at these great pictures and see what I can do', because they speak for themselves.

*or at least put it somewhere (on a link?) so that visitors who are interested can find out.
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Cathus on February 06, 2012, 02:39:23 PM
thanks guys, really constructive.

Abers, I've not set up the  comments page yet, hence the 'see more' button doesn't yet work.

The list of equipment was really about filling up space as I wasn't sure what/how much to put in the info, plus I wondered whether people thinking about having their family portraits taken by me might be impressed (simplistic, I know, but given that most people know nothing about gear, people often think if you've got a really expensive camera, you must be good.)

As to whether the site is to generate income, all my work is done via personal recommendation so I don't see the site as attracting new custom but more a place where people who approach me can see some examples of my work.
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: ABERS on February 06, 2012, 04:11:06 PM

 (simplistic, I know, but given that most people know nothing about gear, people often think if you've got a really expensive camera, you must be good.)



How would they know if the gear is expensive or not? As Howard says it's the photographs that sell you.
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Cathus on February 06, 2012, 04:39:12 PM
because it says 'professional',  I appreciate that anyone who knows about photography knows the myth about the gear, it's not them that are going to pay me to take photos, it's the people who don't know anything about photography who might think that it's good to have 'professional equipment'. But don't get hung up the wording of my reply, 'expensive' or 'professional' or whatever, it's merely a device to impress those who are easily impressed, which I suppose is what advertising does.

Hopefully, the photos will do the work, it's just a little additional thing. As to whether I keep it, or move it onto a page about equipment, that's why I've asked you discerning folk for your opinions. I'd also need to ask non- photographers as well.
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Reinardina on February 06, 2012, 07:05:51 PM
Garry, I'm nitpicking here, but there is an almost total lack of punctuation. And even though I haven't come across anything that can be misunderstood, I find it easier to read, if the sentences are 'cut up,' and there is a comma where you normally pause for a moment.

A lack of a comma, can lead to misunderstandings.

And do you ‘shoot’ (production) photography? Isn't it either a production shoot, or you shoot products?

And I must admit I skipped the list of gear. This could be, as you suggested, on a separate page or chapter, or whatever it's called.
So far, I've only read the ‘front page,’ as reading is a very slow process for me.

(Comments from a Dutchie!)
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Mick on February 06, 2012, 11:21:11 PM
Garry, do you want your site added to the links page?   Your blog site is there, but not this one.   ;)
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Cathus on February 07, 2012, 01:23:51 AM
Reinardina,


Picky is good - good grammar saves lives: 'let's eat Grandma' versus 'let's eat, Grandma'


But which bits were you referring to as, apart from the long sentence about the American football finals, most of the rest is short sentences with commas and full stops?


Lurkalot,


Yes pls!
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Reinardina on February 07, 2012, 08:17:15 AM
Reinardina,


Picky is good - good grammar saves lives: 'let's eat Grandma' versus 'let's eat, Grandma'


But which bits were you referring to as, apart from the long sentence about the American football finals, most of the rest is short sentences with commas and full stops?


Lurkalot,


Yes pls!

Or:
"Photo taken after work again of my beloved wife."

Which can mean: "Photo taken after work again, of my beloved wife."     
Or:                     "Photo taken after work, again of my beloved wife."  ;)

I'll have to have another look for the comma's, can't remember exactly where I thought they could/should be inserted.
I'll be back, but don't worry too much, as I did not see any possible misunderstandings  like the examples above.
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Mick on February 07, 2012, 05:56:58 PM

Garry, do you want your site added to the links page?   Your blog site is there, but not this one.   ;)



Lurkalot,

Yes pls!

Done.  :tup:
Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: picsfor on February 07, 2012, 08:58:53 PM
initial look - looks very much like a wordpress theme - nothing wrong with that before any jumps on me, i use them. they can create a great look without too much effort.

Now how do i learn how to set them up  :tup:

Will have a proper look tomrorow

Title: Re: Cathus' New Website
Post by: Cathus on February 07, 2012, 09:06:02 PM
Andrew,

no it's not wordpress, it's a straight HTML site, thanks for checking it out