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Preferred Portfolio Format?
Lindsay Carmack, Photographer
Lafayette | CO | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 02.05.08
->> I finished an internship and have put together an all new portfolio and would appreciate any constructive feedback you have the time to give. I am also trying to decide between two formats soundslides: http://lindsayjphoto.com/Portfolio/photo.html
and html
http://lindsayjphoto.com/Portfolio/photomag.html.

Thanks for the feedback!

-Lindsay
lindsay@lindsayjphoto.com
lindsayjphoto.com
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Lindsay Carmack, Photographer
Lafayette | CO | USA | Posted: 4:22 PM on 02.05.08
->> P.S. I've done a lot of toning and sharpening to try to get the images to look right after I publish in soundslides, but they always look washed out. Similarly, photos look washed out in the html version in the Firefox browser, but I don't think it is feasible to try to get everyone to use Safari :). Any suggestions?
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Matthew Cavanah, Student/Intern, Photographer
Columbia | MO | US | Posted: 4:25 PM on 02.05.08
->> If you decide to stay with the slideshow format I'd slow the transitions down. I had to choose between looking at the photo or reading the caption and I think being able to do both would be better.
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Michael Sasser, Assistant
Denver | CO | USA | Posted: 4:26 PM on 02.05.08
->> personally, i like the images to be singled out, so i like the first one better, but i would also like control over how fast the images go, or at least have the "teammates" page with text stay longer to be able to read it all, and then absorb it too. great work though, i loooove the fireman shot.
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Jonathan Castner, Photographer
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 6:36 PM on 02.05.08
->> Slideshows are limiting because they only go as fast or slow as the show is programmed for. I don't like the horizontal layout as much as one with simpler "Next/Back" buttons. I have found that Flash is great for portfolios because it keeps the colorspace of the photos rather than converting it as html browsers do. You can do Flash without all the gimicky stuff so try that.
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Lindsay Carmack, Photographer, Student/Intern
Lafayette | CO | USA | Posted: 3:25 PM on 02.07.08
->> thanks for the feedback
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Thomas Boydston, Photo Editor, Student/Intern
Georgetown | Tx | United States | Posted: 4:48 PM on 02.07.08
->> I'd opt out of both of those.

Design wise, the html one is cool and neat, but for a professional portfolio it can be a bit hard to manuver. I don't ever like horizontal scrollbars as I use a track pad so much and I skew them when I don't want to, but that might just be me.

Why not opt for flash like Jonathan suggested? It's very simple to learn if you want to do it on your own as well. The only issue with it is the file size.

By the way: Your soundslides quality might be going down as it converts it to a flash document and then compresses the hell out of it.
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Jonathan Castner, Photographer, Assistant
Longmont | CO | USA | Posted: 5:24 PM on 02.07.08
->> I don't think that web page file size is an issue anymore. Photo business guru Seth Resnik was asked about this and he said that he makes his files huge based on the notion that if you don't have broadband you don't have any money to hire him. But given that so much of the populace and all of our potential clients have broadband why not make the page look good? A simple script can direct mobile phone users to a separate url for them. My site is Flash but not to make things swirl around but to keep everything as a single file and, among other things, prevent image theft.
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Robert Redmond, Photographer
Foster City | CA | USA | Posted: 11:52 AM on 02.08.08
->> Not a fan of either format. I'm a big fan of simple. I use the Flash app called Simple Viewer. There is a free version available. You can have the portfolio up in an hour - no programming needed.

http://superbikephoto.com/portfolio.htm
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Lindsay Carmack, Photographer, Student/Intern
Lafayette | CO | USA | Posted: 1:11 AM on 02.12.08
->> Ok, I think I've come up with a solution, at least for now. I am also going to take Jonathan's advice and add a thumbnail feature sometime in the near future. http://lindsayjphoto.com/Portfolio/photo.html.

Thanks for all of the ideas.
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Karl Stolleis, Photographer
Santa Fe | NM | USA | Posted: 11:41 AM on 02.12.08
->> much much much better - still speed up the transitions if possible - makes the show not drag quite so much.
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