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    Which Photography Website to go ?

    Goodday to everyone,

    Well, we have the Flickr, 500px, wix .... In the market we have this and we have that....

    So many and so difficult too. As for a beginner, of course will intend to go for a free one first!

    Any advice from our fellow members ?

    Cheers

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    Well Albert, quite a few of those sites you mention, and the more that are out there are designed to do different things, and some of them do different things better. So, it's probably best if you give us an idea of exactly what you're looking for in a hosting site.

    I personally use smugmug, but I have my own domain as well.

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    I have tried several photo storage websites and finally settled on www.smugmug.com. I use the power setting and it costs me $60 U.S. Dollars per year, payable in one payment. Although there are free sites available, and I have tried several, I do like the ease of use and the simple customization of the smugmug format. There are many different formats available and I you can customize your own format. I use the formats available such as these...

    My Galleries are displayed like this:

    Which Photography Website to go ?

    Each individual gallery can have a different format:

    Which Photography Website to go ?

    Which Photography Website to go ?

    Uploading photos is simple and fast:

    Which Photography Website to go ?

    Sharing from my gallery images is easy:

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    I think that the quality of linked photos is quite good:

    Which Photography Website to go ?

    There are two views of my galleries: Owners view which shows all of the galleries; and visitors view in which I delete some galleries from public view.

    However, if I so desire, I can provide a link to one of the unlisted galleries.

    I have barely scratched the surface of smugmug's capabilities. However, I had an external hard drive crash which might have resulted in the loss of many images except that I had the saved my best on smugmug.com.

    IMO, the five dollars a month is well spent.
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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    hm..thats the problem here too. i dont know which site to focus upon..i started with facebook , have accounts in flickr , 500px , google plus.. people say google plus is a great platform for photographers but i seldom use it..dont know y people say so..any idea people?

    taking into consideration tat one wont get noticed without actually commenting or fav in other photos in websites such as 500px and flickr .. i made my move not to upload anything to the net for a year ( its 2 month now presently ) . i began participating in the forums like CiC and some critique groups in flickr that could bring about improvements in photography , get me updated and know about the trends happening in the world..

    thats my view.

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    I use P base which has a slight cost but less than some other sites; and, most important for me, it is so easy to use that even someone like me can upload photos and manage my galleries!

    For example, my galleries are here http://www.pbase.com/crustacean

    There are a number of different pre made templates or you can create your own.

    I would suggest having a browse around other peoples photo layouts at a selection of hosting sites then see which ones make most sense to you.

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew76 View Post
    Well Albert, quite a few of those sites you mention, and the more that are out there are designed to do different things, and some of them do different things better. So, it's probably best if you give us an idea of exactly what you're looking for in a hosting site.

    I personally use smugmug, but I have my own domain as well.
    Hi Andrew,
    I did noticed that quite many photographers using smugmug. Richard had shown it well here too. I like it but to be honest, I know little of computer website hosting (?) so I am worry that I can't handle and manage the settings. However, will try to look into its website.

    I am not a pro photographer but an amateur, one keen and serious amateur. I would like to have a place focusing only on photography that I can post my images over there, not like FB, you know. It is too messy with all kinds of marketing and adverts.

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Sim View Post
    Hi Andrew,
    I am worry that I can't handle and manage the settings.
    Regarding that, Albert, I haven't been with them that long but I have been very pleased with SmugMug's prompt and clearly stated responses to my cries for help.

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    I too use smugmug and have been generally very pleased. Simple customization is very easy. More complex customization looks somewhat difficult to me, but to be fair, it has been a couple of years since I looked into it, so perhaps they have made it easier. The principle similar competitor seems to be Zenfolio, which I have never used.

    I also use Flickr as a way to show images in groups, but as a main display, it is not up to smugmug in appearance or features.

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lon Howard View Post
    Regarding that, Albert, I haven't been with them that long but I have been very pleased with SmugMug's prompt and clearly stated responses to my cries for help.
    Once I had the horrifying experience of seeing my captions and other text on smugmug but, my images were not visible! That really scared me because I had put a lot of work into the smugmug images. I sent an email to smugmug and received an answer within a few minutes advising me that the problem was not with the smugmug.com site but, with Internet Explorer. The reply email suggested opening smugmug using Mozilla. I did that and there was no problem. That is what I call prompt and efficient customer service.

    BTW: my smugmug.com galleries can be accessed at: http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/

    As an example, here is a gallery which is not seen by a stranger navigating to my smugmug.com site but, which I can provide access: http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/Portraits...0241&k=LXnFVZC

    I have been using smugmug.com for years. When I was shopping for hosting sites, I used pBase as well as others. I am sure that pBase has improved but, uploading at that time was a slow and difficult process for me. Of course, that could also have been operator error. Thankfully, I am in a financial position in which the five U.S. Dollars per month smugmug charge doesn't bother me...

    There are three things in digital photography which I like enough to preach about: 1. my 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, 2. The Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro (www.dembflash products.com), and 3. www.smugmug.com.

    I don't have any commercial connection to any of these things except being a very satisfied user...
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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    Richard,

    I preach about those same three things.

    I don't know whether you use Friedl's LR extension for smugmug, but it is great. Easy and flexible, and it does not leave the jpgs on my computer.

    Dan

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    Quote Originally Posted by rpcrowe View Post

    There are three things in digital photography which I like enough to preach about: 1. my 70-200mm f/4L IS lens, 2. The Joe Demb Flash Diffuser Pro (www.dembflash products.com), and 3. www.smugmug.com.

    I don't have any commercial connection to any of these things except being a very satisfied user...
    Hi Richard,
    TQ so much for your advice on this website hosting.
    Btw, you mentioned about the Demb Flash Diffuser Pro. I just got mine yesterday and am now practicing with it.

    You must be using it for quite sometimes, any advice or techniques or special attention you can teach me ?

    Best Regards,
    Albert.

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    Hi Albert,

    You asked Richard, but I'll throw in an answer while you are waiting for him.

    I have used the Flip-It for a long time. You can easily play around with one variable that Joe Demb shows on his webiste, which is the angle of the card when you are taking reasonably close up shots of people. I find that the effects are often quite subtle. I've found that I disagree with JD about one thing. That is, he says somewhere that you should use the Flip-It with the flash only straight up, and if you do vertical shots as he shows (by mounting the flip-it on the side and rotating the flash 90 degrees), you have no choice. I have found that that works fine if the subject and background are not too far apart, but when they are, I often want an angled bounce. AFAIK, there are only two options for that. One is to stick with a portrait (horizontal) camera position. The other is to use a bracket that allows you to rotate the entire flash. In the latter case, you can mount the Flip-It on the back of the flash rather than the side and angle the flash as you wish. I sometimes do this, using (ironically?) a Demb flash bracket. However, for my flash work, which is mostly candids at events, the setup with a flash on a bracket and the big Demb reflector standing on the top is quite bulky and awkward, so I often don't use the bracket and limit myself to vertical bounces when the camera is in vertical position.

    Dan

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    Re: Which Photography Website to go ?

    I like Flickr although I have not explored any other services, except briefly. The reason I use Flickr goes to the vast number of groups that post images on different subjects. For example, if I want to see pictures of Deusenberg cars, I find that there are a large number of images to look at. Same for almost any subject...and many, many subjects I have no interest in. My images on old machinery (for example) fits in with many others. There are some nice apps for Flickr that allow you to browse a daily distillation of images or images on anything else on your iPad.

    That said, I think I will look into using Smugmug (also).
    Richard

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