C&C My New Portfolio Site (Please!)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by AirborneAngel, Mar 11, 2012.

  1. AirborneAngel macrumors 6502

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    So I finally got this site up and running with a bunch of my stuff on it, took me a bit of time but I would absolutely love some feedback on both the images as well as the look/functionality of the site.

    Cheers!

    Link: http://cargocollective.com/timbradbury
     
  2. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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    The presentation is nice and clean, and the photos load quickly. Most importantly, you've done a great job of curating your photos. The portfolio comes across as a body of mature work. You have some great photos there, so kudos to you!
     
  3. AirborneAngel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! Any other opinions?
     
  4. cinca macrumors regular

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    I just took a look and would agree you open with some strong images.

    One bit of advice would be to have your website experience start with range of different types of photographs.

    As it appeared when I visited your website, I was presented with many great sports images but it put me quickly under the impression that you are a sports photographer only.

    While the navigation was simple and clean and I quickly easily saw the photojournalism and faces links -- I still left the site feeling very strongly that you are a sports photographer.

    Isuspect this is because of how strong your sports photo presentation is when I land on the website initially. If your main home page featured a variety of photos it would definitely have indicated to me a broader range of photographic skills and experience. Of course, if you enjoy sports photography and want to focus on that then having a website that more prominently features those photos might be the thing to do.

    Other than that it looks great. I love the clean layout and prominent use of some very compelling photographs.

    Good luck!
     
  5. CrackedButter, Mar 18, 2012
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    I can tell you're editing your pics, I would further edit your sports section down, especially the portrait frames, they either repeat some of your better landscape shots or they are awkward in their cropping.

    Also if you keep them in, don't stick them in as an afterthought at the end. In fact, you're saying nothing new with them, ditch them actually. Every image has to say something different to the next one to show what you can do. So don't repeat yourself.

    I disagree with cinch, you've clearly labelled the sections on your site. If you remove the portraits from sports it might re-address the imbalance cinch is alluding too, but it does seem you are a stronger sports photographer than anything else.

    Especially when your journalism images are much weaker when compared.

    -First you haven't captioned any of your pictures, we as the viewer need context.

    -Second, you've shot one event and tried to create a journalism section, while you have a variety of shots of that event (which is great) you need more journalism projects.

    -Third, anything not relating to the protest just seems placed in their to bulk that section up, they aren't up to the same standard. I would remove them, again they say nothing, and they tell me you didn't get anything also useful from the other events, otherwise you would have shown them.


    Lastly your portraits I feel are your most considered section, I would remove the sports ones or the ones where you do not have the subject's attention. They need to be looking at you, otherwise it's just a picture of a guy with a guitar, which anybody can do (which isn't even in focus on the guy).

    Keep at it though, this work is much better than a lot of the stuff I usually see here AND you're shooting people, something which plenty of photographers avoid, so well done there. Also the fact you bought a portfolio site tells me you're serious about doing this.

    This is my portfolio site, you don't have to give me feedback. But it's an example of how I structured my work/projects. I don't even have a portfolio section yet as I feel it's not strong enough, nor do I feel my free running work is either. I'd rather not show any of it until it works as an essay. I've been working on the free running project for two years now as well.

    I would say you have the ability to shoot sports no problem, but go find something to document over a long term, you'll learn more and you could have a photo essay. Also remember to caption your images, people need context.
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  6. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    Take the photojournalism section out until you've got a decent folio from a variety of events. You need to work on that.

    In your faces section where you've used flash on camera right, you havent balanced the flash out camera left, hence you've got horribly strong nose and china shadows, apart from that your exposures aren't bad, it just needs balacing. TBH if you spend a lot of time shooting people outdoors like that, it might be worth looking into a ringflash for portraiture.
     
  7. AirborneAngel thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks guys, I'm still working on a lot of my portraiture (esp. strobe lighting) it's a work in progress!
     
  8. I AM THE MAN macrumors 6502

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    I agree. The first photo got me thinking that you're a sport photographer until I looked on the left side for your different pages.

    Otherwise I think you are at a great start. The website is clean and simple rather than complexed with slideshows, etc. Most people also prefer a simple site with great photos than than a complexed site with not soo great photos.
    Keep up the good work!
     

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