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In a word, no!  What you get with free websites is peanuts. Except of course the sublime WordPress which has a vibrant community attached to it that can ensure great exposure for your site.

However, other free service providers will usually be subdomains or use redirect scripts to ensure you receive very little in the way of promotion or search engine ranking.

Every business these days needs a website, especially photographers. It’s such a great way to show off your photography with beautiful gallery slideshows. Just don’t waste time building your business website on free template driven drivel. Spend a bit and do it properly. There’s nothing worse than a photography website that looks amateurish. This makes you look like you don’t really care about your photography business.

What you can do with any free website you have is direct it to your real site. I have done this in a few places. My ISP offers free webspace. I have directed it to my canvas print site and again to my acrylic printing site (note the use of anchor text which helps the search engines link the sites together and understand what they are about).

So use your available resources wisely. They won’t have a great impact but every little bit helps in the grand scheme of things.

Moodaholic Photography

I’ve just come across a photographer from Denmark who has a really great collection of images in his portfolio. Having spent a while looking through his collection at Moodaholic I found his style refreshing and inspiring. In his own words:

“The purpose of my photoblog is to maintain a fair playground with my own rules. The rules do shift over time. Lately the rules are to try making the most in camera on location, though all possible adjustment through RAW is allowed – just like the old dark room.”

He’s won a few photography awards including the Best European Photoblog at the Photoblog Awards 2006, the Best Western European Photoblog at the 2007 Photobloggies and a Weekly Pic-k award over on VFXY Photos.

This is a photo I took a few years back on an early morning walk down to the river – I call it Riverline. To me this is one of those hidden gems you find as a photographer that you come across in your vast image library that may have been forgotten.

I really like this photograph – the colours and subdued and the fogginess of the scene adds to the atmosphere of the picture. The composition is good and the simpleness of the scene strikes me. I once did  a canvas print of this for a customer and it looked really nice. What do you think of it? Perhaps a bit more saturation would help? Do you have any images you have forgotten that are worth digging out?

Sometimes it’s easy to get lost in all the new images you take as a photographer, especially if you don’t have a good system to keep them all organised.

More Venice Photography

Venice in Blue

Venice in Blue

Continuing along the Venice and Italy theme of recent posts, here is my latest photographic work which shows a heavily textured scene, typical of Venice in every respect.

This photographic work is called ‘Venice in Blue‘ and was taken on my recent travels to the heart of the Italian city in April. Featuring the classic gondolas in their moorings and the wonderful Venetian architecture in the background, this photograph sums up the majesty and atmosphere of Venice.

I have the original RAW file still but these days I get more enjoyment from creating images that have an artistic processing, especially with scenes like this one. Venice is an artistic city so it is a fine way to compliment it with some nice textures, colours and filter work in Photoshop. It helps capture the essence and atmosphere that you feel when wandering around Venice. I hope you are enjoying the photography.

Chasing The Sun

One thing that bugs me as a photographer is the time wasted looking for that perfect shot, or any decent shot for that matter. Last night was one perfect example. A few days ago I had driven past a field of hay bales that had beautiful Bredon Hill in the background. It would have made a great picture but I didn’t have my camera with me and the lighting wasn’t good enough.

So last night the colours in the sky were beginning to look sweet as the evening began to close in so I grabbed my camera bag and jumped in the car. The field in question was only 15 minutes drive away but as I was approaching, the sun began to drift behind possibly the only cloud in the evening sky. It’s like the sunset sucks all the remaining clouds towards it and sends the landscape into shadow. Drat.

On top of that when I reached the field I found the farmer had already taken the hay bales away, leaving nothing but a field of stubble. In shadow. Great.

Sometimes you can find a scene which is perfect for photography but other times like this, frustration is the order of the day as you chase the sun and try to catch the landscape in the beautiful golden light that makes a shot that little bit extra special. You win some you lose some. All I know is that I’ll never give up because photography is a passion that just cannot be quelled.

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