How to Build a Photography Website

Photography website

Photography websites are a wonderful source of inspiration and invaluable self-promotional tools.

With the right website, stock photographers can sell their photos, wedding photographers can display their best work in online portfolios and hobbyists can share their favourite images with the world.

But what if you have no idea how to build a website? Whether you’re a pro with thousands of pounds to spend, or you have a budget of exactly zero, there’s a solution for you.

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12 Reasons Every Photographer Needs a Website or Blog

Andrew S. Gibson photography website

The thought of creating or commissioning a photography website can be daunting if you don’t know much about web design. But before you even begin to think about how, the important question to answer is why. It’s so easy for anybody to have an account on Tumblr, 500px or Flickr that you may be wondering exactly why a photographer would need their own website or blog. So let’s dive in and take a look at some of the benefits a good quality website will bring you.
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How to Use the Excessor Plug-In to Speed Up Your Lightroom Develop Preset Workflow

Excessor Lightroom plug-in

Last week I showed you how you can use the UltraBlack Lightroom Develop Presets from Creative Presets to process portraits (click the link to catch up on the article).

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How to Use UltraBlack Lightroom Develop Presets to Create Better Black & White Photos

Portrait processed with UltraBlack Develop Presets

Lightroom is a powerful Raw converter that works extremely well for black and white conversions. But it doesn’t do everything, which is why there are plug-ins (such as Silver Efex Pro 2, part of the Nik Collection, or Tonality Pro) you can download or buy to enhance your black and white photos even further.

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How to Use the New Guided Upright Tool and Lens Correction Panel in Lightroom CC

Lightroom Upright Guide tool

Last week Adobe rolled out the latest updates to Lightroom. Lightroom 6 users will see little change apart from bug fixes and new camera support lens profiles (this Adobe article has the full details).

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What is a Candid Portrait?

A candid portrait taken in Beijing, China.

A candid portrait is one where the subject is unaware that a photo has been taken. Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered a master of this, and his photos were reproduced regularly in articles about candid portraiture in the photography magazines I read when I started out in photography.

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How Finding a Rich Environment Improves Your Street Photography

Street photography in China

One of the ideas I wrote about in The Candid Portrait is finding a rich environment for travel and street photography. This came about because I realised that the setting in a street photo is just as an important part of the story as the people.

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The Candid Portrait

The Candid Portrait photography ebook

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My newest ebook is published today.

The Candid Portrait: A Photographer’s Guide to Candid Street & Travel Photography is written for everybody who wants to learn how to create better portraits in the street.

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Composition Tips From Pro Photographer Bob Holmes


Any search for advice on photographic composition results in a lot nonsensical information. The rule of thirds (which Michael Freeman describes as “probably the worst piece of compositional advice I can imagine”) is bad enough, but I doubt that any decent photographer is thinking about the golden mean, fibonacci spirals or armatures when creating photos.

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How to Speed Up Your Lightroom Workflow with Photo Mechanic

Photo Mechanic

Last week I looked at various ways in which you can speed up the Lightroom import process. All of them have something in common – no matter which method you use, you still have to wait for Lightroom to build 1:1 previews of your images before you can both view and zoom into them. Even then, Lightroom is not as fast as it could be for viewing your photos.

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