Originally Posted by peters
www.scottkillian.com * and yes, I really like how that site is layed out too.
It was instant load and instant changes, do agree thumbnails should be a little larger.
Thanks for everyone's input so far. Hope you don't mind a "collective" response....
Robert ~ I will work on changing the titles to the more descriptive as you've suggested. Also, I'm using FrontPage 2002.... I have tried to find a way to add text to the pages displaying larger images and have yet to figure out how to do this (other than creating a folder of "thumbnail sized" images and linking them to a second page with a larger image + text). One would thing there would be an automated way of doing this... insert image, make the large image a thumbnail that takes the visitor to the larger image, then have the ability to add text to the page with the larger image. So far, I'm still searching. I would LOVE to boost my traffic to 1,500/day !!!
Mark ~ The only reason that some galleries contain only one image is, obviously, it's a work in progress. I have a day job that also requires my time so, I'm unable to produce a mass of new images quickly. I've often thought about not adding a new series until I have several image to fill it with but, doing so would delay the image from being seen at all. I'd rather have the new work up to be seen, even if it means the series sits with a minimal number of images for a time.
Satinsnow ~ I've tried Google's Adwords. 30 days cost me over $100 and still they recommended that I increase my budget to $900/month. There has to been a balance between, paying bills, keeping a roof over my head, buying materials to produce new images, and advertising. Can't kick out new images if I'm homeless and pushing a shopping cart, and that's what $900/month in advertising would do for me. Thanks for mentioning the revisit tag. I'd not read of that but, will do some research and get one in my html code soon. Also, I checked out selfpromotion.com.... HUGE site, lots of info. Will take me a while to work my way through it but, I have it bookmarked and intend to do an indepth read.
Ann ~ the images are small due to being thumnails. Once again, something the FrontPage 2002 sets itself. I can adjust them to be bigger but, the thumbs then start to pixelate and look really crappy.
Peter ~ Glad you were able to load the site easier on the second try. Yes, the Scott Killian site is extremely clean and fantastic work. Didn't realize he was a fellow Iowan (at least, formerly).
Everyone ~ Guess my bottom line is this... If I don't sell a print from time to time, I can't afford to continue to produce new work. I've had very few sales generated from gallery shows. And, can reach a much larger audience via the internet. This is the reason I've been throwing so much effort in this direction. I'm sorry to say, I've not sold one image so far for 2005. I realize we're in economically hard times and with gas prices going through the roof, I don't have a lot of discretionary income either. Unfortunately, this means I may have to tear down the site and close up the darkroom at the end of this year. So, if you've had any fine art sales experineces, and care to share them, I am more than willing to listen.
Photography has been a passion of mine for over 15 years but, I'm running out of options...
Originally Posted by SusanK
The reason you can't add the text is because the browser is opening the image - notice how the address bar lists: "http://www.susankopecky.com/images/Kauai%20in%20Black%20and%20White/Kilauea%20Lighthouse.jpg" when you click on the thumbnail. You need to create new page; something like Kauai1.htm (I live in Hawaii which is why I always pick your Kauai pages). On the Kauai thumbnails page, change the code "<a href="images/Kauai%20in%20Black%20and%20White/NaPali%20Stream.jpg">" to "<a href="Kauai1.htm">. When I get home, where I have Front Page I will PM you with directions on how to do this.
Susan-don't even think about giving up your photography. That's not why you ventured in that direction in the first place. Sean is thinking of putting up individual sites for people right here on APUG. This place is VERY busy with people that truly love and nuture photography. Maybe a well spoken trip to one of the major cities and Galleries would help you. I've tried doing Art Fairs (NO)
and had several shows. I'm putting together a good solid body of work that I can bring into a decent NYC gallery so that I can get established. I'll take my time and if it takes a little longer so be it- but I aint never going to walk away!!
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My satellite system is down this week and I am surfing with peoplepc dialup...I don't think it gets any slower, takes four minutes just to load the program and get on the net :P
Visited your site. I don't think it loads too slowly, but the thumbs are too small. Double the size of your thumbs.
Include a description of the larger image pages and include actual image sizes for each print size rather than the ambiguous size description on your ordering page.
And what is it that makes print #25 worth twice what print #24 costs?
What is "Art"? Art is what I decide it is!
dsisaacs ~ Thanks for you input. As you can read on the print info page, prices increase as the edition sells out. #25-50 is more than #1-25. Mine are "cheap" compared to the increase that many others do as their editions sell out... often tripling their prices. On the print sizes... guess I didn't think this was all that ambiguous. A square print would be 8x8 or 11x11. A rectangular print would be 8x10 or 11x14.
I found that your site loaded rapidly (cable connection). The thumbnails were small but the larger print sizes were too small in my opinion as well.
No problem loading for me. I like the site, but like a few others suggested, larger thumbnails would be nicer. Good luck!
Loaded very quickly for me (1Mbit cable), but I have to admit to not liking the layout at all. Everything is centred, looking like very little effort has gone in to it. I know that's unfair as it's probably taken ages to get it to that point, but that's how it looks and presentation is of paramount importance when you are selling things: even more so when selling artwork.
If I was selling prints I'd look closely at http://www.michaelkenna.net, and www.scottkillian.com as previously suggested and be "influenced" by the layout - sparse, clean and easy to navigate. Very professional.
Have you tried eBay? Even if you don't sell anything, it might entice people to look at your site to see what else you have. Certainly do not give up: some excellent images on your site. Just not very well presented IMO - as always, feel free to disagree!
Good luck with it, Bob.