5 Useful Design Tips for Creating an Online Photography Portfolio
This is guest post written by Alia Haley who is a professional blogger that loves writing on technology and luxury.
Creating a captivating online portfolio is key to success for any photographer. It’s a sign of both professionalism and quality, and can play a significant role in the decisions made your potential employers, clients, partners or curators.
The presence of a competent portfolio comes with a number of benefits including the ability to display your skills to the world. You also can use the portfolio to sell images or attract new clients or employers.
The following are some important design tips to help you in creating an amazing online portfolio.
Showcase your best photos on the homepage
For a strong online portfolio, display your most excellent photos on your homepage — showcasing atleast 5 to 10 images. Avoid using the entire portfolio on your homepage as it can be too cluttered.
Using only the best photos right on your homepage will persuade visitors to browse deeper into your portfolio. Ensure that the images don’t change too quickly, setting the frequency to no less than 3 to 5 seconds.
Create a visible navigation guide
Always put a navigation bar in a clear and central area. This will help the visitors easily browse your work. Try putting the navigation bar somewhere at the top of the design where visitors may expect it.
Difficulty frustrates people and regardless of how stunning your work is, your site will be useless without easy-to-use navigation.
Select the right gallery style
This is the most vital part of your online portfolio. The best galleries showcase thumbnails of the photos, which open into a larger display upon clicking. Navigation between photos should be extremely quick and easy.
Avoid heavy use of animation, as these features often slow down the site’s performance. Create categories for multiple styles of photography, as this also helps visitors find what they’re looking for on your site.
Choose complementary colors
Focus the importance on your photography and designing a website that competes with your work. The colors you choose for your website’s design should compliment your work and must be consistent. Remember, keep it simple.
Variations of black and white allow any style of photography to stand out. However, don’t be afraid to add touches of color if it fits the type of work you will display. If you displaying black and white photography, monochromatic shades are best suited.
Use minimal text
Giving details about your experience and skills are important but these should be concise and easy to read. No one is going to read your 20 paragraph lifestory/essay.
Create specific pages for this information, e.g: “Biography” or “About” and include your technical expertise, awards, favorite equipment and so on. Consider adding sections for clients, testimonials or partners to add to your credibility. Also, feel free to add a sample or two of your work to maintain interest.
Keep your portfolio fresh
Update your portfolio regularly with new work and consider refining and updating existing projects in your portfolio. This will give the impression that you are still engaged in the field.
Hopefully, with these tips and tricks you can make your online portfolio not only stunning but also result oriented. By creating an effective site, you entice your visitors to browse more of your work.