So after countless hours of taking Photos, Learning/Googling RAW Captures/Formats, Lightroom, Lightroom Editing, PS Elements, Domain Hosting, Website Hosting as well as Flash and Standard Photography in between working 40-50 hour weeks with a 2 year old to look after I finally stumbled upon Zenfolio and tried it out!
I loved what could be done quite easily and the fact there was no need for HTML scripting and experience of web designing so i signed up! I spent several days putting together my website and after several red vino's saw a Fro Knows Photo critique and though I'd send him my website domain to be critiqued!
Oh boy!!!! The link below shows this critique of my website! It does make for sorrowful or pleasurable if you're sinister!.....Viewing!!!!! ;-)
Firstly I'd like to point out I did actually notice most of the "typo's" on Saturday afternoon at work whilst showing the site to someone but couldn't sign in to Zenfolio as it just wouldn't work! Slow Zenfolio site? or slow broadband? I don't know!? No excuse's though I should have proofed it or had it proofed by someone trustworthy AKA obviously not my husband (who I'd asked to!) LOL! I also wish I had spent less time watching videos on how to do things in Zenfolio on Sunday in my spare time and more time just messing around with it and working out how to change it myself!
I then went out yesterday and shot at Saltburn By The Sea! I came home late put Jasmine to bed and began trying to edit my day's shot's in Lightroom despite a sorrowfully slow Macbook 2010. My intentions were to also edit my website but I never got round to it! I have since purchased a 1TB Seagate Passport External Hard Drive which will hopefully help tremendously in combating the slowness of my Mac!
To be fair to Jared i did ask for him to critique me and I am so happy that my site was bad enough to stand out from the crowd! I now have great advice as to how to put it right and move forward and all the comments I have since received I do value too (well most)!
Despite loving that music! Grrrrrr I have removed it and I've worked out how to edit my photo descriptions. Removed some photos i wasn't too keen on myself and kept my galleries to a minimum of those I wish to show! I've taken and updated my bio photo! I've been a busy girl this evening!
I have had my husband take the new Bio shot! Thats was fun! Ha ;-)
I have to admit yes I did want to cry when I saw the critique and some of the comments left by viewers especially one which said "I was obviously just some girl who though I was good at photography because my mummy & friends say my pictures are good!' That's harsh!
I did however put myself out there to be critiqued so i have to take it on the chin! Not everyone is going to be nice and say how wonderful your photographs/website are and in turn you have to learn from these messages! You also have to look at them square in the face, and unlike you did when you were 13 with that nasty girl/boy that bullied you in school that you never did stand up to...... this time around you will!
Or I will anyway!!! I will use this critique and any that follow up from this to make my work so much better and to strive to "Stick two fingers? Somewhere? To become a better photographer!
So in the next year I can and will live, learn and enjoy learning and even laugh at my previous photograph's and say "Look what I have achieved now!"
This entry is with special thanks to http://froknowsphoto.com without his kind words (or not so?!?) I wouldn't have learnt what I have today! He's a gifted guy! Here's to 2014!!!!!
With lots of photography love as always (Despite my bad day!)