There are many reasons why you’d want to build a portfolio online. We’ve found an excellent tutorial on how to build a
photography portfolio website. As this tutorial shows you its very simple.
Basically there are three things that you will need to get started. First you will need a domain name. Second you’ll need hosting and finally you’ll need a CMS such as WordPress.
The tutorial shows you how to do this basically with one step. If you choose the right hosting company, such as Bluehost (as stated in the tutorial), then you can also get your domain name and even install WordPress for free. The total cost is only a few dollars a month.
This is simply the best tutorial we’ve found on building a photography website. You could also use this for other purposes such as an illustration, sculpture or fine art portfolio – it really doesn’t matter.
If you want your work to be seen you need to get it online so people can find you. This is very important. You could also get some business cards printed to give to people with your “mywebsite.com” domain name professionally printed on them.
In the past I’ve often been caught off guard when people ask where they can see my work. This is why its important to get a professionally designed look. The good news is that it doesn’t cost much and is extremely easy to put together.
Today we live in a digital world. Since we no longer have to go to the lab to have film developed from our cameras – everything now lives in the computer. This is an amazing time with technology, but there are still many dangers. At any time a hard drive could crash, a computer could break – there are many things that could force you to loose every image you have. Most people do not back up and archive properly. I believe there will soon be an entire generation of people who don’t have photographs of their prom-date, first birthday, graduation, etc.
You should print your work once in a while at the very least.
Printing is also important because its how we look at real work – NOT on a computer screen but on a beautifully printed page.
There are many places you can go to outsource printing and there are many printers available to use at home. The downside to using your own printer is the cost of paper and ink. It can be VERY expensive. And to make it worse, printing companies bring the price down so basically you get the printer free and the next time you go to buy ink, you’re paying almost as much as you did with the printer to begin with.
I’d suggest you try Adorama Pix. Their prices are very good and the quality is amazing. You can get 8×10’s made very cheaply and inexpensively. I’ve used them a lot over the years and they are always outstanding.
Print you work now and thank me later.