The Photo Blog :: A Gallery With Benefits

Palm Study II

Palm Study II

What are you going to do with new images, or a series of images that in themselves are every bit as compelling as what is in your portfolio? Sometimes adding a new gallery, or even adding more images to an existing gallery on your portfolio site is not the best option. You could rotate images by occasionally replacing what is in a gallery with a new image(s). 

Or... you could utilize your photo blog to present new work that won't really fit elsewhere on your site. Fact is many people utilize their blog exclusively as a portfolio platform, and there are a great many blog sites and themes available that help you do just that. If you do have a main portfolio site, and you have a blog component as well, give serious thought to the advantages of posting only the very best of your images, ones that match in consistency of quality to the rest of your site, with the added feature of writing in depth about the images, or telling a story that multiple images convey so well. 

Palm Study III

Palm Study III

One of the hardest things we as photographers/artists have to contend with is editing our own work. The process can be gut-wrenching. Because we are so intimately involved with all the emotions and effort in creating images, we develop blind spots to our own work. Start the process of culling your best images down to a set number, then walk away. Take a day or two... even a week, then bring a trusted voice with you to see how another sees the images. Fresh eyes, fresh impressions can see nuances and subtleties our blind spots hide.  

Palm Study IV

Palm Study IV

Palm Study V

Palm Study V

Offering images in a blog format, if treated right and with style, can make the blog feature of your overall site that much more compelling, and draw people to see your newest work. Being able to talk about the work in detail and offer incites behind their making, telling the creative stories, adds a new, wonderful perspective to your existing portfolio. Don't relegate your blog to simply anecdotal posts, maximize the experience by thinking of the blog as a dynamic, open, creative gallery that can combine the finest of your images, with interesting and compelling commentary. Or simply post your new images as a blog/gallery hybrid, without commentary. And make it as easy as possible for your readers to find your new content...  


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