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  • shniksshniks The Light Explorer Posts: 892Registered Users Major grins

    @Hikin' Mike said:

    I can't see how somebody is going to get the originals.

    I would say 90% of the people that insist on using watermarks don't really need to worry (the pics aren't that good). You have some nice work, but I hate seeing watermarks. My vote is remove them.

    Hey Mike - long time. How have you been? Yeah, I took the watermark off as I was finding it distracting too. I have limited the resolution that can be displayed on the screen, so hopefully that will alleviate some of the issues. Hope you had a great Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year.

    Cheers,

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 4,235Registered Users Major grins

    I was typing as you replied that you removed it...lol!

    I'm doing well. Still hoping for a good picture of the "Fire Fall". Got skunked twice. Now it's becoming more difficult to see it because of the publicity.

    Did you recently move out of California?

  • shniksshniks The Light Explorer Posts: 892Registered Users Major grins
    edited December 28, 2018

    @Hikin' Mike said:
    I was typing as you replied that you removed it...lol!

    I'm doing well. Still hoping for a good picture of the "Fire Fall". Got skunked twice. Now it's becoming more difficult to see it because of the publicity.

    Did you recently move out of California?

    I was in Denver for a year and just returned back to LA. I heard about the fire-fall chaos. Apparently, they are now going to issue parking permits via lottery system and one can't just pull up and park like we used to. I am just glad that I saw the fire-fall in 2016 when I did. It's crazy that the crowds are so out of control now. Hopefully, you get to see it this year - I believe the fall wasn't flowing in 2018. I also heard that they have ceased the photography tours at Lower Antelope Canyon due to the crowds (and of course, they are making a lot of money by just having regular folks go through the canyon). I stopped by a few months ago and was shocked that the fee to enter has doubled (and the time almost halved). I was in the first group to enter (early morning), but my friend who went later said he had to wait 2 hours in the heat (even though he had an earlier appointment). Crazy, eh?

    Cheers,

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 4,235Registered Users Major grins

    @shniks said:
    I was in Denver for a year and just returned back to LA. I heard about the fire-fall chaos. Apparently, they are now going to issue parking permits via lottery system and one can't just pull up and park like we used to. I am just glad that I saw the fire-fall in 2016 when I did. It's crazy that the crowds are so out of control now. Hopefully, you get to see it this year - I believe the fall wasn't flowing in 2018. I also heard that they have ceased the photography tours at Lower Antelope Canyon due to the crowds (and of course, they are making a lot of money by just having regular folks go through the canyon). I stopped by a few months ago and was shocked that the fee to enter has doubled (and the time almost halved). I was in the first group to enter (early morning), but my friend who went later said he had to wait 2 hours in the heat (even though he had an earlier appointment). Crazy, eh?

    Cheers,

    It is crazy. I need to look into that permit stuff. Due to my handicapped status, I maybe able to park like I did in the past.

  • picomomentspicomoments by kreeson n The Ponds, NSW, AustraliaPosts: 32Registered Users Big grins

    @shniks said:
    Hi all,

    I had a concern regarding my homepage slideshow. I have put in a watermark in the center of my photos in the slideshow (to ward off any theft - I am aware that some skilled PS users can remove the watermark). Do you guys think it's distracting? If I remove the watermark, how secure is the site against image theft? My concern is that someone could download the full res images that are in that slideshow gallery. Thoughts?

    My website is in the signature or can be found here.

    Cheers,

    Hi Nikhil, definitely a no to watermarks.

    I also noticed that you might not have the homepage gallery set to very resolution. On a desktop the images look very soft.

  • ShinryaShinrya Peter Stewart Hong KongPosts: 135Registered Users Major grins

    ...Also throwing in my no to watermarks :)

    Checked your site too and the homepage images are very soft as Kreeson has mentioned. You're only allowing a very small size (XL) for your lightbox images to display, so thats what Smugmug are using for display on the homepage and just blowing them up to full screen.
    Two ways you could go about it. Either increase you display size to the maximum you're comfortable with, or create a separate folder and fill that with images just for your homepage slideshow. You could then set that folder to display copies at a higher resolution.

    Completely understand your feelings with wanting to protect your images from theft and all of that, however its part of the game of showcasing your work online. Eventually, people will steal it no matter what the size or if its covered head to toe in watermarks.
    Much better I think to embed copyright information in the metadata, and then sign up to a service like Pixsy so you can track the use of your images all over the web.

  • shniksshniks The Light Explorer Posts: 892Registered Users Major grins

    @picomoments said:

    Hi Nikhil, definitely a no to watermarks.

    I also noticed that you might not have the homepage gallery set to very resolution. On a desktop the images look very soft.

    @Shinrya said:
    ...Also throwing in my no to watermarks :)

    Checked your site too and the homepage images are very soft as Kreeson has mentioned. You're only allowing a very small size (XL) for your lightbox images to display, so thats what Smugmug are using for display on the homepage and just blowing them up to full screen.
    Two ways you could go about it. Either increase you display size to the maximum you're comfortable with, or create a separate folder and fill that with images just for your homepage slideshow. You could then set that folder to display copies at a higher resolution.

    Completely understand your feelings with wanting to protect your images from theft and all of that, however its part of the game of showcasing your work online. Eventually, people will steal it no matter what the size or if its covered head to toe in watermarks.
    Much better I think to embed copyright information in the metadata, and then sign up to a service like Pixsy so you can track the use of your images all over the web.

    Thanks guys - I didn't realize that the resolution wasn't enough to view on a desktop. I was viewing on my Macbook pro and it looked great here. I increased it now, so hopefully it looks fine (I will check on a desktop tomorrow). I decided to just limit the number of slideshow photos to avoid issues. I might also look into Pixsy.

    Cheers,

  • CodyPCodyP Rockhampton, QLDPosts: 6Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 2, 2019
    It seems quite unanimous for watermarks - I also agree, if someone really wants your image, they will spend the time removing the watermarks. Only the most busy images are almost impossible to remove watermarks from with photoshop, and they're often times not images that are likely to get stolen. I take some small solace in that the images on the website are not nearly as detailed as the originals, and would only be a screenshot, etc. as long as copyright protection is on.

    Also, here's my website!

    www.pieperphotography.com

    I'd love any CC or tips on it!
  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Major grins North Andover, MAPosts: 12,268Super Moderators moderator
    edited January 2, 2019

    @CodyP said:
    www.pieperphotography.com
    I'd love any CC or tips on it!

    Two things jump out at me. The first is that your header takes up a third of the vertical space on a large screen monitor and half of the vertical space on a mobile device. Why? Shouldn't the focus be on your photography?

    The second is the photo on your contact form. Why haven't you replaced the stock photo on the contact form with a photo of you? To replace the stock photo, click the Me icon in your header toolbar and select Edit My Profile. Change the profile photo.

  • picomomentspicomoments by kreeson n The Ponds, NSW, AustraliaPosts: 32Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 2, 2019

    Hi Everyone,

    Happy New Year.

    By any chance, do any of you know how to make the header in mobile always show (irrespective of scrolling)? Example: https://www.ericwolfinger.com/

  • picomomentspicomoments by kreeson n The Ponds, NSW, AustraliaPosts: 32Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 2, 2019

    www.picomoments.com

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 4,235Registered Users Major grins

    @picomoments said:
    Hi Everyone,

    Happy New Year.

    By any chance, do any of you know how to make the header in mobile always show (irrespective of scrolling)? Example: https://www.ericwolfinger.com/

    Pin the header. Go to 'Layout', scroll to the bottom and find 'Pinning'.

  • picomomentspicomoments by kreeson n The Ponds, NSW, AustraliaPosts: 32Registered Users Big grins

    @Hikin' Mike said:

    @picomoments said:
    Hi Everyone,

    Happy New Year.

    By any chance, do any of you know how to make the header in mobile always show (irrespective of scrolling)? Example: https://www.ericwolfinger.com/

    Pin the header. Go to 'Layout', scroll to the bottom and find 'Pinning'.

    Hi Mike, thanks, thats for desktop only, not for mobile.

  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 4,235Registered Users Major grins

    @picomoments said:
    Hi Mike, thanks, thats for desktop only, not for mobile.

    Add this to your Theme's Custom CSS section:

    /**
    * Pins Header on Mobile Devices
    ************************************************/
    @media screen and (max-width: 736px) {
    
     .sm-page-content > .sm-page-layout > .sm-page-layout-region-header {
        position: fixed;
        top: 0;
        z-index: 2;
      }
    
    /* Should be about the same height as the height of '.sm-page-layout-region-header' viewed using a web tool */
      .sm-page-content > .sm-page-layout > .sm-page-layout-region-body {
         margin-top: 157px;
      }
    
    } 
    
  • CodyPCodyP Rockhampton, QLDPosts: 6Registered Users Big grins

    @denisegoldberg said:

    @CodyP said:
    www.pieperphotography.com
    I'd love any CC or tips on it!

    Two things jump out at me. The first is that your header takes up a third of the vertical space

    The second is the photo on your contact form. Why haven't you replaced the stock photo on the contact form with a photo of you?

    Thanks for those tips!! I hadn't thought of the space being over-used at all and forgot to replace the profile picture after removing an older one.

  • PJPhotoPJPhoto UKPosts: 8Registered Users Big grins
    edited January 12, 2019
    Hey there,
    This is my site, I've tried to keep it as clean as possible so hopefully that comes across. There are a few customization in there but other than the button on the landing page there isn't anything too fancy.

    How does it look? I've been told the logo looks blurred so would be good to know if others feel the same...if it is blurred I'm not really sure what I'm doing wrong as the original png is very clear! (not that I'm bothered by the logo, it was only a 5 minute text job in photoshop!).

    https://www.petejohns.photography
    also available from http://petejohns.co.uk )

    Cheers,
    Pete
  • uncooluncool Big grins Twin CitiesPosts: 92Registered Users Big grins

    Hello,
    There is a slight blur to the logo. I may have not noticed it if you didn't bring my attention to it.

    From here on, these are my opinions - you do what you want to do.
    The location and other tags are distracting.

    Since you state in your About page (which isn't one of the many links on the top of the page) you are into landscape, I suggest you make that a main Gallery. From the Landscape gallery you can divide up my location if that's important to you.

    Personally I would prefer them to be organized by type first (shore, mountains, city, etc.) and then by location - only because I am not familiar with those locations. And if you tag them properly, potential buyers can find what they want.

    I suggest you re-write, rearrange your about page - get to the point of the site first. If I'm interested, I'll read on. Knowing you also have a Flickr account with images that you decided not to bring to your portfolio site isn't important to me.
    And speaking about the purpose and photos - I suggest you either push to sell your images (they are quite good) or remove a bunch of them because a casual visitor will be overwhelmed with the number of images. You could then use the excess images to fill out your Instagram account - that will help draw to your site. And if do decide to ramp up your IG activity - be consistent with what you post. Don't post cars, fish heads, and northern lights back to back. People who follow IG'ers do so for specific content.

    Other Social - if you are not going to Tweet on a regular basis, remove the button from the site.
    The Facebook link is broken - if you don't post regularly, remove the button.

    There you have it - opinions from a random dude on the Internet.

    Well every person you can know,
    And every place that you can go,
    And any thing that you can show,
    You know they're nouns.
  • kurzvorzwoelfkurzvorzwoelf Stuttgart, GermanyPosts: 212Registered Users Major grins

    @PJPhoto said:
    How does it look? I've been told the logo looks blurred so would be good to know if others feel the same...if it is blurred I'm not really sure what I'm doing wrong as the original png is very clear! (not that I'm bothered by the logo, it was only a 5 minute text job in photoshop!).

    Yes, the logo does look a little blurry but not to an extent where it would be disturbing or otherwise would look bad. My guess is that it's because it has a transparent background, and those images have their issues.

    As for your site design, I like it. It's clean, simple, logically structured and easy to navigate. Personally, I do not like to have the little house icon in the breadcrumb navigation displayed because the proportions to the text are way off, but that's just very subjective. Oh, and I also like your imagery work!

    Cheers,
    Can

    Wise words from the Dog of Wisdom: If your ball is too big for your mouth, it's not yours.

    I'm here to learn and progress. Honest feedback and criticism on my images is warmly appreciated!

    My SmugMug site - kurzvorzwoelf.com

  • VisionsbyBakerVisionsbyBaker Big grins Posts: 7Registered Users Big grins

    Hello Folks,
    I've recently updated my site, but seem to have run into some issues.
    Can anyone tell be why the NAV BAR is inactive when you go to a galleries page, i.e. https://www.visionsbybaker.com/browse

    Second issue... Apparently, SmugMug does not allow add in sign up forms that slide-out with optional video or pop-up on page exit from places like StickyFoilios.
    Is there a work around or plans to add the function?

    Any other tips and/or comments are more than welcome.
    Thanks,
    Jeff
    https://www.visionsbybaker.com/

    Jeffery A. Baker Sr., CPP
    When Excellence Matters, and Good Enough, Isn't.
    www.VisionsbyBaker.com
  • Hikin' MikeHikin' Mike Walkin' like a Penguin! Atwater, CaPosts: 4,235Registered Users Major grins

    @VisionsbyBaker said:
    Hello Folks,
    I've recently updated my site, but seem to have run into some issues.
    Can anyone tell be why the NAV BAR is inactive when you go to a galleries page, i.e. https://www.visionsbybaker.com/browse

    I'm only going to comment about your nav bar issues for now. When you go to 'Customize > Content and Design'; then select 'Entire Site'. Then create a screen shot of that and post it here. Something doesn't seem right. As an example, this is my site.

  • werunhsvwerunhsv United StatesPosts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
    edited February 15, 2019
    For something a little different, see our race photo page, WeRunRacePhotos.com . Click on one of the galleries and you can see another way to drive more income your way. We get from 5-10,000 users a month looking at the photos, so sponsors pay us to be in front of their audience.
    What can I do to improve on it?
  • uncooluncool Big grins Twin CitiesPosts: 92Registered Users Big grins

    Here are a few observations:

    1. The URL provided has a typo - it needs to end with an "s" unless "We Run Race Photo" and "We Run Race Photos" are two different sites. The following notes are for werunracephotos.com
    2. Organization would be a viewers friend. There are too many galleries displayed on the home page. And they are not displayed logically. Create pages by date or location. Also keyword the events and locations to help viewers find their content.
    3. Once in a gallery, there are too many photos. In the few the I checked there will be 4-8 photos of the same runner. Most are in focus, some are not. Show fewer, better shots.
    4. I am reviewing your site on a large monitor. The sponsor logos become are read because they are on two different backgrounds.
    5. The link to the Artwork and Photo company seem out of place on a site for runners.
    Well every person you can know,
    And every place that you can go,
    And any thing that you can show,
    You know they're nouns.
  • werunhsvwerunhsv United StatesPosts: 3Registered Users Beginner grinner
    Thanks for the feedback. I will make some changes to it based on your suggestions.
    We get most of our visits within 3 days of the event with the latest event listed first. Typically only the first or second gallery listed is viewed. I need to figure out how to only display a couple to make it cleaner.
    Thanks again for the input.
  • BloozeBlooze Big grins Dodge City, KSPosts: 63Registered Users Big grins

    I haven't updated my site in a while. It's a very basic, somewhat random collection mainly for friends and acquaintances. I don't sell anything and don't ever plan to, but could use some input on making it better.

    https://www.rollinghillsimagery.com/

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