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Old 11-17-2006, 01:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is it just me, or do others often visit photographer and model websites that have such poor color choices and contrast between the text on their site and the backgrounds that it is hard to read?

What makes artistic types so prone to choose form over function? Sure it may be pretty, but if it is difficult to view, or annoying because of music (especially when it can't be turned off), or difficult to navigate, then doesn't it defeat the purpose of a website?

Just today, I have followed links, or otherwise gone to model's or photographer's sites that were posted on G1 and in 3 out of 4 cases found that I could not easily read the text on the site (and one of them was for a workshop). On another, I noted not only bad navigation, but numerous misspelled words, bad grammar and other obvious problems that just shouldn't exist on a commercial site.

Oh well, maybe its just me!

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Old 11-17-2006, 01:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have seen a lot of the sites you are talking about. What colors and contrast choices do you think would make the optimum web site for photography?
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Old 11-17-2006, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have seen a lot of the sites you are talking about. What colors and contrast choices do you think would make the optimum web site for photography?
Black text on a white background makes for a highly readable web page. Photos placed on white backgrounds work well, but will often need a border to work best since high key images will sometimes bleed into the white. Often a good solution is to have the information part of the site in a black text on white form and the portfolio portion designed for optimal viewing of photographs (usually some sort of a light box type format). But special attention needs to be paid to navigation in the portfolio area. Some sites have such bad navigation in these areas that the visitor has no idea what to do.

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Old 11-17-2006, 03:06 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Amen.
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Old 11-17-2006, 04:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You've hit on one of my pet peeves as well. I like Flash sites, but some are just a PITA and I'm gone in a split second. Take a look at Chipotle's website. Can't read the text? I'm not reading your site. In a web dominated world, somebody else probably has the same product for the same price without the added eye strain.

If you are wondering about if your site has bad navigation, google websites that suck. That guy shows all the most common problems and turn-offs.

My real estate websites have two of the problems, slow load and motion, but I want them that way.
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I'm curious as to what you think of mine, since I'm still developing it.

www.paramourproductions.com

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Nothing makes me click away (from any site) than something that's hard to navigate.
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I'm curious as to what you think of mine, since I'm still developing it.

www.paramourproductions.com

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I think you have a pretty kickin' great start to your site....models, image quality, and navigation are 'user friendly'.....
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Old 11-17-2006, 06:00 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I saw a lot of Flash site as There are all photographer site.Actually site navigation are pretty well and color and interface is cool but sometime i saw as just only "picture" site.I think photographer does not seem to care about their site as it looks like absence no entertain and no skill.They have to know more software skill and usability.
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Old 11-17-2006, 07:18 PM   #10 (permalink)
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on my blog, http://prettygirlshooter.blogspot.com, it's white-on-black. is that contrasty enough for ya?
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