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CoastalTog
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I’d rather be blunt and straight to the point than pour on the sugary sweetness, so here it goes:

1. Get rid of the music.  I couldn’t even find the option to turn it off.  Research shows more visitors bounce faster when a site has music than not. While you may have an emotional attachment to the song, it’s slow and annoying.  If I were at work or not giving a critique I would’ve bounced the second I couldn’t find the option to turn it off.

2. Rewrite your “about me” section.  Do that now!  Your second paragraph in which you are validating that you’re not the greatest photographer is not needed.  You’re selling yourself not trying to explain your faults.  And if you feel you need to explain your faults then that’s a great sign that you’re not ready to charge.  Keep it concise.  Make a connection.  Avoid common Mom With A Camera cliche words like “passionate” and “whimsical”.  Tell the reader who are you and why you are a photographer and what you can do for them that others can’t.

3. Find your style.  Your processing leaves much to be desired.  It’s evident you’re new to photography.  How do I know?  Your style is exactly the same as every other new photographer:  heavy vignetting,  too many Dutch tilts, actions/ presets, fake blur, heavy contrast, poor white balance, etc.  You will find that a properly exposed photograph with the correct depth of field and composition will be far superior than trying to “fix” it with cheesy actions in Lightroom or Photoshop.  As you learn about light and composition you will find you need the crutch of editing less and less.

4.  Get a new profile picture of you.  It looks like it was taken with a point and shoot.  Lose the camera or at the minimum don’t make it such a major distraction.

5. Calibrate your monitor.  If you’re editing on a laptop, invest in a desktop PC.  Laptops are very hard to keep calibrated.  Use a white balance card or exposure disc on location.  Your white balance is way off and when you apply an action it makes it even worse.

6. Learn how to sharpen your images for output and what size to output for the web.  You should be sharpening two times for output but singularly for each time (meaning: if you sharpen for web first, you need to undo that before you sharpen for web).  Once for your hi-res images and once for images to be displayed on the web.  Your images for web display should not exceed 1000 pixels on the long side.  Most sites will compress the image that are longer than 1000 pixels and you will not display your best work.  Final sharpening is the number one thing amateur photographers fail to do.

7. You’re shooting really tight or cropping really tight on images that would benefit from space and vice versa.  Google “the rules of good portraiture” for help on posing and composition.

Lastly, a photographer advertising services should be competent enough to produce consistent images day in and day out regardless of weather, lighting, clients, and any obstacles.  Based on your bio, you yourself concede you are nowhere near that.  For some reason photography is one of those fields that people thing they can charge as they learn.  How you do things is your own choice and I’m certainly not going to lose sleep over what you do.  Just being honest.   Good luck.