want to let you know the truth before we begin:
hate paying for things that I used to get for free.
I'm sure you don't like paying for things either. I used to only
use the free Photography Gallery Services, you know like
Picasa, Kodak, Snapfish, Shutterfly, etc. All free, and
at the time, I thought they were good enough. I wasn't very serious
about my photography, and you could imagine why I simply refused
to pay for any of those "premium" photography sites. I
just didn't think they were worth it (and honestly I was a bit stubborn
letís start with why I'm writing this letter...
must have been about six months ago. I was reading one of the few
photography blogs that are actually worth the time, and they recommended
a website called SmugMug.com, one of those premium photography sites
that charge a yearly fee. I couldn't even believe that they didn't
even have a free option...
I rarely read blogs, but this particular one is actually one of
the very few blogs that I trust when it comes to photography, which
is the only reason I decided to check out SmugMug.com and click
that link. So here I am...
why do I hate those "premium" Photography Gallery
sites so much..."
I'll tell you why. I have been a photographer for close to ten years,
and recently I began getting more and more clients who wanted to
order prints from the events I shot, or who even wanted to purchase
digital downloads to use the pictures on their website or for marketing
materials. I also needed a better tool to sell wedding photographs,
and to create online galleries. Most importantly, I really needed
to meet their demands if I wanted to make money selling my photographs.
Personally, I wanted to stop running to the post office to manually
fulfill their orders by hand every time I wanted to sell a photo
or create a photo gallery for an event. Plus, I wanted a website
that looked really professional, and which was totally customizable.
I have never been a one of those people who always bought the most
expensive things. I always looked for the bargain, and I thought
the free sites were good enough. Suddenly, I realized that I didn't
have a website that looked professional. When I went to SmugMug
their sales page was pretty convincing... and I'm sure lots of new
photographers see "professional website in minutes", and think "Wow!
That seems perfect, I'll get it".
everyone makes money but the photographer..."
problem is, many of these "Professional Photo Portfolio"
or "Sell Your Digital Photos Easily" services are often
only really making money for themselves by selling the
service, while only making peanuts for the photographer who set
up the site.
you can imagine my doubts when I read the recommendation of Smugmug
Power and Professional Accounts, which were "supposedly"
fully customizable. It was only because I really trusted this photographer
that I even checked out SmugMug in the first place.
I reached the SmugMug website, and activated my Free Trial, I was
immediately surprised by what it could create right out of the box.
Within minutes, I was creating cool custom galleries, awesome
full screen slide shows, plus setting my own prices on my photos
and selling photos for a profit.
photographers who have tried that know that you usually need to
spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on the services of a
great graphic designer and software developer to set up a professional
looking website (especially one that takes credit cards). Not only
is it very difficult, if you get a lousy designer, it still won't
look that great. Trust me, I tried that first. So, SmugMug's service
could be really useful, if only I could make it look like it wasn't
SmugMug.com, but my own personal website instead...
this point, I was thinking ďcool features, easy to use, and it looks
decent... but, it just isnít easy to customize it to make it look
like MY website... so forget it"
that was it. After my 14-day free SmugMug trial, I decided not to
pay to continue... but then a weird thing happened. Out of the blue,
one of my trusted photographer friends emailed me his customized
and very slick looking SmugMug site.
At first, I didn't even realize he was using SmugMug to power his
website, so I was pretty shocked.
didn't even look like SmugMug at all, but his personal, professional
portfolio. He also had a special private section just for friends
and family (that was me). He had all these private photos securely
hidden so that only invited friends could see them, all on one site!
So, those embarrassing birthday pictures where somebody had a bit
too much to drink were safe from the public's prying eyes. I decided
that if he could do it, so could I, and I took the plunge and purchased
a year subscription of SmugMug Professional.
I decided to use some of his methods for customizing my own site.
My friend does make a good living from photography, so he often
has great ideas that are very helpful. I activated my account, and
sat down for a couple hours to try it out, but I was still frustrated!
What wasn't it working?
biggest problem with SmugMug is that it's the kind of tool you can
spend weeks playing around with and still have a lousy looking website.
On the other hand, IF you know what to change, it is incredible..."
I can show
gives you total freedom to create the look and feel of your website,
IF you know which fields to change, and which hidden options need
people don't know what those options are, and most of them are not
listed in the help manual or tutorials. They are hidden deep within
the 40,000+ pages of the SmugMug forum and on other people's blogs.
It's just downright hard to find this information out there, and
nowhere is it in step-by-step form.
photographers are too busy taking pictures or not technical enough
to dig through all these options to make their pages look perfect,
and so they accept "good enough" and just stop there.
I am ashamed
to admit this to you, but it took me over 4 months to understand
why I couldn't get SmugMug to look and work like I wanted it to,
even with my photographer friend's secrets. It was a decent site,
but not MY site. I wanted it to easily highlight my best
photographs, and to hide all the extra unnecessary stuff that
is often on the page, and most of all, it HAD to look professional
for potential clients, but still let my friends and family view
private pictures of parties, birthdays etc, all in the same site.
a nutshell, I wanted it all, and I knew SmugMug could deliver
that, IF ONLY I could unlock some of its hidden features. I just
wanted it to look better than this...
now for the fundamental question Ė was I able to use SmugMug.com
to create my professional photo gallery? The answer is..."
tell you the truth: The results at first were still second-rate,
but it all changed once I learned the key...
been disillusioned with premium services before, I decided to look
at SmugMug from a scientific standpoint. Since I was a programmer
by background, I decided to learn the nitty gritty details about
web programming (CSS and html), to finally figure out just what
needed to be changed so my site would look perfect. I was going
to create my own SmugMug Theme, fully customized and designed by
me. I was getting ready to spend hours, weeks even, in doing so...
when something hit me! Maybe there was a way to use a combination
of simple CSS changes and SmugMug tools to completely change the
way SmugMug looks and functions. So, I dropped everything I was
doing, and in less than 2 hours, I did these five very easy things.
It soon turned out that these two hours might be of the most productive
Iíve ever had.
I discovered that there were some very SIMPLE code segments you
could insert, in very unusual places (like this one code section
that gets pasted into your BIO that changes everything). The best
part is, even if you didn't know one single THING about programming
or what CSS even stands for, these tricks were so simple that all
it takes is some minor editing and a cut and paste to totally transform
your SmugMug home page, and your entire photography portfolio.
truth is, most SmugMug users have absolutely no clue how to make
the site look awesome."
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