Build a Photo Gallery Web Site to Share Your Pictures

And Put Your Best Foot Forward!

by Kerry Drager

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You can enjoy sharing photos right now! It's so easy. Take the following simple steps and you will soon be showing your best photos to the world!

Tip #1: Show Only Your BEST Work

It's been said that the difference between beginning and experienced photographers is that novices show ALL their pictures while experts show ONLY their best. Whether you're a serious hobbyist or an aspiring pro, self-critiquing is a key step in a photographer's development.

An online photo gallery is a great way to get a handle on your work. In other words, you can easily see how your newest photos measure up to your best previous work.® can help you build a photography Web site.

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With any Web site or online photo gallery, your images being displayed should be your best work. Viewers tend to look first at those images of lesser quality ... thus, your best photos are often overshadowed by the less-stellar ones. You want them to walk away wanting to see more... not unsatisfied.

Tip #2: Wait Before Deleting Your Photos

Time is part of the process, since the best analysis really can't be done immediately after shooting. If possible, wait a while until the excitement (and emotions) of the experience has died down. That's the best way to properly evaluate your images.

When you do get to the review stage, judge your photos not just in terms of technical aspects (focusing and exposure), but also in terms of good light, proper Depth of Field, a strong composition, etc. And check them for possible distractions, too (i.e., glaring "hot spots" or other background objects that draw the eye away from the main subject).

The review process should be part of your ongoing workflow. For example, photos you considered great now may be replaced by even better images somewhere down the road.

Tip #3: Study the Photo Galleries of Others

Study the work of other photographers. At BetterPhoto, this too is super easy! For example, check out the galleries and Web sites of instructors and other BP members.

Also, look at the photo contest finalists and winners each month. As you look at all of these stellar photos, try to determine why certain photos catch your eye:

  • Is it the viewpoint?
  • The light?
  • The composition?
  • Something else?

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The Next Step: Build Your Photo Gallery or Take an Online Photography Class

Okay are you ready to build a photographer's Web site? BetterPhoto offers two Web site options - all cool and very sleek. To find your best next online Web site, compare the BetterPholio™ options. In addition, you can become a member of BetterPhoto and get a great photo gallery at an economical price.

Also you can take an online class to learn how to put your very best foot forward, developing portfolios that display your finest photos. In his BetterPhoto online photo course - Portfolio Development - Outdoor Photographer columnist William Neill covers the art of editing your images and developing thematic portfolios.

Have fun shooting and editing!

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager
Photography Instructor: Kerry Drager
Kerry Drager is a professional photographer, teacher and writer who is also the co-author of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light. He has taught many photography courses (online and in person), seminars and field workshops.

Be sure to check out Kerry's website -

Also, he is the author of Scenic Photography 101, the photographer of the photo-essay books The Golden Dream: California from Gold Rush to Statehood and California Desert , a contributor to the books BetterPhoto Basics and Daybreak 2000, and a co-photographer of Portrait of California. In addition, Kerry was profiled in the April 1994 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and in Vik Orenstein's 2010 book The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, and his website was showcased in the January 2003 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Plus, his work has appeared in magazines, Hallmark cards and Sierra Club calendars, and in advertising campaigns for American Express and Sinar Bron Imaging.

Also follow Kerry on Facebook, where he posts photos several times a week that include shooting tips and thoughts.

Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, on California's Central Coast, with their three Newfoundland dogs, four cats, and a mixed terrier.