Getting around to making my new website was something I’d been putting off for ages, then, largely due to the encouragement (AKA hectoring!) of Stuart Freedman, I finally buckled down to doing it as a result of productive mentoring sessions with him. I’d forgotten what hard work it is but also how rewarding it can be and although the digital world rules in most areas of life it was interesting to find that when it comes to sorting the sequences of images for a website or a book, – physical prints on the floor is still the best way to go.
Editing your own work dispassionately is extremely difficult and having an independent, experienced colleague to hand is essential when it comes to hard calls of what stays and what goes, many ‘robust’ (but always good-natured) conversations were had!
Regarding the website construction itself I found working with the Photoshelter ‘Beam’ templates to be more difficult than I’d anticipated. This is because the way the individual templates work and how they differ from each other is not set out in a detailed enough way (for me and that I could find) so I had experiment with one template after another until I found the one that met my needs best this wasted a lot of time and there was hair-pulling..
However now that its done I’m really pleased with it and if you missed the subtle link to my new website above here’s a blatant one: Simon de Trey-White’s new website please have a look and let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter where I am ShootIndia.