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Building Photographic Websites
I make websites for artists and find that most folks need some sage advice on the process...

I use Dreamweaver, CSS, PHP and MySQL to do websites and I don't recommend trying to do your own if you want to have dynamic uploads and e-commerce sales. The computer science part becomes overwhelming rather quickly.

I have seen some nice sites using frameworks that are available via commodity web hosts like Joomla and Drupal. I have not tried deploying one of these skeletons but I will bet there is some skilled labor in there somewhere.


There are two types of sites, active and static. An active site uses a database and a serverside scripting language to enable you to have blogs and galleries with uploads. Static sites require you to edit the page to add anything to it.

Blogs are very important as they provide lexical "fish food" for the spiders. A spider is an application that reads web pages for inclusion in the search engines. They read text and not pictures so accompanying pictures with a good chunk of descriptive text will get you better page rankings. The page title and the description meta tags figure prominently into the page ranking formula.

Have a look at my gallery pages to see this concept at work.

I am working on integrating social media and blog sharing and am getting good results so far. I have a Facebook share link on my Free Desktops page and give the deep linking code with a link back on the large image page.

I am getting good incoming linkage off of this program. Last time I looked I had gained 400 incoming links from posting the deep link code. In that past I had tried to hold tight to the work and that is a path to an epic fail. The rules have changed and we must change with them. I have yet to build an AJAX widget to get metrics from the Facebook sharing but I will get there. Building a good site is an incremental process.

Flash is a dead horse in that respect as it does not spider well if at all... The page ranks of flash sites are usually very low. If folks can't find you then all is lost.

If you want a static site Google "Free Website Templates", pick one that you like and have at it with Dreamweaver or one of the free HTML editors. I have done many sites with free templates and get a good result but there can be a certain level of CSS adjustment and debugging that needs to go on with them. It is good to use DW's File->Check Page->Browser Compatibility and the W3C online compliance checker before investing too much time in a template.

If you have a wedding or portrait studio and you don't have a web site get one now as you are losing money and working way harder then you need to on the proofs and ordering.

If you do fine art it is better to start sooner then later but don't expect a gusher of money. It will pay off in the end but you need to do the work.

If you know a geek try to work with them as web technology, while it seems simple, is very complex and you will take some lumps going it on your own. By the same token beware of folks selling snake oil for big bucks and shop around. If you pay someone you should get a very nicely designed active site in the 1500.00 to 3000.00 range.

Of course this is all IMHO :) 

If you want to chat with me about a site call me at my studio 10-6 PST (510) 742-0548. 


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Profile Extents Test Target
Precisely target the high and low values in your prints...

Day for Night Photography
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Luminance Masking for Contrast Control
Using luminance masks on adjustment layers to control specific tonal ranges in your image.

HDR Luminance Masking
Using a simple Low Pass Luminance Mask to create a HDR image

HDR Burning and Dodging
Use a HDR photo stack and transparency masks to get excellent results with this burning and dodging like method.

Profiling Your Digital Camera
Free utility to build and edit profiles from Adobe Labs

Using the X-Rite Color Checker to Create Camera Profiles
This really optimizes the color output of your camera!

Using the Photoshop History Palette and Snapshots Effectively...
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Using the Photoshop Threshold adjustment layer to evaluate image density and contrast for digital printing.
This is an easy method to target a files density for printing. It requires a basic knowledge of Photoshop adjustment layers.

Building Photographic Websites
I make websites for artists and find that most folks need some sage advice on the process...

I got a new film camera, the Gaoersi 617
Direct from Hong Kong

Camera Settings for Digital Photography
How to set your digital camera to get the best images possible

Filters for Color Digital and Film Photography
Use these filters to improve the color and rendition of your photographs.

Basic Daylight Exposure (BDE) Calculation
For outdoor photography the light meter is not always your friend...

Film Speed Table
A table of film speeds, E.I.'s in 1/3 stop increments.

Bellows Extension Calculator
Online bellows extension factor and exposure compensation calculator and printable exposure compensation scale

Spotting Flecks on Ink Jet Prints
Using Marshalls retouching dyes to remove those occasional flecks

Stretching Canvas Photographs
How to stretch photographs printed on canvas with inkjet printers.


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Fine art photography of California by master nature photographer Cooksey-Talbott. Hundreds of beautiful photographs are displayed for sale online as raw or ready to hang images.

Cooksey-Talbott Gallery is an online gallery of nature photographs. The collection includes pictures of the High Sierra, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite, Trinity Alps, Sonora Pass, Santa Barbara Hills, East Bay Hills and Garin Park as well as hundreds of different waterfalls. Legacy images are from medium and large format film taken with the Mamiya RB-67 and a variety of 4x5 view cameras. Some of the more recent work is shot with a Nikon D200, Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony A7r.

We offer archival quality prints in a wide range of sizes and media. We print on a heavy art papers and canvas using a Canon iPF8300 44 inch 12 color printer with pigmented inks. Our images are first party prints made directly by the artist. Prints are signed and numbered and include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Thomas has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970’s he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Land Photography" Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that is the name he has worked under since. Cooksey also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has lectured in photography at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Studio One in Oakland and Santa Barbara City College. Cooksey is currently working as a photographer and facilitating which is a monthly photo walk that meets up in Niles California.