This Lego Hasselblad hopes to become a real camera kit you can build yourself

This is going to be a winning combination for many photographers. Cameras and Lego (not Legos). This “Hasselblad 503CX Film Camera“, it may not surprise you to learn, is not actually a camera at all (yet). It’s a lego construction created by Lego user, helenfigures (we’ll just call her Helen from here). Helen is attempting to convince […]

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Thinking About An Online Portfolio, Here’s A Quick Look At Adobe Portfolio

While some photographers were less than pleased with Adobe’s move to a subscription service for Photoshop, there are some bonuses to it.

Firstly, of course, you now get two flavours of Lightroom thrown in, you also get space in Adobe Cloud and you have an account with Behance, the creative social network as well. There is, however, one element of the subscription plan that often gets omitted or forgotten and that is Adobe Portfolio.

Portfolio is a free, easy to use gallery site for your photographs. Much in the vein of Smugmug or Zenfolio, you can display your images to the world in a custom designed template and using your own domain name.

While the Portfolio does not have e-commerce capabilities and lacks some of the advanced features of paid gallery sites, it is a useful and powerful tool for those just wanting to display their shots.

Today we are going to have a brief look at Adobe Portfolio’s capabilities.

How Do I Get It?

To access your portfolio site you need to go to www.myportfolio.com and sign in to your Adobe account. At the top of the page, you can see Layouts, Photography and Examples:

  • Layouts: is where you can choose the template that you wish to work with. You can try each layout or preview it as a live site to see how it looks and works. You can change your layout at any time.
  • Photography: is a guide to what you can achieve with Adobe Portfolio with samples and advice.
  • Examples: will show you some real world Adobe Portfolio examples.

Some of the real world Adobe Portfolio examples

Getting Started

To start setting up your set you need to click Edit your Portfolio on the Overview page. This will take you to the editing screen. On the left of screen are the content tools used for adding and managing content, applying settings and changing layouts.

The Add Content icon allows you to add a page. This can be a photo or a text based page such as About Me. Lightroom album allows you to import albums from your Lightroom CC direct to a specific location on your Portfolio page. Gallery allows you you to import an entire selection of multiple images and lay them out in various ways. Link allows linking to external pages such as your blog.

The Manage Content section allows you to edit or change the information you have already created on all your individual pages.

Managing your page’s content

The most important icon on this side is the settings. Here we can set up our analytics to monitor visitors, assign our domain name to the site – this will need to be purchased separately or you can use a generic Adobe provided address. You can carry out SEO, search engine optimisation, protect your images and manage your account.

There is a comprehensive set of settings

On the right of each page in the Editor are various options to modify the way each page looks. You can upload images, add text, embed media such as video add forms and link to the Creative Cloud. You can carry out this options on an individual page or access the entire site.

Some Hints And Tips

Adobe Portfolio allows you to create a very good looking portfolio style website. If you already have a logo, try experimenting with different layouts that work well with that logo. Take a look at different colour backgrounds to suit your own style of photography. I chose white but some styles look much better out of a darker background.

Getting your own domain name is highly recommended. It gives your website a professional feel, even if you are just an enthusiast. It also removes any Adobe reference making it look as it your site is a bespoke design.

The home page of my own Adobe Portfolio site, Jason Row Photography

Organise your image galleries logically and make sure your images include metadata such as captions, descriptions and keywords. This will greatly aid the search engines and get people visiting your site. Its well worth setting up an account with Google Analytics as this will allow you to get deep insights as to how people interact with your site.

Don’t forget to add social media buttons to your site to allow visitors to share images and to like your social media pages such as Facebook and Youtube. Even if you are not a business, a contact page is useful. Its better to create a contact form rather than display your email, as this will reduce the chance of your email being spammed.

Adobe Portfolio is somewhat of a hidden gem in the Photographer’s subscription. As part of a package that includes Lightroom and Photoshop it represents extremely good value when compared to other similar paid options.

While it is not designed to be an e-commerce site, for photographers that wish to raise their profile with a simple but elegant looking gallery site, it is an ideal option.

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Working with Adjustment Layers and Layer Masks in Aurora HDR 2018 (part 23)

In this course, join Richard Harrington and explore the world of HDR with Aurora HDR from Skylum. You’ll learn how to merge multiple exposures together to show an extended dynamic range of scenes.  This class covers how to use the complete collection of options inside Aurora HDR. [Save $10 on Aurora HDR with the coupon…

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Platypod – Platypod Pro LLC makes the world’s most compact mini tripod bases for photographers. Inspired by the duck-billed platypus, an animal with flat and broad feet, we designed our camera supports to be ideal for low-angle shots and situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical.

Perfectly Clear Complete – Built for precision. Made for beauty. Perfectly Clear has mastered the science of intelligent image correction – creating superior quality photos in record time, so you can get back to doing what you really love…in no time. Special Photofocus deal here.

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Fixing Perspective Issues in Aurora HDR 2018 (part 21)

In this course, join Richard Harrington and explore the world of HDR with Aurora HDR from Skylum. You’ll learn how to merge multiple exposures together to show an extended dynamic range of scenes.  This class covers how to use the complete collection of options inside Aurora HDR. [Save $10 on Aurora HDR with the coupon…

Please Support Our Partners:

Datacolor Spyder – There is no better time to enhance your capabilities in color management and create outstanding images. Calibrating your display is the first step to ensuring your prints accurately match what you see on your screen.

Luminar – Meet the world’s first photo editor that adapts to your style & skill level. Luminar is the supercharged photo software that makes complex editing easy & enjoyable.

MPB.com – We buy, sell and trade used camera equipment with custom-designed technology, built to solve the challenges of peer to peer transactions. Our rapidly growing marketplace is available in the UK, US and EU countries. Build a camera setup that’s right for you with MPB.

Platypod – Platypod Pro LLC makes the world’s most compact mini tripod bases for photographers. Inspired by the duck-billed platypus, an animal with flat and broad feet, we designed our camera supports to be ideal for low-angle shots and situations where traditional tripods are cumbersome or impractical.

Perfectly Clear Complete – Built for precision. Made for beauty. Perfectly Clear has mastered the science of intelligent image correction – creating superior quality photos in record time, so you can get back to doing what you really love…in no time. Special Photofocus deal here.

HDR Learning Center – Check out new ways to use High Dynamic Range photography to make compelling images. Free tutorials and posts to get results. Produced in partnership with HDRsoft.

Adobe Portfolio – Beautifully Simple Creative Portfolio Websites are a snap to build. Try Adobe Portfolio, a tool to build your own personalized website in minutes, available to Creative Cloud subscribers today https://www.myportfolio.com.

ThinkTAP – New online education for photographers by working professionals. Be one of the first 50 people to buy our new time-lapse training for only $99 (that’s 60% off); use the code TL50.

This Special Edition Rolleiflex 2.8 GX has a Gold-Plated Nameplate

Is your analog arsenal still missing a twin-lens reflex camera? Ready your camera shelves (and your wallet) because we’re back with another fascinating vintage find, fresh from the camera corners of ebay. Today, it’s a special edition Rolleiflex 2.8 GX, made for Rollei’s 60th Anniversary. If you’re looking for something with a luxurious look and feel to it, this beautiful TLR definitely fits the bill with its gorgeous snakeskin leather and gold-plated name plate.

Kodak Daylight Single Use disposable camera launched in Europe

Kodak Alaris has launched a new single-use disposable camera in Europe. Called the Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera, this 800 ISO film camera can be used in low and high outdoor lighting conditions, according to the company, which bills it as an item ideal for parties, weddings, and similar events.

The Kodak Daylight Single Use Camera has a one meter to infinity focal length and 39 total exposures; however, it’s worth noting that this camera does not have a flash. The company announced the camera for the European market, and it appears to be available now from Amazon UK for £7.79. It’s unclear whether the company will launch the Daylight Single Use model in other markets.