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Things that say "I'm not really a professional"

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Old 06-11-2008, 12:34 PM
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Things that say "I'm not really a professional"

1. Using gmail or yahoo or any other email domain besides your own. Pros spend the $5/year on their own domain.
2. Using myspace or any other website domain besides your own. See #1, plus pros are proud of their work and want to control how it's seen.
3. Beautiful examples on an ugly/amateurish website or one that is an obvious template
4. Ugly examples on a beautiful website
5. No contact method besides email. Pros have phone numbers and mailing addresses and aren't afraid/embarrassed to share them
6. "Contact me for more details". Pros know that most potential customers will simply browse away if there's anything not clearly and completely explained
7. Only one or two examples of your work
8. Ridiculous levels of copyright protection. Pros know the law, and that javascript tricks and stealth techniques won't protect you any more than a simple line of text.

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Last edited by Doug Nelson; 06-11-2008 at 12:36 PM. Reason: Bad spelling is also very unprofessional
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:27 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

I agree with you on 8, nothing is more annoying then a water mark over the images
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Old 06-11-2008, 04:09 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

Google Adsense on opening page or on galleries. A lot of advertising in general. Ads unrelated to photography or design.

A site that claims artistic merit, style etc. but looks like it was built in 1995 - large text (looks like the Reader's Digest large-type edition) and large "clunky", beveled buttons, New Times Roman font. "Under construction" signs. E-mail link icon that looks like a cartoon mail box. Animated gifs. Tables with thick beveled borders.
Any spelling or grammar errors.
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Old 06-11-2008, 05:03 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

Definitely agree with this...
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Any spelling or grammar errors.
My .02:
* Broken links anywhere within the site
* A very short list of references
* Only one entry on the "satisfied clients" list
* Even with a decent domain name, a non-professional looking contact e-mail name like GameDudeWithAttitude@pro-photo.com would raise an immediate flag
* Slideshow that changes images way too quickly
* Ridiculously low prices
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:53 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

I like Danny's email suggestion.

Any more?
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Old 06-13-2008, 02:34 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

#1 thing that says to me that you're not a professional is the type of imagery you work on. I can look at 1 piece and tell if you're just putzing around.
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Old 06-13-2008, 04:12 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

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Old 06-13-2008, 04:57 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

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That's a good one. I'll add the even more egregious offenses of transition effects, music, animated gifs, and guestbooks. "Last updated xx/xx/xxxx" is possibly not quite as bad, unless it's from a year ago.

Paradoxically, I tend to rate flash sites as more professional (but not less irritating)

More subtle, but I've still seen it and abandoned any thought that they were professional is mixing private and professional sites (ie: family, pet and vacation pictures, etc.)
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:28 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

And just so this isn't all about websites:

No business card, or business card with no web, email, and phone details (all 3)
No takeaway literature, or it's just laserjet output
Portfolio is a folder of loose samples
Coy about pricing (I hate that so much)
No recognitions to brag about (if nothing else, win a contest here, that's why I started them)

And this one is kind of in-between:
No website
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Old 06-13-2008, 06:01 PM
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Re: Things that say "I'm not really a professional

Possible candidate: not offering downloadable "e-brochures"/sample portfolios
Lacking a better business bureau affiliation (for those that are state-side, anyway) logo.
No associations noted/listed (i.e.: Photographers of America, Inc., et al)
"In Business since 19.." and it's posted on a 1 or 2 page web site.
The thumbnails are the actual 3 megabyte images
All the sample photos are of the photographer's family members
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