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I use EPZ as my photo gallery and website. I'm not selling anything or going into business so I don't need a dedicated website of my own. EPZ's brilliant for me and I don't need to faff around updating pics or info, and any clicks or comments are a bonus. At least I get my photos out there and I know people look at them.
When I had websites I might as well have just left my stuff on the memory card for all the attention they got. (Some might say that's because my pics are rubbish, but hey, I don't care). I see no point in belonging to a photo website if you don't upload photos and just use the forums to vent a spleen or two. But having said that, some forum members are very useful and entertaining whether they upload or not, it's just that it would be nice now and again to see some of their work.
EPZ is my window on the photo world and without it I know I wouldn't have moved on much in my photography. Mind you, I might have had a few quid more in the bank. Just stop it with the equipment discussion threads you lot!!!
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I did find, unexpectedly, my website was found by old friends and long lost relatives, which is why I kept it going. Now they find me on Facebook, and I expect I'll do something different with the website, maybe just a redirect for when people find the cached stuff on Google.
And Facebook is where I put images of family and friends interest, with restricted access.
i noticed a few times where folk have things for sale under the classified section, but there portfolio is empty. Made me wonder if people joined the site just to sell there gear.
Thanks guys, I have more food for thought that I could ask for. What looks a bit worrisome though - so many good people chose to leave. Their coming back is a great attribute to the forum level though - but they are reluctant to be as active as they used to be...
Do people go and look at images people have uploaded, or not, when they have made a comment in the forum? I can't say I do, not unless a pic has been mentioned that is in someone's gallery. I take everyone's posts on forums, whatever forum, by the content of what they write, not whether they have a portfolio to back up their opinion. :-/
There are many aspects to this site, and I don't use all of them. The galleries are one section that I no longer bother with. :-/ I've just looked, and I haven't uploaded any images since 2007. lol
When I first joined I wanted to get totally involved, and uploaded images. I found the galleries very cliquey though. There were also too many people uploading, so to get any images seen was very hard. Obviously the quality of my pictures may have had something to do with that though. I appreciated when anyone took the time to comment.
When I put pics up on other forums now, I'm usually asking for critique of an image, or opinions on a certain aspect of an image I'm unsure about. I've found other sites better for things like that. I find I'm doing that less and less though. I do now put some pics on 500px, but I like the way it is set up there.
I used to want people to like my pictures, now I don't need that validation. Now I'm happy with my pics, or not, and occasionally want to show the good ones. If people take the time to write something about a picture, at least it's been notable in some way, and that's great. A lot of my images, most times I'm the only one that sees them, and that's fine with me, I enjoy them and that's all that matters.
I check the portfolios occasionally - when I don't know the person commenting and something just does not add up in their comment - or when I would like to know a bit more of my fellow forum member. Those picture collections are not called portfolios for something. But that is not the main thing with images for me. I love to show them - because it does not make a lot of sense for me to take them otherwise. Also keeps me tuned to peoples interests and we have great audience here on EPZ. I am not seeking fame or money, but working for a desk drawer (computer hard drive) or family album probably stops the progress in this wonderful hobby. Did anyone reach the top in this and have nowhere else to move? I don't think that would be possible at all.
I don't know about others, but I'm the type of person that goes through phases, and the phase I'm in at the time, will be reflected in my site activity. This is the only site I'm on that might be considered a social site. Sometimes I feel like posting photos, and others I don't, and I've removed my portfolio numerous times; might sound weird, but my portfolio, and forum activity reflect how I'm feeling at the moment.
There are all kinds of reasons why someone doesn't put a portfolio up and no compunction on them to do so, in that it isn't a condition that you do so to use ePZ.
In my case, I rarely if ever take pictures without having some sort of use for them, mainly stock, publication or illustration for my Youtube channel. That's the photography I enjoy and judgement on those pictures is made by mainly non-photographers whose judgement has always seemed to me more valuable than that of other photographers.
After a lifetime in photography. I essentially (like redhed17) don't feel the need for anyone else's approval, my stuff stands or falls by my own standards and I've never come across anyone prepared to judge me so harshly as I do myself. I'd say, for example, that in a long and quite successful photographic career (it paid for me to retire at 55, yippee, lucky or what!) I can't find more than a dozen images I am truly proud of. After a 3 week trip around the American west, I sorted out about 8 that I thought would really interest anyone else and those formed my holiday snaps to show others.
So, a portfolio has no interest or purpose for me. That's my reason. I do still like to participate in the forums though and I don't feel that a lack of portfolio invalidates my opinions or expertise, such as it is. I have a home page but it doesn't really constitute a portfolio so doesn't get me off any hook
Does anyone look at portfolios on receiving negative feedback?
Quote: Does anyone look at portfolios on receiving negative feedback?
Sorry, ade, not quite sure what you mean. Do you mean looking at their own portfolio on receiving negative feedback or someone else's?
I look at other people's PF's when I get a negative comment or other members get negative comments, I find it interesting to see how they rate in the photography stakes and also cos I am nosey but like Mike above I sometimes wonder if people use epz to sell their kit and if they do not have images to view it would deter me buying from them.
Ephotozine works for me, I got more constructive criticism and advice in the first week than I had got in the previous couple of years in a Camera Club, and it serves my purposes to the point that I am not renewing my subscription to Clikpic for my website.
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