Why I Don’t Like Flash Based Portfolio Sites

Stepping on my soap box for just a moment here – It seems ironic to me that so many photographers, who tend to be mostly Apple Mac users, would build their photo portfolio websites in Flash – a technology Apple’s founder Steve Jobs has made clear is something Apple will not support on iPad/iPhones.

Yet photographers continue to be enamored with companies that provide template based Flash driven websites for photographers.  Not only is Flash crippled on Apple’s devices, it’s not a very friendly way to display your work IMO.  Try viewing a flash based site on your iPad from companies that provide a regressed html version – the site is a mangled mess.  Not a very professional way to present your work.

I was even contacted privately by the CEO of one of these companies that specializes in developing flash based websites for photographers, stating that they offer a regressive feature to view a website in html4/5 – albeit not maintaining the look/feel of the flash based version.

My question is simple – Why does there have to be two different environments to showcase a site?  Why reinvent the wheel when it’s much simpler to just develop in one environment that is completely standards compliant and cross platform viewing compatible – and do it right the first time around?

With web standards like HTML 5, jquery, Photoshelter integration with WordPress & Graph Paper Press Themes, why would anyone choose to use Flash to develop their photo portfolio based site is beyond this photographer – who happens to use PC’s running Windows 7 and has Android based wireless devices?

Even though I could use Flash, doesn’t mean I should – or would.

I may piss off a few people in this process, but seriously – I’m just one tiny voice in the enormity of cyberspace – no one pays attention to what I have to say…

Or do they?

Rog Walker

(my inspiration) as far as photographers, it starts and ends with Richard Avedon for me. Not necessarily for his style but rather his ability to document and capture an idea. I draw inspiration from everywhere though (other artists, randomness in the city, etc). As an artist, the world gives me inspiration and I just look to return the favor in any way I can.

Cartier-Bresson

To Photograph is to hold ones breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy

Learning To Adapt Lest I Perish

With all the banter of cyberspace and it being a critical component in marketing my photographic and multimedia storytelling work, I had become so focused on that boring aspect that I have begun to lose my love for the one thing I knew I wanted to do since the age of 15 – be a visual content creator.

Then I found the guidance I needed – Through the website Craft & Vision.

Before having come across Craft & Vision’s Website, I had begun to feel like I was treading water against the current of the ever increasing flood of information and what not and was being swept downstream with no way to stop the direction I was headed.

I come from the old business school, so to speak, of photography.  You met with a client – ie; Art Director, Ad Agency, Editor, etc, showed them your book, and dealt with them directly.  The industry has changed since that time (I’m talking mid-late 90’s).  Now it’s about developing relationships in cyberpsace, using social media, twitter, Facebook, building a tribe aka Seth Godin, etc.

Through Craft & Vision’s e-book offerings, I found two e-books where each one was a very affordable $5.00 that have helped get me refocused and centered to realize I have one of two options – Adapt Or Perish.

The first e-book is “Growing The Vision Monger” by Corwin Hiebert.  The second more recent one is Corwin’s “Your Creative Mix”.

As I’ve learned in this new world of visual content creation, change is not easy – or comfortable.  Old habits die REALLY hard.  I’ve been struggling with unlearning how I use to do things and adapting to this new world of photography as it is today.

Corwin’s e-books have helped me get my love for photography – and multimedia storytelling – back on track.  I still experience that internal resistance around it as it still requires me to continuously unlearn these ingrained old habits moment by moment.

In this process, I realized I don’t know what else it is I would do – so I HAVE to make this work.

How badly Do I REALLY want to make this work?

You have no idea!