The first class I attended at Photoshop World was hosted by RC Concepcion and discussed how photographers can easily get their photos on the web without having to know any technical code. RC focused on some basic tips and ideas of website development as well as free resources on the web. For instance, you can create a full slideshow of your images for free by uploading photos to a set on Flickr, then clicking the "share" button in that set and copy and pasting the HTML code provided for you. You can then embed this full-fledged slideshow anywhere on the web for free, and only with the click of your mouse. No coding necessary! You can also easily leverage Flickr to generate traffic to your website/blog by tagging your photos with relevant tags (city, state, subject, camera, etc.) and including a link to your site in the caption. How easy is that!?
If you would like to get a little more technical, the Google Chrome web browser includes some great development tools free of charge. Say you're previewing your website in Chrome, but would like to know what an element would look like if it were slightly larger. Instead of going into the files on your computer, changing settings, and re-uploading just to test something, you can preview any changes right in the browser. Simply right click on any element on your site and select "Inspect Element." A new window will appear with the source code of your site. Click the element you want to change and Google will highlight where the code is for that specific object. You can then change any of it's properties like width or height and you'll see those changes instantly in browser. This is a non-destructive, non-permanent way to quickly preview small changes before digging into to your website files and having to re-upload. My little tip is that you can also do this in Firefox with the free FireBug extension.
Hope these few tips are helpful… I've got more on the way!
Christopher Stampar is an 18 year old photographer currently attending the University of Miami. He has an extraordinary passion for photography, travel, and social media, and loves to share and learn with fellow photographers. To read Chris’ personal blog about photography, pop culture and ideas, visit www.cstampar.com.