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  1. Time Left: 4 days and 18 hours

    • FOR SALE
    • 10 Appears as new (preowned or new)

    Unopened 8x10 Nielsen quality black aluminum frames with a 1/4" front profile and 3/4" deep. $10 Price is per unit. $50 and free shipping for all 6.

    $10.00

  2. Time Left: 2 months and 2 days

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    This is the latest version of the M-Rokkor 40mm lens with updated coatings and a different focusing cam. I used it adapted to a Sony A7R III and it is an impressive lens at F5.6.

    $395.00

  3. Time Left: 2 months and 2 days

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    • 9 Signs of use but very clean & good condition

    After many purchases this was my best S model body find. I could find some that had a perfect body but the viewfinder was foggy or showed a red cast. I could find them with a clear viewfinder but faulty meter... etc. This is a camera that has great cosmetics minus one very small scratch and a small dent that I highlighted in the photos. The camera comes with case and strap as pictured. Your opportunity to save months of looking for a nice camera with only a few cosmetic blemishes. Thank you for looking!

    $250.00

  4. Time Left: 2 months and 2 days

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    NIKON NIKKOR 50MM F1.8 AI DESIRABLE LONGNOSE In Excellent condition. It includes front and rear caps as well as a third party HN3 Hood. See photos. I ship to continental USA PayPal approved addresses only Thank you for looking!

    $80.00

  5. Time Left: 2 months and 1 day

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    A surprisingly nice film camera that fits in your pocket! I ship to continental USA Paypal approved addresses only All sales are final but buy with confidence (see my ratings). Thank you for looking!

    $90.00

  6. Time Left: 2 months and 1 day

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    Minolta CLE Auto Flash Electro For Minolta CLE Camera In Mint - condition. I ship to continental USA PayPal approved addresses only All sales are final but buy with confidence (see my ratings). Thank you for looking!

    $100.00

  7. Time Left: 2 months and 1 day

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    This is a soft leather case for a Minolta CLE camera. In excellent condition and it includes the original box. I ship to continental USA Paypal approved addresses only All sales are final but buy with confidence (see my ratings). Thank you for looking!

    $45.00

  8. Time Left: 2 months and 1 day

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    • 10 Appears as new (preowned or new)

    Sigma 100-400 I bought this lens from B&H to photograph song birds as in early Spring. I actually tested 3 new copies and this was the best one and the one I kept. Due to Covid it never made it out of my home so this lens is like I received it new from B&H. The sale includes the Dock extra accessory. Both go for close to $850 so this may be an opportunity to get an excellent copy in like new condition for a significant saving. I ship to continental USA Paypal approved addresses only If you have a guest account or low feedback contact me before buying this item. All sales are final but buy with confidence (see my ratings). Thank you for looking!

    $649.00

  9. Time Left: 4 days and 18 hours

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    • Fine: almost like new and with no defects but it was handled

    Carolyn Drake | Two Rivers Publisher: Self Published, 2013 Edition: 1st Edition Hardcover with Band and Booklet | 6.25 x 8.25 inches Language: English ISBN 978-0-615-78764-0 DESCRIPTION: From the publisher: "This book follows the Amu Darya and Syr Darya – two rivers – across Central Asia. Moving from their terminus at the dessicated Aral Sea, to their source in the Pamir and Tian Shan mountains, the work engages with the varied people and landscapes along the rivers. In content and form, it studies the boundaries between nature, politics, and human life in five little known countries. The design by Sybren Kuiper features a Japanese binding, with photographs wrapping over a fold to the next page. The book comes with a separately bound textual guide by Elif Batuman." About my books for sale in CollexArt: The main intention behind my listing is to seed the CollexArt Marketplace and to create a listing style that others can follow. Yes, these items are real and available for sale but please inquire with me first as I will have a hard time letting go of many of these titles 🙂

    $525.00

  10. Shipping Paintings - An Experiment ( Part 2 / 2 ) CollexArt recently awarded Jeanne Golightly a Purchase Award for her painting "Long They Wait, Hope Series No. 17", a 30" x 40" Oil on Canvas. As part of the award we wanted to provide her with a shipping box and packing materials. In Part 1 of this article we described how we sourced a box and shipping materials we thought she could use to send us her work . In this segment we document how the box made it back to us and some of the shipping considerations. The shipping steps and materials in this document are not a recommendation or a tried and true shipping method. If you incorporate any of the information from this article you do so at your own risk, knowing that none of this information has been previously tested, and came from our experiments. The boxes we sent in Part 1 of this post arrived at their destination with enough integrity that she could re-use them to ship the original artworks back to Maine. This is how they arrived in Maine. We were satisfied with the performance of the shipping boxes and how the packing materials protected the original art inside. Removing protective glassine sheets from the original artwork. Selecting a Shipping Carrier We looked at various carrier options to ship our oversized items. The most economical option was FedEx Home Delivery which is similar to FedEx Ground service. The original shipment from Maine to Georgia took 6 days to arrive and the cost for sending the box and packing materials was under $70 (early 2020). The following is a similar FedEx shipment document for another art box delivery. This time it went from Maine to Los Angeles, and the cost increased only a few dollars. The time to deliver the above box to Los Angeles was also 6 days and the cost is approximately $82 (early 2020.) Please note that we have no affiliation with FedEx and there may be other carriers that offer similar or better rates. Creating Prepaid Labels and Sending them by Email For the return shipment from the artist's studio in Georgia to us in Maine, we issued a "return" label with a pickup option. The FedEx Ship Manager online application allowed us to save the shipping label as a PDF file which we then sent to the artist. The cost of the return label was comparable to the original shipping label, but this time the pricing was affected by additional variables as the box was no longer 19LBS and it had a valuable piece of art that needed insurance. The cost nearly doubled, but it was still very reasonable (some alternative shipping methods were 3 time more.) Artwork Size Considerations When you ship very large boxes, you have to take into consideration dimensional weight which will differ from actual weight. and usually results in a higher shipping fee. There are a number of online dimensional weight calculators, but the best way to determine it is to use each carrier's shipping calculator. When we tried this we noticed that FedEx was significantly less expensive than other carriers. This could be attributed to the type of account we obtained which, at least in our case, was discounting the shipping costs. The other carriers were basically offering "retail" pricing which can be 3X higher or more. In Part 1 of this article we prepared boxes for canvas paintings. Recently we had to prepare another similar box, but this time it was for unframed flat paper based art. Unlike a stretched canvas, paper based art work needs dimensional support. For this purpose we fabricated an oversize 36" x 36" art portfolio with elastic straps. Here is what it looked like: We used cork handmade eyelet reinforcements and metal eyelets to guide the elastic straps. This is what the portfolio looks like when it is open: Notice that the portfolio is covered with glassine acid free sheets to protect the flat paper art. Portfolio with 2" of bubble wrap on both sides. After this step we sealed the bubble wrap to prevent any humidity from reaching the portfolio's contents. We then added cardboard reinforcements (not shown) just before we inserted everything into the shipping box. Our Results Thus Far Shipping art puts the artwork in the hands of a third party. Both the buyer and the artist value the work above any amount that can be declared. Art is often a one of a kind item with its own history and future. It is important to do all you can to protect the work and select a carrier that will consistently provide the service you seek. We will do our best to document any improvements we make as we continue to find better ways to ship boxes and packing materials to our artists. We will be exploring other methods such as high density tubes, ready-made boxes, and other carriers. ###
  11. This listing is COMPLETED!

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    Nikon NIKKOR 28mm f/2.8 AI-S Lens in excellent condition. No scratches, glass is clean, looks new. This is an excellent copy. Ships to CONUS verified PayPal address only CollexArt users with a 100+ reputation or contact me first. Thank you for looking!

    $245.00

  12. Time Left: 7 days and 18 minutes

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    • 9 Signs of use but very clean & good condition

    Think Tank Telephoto Camera Bag & Additional Lens Pouch Bundle Shows very few signs of use - really closer to 9+ condition for both items. I used this combination to carry a Sony A7RIII with a Sony 100-400 lens mounted plus a normal or wide lens in the pouch. Both bag and pouch come with rain covers. The lens pouch measure 6" tall by 5" wide and may be attached to a belt. This is a great combination of telephoto camera bag + pouch for protection, mobility and low weight. Thank you for looking

    $90.00

  13. This listing is COMPLETED!

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    Zeiss Loxia 50mm F/2 This sale includes the original box, hood, papers, and the de-click tool. This lens like all my lenses was used with care and selected carefully for centering and optics. The lens has never been out in any kind of bad weather or adverse conditions. I cannot see any fault. This lens was always used with a UV filter. Thank you for looking!

    $499.00

  14. This listing is COMPLETED!

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    • 10 Appears as new (preowned or new)

    Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA in like new condition. I am the original owner of this lens. I only used it a couple of times during my daughter's graduation. It is a professional AF lens that will impress anyone that likes high detail even in large apertures. The lens has 11 circular blades to control the aperture and to render beautiful bokeh! The pouch and hood were never out of the box. It includes the original box, papers, hood and pouch. This serial number is not affected by the haze/fog recall. This is a USA model lens purchased new from B&H. This lens was used with a UV filter.

    $999.00

  15. This listing is COMPLETED!

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    I am selling my excellent condition Minolta CLE and Rokkor 28mm F2.8 Leica Mount lens. 1. Minolta CLE Kit Camera and 28mm Lens $1,250.00 Notes: The Camera is 9+ condition for its age. It has an incredibly bright and clear viewfinder. It is a joy to use. The lens rating for the 28mm does not do it justice as only a very small % of these lenses were corrected by Minolta to have zero "white bubbles". The lens includes a new B&W UV filter. More images: https://rauljarquin.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=27083&Akey=JVEGR8W5&ajx=1#!Group3_Pf190273 Ships to CONUS verified PayPal address only CollexArt users with a 100+ reputation or contact me first. Thank you for looking!

    $1,200.00

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  16. Hello Krisko, I enjoyed going through the book of portraits in the 2020 folder . The simplicity and minimalist Japanese side stitch binding works very well in complementing the patina of old books and also as way to welcome imperfections caused by age and use with an approach that does not try to be perfect. I need to go through your other folders as I see you have many other altered book concepts. In the future you may consider adding an image with your post. It may help raise interest. I am including an image of an altered book with Polaroids. Welcome to CollexArt.
  17. Shipping Paintings - An Experiment ( part 1 / 2 ) CollexArt recently awarded Jeanne Golightly a Purchase Award for her painting "Long They Wait, Hope Series No. 17", a 30" x 40" Oil on Canvas. As part of the award we wanted to provide her with a shipping box and packing materials. The box needed to be sent from Maine to Georgia with a mockup frame the same size as the original painting. What follows is a two part article that documents what we learned about each step we took to determine if our shipping approach would work. This is NOT the correct, true and tried method of shipping similar paintings, but rather the approach we took with this experiment. The shipping steps and materials in this document are not a recommendation or a tried and true shipping method. If you incorporate any of the information from this article you do so at your own risk, knowing that none of this information has been previously tested, and came from our experiments. The Experiment The tried and true way to ship large paintings is to crate them in a wooden box and send them using a freight company. The only problem with this approach is that it can be very expensive when you are shipping just one or two paintings. As an experiment, we decided to ship a mockup 30" x 40" painting using an off-the-shelve corrugated carton box and packing materials. We shipped the box from Maine to Georgia using a parcel carrier. We decided that, if the box arrived in good condition, we would then proceed to ship the original painting back to Maine in the same box. Let's get started. 1. Tools and materials Here are the tools we used in this project. Pictured above are a tape dispenser, measuring tape, water spray bottle, T-Square, balance weight scale, scissors, utility knife and a scoring tool. Regular 1" tape, water-activated reinforced paper tape, heavy duty pressure sensitive tape, adhesive document pouches, fragile labels and artist tape. 2. Preparing a mockup 30" x 40" painting There are many box manufacturers. A simple online search will display the majority of the better known companies. Some of them offer literally 1000s of box styles and sizes. Some of them even specialize in art specific shipping boxes such as Masterpak below. The Masterpak solution looks great. We may opt for this solution in the future. Their titanStrongBox 45 x 35 x 3 fits a 30" x 40" item and as of February 2020 the cost delivered to us was about $200. Many non-specialized box manufacturers make boxes to ship mirrors, small LCD TVs and even art. The majority of them are side loading boxes like the one pictured below from ULINE. The above box is single wall carton rated at 275# with full over flap closure that in essence provides a double wall at the opened ends. The single wall #275 refers to bursting strength to withstand in this case up to 275 lbs/sq.in. of side wall pressure before bursting. ULINE per unit cost for side loading boxes is very reasonable, but they have a minimum order of 10. Unfortunately, we could not find a size that gave us enough extra spacing for our 30" x 40" test so we looked in Amazon and managed to find the box below which we purchased in a pack of 5. This box is large enough measuring 36" x 5" x 48," and gave us 4" of extra space at each end and 3" on the side. This box is also rated #275 just like the ULINE box. Another type of rating to look for in the box you buy is the Stacking Strength which is usually represented by ECT-##. This box is rated at 44lbs/linear inch of stacking weight before crushing and that is represented on the box by "ECT-44". The cost of each unit in a pack of 5 was about $15 per box but in a matter of a week it doubled (prices as of February 2020). If we use some of the boxes as a source for additional impact protection material as we did, a pack of 5 boxes will allow you to ship 2-3 individual frames. Now that we have the boxes purchased let's take a look at some of the packing materials. 3. Protecting the painting surface Before you put anything on the painting be absolutely sure the paint or varnish is completely dry. The last thing you want is the paint to act like glue against any surface. It is a good idea to create an acid free barrier between the painting and the packing materials. It is common to use glassine sheets in the art world to protect art objects and prints. We decided to do the same here, but we needed a big roll. For our experiment, we created a 30" x 40" frame, but instead of stretching a canvas we simply taped freezer paper sheets. The idea was that if fragile paper sheets made it to the destination intact, then canvas will do even better. Canson offers 48 Inch x 10 Yard Rolls as shown above. To adhere the Glassine we use 1/2" wide WOD CFTC6 Console Artist Tape to adhere one side of the glassine roll to the frame. We went all around the frame and taped the glassine sheet about 6" from the top. Next we needed to create a humidity barrier. We used a 24" roll of stretch plastic wrap to loosely wrap the frame. We did not want it to be too tight so that it would be easier to cut the wrap without damaging the painting. Doing it this way would also hopefully allow us to reuse the glassine sheet. Stretch plastic wrap is inexpensive and may be used in a variety of ways, but it is not an environmentally friendly method. We are continuing our research for a more environmentally friendly way to protect the contents from high humidity levels. Please note, that this is not supposed to be a waterproof solution and great care must be taken with this material when you have children nearby. 4. Wrapping the painting in bubble wrap We are going to use 1/2" Bubble Roll Wrap - 48" Wide x 65' long. The bubble wrap comes in a large box. We cut notches on the sides at the top of the box to support a carton tube that we ran through the core of the bubble wrap roll. This inexpensive setup allowed us to feed the material easily, requiring only a single person to do it. Notice the excess material at the ends. That came handy to fill the extra 4" of space at the ends. We wrapped the artwork so that each side would have 2" of bubble wrap (4 ply), and just like the glassine we taped the end about 6" past one of the edges. We prepared the cut edge with white tape as shown above and also taped the uncut bubble wrap directly underneath offset by about 1" or 2". This created a non-bubble edge surface that we could tape together with regular pressure sensitive tape, which would then allow us to later remove the tape without destroying the bubble wrap so that it can be re-used. To make it even easier to remove the taped edge, we added lint to the sticky side of the tape. Lint makes it less tacky and easier to remove. The easiest way to do this is to tape a large piece of tape to a piece of fabric and then removing it quickly a few times. Try it! 5. Creating a layer of corrugated carton all around the frame Before we boxed the painting we needed to add an impact and puncture resistant layer with corrugated carton sheets. The carton sheets we used came from a sacrificial side loading box. Notice the flaps are useful for wrapping the material around the edges (red dots). Pictured above are the top and bottom carton sheets taped together. This formed a strong and dimensionally stable unit that we then fit in the final box. 6. Sealing the box and adding extra padding Next we put the frame into the side-loaded box as shown below. The excess bubble wrap on the 48" side took care of providing a tight fit. However, the 36" side (width) did not have enough material for a tight fit. It required some extra cushioning such as additional bubble wrap or folded carton to provide added protection. Folded double carton provided a strong and adjustable padding material at the edges. We used small pieces of temporary tape to hold the double flaps closed in preparation for a more durable option. 7. Taping the box For added strength we used water activated paper reinforced tape like the roll shown below. In order to activate the glue side we used a water spray bottle. The atomizer metal spray bottle pictured below is what we used, but really any spray bottle will do a good job. You can even use a sponge to transfer water to the glue side of the paper tape. Here you can see we pre-cut the paper tape. After water spray is applied to the glue side. After applying several tapes and letting them dry, you will have a very strong seal. The advantage of this tape is that it bonds with the box as one. You will not be able to remove the tape without destroying the box. The reinforcement of the tape adds additional strength and dimensional stability to the box. We added pressure sensitive plastic tape on top to go the extra mile and protect the tape from humidity as shown above. 8. Labels Next we applied "Fragile" labels and an adhesive documents pouch to the box. Pictured above is the box ready to go. This is shipping experiment article 1 of 2. In the next article we will show you how this box arrived at its destination in Georgia and whether or not we used it to ship actual artwork back to Maine. We will also cover: Considerations Selecting a Carrier (Maine to Georgia) Creating Prepaid Labels and Sending them by Email Receiving the Artwork form Georgia Artwork Size Considerations Final thoughts
  18. Time Left: 7 days and 18 minutes

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    • Very Good: small signs of wear but no tears or binding problems. See additional condition information.

    Stephen Shore | Uncommon Places A selection of forty-nine color photographs taken with a view camera between 1973 and 1981. Publisher: Aperture Foundation, 1982 Edition: 1st Edition Softcover | 11.25 x 9.5 inches Language: English ISBN 0-89381-101-7 DESCRIPTION: From the publisher: "A native New Yorker, Stephen Shore won critical acclaim and a one-man exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was twenty-three. Previously, he photographed the milieu and personalities of Andy Warhol's Factory, the temple of underground art in the sixties. By the time he made his first cross-country trip in 1972, he was photographing exclusively in color. Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places is a selection of forty-nine photographs taken between 1973 and 1981." Additional Condition: Sunlight fading towards the spine. Minor shelf signs with clean pages and cover. Always handled with care. About my books for sale in CollexArt: The main intention behind my listing is to seed the CollexArt Marketplace and to create a listing style that others can follow. Yes, these items are real and available for sale but please inquire with me first as I will have a hard time letting go of many of these titles 🙂

    $180.00

  19. Time Left: 7 days and 18 minutes

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    • Fine: almost like new and with no defects but it was handled

    Olaf Otto Becker | Broken Line Photographs from adventurous journeys in a rubber raft across the icy seas of Greenland. Publisher: Hatje Cantz, 2007 Edition: 1st Edition, Signed Clothbound | 11 x 1 x 13.5 inches | 28.00 x 34.50 cm Language: English ISBN 978-3-7757-1972-8 DESCRIPTION: From the publisher: "Taken in the clear light of the midnight sun, and therefore almost shadowless, these photographs offer breathtaking views of an untouched landscape from a remote part of our planet. Olaf Otto Becker (*1959 in Travemünde) brings us images of overwhelming beauty, the result of his adventurous journeys in a rubber raft across the icy seas of Greenland. Like Under the Nordic Light, his series from Iceland, the photographs possess a certain melancholy and stillness reminiscent of the grandeur of Romantic landscape painting. At the same time, the outlook of an unperturbed explorer and his recording of exact location when photographing turns them into testimonies to a time when an increasingly warm climate is precipitating the disappearance of the glaciers. In this way, the images record the artist’s awe at the beauty of creation—as well as the dangers facing it." About my books for sale in CollexArt: The main intention behind my listing is to seed the CollexArt Marketplace and to create a listing style that others can follow. Yes, these items are real and available for sale but please inquire with me first as I will have a hard time letting go of many of these titles 🙂

    $175.00

  20. Time Left: 7 days and 17 minutes

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    • Fine: almost like new and with no defects but it was handled

    Stephen Shore | American Surfaces This time Shores leaves goes out armed with a Rollei 35 point and shoot and returns with a coffer of images. Publisher: Shirmer / Mosel 1999 Edition: 1st Edition Softcover | 12.5 x 9.5 inches Language: English ISBN 3-88814-423-X DESCRIPTION: This is the catalog for the exhibition "Stephen Shore: American Surfaces 1972," held July 16 - September 5, 1999, Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, and October 23 - December 5, 1999, at Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt. From the publisher: "In 1972, Stephen Shore left New York City and set out with a friend to Amarillo, Texas. He didn't drive, so his first view of America was framed by the passenger's window frame. He was taken aback by the fact that his experience of life as a New Yorker had very little in common with the character and aspirations of Middle America. Later that year he set out again, this time on his own, with a driver's license and a Rollei 35 -- a point-and-shoot camera -- to explore the country through the eyes of an everyday tourist. The project was entitled American Surfaces -- referring to the superficial nature of his brief encounters with places and people and the underlying character of the images that he hoped to produce. With such an easy-to-use camera, he photographed relentlessly." About my books for sale in CollexArt: The main intention behind my listing is to seed the CollexArt Marketplace and to create a listing style that others can follow. Yes, these items are real and available for sale but please inquire with me first as I will have a hard time letting go of many of these titles

    $145.00

  21. Do you have a studio or a favorite place where you do most of your creative work? Consider sharing images and text to inform visitors and buyers about your workspace, how your work comes to life and what is happening in your studio right now.
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  23. The Makings of a Great Artist Website What Makes A Website Great? This question can be asked whether you are just starting out on the web or a seasoned artist in need of a new website presence. The truth is that there are many factors that go into a great artist website. There is no one thing that you can point to like beautiful website design, because that on its own won’t get you very far if the other important pieces are not in place. Portfolio Website of CollexArt Exhibiting Artist Joel Urruty While building your site for the first time or rebuilding your site can feel daunting it is an important step to take when marketing your work. While social media pages can help you reach a new audience it is your website that helps to establish your professional presence as an artist. Think of your website as your calling card, where you get to put your best work forward and share all relevant text as it applies to your work from your artist statement, to news of shows, to happenings in the studio and more. No other digital space gives you as much room as your own website to share an overview of yourself as an artist. Your own website, also makes it easy for those interested in your work to reach out to you including art galleries who, in general, want to see your professional website as part of your marketing presence online. Get started with this basic checklist for your artist website. 1. Identify the main purpose of your site Is it for branding, a professional calling card, for selling your work, a job search tool, to share work privately with people already familiar with the work you do or…? Identifying the purpose of your site is an important first step in order to keep your priorities in mind as you begin to communicate your ideas to a website provider. 2. Choose a comprehensive service There are many services on the Internet that offer websites. In our opinion, however, you should look for a service that specifically deals with artists and who understand what artists need. You will likely want a service with excellent technical support where you can speak to staff on the phone, and a service that enables you to easily create, host and manage your site all in one. 3. Choose a beautiful website design The website should be about your work and not about the website design. Choose a layout and color theme that compliments what you do. 4. Select a website design with easy navigation Whatever you do, make sure that the website is easy to navigate. Site visitors will leave if they don’t understand how to visit the pages in your site. 5. Branding for all the right reasons Think about branding for your website and whether a designer logo would be appropriate for your work and whether you want a favicon. A logo can lend a certain level of credibility to your site and to your print materials. It can also be an important graphical asset in the overall presentation of your site. If you opt for a professionally designed logo, be sure to request a version of the file saved with an EPS extension as this is a vector file and can be easily scaled. Files saved as PNGs or JPGs cannot be scaled. Favicons are fun additions you can add as a graphic element ahead of your domain name in the browser bar. You can turn any JPG file into a favicon, and there are services online that will turn your file into a favicon with a .ico extension. 6. Contact and or guest book links in your menu Prominently display your contact information and include a guest book or newsletter signup to capture site visitor email addresses. Be sure that it is easy for your site visitors to find your contact information, and don’t overlook the importance of capturing contact information from your site visitors. Artists who take marketing seriously know the value of an opt-in email list. To legally email site visitors they must have agreed to accept emails from you. 7. A Design that works with desktop, tablet and mobile browsers Make sure your site is mobile friendly for phones and tablets. Your site visitors will come to your site on any number of devices from desktops, to laptops, to tablets to mobile phones. Your site must look good on each device. 8. Social media buttons for sharing and following Include social media icons to make your site visitors aware of your social pages. If you maintain a social media presence your site should include links to your social pages. You can also include social media share icons so that people visiting your site can easily share your website with others. 9. Display your copyright The Internet is a bit like the wild west. To identify your work as your own your copyright should be easy to find and included in a right click message for your images. 10. Discourage image theft Make sure that drag and drop and right click are disabled in order to discourage image theft. If your website does not stop site visitors from dragging and dropping your images onto their desktop and/or does not disable the right click action of a mouse, then your site visitors can download a copy of your image. It is true that any site visitor can take a screenshot of any webpage on the Internet from news outlets, to tech company sites to artist websites. With screenshots, however, the bad actor has to take that screenshot and upload it into an image editing tool to edit out the surrounding background to take your image. 11. Domain name considerations Consider your audience as you decide on your domain name. Artists often wonder what domain name to use for their site. Unless you are already known by a company or studio name other than your own, artists are generally best served using their own name as their domain name. People who know you are likely to search for your name. If you have a more common name shared by many, you can get around that by adding artist, photographer, or fine art for example to your name ahead of the .com designation. While there are other domain name extensions such as .org, the most used is still the .com designation. 12. Raise interest with carefully selected works How much of your work should you include in your website? This is an important consideration as you think about the attention span of your site visitors and your website loading speed. You will want a fast loading site which is generally achieved by optimizing your images for the web in terms of their physical dimensions, the file sizes (KB) on your site, and the overall number of files on your site. 13. SEO considerations for your content Carefully consider the text you add to your site. How do you imagine people will search for your work? Are you known for a particular style of pottery, painting or photography – include that language in your site. The more specific you can be in terms of your work, location, etc the more your site will get listed as it should. Search engine optimization (SEO) is a huge topic and many companies now focus on SEO as their sole offering. 14. Keep your content fresh Maintain a blog and/or make frequent updates to your site. Services with a built-in blog feature make it easy to maintain your own blog and website in one account. Search engines pay attention to how frequently the content in your site is updated. 15. Microsites for special promotions and new doors to your website Look for additional built-in marketing features for your work. Services like FolioLink feature Promo Pages for marketing and client outreach. Promo Pages are essentially microsites that run off your domain name. These can be linked to your main site or shared independently. Artists like to send clients Promo Page links with special studio sales notices, show announcements and more. You can learn more here: http://foliolink.com/photo_art_microwebsites.asp 16. Do you need a cart? If selling your work through your website is appropriate (it not always is), look for a solution with easy e-commerce integration. Ask yourself if you want to avoid commissions and be responsible for order fulfillment or whether you want another company to fulfill the orders for your prints etc. 17. Easy to use content management area and tools Choose a service for artists that makes it easy to host and maintain your site in one place. Some services are not all inclusive. You have to buy a template, hire someone to modify it, and find hosting for your site. We recommend finding an all-inclusive service so that it is easy to update your site as you need, easy to renew your domain name, and website hosting without having to contact multiple companies. 18. Video hosting considerations Will you incorporate any video into your site now or in the future? Look for a service that makes it easy to share videos. Your best option is a service that can integrate videos that are hosted in Youtube or Vimeo; both of these video hosting services take care of encoding your video for the web which means they convert it into a web friendly format that is responsive across devices. 19. Do you know how cookies are used in your website? Don’t forget General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) if you anticipate European website visitors. Your site will need to share a privacy and cookie notice if you use any tracking software such as Google Analytics or capture any site information such as email addresses with an online form. 20. Custom design options Have a specific design in mind, but can’t find a website service with exactly what you want? Custom design is an exciting option, but keep in mind the cost. Most true custom sites start at 3K, require a significant amount of effort, and you bear the whole cost on your own. If you go this route, we do recommend that you consider a custom-built website that you can maintain on your own after it is built. We have never heard of an artist who was happy about having to call their website developer each time they wanted to add new work to their website. Disclosure: Kodexio is the developer and the company behind FolioLink.com, an online service that helps artists, photographers and other creatives build and maintain their online portfolios. Feel free to contribute and/or ask questions below. Please keep your posts free of references to external companies and/or links. Copyright (C) 2020 Kodexio
  24. Time Left: 4 days and 18 hours

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    The Rolleiflex 2.8F does not need introduction. This copy is in near mint condition. Available for sale to members with a reputation level of 20 or higher. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for looking

    $1,950.00

  25. Time Left: 4 days and 18 hours

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    • 9+ Shows few signs of use

    Almost in new condition 6 24" Aluminum Chops. Profile 1" deep and 1/4" front (see images).

    $50.00

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