Photoblogs

Many photographers use photoblogs to promote and market their work and services. Photoblogs can be great sources of information and inspiration for photographers, as well as for anyone who likes to look at beautiful images.  This post describes photoblogs and provides some examples. I’ll talk about how to create a photoblog in a future post.

Photoblogs are blogs that are made up primarily of photos. But photoblogs usually includes more than just pictures. (If pictures are the only content you want to publish, it would be easier to use an online photo hosting service like Zenfolio, Smugmug, or Flickr.)

The advantage of a photoblog is that it provides a historical or autobiographical dimension.  Text gives context to the  images. Often a photoblog resembles a journal or a documentary. Photoblogs are a good way to tell a story with your pictures.

Here are a few photoblogs I have looked at and benefited from. Some of these bloggers are quite well known; others aren’t.  Some of the blogs are oriented towards illustrating photography techniques; others are more personal explorations of art and ideas.

Rob Sheppard: http://www.natureandphotography.com/

Rob Sheppard is an excellent nature photographer and very good writer and teacher. He share images, thoughts and techniques on his blog.

Harold Davis http://www.digitalfieldguide.com/blog/

Author of several books on photographic techniques, including one that I own called Creative Night. Harold Davis is an outstanding photographer, who also works extensively in Photoshop to achieve the effects he wants to create.  In his blog posts he provides examples of images he has taken and how he created them.

Chris Orwig: http://www.chrisorwig.com/flipside/

Chris is an excellent teacher as well as a photographer. In his blog, he explores many different cameras (including film) and techniques and shares images and his thoughts about his explorations. He is an expert on Photoshop and Lightroom, and I would highly recommend his tutorials on Lynda.com

Twigs and Tracks Photography http://www.twigsandtracks.com/.

Gary Udstrand’s excellent photoblog. I came across this around the time I was researching HDR (high dynamic range) photography. Gary used Nik Software’s new HDR Efex Pro in creating the image for his post called “Grass Roots”… which interested me since I had recently acquired Nik software programs. I’ll write about my own experiences with HDR in an upcoming post, but in the meantime, I suggest you take a look at Gary’s post: http://blog.twigsandtracks.com/2011/02/20/grass-roots/.

Eric Strate Photography http://ericstratephotography.com/.

I came across Eric’s blog when I was looking for a new theme for my WordPress.com blog. I looked at “modularity lite”:
http://theme.wordpress.com/themes/modularity-lite. His blog was one of the examples. I decided Eric was on to something. I was intrigued by the way he incorporated galleries into his posts and also had a separate page for Galleries, which linked to his Smugmug site.

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