WP Photographers: WordPress + Photography

Earlier this week I launched WP Photographers, covering topics around WordPress for photographers.

This is kind of a “duh” thing as I’ve been deep into those two worlds for quite a while, yet it seems there’s not anyone really covering that space in depth. As I floated the idea in both communities over the last few months the reaction was generally enthusiastic… so I built it and here we are.

It’s a start. Much more to come.

If you’re a photographer who uses WordPress, it’s for you. If you’re a WordPresser who uses images and photos on your site, it’s for you.

WordPress for Photographers

Photo Equipment Deals – Announcing PhotoGearDeals.com

Photography is expensive.

And I hate paying list price.

There are deals out there, and I come across them from time to time. I ignore a lot because I’m not always looking for what’s hot right now. A little while back I realized that instead of ignoring these, perhaps I could pass them along. And perhaps this would be a good basis for a new website focused purely on gear, since I’m trying to keep Splat Photo a bit more business/marketing/informationally-focused.

Hence PhotoGearDeals.com where I’m going to highlight current offers on cameras, lenses, software, and other goodies for photographers.

Subscribe over there via RSS, email, Twitter, or just hit the website frequently to see what’s new.

2013 and Personal Photography Projects

A couple weeks ago, I started to review my catalog of 2012 photos to see what the year had meant for me in the photo world. Even before looking into Lightroom I knew what I was going to find.

Oh snap, that darned photographer moved his camera again.

I made very few personal photos in 2012 compared to recent years.

Professionally, this was my busiest year, with various commercial, portrait, and event clients keeping me fairly busy. I enjoyed the range of projects I worked for clients. But personal work, for fun, for enjoyment, for growth and learning? I lagged.

I could run through a variety of excuses but they all boil down to me not prioritizing the time to get out and shoot.

Gotta change that in 2013. Want to help me out? Hold my ass accountable. If I go a while without sharing anything current, ask me what I’m working on.

New year starts today. Let’s go.

Pike Place Market in the evening at Christmastime.

Announcing Splat Photo

Splat PhotoI’d like to announce Splat Photo a new website-based venture I’ve started to focus on information for today’s connected photographer.

Splat Photo will be the home for all of my photography-related writing and resources, including, but not limited to:

* Commentary on industry trends
* Reviews of photo-related products and services
* Information on photography events

In short, photo-related things that would’ve been published here will now be found at Splat Photo. I will also be increasing the amount of photography articles published.

If you’re following me for photography things (either as an amateur or pro), you’ll want to follow Splat Photo.

Head over to Splat Photo – better yet, subscribe via RSS or email for my photography writing and other related information.

PDX in a Fisheye

An über-wide-angle view of the canopy over the arrival/departure roadways at Portland International Airport.  The termial is to the left; a parking garage is on the right.

I recently experimented with a Sigma 4.5mm Circular Fisheye Lens on behalf of the Photography StackExchange site. Here’s one of the images… an über-wide-angle view of the canopy over the arrival/departure roadways at Portland International Airport. The termial is to the left; a parking garage is on the right.

Email Marketing for Photographers: an Interview with DJ Waldow

DJ Waldow is an email marketing expert who just wrote a book (co-authored by Jason Falls) called The Rebel’s Guide to Email Marketing. The book was just released; I’m partway through reading it and I’m finding lots of practical information. Email marketing doesn’t get quite as much buzz as some of the newer, social, “sexier” online marketing venues but the reality is that everyone has email and it can be a very effective method for communication with clients and peers. There are a lot of “best practices” out there, but one of the unique angles of DJ and Jason’s book is that they specifically talk about how breaking some of those rules can lead to good things.

A few weeks back I had a chance to interview DJ about email marketing; in addition to some general advice I asked some questions specific to photographers. Here’s the interview (about 19 minutes):