It is very obvious today that analogue is out and digital is in. And in Photography, long gone is the era of the film and here to stay is Digital Photography. That is why you will hardly see anyone going around these days with a film camera hanging from his neck.
With photographs going digital, more and more people are already uploading them to social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even Pinterest for people to see.
Through these sites, your photos reach a wider audience along with the works of other photography enthusiasts. However, the reach is still limited if compared to having your own site for displaying your own work. I am talking about a Photo Blog.
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What is a Photo Blog?
A Photo Blog is basically a website or a page that contains pictures. If you can create a blog site, the Photo Blog is its counterpart which contains lesser words and focuses more on photographs. With it, you can still put words to emphasize your point or explain a photo; however, the words are limited. A photo blog can be a tutorial or a list of top things or subjects in photography.
Advantages of a Photo Blog:
Foremost, you are able to show your works to a larger audience. This is especially so if your blog site gets highly ranked by search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
Secondly, you get to have comments or feedbacks from viewers that may help you improve your style of photography. If they commend your work, they can tell you so. Just prepare yourself for any negative responses for these will still help you in time.
Thirdly, you will be able to establish your reputation as a photographer. When your blog site appears on search engines and people see your name, they will think that you are already a professional even if you have just started out. In fact, if they like your work so much, they might commission you for a project that may consequently start your photography business.
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Fourthly, your photo blog will let you keep your photo collection online. Even if you lose your digital files from your computer, you only need to log on to your blog site and you can download copies of your photos again.
How do you start a photo blog?
Photo Blogging is not really difficult. All you need are consistent uploading of photographs and updating of theme or projects.
How to start it? Here are the ways:
1. Choose a Blog Site.
If you are only diligent, there are so many websites on the net that you can use for your blog site. For example, you can register with www.photoblog.com or www.tumblr.com and then create your own account.
Once you have decided on the photo blog site for you, you have to register your email address and follow the instructions. Just go over the site and familiarize yourself with it.
2. Complete your Profile.
Don’t stay anonymous. Before you say that your site is already up and going, you need to make sure that you are completely filling out the forms. This is because most people don’t like to open a site if the profile of the owner if not complete. Oftentimes, it is an issue of wanting to know more about the blogger.
3. Choose a Theme.
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To be honest, your photography blog site is sort of a reflection of your personality. Therefore, after completing your profile, you will need to choose the color, font, and other details to create the over-all feel of your blog site.
4. Start Uploading your Photos.
Remember that a photo blog is not the same as your portfolio. The latter only contains your best works but the former may contain just about anything that you capture. You can even post the bad shots you have if it is helpful in showing your point or recommendations.
5. Don’t forget to Promote your Site.
It can only be seen if it gets ranked by search engines. You will have to use your social media sites by linking it there so that it automatically appears on your timeline and on your friends’ timelines. You can also incorporate keywords so that they will appear in searches.
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If you want to gain more control over your Photos, Site Name, Website Design and Money is not an issue, then you will have to purchase your own domain name, at sites like GoDaddy.com or NameCheap.com and pay for web hosting services like the ones at Hostgator or Bluehost. You might consider using WordPress as your blogging platform like what our Website is using, since WordPress already comes with Pre-Made Themes designed for Photo Blogs.
This can be quite costly though when it comes to bandwidth. Remember that you are starting a Photo Blog, and photos eat up a lot of disk space on the part of the Webhosts. Established Photographers don’t have a problem with this, but for starters, Free Photo blogs mentioned above is the way to go.
Photo blogging is a unique hobby. It is not only a training ground for a career in Photography but it can also help you improve your skills.