Your Blog is Boring and Your Photos Suck

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Slides from the Northern Voice 2011 presentation Your Blog is Boring and Your Photos Suck by Syx Langemann and Morten Rand-Hendriksen.

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Your Blog is Boring and Your Photos Suck

  1. 1. Your blog is boring& your photos suck<br />
  2. 2. Your blog is boring& your photos suck<br />Syx Langemann B.F.A.<br />Morten Rand-Hendriksen<br />
  3. 3. Syx Langemann B.F.A.<br />Photographing for 19 years<br />Geeking as a hobby for 15 years.<br />
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  15. 15. Morten Rand-Hendriksen<br />Geeking out Hardcore for 20 years<br />Photographing as a hobby for 15 years.<br />
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  23. 23. So to re-cap<br />Morten Rand-Hendriksen<br />Geeking out Hardcore for 20 years<br />Photographing as a hobby for 15 years.<br />Syx Langemann B.F.A.<br />Photographing for 19 years<br />Geeking as a hobby for 15 years.<br />
  24. 24. Therefore…<br />What Syx is to Photography, Morten is to Web Dev.<br />
  25. 25. Therefore…<br />What Syx is to Photography, Morten is to Web Dev.<br />
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  28. 28. Disclaimer<br />The views expressed in this “edu-tainment” workshop are solely those of Syx Langemann & Morten Rand-Hendriksen and are not meant to reflect the views of Northern Voice, Wordpress, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Mac or PC users, Professional & Amateur Bloggers, Professional & Amateur Photographers, Fellow Canadians, Norwegians, our Friends or our Parents. <br />WARNING<br />Some of the following slides contain the nude figure, <br />You’ve been warned.<br />
  29. 29. About our SlideShow<br />Geeks, ready your scanners.<br />QR Code, Microsoft Tags<br />You can follow along!<br />
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  36. 36. The First Questions<br />What makes a ‘good’ photograph?<br />&<br />What makes a blog exciting?<br />
  37. 37. May be BETTER to ask<br />What can I do to make my photography better?<br />&<br />What steps can I take to make my blog more interesting?<br />
  38. 38. We can evaluate both on<br />Technical<br />& <br />Intellectual / Creative<br />
  39. 39. Know Your Gear!<br />Shooting Modes<br />Exposure<br />White Balance<br />Lenses<br />Flash<br />
  40. 40. Exposure<br />
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  45. 45. White Balance<br />
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  51. 51. Composition<br />Rule of Thirds <br />Leading Lines<br />Contrast<br />Texture<br />Blah<br />Blah<br />
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  65. 65. Construct Your Reality<br />Photographers are <br />“Beautiful Liars”<br />
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  74. 74. History<br />Learn about the past.<br />Photo history is full of lessons.<br />
  75. 75. Point of Departure<br />Shoot with intention<br />
  76. 76. Photo Projects<br />To see better.<br />Keeps the camera in my hand.<br />Engage the world/people around me.<br />Allows me to create a world that I understand.<br />Show other’s a world that they don’t have access to. <br />
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  79. 79. Watch where you point that thing!<br />Once you have a handle on the Technical aspects of the camera, what you put in front of your camera is what makes the difference.<br />
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  81. 81. Photographic Projects<br />Are you shooting what you see?<br />Or<br />Are you seeing what you shoot?<br />
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  84. 84. Shoot ShootShoot<br />10,000 Hours?<br />10,000 Frames?<br />
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  95. 95. Share<br />Once you have amassed an inventory of images<br />You need to share your successes.<br />
  96. 96. Safe Photo Sharing<br />Where are my images safe?<br />
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  98. 98. Got Traffic?<br />Once the blog is up, who’s looking?<br />How are they even finding it?<br />
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  101. 101. Got <img alt=“”>?<br />The alt variable matters<br />Because your biggest fan is blind<br />
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  109. 109. Better User Experiences<br />Don’t lead people away from your site<br />Provide in-app experiences<br />
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  113. 113. Accidentally Anonymous<br />Does your blog or site have an identity?<br />As in does it have a <title>?<br />Or a <meta description>?<br />
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  116. 116. Pretty Permalinks<br />From www.whatever.com/?p=1438<br />to www.whatever.com/awesome<br />
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  119. 119. All In One SEO<br />Not as much SEO as CS<br />SEO = Search Engine Optimization<br />CS = Common Sense<br />
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  125. 125. Create a Community<br />Visitors to your blog want to feel like <br />they are a part of something<br />
  126. 126. Create a Community<br /><ul><li>Comments
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  131. 131. Make It Easy<br />Help people find what they’re looking for<br />otherwise they won’t find it.<br />Because let’s be honest:<br />People are lazystupid great!<br />
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  133. 133. Image as Home Link<br /><a href="<?php echo home_url( '/' ); ?>"<br /> title="<?phpget_bloginfo( 'name' ); ?>" <br />rel="home“ <br />><br />… the image …<br /></a><br />
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  136. 136. Feel Overwhelmed? Need Help?<br />Practice, Practice, Practice<br />Take Classes<br />Attend Workshops<br />?? QUESTIONS ??<br />
  137. 137. In Summary<br />Both Photography & Blogging are serious business.<br />Learn your craft, <br />Strive to make your blog better.<br />
  138. 138. Finally…<br />Half ass loses, <br />Whole ass wins!<br />Take your work seriously.<br />
  139. 139. Morten<br />Syx<br />www.syxlangemann.com<br />www.designisphilosophy.com<br />

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