Photoblogging basics & techniques
This morning, I attended a church service – a somewhat rare event for me, actually – at Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ where Steve Garrett preaches every Sunday. I’ve known Steve since college; we both attended Lipscomb University, graduating around 1989. Lindsley Avenue is a tiny little congregation in downtown Nashville, Tennessee – at least as far as Nashville churches go; but the catch is, the old church building is a classic, beautiful, turn-of-the-century brick sanctuary which has managed to retain most of its original stained glass windows of the sort one just doesn’t see much anymore. The Lindsley Avenue church building is listed on the Nashville Historic Register.
May 15, 1984 saw several churches added to the National Register by way of a thematic resources listing, Nineteenth Century Churches of South Nashville, including St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Rectory, Primitive Baptist Church, Elm Street Methodist Church, and the Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ. (Source: Metropolitan Nashville Historical Commission Newsletter, May 2011)
We had been discussing the design of a new website, blog, events app, and so forth, so I brought along my trusty Olympus Stylus and took a couple hundred photos.
When I returned home, I began to dread the hours of my time that would be demanded by my usual process of image editing, digital photo organization, file uploading, and finally, website implementation of these hundreds of images, despite saving lots of time by taking advantage of FastStone Photo Resizer’s impressive and efficient batch photo processing capabilities. (If my blog had any regular readers, they’d know I like to use a PHP image rotation script which displays images at random each time a given blog post is loaded into a visitor’s web browser. It’s a rather simple but very effective technique which keeps the pages and posts on my sites and blogs looking as though they’re updated quite frequently, or even daily – even though this is rarely the case.)
I wanted to find a much speedier method of posting large numbers of photos into my various WordPress blogs. I began to wonder what techniques real photographers might use when they need to post a new photo gallery to their WordPress blogs efficiently and professionally in time to meet a looming deadline. During the course of this research, I started to become personally interested in photoblogging.
The timing is just perfect; a client and partner of mine is currently growing at least two Nashville photography websites, and I have been planning to start my own photography website and perhaps also sell stock photos in order to create at least a trickle of new revenue…
What’s a photoblog?
A photoblog is different than a typical content-centric blog, which emphasizes the textual content and perhaps features only the occasional image; photoblogs focus almost entirely on images. Often, just about the only textual content within a photoblog post would be the photo captions.
Many more photoblogging basics on the way… still researching, testing… in the meantime, here are a few notable photoblogging resources
Resources: Photoblogging in general
Resources: Photoblogging with WordPress
Photo gallery scripts that work with WordPress
AWSOM Pixgallery Art/Webcomic plugin
Build Your Own CSS-based Gallery
fMoblog – Upload and display images from your cell phone.
Gallery 2 embedded in WordPress using the WPG2 Plugin
GRAND Flash Album Gallery – multi category flash skin based photo gallery with powerful admin. CodEasily.com
Lazyest Gallery Automatically includes galleries uploaded by ftp
PhotoJAR – Adds numerous features to the built-in WordPress gallery
PhotoSmash Galleries – User contributable galleries that add images to the WordPress Media Gallery. More info atplugin homepage
Page Flip Image Gallery – 90 day trialware–other versions require payment. GPL Version
Piwigo with PiwigoMedia to insert photos in your posts and PiwigoPress to display thumbnails in your sidebar
eSPG: enhanced Simple PHP Gallery
WordPress Include Page Plugin
w3images gallery – add an useful and costumizable Images Gallery to your WordPress
Zenphoto – +WP plugin
Resources: Lindsley Avenue Church
Free sources for great photos to use in your blog posts
Selling stock photography
Started on Sunday, November 20, 2011