Create Your Own Photo Blog Paperback by Catherine Jamieson

Create Your Own Photo Blog by Catherine Jamieson

Create Your Own Photo Blog by Catherine Jamieson

Photographs Need To Be Seen So whether it is among family members, friends or for all to see, so this book Create Your Own Photo Blog by Catherine Jamieson will help to get your blog kick started and will go hand in hand with my blog which will be more focused towards providing photo tips and tricks

Whether you seek to showcase a professional portfolio or just want your family across the continent to see the pictures from the reunion, you can do it with a photo blog. Catherine Jamieson, whose award-winning blog, Utata, has a legion of fans, gives you all the tools you need in this richly illustrated, full-color guide. She translates Web lingo, walks you through setting up your blog, and provides professional tips on composing, shooting, and editing your photos. Jamieson even helps jumpstart your creativity with 100 photo ideas to get you shooting.

Catherine aims to get you blogging in Movable Type

In this book she covers the tools you need to get up and running
* Understand your style and decide on the purpose of your photo blog
* Evaluate Web hosting options
* Design your blog using the Movable Type publishing platform and professionally created, customizable templates
* Learn to shoot, edit, and select photos that work best on the Web
* Create a site to publish projects for your group or organization
* Promote your blog, network with other photo bloggers, and syndicate content
* Improve your photographic skills with professional tricks and techniques, whether you take pictures for a living or just for fun
* Explore and learn from some of the Web’s top-rated photo blogs

 

Product Details As Provided by Amazon

  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471767743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471767749
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds

 

Editorial Review (Taken From the Back Cover of the Book)

Whether you seek to showcase a professional portfolio or just want your family across the continent to see the pictures from the reunion, you can do it with a photo blog. Catherine Jamieson, whose award-winning blog, Utata, has a legion of fans, gives you all the tools you need in this richly illustrated, full-color guide. She translates Web lingo, walks you through setting up your blog, and provides professional tips on composing, shooting, and editing your photos. Jamieson even helps jumpstart your creativity with 100 photo ideas to get you shooting.Catherine gets you started blogging in Movable Type

Covers the tools you need to get up and running

  • Understand your style and decide on the purpose of your photo blog
  • Evaluate Web hosting options
  • Design your blog using the Movable Type publishing platform and professionally created, customizable templates
  • Learn to shoot, edit, and select photos that work best on the Web
  • Create a site to publish projects for your group or organization
  • Promote your blog, network with other photo bloggers, and syndicate content
  • Improve your photographic skills with professional tricks and techniques, whether you take pictures for a living or just for fun
  • Explore and learn from some of the Web’s top-rated photo blogs

About the Author

Catherine Jamieson is a photographer and writer who began publishing her award-winning photo blog in the mid-nineties. Catherine and Utata have been the subject of various newspaper and magazine articles on photo blogging, and in 2004, Forbes magazine selected Utata as the number two photo blog on the Internet.
Examples From Customer Reviews
Not for professional photographers, 3 Stars
This review is from: Create Your Own Photo Blog (Paperback)
Photoblogs are a very popular and useful marketing tool for professional portrait photographers. They’re a great way for studios to stay in touch with their customers. With this in mind, I was very surprised to see that this book does not treat this area at all. In fact, there’s maybe three sentences, total, about marketing and driving traffic to your photoblog. (Basically, the advice given is: participate in online communities, and stick some metatags in your code, and wait for people to show up.) The other surprising thing was how narrow the focus was. What we have here is a book about how to recreate exactly what the author created, no more nor less. She used Movable Type, so that’s all that’s discussed here. (The author claims MT is the most popular blogging software out there. Not true. People are leaving it in droves for WordPress, since MT has no spam-protection, and WordPress kills spam in its tracks. ) She even tells you exactly what webhost service to use, going so far as to include screenshots of their website. Very odd. (Note this information relating to WordPress being great for killing spam is really out dated as many current webmasters dealing with WordPress will already know all too well that Malicious spam is a real big problem unless serious steps are taken to avoid the problem)!

Immensely Beautiful with valuable information, conveyed well…,5 Stars
This review is from: Create Your Own Photo Blog (Paperback)

Not all blogs revolve around the written word. The recent proliferation of digital photography has given rise to the use of blogs focused on the visual element, commonly referred to as photo blogs. Catherine Jamieson has been at the front of this movement with her Utata site, and she shares her knowledge and insight in the book Create Your Own Photo Blog. This is an incredibly beautiful book that is also extremely useful…Contents:

Part 1 – Getting Started: Join The Revolution; Exposing Your Style; Finding a Home for Your Photo Blog

Part 2 – Setting Up: Build Your Blog – The Toolkit; The Workbench – Inside Your Blog; The Design Studio – Skins and Customizing

Part 3 – Working With Photographs: The Photographs That Work; From Camera to Blog – Making the Magic Happen; 100 Photo Ideas to Get You Shooting; Letting People Know You’ve Arrived; flickr; Doing Cool Things with Your Blog

Index

Using commonly available and proven tools like flicker and Moveable Type, Jamieson walks you through the process of setting up a web site, finding hosting services, and then using her tools of choice to build and manage your photo blog. Her recommendations involve using Moveable Type as your blogging software, the flickr site for storing your photos online, and the web hosting service of Nexcess which offers a special package for people who buy the book. If you’re already familiar with blogging or web sites, you might find that you have some/most/all of these areas covered. In that case, you can move onto the areas that deal with how to develop your photo blog related to style, concept, quality, and so forth. The writing style is intelligent and readable, so even the areas that may not be relevant to your particular situation are still hard to skip over.

The feature of this book I enjoyed the most was the assistance on how to shoot good pictures. Rather than just focus on the mechanics of the software, she gets into how to choose subjects, composition of pictures, and a number of other items related to taking compelling shots. Even if someone wasn’t quite ready to commit to starting a photo blog, they could still get quite a bit out of the book when it comes to improving the quality of your pictures. Couple that with the ability to put them online using something like flickr (if you don’t already do that), and you’re well on your way almost before you realize it.

I’ll spare my friends and readers and stick to what I know best… regular blogs. My picture-taking ability is nothing to write home about, and it wouldn’t be worth blogging in my case. But should that bug ever hit me and I change my mind, this will be the book I’d use to get started.

As you can see 2 very different reviews, but I think that it is saying that this book is for new entrants into the field of blogging and not such a great deal of Photography information and advice! But that’s where my photo tips and tricks comes into play, it will fill in the blanks to give you the full effect.

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