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The Community Pool is for those of you looking for input, whether on post ideas, writing, blog design and layout,…

The Community Pool is for those of you looking for input, whether on post ideas, writing, blog design and layout, or anything else. If you have a post, page, or idea you want to bounce off someone, leave a comment. Your fellow bloggers can then click through and offer input either on your site, or in the comments here (feel free to indicate which you’d prefer).

In honor of phoneography month, this week’s Community Pool is for the shutterbugs. Get feedback on your composition, use of galleries, or anything else photo-related (non-photo posts are welcome as well). Read on for the guidelines and to leave a comment . . .

  • You’ll get the best feedback if you can be as specific as possible about what you’d like people to respond to or where you’re struggling.
  • Please keep all comments civil and constructive. We’re here to help and support one another, not to beat anyone down.
  • If you haven’t looked at our Commenting Guidelines in a while, now might be a good time.
  • To keep from losing your place in the comment thread while you visit others’ blogs, right-click on a link to open it in a new tab or window.
  • No running on the deck.

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    1. I went to your website and was immediately drawn to the post “Dedicated to Tony Sanchez, with Love and Gratitude.” I really enjoyed your images.
      One thing – I find reading left-aligned text easier to read.
      I also loved the “A trip Back Home” post. I am not a bird watcher but I would have loved to know the name(species) of the birds :)

    2. Thanks for sharing your blog. Personally, I’m not a fan of Gridspace. While I appreciate the concept of uncluttered presentations on images, I like being able to take in the titles of the images at a glance, without needing to mouse over the image.

      1. I agree; I enjoy being able to see all of the different pictures, but my personal preference is to see the titles straight up without all of the pictures. Other than that I enjoyed your pictures!

    3. Nice looking blog, a new concept to me. I liked the photo of the red cardinal but I thought it could have been cropped – that lovely bird pops out but there is still too much background. I absolutely love Apple kind of gal – a portrait full of character!

    1. Beautiful images. I had a question about the layout of your blog.
      Why did you choose to keep everything in the Footer and not the sidebar?
      I think Archives, Recent posts, follow links etc. look good in the sidebar and are easy to find. Because right now the posts look famished in the middle with black background feeding on it. It is not an issue if you chose to do it deliberately.

      1. I love the way you spotlighted the pictures by positioning everything else in the footer. “It’s about pictures,” is what your blog says. However, I personally find the multicolored text a bit distracting now and then. Overall, your is definitely a nice blog!

    2. I agree, a nice blog, interesting to look at and read. Great textures in the photos, and I loved the story about the Russian birds! I don’t mind a blog that makes me find things if it is interesting to start with.

    3. Nice blog MB – I like the clean look and have recently chosen that theme myself after much much much trying out of others. The focus is on the excellent photos and your stories. The colour of the text looks like a change to highlight this away from the grey? Works for me. Interesting.

    1. Beautiful images. I had a question about the layout of your blog.
      Why did you choose to keep everything in the Footer and not the sidebar?
      I think Archives, Recent posts, follow links etc. look good in the sidebar and are easy to find. Because right now the posts look famished in the middle with black background feeding on it. It is not an issue if you chose to do it deliberately.

      1. Your blog is very arresting to look at – big header, lots of Gridspace pics (I’m getting used to them now lol) and some images that caught my eye straight away (the dog – superb).

    2. Finally the one for you!
      The moment I opened your blog, I was welcomed by a big Header Image. I took me a few seconds to guess that I had to scroll down and see the posts.
      Loved your ‘I love winter’ images.
      I had to check the theme to make this comment. It is Gridspace and a Premium theme (you bought it, great!) I did not see the header so big in the details and preview. Is there a reason you chose that image as header in full size?
      Hope you find this helpful. Have a nice day!

    3. I really like your photographs, particularly the one on “masks”. I like the big header photo. Personally, I’m not too fond of the Gridspace layout. Yes, it is great to see all the photos without distraction, but I like to see the title of the work without having to mouse over the image and I don’t like the image fading out as the title appears. But this is just one persons opinion.

      1. Thank you so much! But there is a button on left side which makes it look differently! I thought it was kind of cool that readers could decide that part for themselves :-D

    4. really beautiful blog, LOVE the picture of the dog looking up…sooo cute…. Only thing I would suggest is to use a different picture as your background…something calmer…to highlight the pictures you post…it just seems a bit busy, especially behind the cool grainy picture in your header!

      1. Hmm, that’s probably a good idea, but it seemed so boring with just black and grey, while it looked kind of cheesy with orange and pink :-o I must ponder on this :-p

  1. I write about living and travelling in Portugal and use a lot of my own photographs to illustrate my posts. I’m always worried about using too many photos and slowing down the page load so I resize them when I upload.

    The thing I haven’t yet worked out is how best to display them within a post. In this post, most of the images are full size. Do you think they’re too big and therefore create too much for readers in terms of scrolling down to get through the post? Would it be better to make the images smaller or cut a few out or is it okay like this?
    http://juliedawnfox.com/2013/02/18/things-to-do-in-barcelos-portugal/

    I tried playing with galleries because I like the look of them, especially the tiled ones, but I’m not sure if this is the best way of sharing the information about each image. Should I post each one separately with a little descriptive text or leave it like this so that people who want the information can get it from the carousel?
    http://juliedawnfox.com/2012/12/16/travel-theme-transportation-how-to-get-around-porto-as-a-tourist/#

    I’d really appreciate any comments or suggestions you have so thank you in advance for your time.

  2. I participate in Photo Challenges religiously since I started my blog. I receive a lot of ‘Likes’ but not many comments. I do not consider myself as a photographer but I think that I can spot a good click. A lot of people around me do not consider me a good photo-taker.
    I need feedback. To view my contribution to the Photo Challenges, click on the Photo Challenges page on my blog – http://beyondbeautytips.wordpress.com
    Thanks for your time!

    1. You have a nice blog. As for the comments, of the photos, I’d say I would be happy to have so many of them!
      Be that as it may, I think it is always difficult to give substantial feedback to photos. Liking them (or disliking them) is often a gut feeling that is very hard to put into words. Hence I came to appreciate the likes,too: A “like” at least tells you, that the picture called for a reaction. There is also a lot of personal taste involved – which makes it all the more difficult: One person may expect something very different from another when looking at a photo.
      All in all, I think you are doing good – and I believe you have an eye for pictures.
      Hope this helps.

    1. I really enjoyed visiting your blog and I’ve immediately decided to follow it.
      Best regards from southern Texas,
      Pit

    2. I love all of your pictures! Every time I saw the title of a post after looking at the one above it I just had to look at your entries for us! Eventually I had to stop myself from looking at the title so that I could comment :)! You’re an amazing photographer!

    3. I’m not missing words in your posts, the pictures are amazing! You have a nice mix in the subjects you present and everything looks grrreat :-D

    1. I would be really thankful to you for taking out time and letting me know what you think of my work !
      Regards,
      Vivek

      1. Oh Vivek, you are so silly. YOU have one of the most beautiful photography blogs in the blogorama!!! you are also one of the best photographers out there, so relax! keep it up! :)

  3. My blog is a photoblog. I am not a big conversationalist. I get rather tongue-tied. The best way I can express what I’m thinking or feellng is by posting a photo. My blog is Random Thoughts Through My Photos http://iamrcc716.wordpress.com/. I get a likes with each posting but virtually no comments. So I wonder do you have to have words with your photos in order to receive feedback.?

    1. I think your pictures are phantastic. But sometimes people just enjoy themselves looking – and not ‘talking’, I guess. I personally think it is better to make as few words as possible about one’s own pictures. They should be explaining themselves – and as a spectator I love it when thing remain ‘open’ for interpretation.
      And remember that you pictures need not be liked by everybody (on the contrary: blogging has taught me that every picture will eventually find its beholder, someone to enjoy it). So do not worry.
      In my eyes, you are just doing fine.

      1. Thank you so much for the encouraging words and for deciding to follow me. I am just looking photos on your sight and I love that “Cool Liquid”.

    2. I think the titles you give your photos add a lot to the images, but I also agree that no additional words are needed. I love the way you see things and capture what you see.

    3. I agree with TMS^. Your photos are amazing. Being camera challeneged myself, I appreciate your skill doubly more. But speaking as someone who’s mediium of thought is words more than images, a few lines about how and where you found the pictire and setting might help the reader relate? Just a thought. :)

      ~Cookie

      http://calliopeslyre.wordpress.com/

    4. I get a lot of comments and I think it is because I ask a question at the end of most of my posts. Also, I spend a lot of time reading other blogs and leaving comments. It is a reciprocal world!

      1. Thanks for your feedback. I try to thank everyone that visits me and leave a comment. If I like a post it appears on my site for a time in the hopes that others will visit them as well. So, I try to promote other bloggers that visit me, because I understand it is a reciprocal world.

    5. snow stepping and all about balance are both incredibly good photo’s!! My advice would be to get rid of the boring background, and use a photo you took instead, a mellow one, that doesn’t distract from your posts. the mauve is so boring..lol just a suggestion, but also, if you’d like to see a site where a photographer only writes 3 – 9 words for each post, maybe it will give you some ideas….and you will get more comments. a title is nice, but your thoughts with it, are what make people THINK…. check out this site, to see what I mean…you DON’T have to be a poet, but just put down your honest thoughts…. leafandtwig.worpress.com good luck!

      1. Thank you for the feedback and I will take a look. I struggle with backgrounds. I don’t want it to be busy or distracting. Maybe I can find something among the many cloud photos that I have.

      1. I left a comment on someone’s blog and left the wrong name. I had two tabs open and replied on one when I was supposed to be on the other hehe :oops: No need to worry

    1. Hi Susan, I discovered this on the weekend. What I did was before posting the picture, I opened in “Paint”. The Paint function has Click on the Tools for text “A”, move your curser to a point where you want your signature to appear, then click. A text box will appear. You can choose what style, size and colour of your font. Start typing and make sure you save your picture. Try it and let me know if it works.

    2. Hi Susan, you can also do this with apps on your phone if you have a smart phone. There are also free sites on the internet you can use like picfont.

    1. Hi Kazmi, love the photos and stories. I find the theme a little harsh with dark greys and reds. But that my personal opinion. All the best.

  4. Hey There!

    I would love it you could offer any advice regarding the photos on our blog. One of the things that I have really enjoyed about blogging is the visual aspect. I like to include at least one photo per post. In particular, I included a photo gallery in my An Evening at the American Spirits Bartender Competition. We’re at http://boozedancing.wordpress.com/.

    Thanks so much!
    G-LO

    1. Jennifer, I love the concept of the tiny figures to create tableaux. I agree with Douglas – the theme works very well and your images are gorgeous. I can’t think of any suggestions so keep up the great work!

    2. I had a great time visiting and looking around – great theme and site design. And the pictures with the miniature figures are fantastic. I guess I’ll have to “follow.”

    1. Hi Douglas, I rally like your blog. Your photography is bright, clear and inspired. I think the balance of tutorials and other images works well but I think you should make it easier for people to go straight to the tutorials by using a menu tab or category.

      I’m intrigued by the adaptive wide angle feature – I had no idea it was possible to straighten individual elements of an image. Mind you, I only use very basic editing software at the moment – I’ve yet to graduate to the hard stuff!

  5. My previous comment was held in moderation because it had two links so I’ll try again with just one.

    I write about living and travelling in Portugal and use a lot of my own photographs to illustrate my posts. I’m always worried about using too many photos and slowing down the page load so I resize them when I upload.
    The thing I haven’t yet worked out is how best to display them within a post. In this post, most of the images are full size. Do you think they’re too big and therefore create too much for readers in terms of scrolling down to get through the post? Would it be better to make the images smaller or cut a few out or is it okay like this?
    http://juliedawnfox.com/2013/02/18/things-to-do-in-barcelos-portugal/

    I tried playing with galleries because I like the look of them, especially the tiled ones, but I’m not sure if this is the best way of sharing the information about each image. Should I post each one separately with a little descriptive text or leave it like this so that people who want the information can get it from the carousel? An example of when I’ve done this is the article ‘How to get around Porto as a tourist’.

    I’d really appreciate any feedback so I thank you in advance for taking the time to look at my blog.

    1. Thanks for sharing your blog.

      I am also struggling with the best way to display images. What I have decided (so far) is to embed the images in the post when (a) They are telling a story, (b) are part of a tutorial, or (c) there are only one or two. Otherwise I fo with the tiled gallery format as that allows the reader to get an overview of the images and then decide whether or not to explore more deeply.

      BTW: based on what you are trying to accomplish, I see why you have the blog format you do, but for me it seems a little cluttered.

      1. Thanks, Douglas. I really appreciate your comments. SO do you think I should cut down on the number of photos that ‘tell a story’? I find it really hard to whittle down the images to a select few as I always take hundreds when I’m on a trip.

        As far as looking cluttered is concerned, is the problem too many menus or too many sidebars, do you think?

      2. I do not think you need to cut down on the number photos that tell a story. The clutter may be due to your choice of theme, but you end up having a four column design: two sidebars, post title, and post ‘teaser’. Combined with the font size, color, etc. this makes it look cluttered, at least to my eyes.

      1. Hi there. Thanks for commenting. I already do that, e.g. http://juliedawnfox.com/2012/12/16/travel-theme-transportation-how-to-get-around-porto-as-a-tourist/

        What I’m unsure about is whether it’s an effective way of getting the information across. Would it be better to follow the more traditional method of a little bit of text with illustrative image, or does this work better / just as well?

        I’m thinking that with the galleries, those who are only interested in the images don’t have to scroll down very far to see them and can enjoy the carousel if they want larger pictures.

        I just worry that those who want the information more than the image might be annoyed and impatient with having to flick through the carousel in order to read.

        What are your thoughts?

      2. I find the gallery very good if you want to show more than 4 pictures. You also can add a text and I think it is easier for the readers. But this are only my 2 cents ;-)
        Cheers Angela

    2. Hi Julie, for my eyes the use of the theme is very busy and it is hard to find the focus of the site. Similar reasons as Douglas has stated. I too grapple with the use of galleries or to embed the image in a story or just use an image on its own. Hope it resolves itself for you soon :)

      1. thanks. i too have the same feature enabled. but if you see my photogrpahy menu i am not getting the preview of posts.

    1. I think it’s very nice to mix text with pictures :-D Photos makes posts visually more exciting and draw attention :-) Also, it seems you have a good eye for photography! I really like your takes on the weekly challenges!

    1. I think your photos are great – I really enjoyed them! Did youi ever consider setting up galleries on pages in order to offer direct access to your photographic work? what I mean is that most WordPress themes offer great possibilities to play around with a homepage/blog combination. (In my case, my wife and I are still discussing if the blog or the homepage should open upon arrival on the site…) I hope you know what I mean and this helps a bit.

  6. For all of you non climbers!

    What type of rockclimbing post would grab your attention? What would you want to read about? Short/long stories? Lot of text/pics? Feel free to comment or write something on my blog!

    1. Hey! I really enjoyed your blog :-D It’s not high on the word count, but that’s the point with a visual diary, right? Your pictures are very nice! Adding a few categories or other widgets would make your blog easier to navigate though, but then again – I really love those widgets! The way it’s now really highlights your newest pics :-)

    1. I see what you mean – they are in random positions, which looks a little messy. I had problems with alignment when I used medium-sized images in posts. I couldn’t get them side by side without them interfering with the text. In the end, I gave up fiddling about with the smaller images and chose to centre-align full size images. If they seem too big (the vertical images tend to), I then click on edit image in the post editor page and reduce it to about 60%.

      I hope that helps in some way!

    2. My personal opinion is that I always like to see picture in full size; with this you won’t have problem positioning the image.

    3. When editing a post, you can click on a photo and edit it after clicking on the little picture icon that comes up.

      One of the first things you can choose in the dialog is the alighnment (it’s under “Edit picture”) – although I never really understood what clicking “none” does.

      Usually text will float around your photos and it will be really close to the pictures. I think it looks better to leave a little space between text and picture. To do so, go to “Advanced Settings” in the same dialog box. Here you can define vertical space and horizontal space.

      If you do not want to see any text at all near a picture, you’ll have to do a little math: Let’s say the width of your post is 400px and your picture is 200px wide and aligned to the left, you want a horizontal space of 200px to the right of the picture – you’ll have to add that manually to the line above the “space” boxes (or type 200 into the “horizontal space” box and set marginöleft to 0px manually in the line above).

      Sounds complicated but once you get the idea it’s really easy.

      I hope this helps and you have fun experimenting!

  7. Hey there, I’ve recently switched to the Book Lite theme, which I love cause it’s not at all cluttered and has big clear font and shows the photos nice and big too…but now I’m starting to wonder if the photos are actually too huge, especially when they’re more vertically inclined… All comments most welcome, thanks!
    http://followyournose.org/

    1. Just took a look. many are a little too big for the screen (am using Mac) but most are macro shots so does not seem to matter too much. My humble opinion – do not change.

    2. Kat, I think your blog is great as it is. If a blog is about pictures, the pictures should be big. Visitors can always go on full screen display or reduce the size of wahtever they are looking at. Just my 2 cents.

      1. Awesome!!! Thanks so much – I love this new theme, but just worried the big photos were too big. Glad people seem to find it workable.
        Thanks so much for the follow!
        K

  8. Hi! First-time Community Pool visitor. Would love some feedback!
    http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com
    1. Our logo is from two light painting photos. It’s been a year, should the logo be updated?
    2. If you are going to a photo driven site do you want only short posts? Should there be a maximum length for text or can there be long articles with the photos as well?
    3. Watermarks or no watermarks(?) that is the question.

    *Any other feedback welcome as well. We are a collective photo site (mental health related) and love input from contributors or potential contributors.
    Thanks!

    1. HI.
      1. I’m so used to your logo because of the neon light effect. That is just my opinion.
      2. the text is very informative. It all depends how interest the story is, I always limit mine to 500 words.
      3. Use watermarks. Apparently there are unscrupulous people in the internet because the site is open to the whole world. Mind you, with my post, I don’t have a copyright. I hope people have conscience.

    2. 1. I think the logo is great – almost a brand logo (is that what you call it) here. So I would not change it. Ever. As long as I were fine with it.
      2. I do not expect text in a photo blog. And unless it is educational, I almost never read it. But that might be me – and I admit there are projects that call for explanation.
      3. I’d opt for no watermarks. A copyright notice at the bottom of the page should do. Also, just my 2 cents.

    3. I love the concept. Would it be possible to include a small thumbnail photo of the contributors? I understand privacy issues, but I think you could get creative with it. It definitely would make readers connect to the artists. Or, maybe you feature a contributor gallery of self-portraits that give artists the choice of how they will be portrayed. Love the site.

  9. Hi all,
    I was wondering if there’s any way to create a sitemap or something else to make it easier for visitors to navigate through my blog [http://pitsbilderbuch.wordpress.com/]. I appreciate all comments, suggestions and criticism.
    Best regards from southern Texas,
    Pit

  10. Hi there, most of the time I write. I post mostly my own pictures. My dilemma is how do I insert my own pictures to the left or right of my text will remain intact. Or maybe have the text wrap around the picture. I can insert any pictures as long as I use what’s in the suggested media items. Thanks for your feedback.
    http://theseeker57.wordpress.com

    1. I’m still getting use to inserting pictures into my posts, as I’m more of a writer too. However, I do know that if you click on the picture you’ve uploaded into the post it will show an ‘Edit Image’ icon that opens another screen allowing you to shrink or enlarge the picture as well as setting the alignment as None, Left, Center, Right. All of which moves the text to wrap around accordingly or not. There are some advanced settings as well but I’ve not delved into them yet ;) Hope this helps!

      1. OMG, You are so creative and very helpful. Thank you for your tremendous help. Now I have to rearrange my text because it is so close to the picture. Thank you.

      2. No problem! Glad to help. Good luck with the rearranging. WordPress does not make it easy to get pictures and text exactly where you want them but with enough trial and error it comes close.

      3. Awesome! It came out very well indeed!
        And your welcome… No dancing necessary but, always enjoyed ;)

  11. First time here in the community pool. Take a look at my blog: http://ninstravelog.wordpress.com Not really a photography blog, but it has lots of pictures, and started this year I try to post a gallery post that contain only photos
    Comments and other feedback are welcome.
    Thanks

  12. This is my photography blog, http://aperture64.wordpress.com/ it is a mix of images I am producing weekly, with articles discussing workflow and current issues in photography. I try to post daily except weekends.

    I would love to have more comments on posts.

    I also would like to know, why is it when i post a youtube clip it sometimes in the reader becomes the featured image but yet on the post the featured image is as I set it.

    I have only been blogging for 7 months so still quite new.

    1. You have some really lovely photos, and I like the descriptions. I think having a little text can enhance a photo post, and your comments seem just right. I don’t think your header photo is necessarily your strongest to be the first thing you see on the site, but it is still great and that is just a personal preference. Keep it up!

  13. I’m jumping into the community pool. My blog has just turned two weeks old and would love input. User friendly? How can I get more viewers? I don’t quite understand the ping thing, and how I can connect. I feel like I’m there with you all, but then I feel like I’m totally lost.
    I’m not and don’t have a mobile phone that does it all. I use an iPod Touch 5 and have been using the WordPress App for a while, but more as a reader until this week’s challenge.
    https://blogagaini.wordpress.com/2013/03/09/phoneography-challenge-my-neighborhood/comment-page-1/#comment-42.
    Please check me out and shed some light.
    by the way, I live the mobility of using the iPod to post. Email is my fav and will email a panorama for the “my neighborhood challenge” this week, so watch for it.
    Happy shooting!

  14. I decided to participate in the ‘Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood’ this past Friday. However, given that I don’t have a photography blog per se, I stuck with my usual subject matter and incorporated the photos that I had taken into my writing. A few of the photos, I thought came out well, others not so much but, I seek advise more so on the layout of the post than the pictures themselves. I’m not a huge fan of inserting a picture into the center with text above and below. It seems boring to me. I’m proud of what I accomplished with the tools available but, it was rather daunting and still doesn’t look exactly what I had pictured in my mind’s eye.Love to have some feedback please.
    http://tummy-troubles.com
    “Chronic Stress Management” is the post in question. Thanks in advance!

    1. I just went to your blog to see what it looked like and I got so caught up with your story (holy crow!) that I almost forgot to look at the layout of your blog. I actually like to see photos incorporated into the writing. I think it adds interest to the story and can punctuate a point that you are making. Personally, I think that one photo at a time provides better emphasis so I would have split up the photo of the fountain and the fence. Otherwise, I think your blog is very effective.

      1. Thank you. I actually had thought of not using the photo of the fountain but at the last minute decided I needed to because it played such a vital role (… the tranquility given by the sound of the water…) That was one of the things that didn’t look right but I couldn’t really figure out another way without doing the boring centering thing.
        Oh and thank you for the kind words both here and on my blog ;)

  15. I am a re-neophyted photographer. (Excuse my liberties with the English language!). I have been taking pictures all my life – I was born to photographer parents – but it has only been in the last few months that I thought I might actually put together a show. I’ve been collecting my photos and I’ve been trying them out on my blog. Any comments would be appreciated!
    http://dianegallagherphotos.wordpress.com/

  16. Help requested! I’m just starting out, and would welcome suggestions on formatting my pages, how to start getting viewers, how many photos on a page are too many, and any comments on improving my composition, lighting, etc. When blogging, how many words are ‘just right’ for the length of my submissions? Are there any guidelines?

    Sample blog: http://wp.me/p1nwWR-1x

    Portfolio: http://piaffephotography.wordpress.com/

    Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie!

    Piaffe Photography

    1. Hi,
      your photos are just great. As you have a photoblog, keep it simple an let your photos speak for themselves.
      After a day at work, wanting having fun and looking at nice photos, I get tired if I have to read a long text. Sometimes you even don’t need any word for a good photo or just a very short information. But some pictures need some more information.
      You will find your own way.
      To get more readers, visit other photoblogs and participate on challenges ;-) it takes time to have regular visitors :-)
      Cheers Angela :-)

    1. I like your blog design, the green background is a tad on the bright side for me personally but better than many other options i have seen :) I like how you have one large photo per post that you focus on and give us some text – some story or explanation as context. I gather from some of your posts that you are doing some kind of course? Not a fan of a lot of the textures you have used in processing your images but thats personal preference, the images have clearly had considerable thought put into their composition and processing and I think you are doing really well :)

      1. Thanks very much for your feedback. It is interesting to hear how your blog comes across to a fellow photographer. I appreciate that you don’t enjoy textures but I like the painterly effect they can produce. That said, I also keep a lot of my shots texture-free. I will be interested to follow your blog and learn from you.

      2. I will be posting some of my thoughts about post processing techniques in the weekend. I am slowly changing my mind about how much processing I am prepared to do, but I am still a bit of a purist. Thats one of the great things about photography, it allows room for all sorts of artistic expression, and if what you do makes you happy then thats the right place to be in :)

  17. Hi,

    Ok, just gonna take a step into the deep end of the pool here! My blog can be found here, for reference: http://www.seeloveremember.wordpress.com. I combine a single photo with a story related to the photo, as the main concept of my blog.

    I am happy with the number of ‘likes’, but, like many before me already pointed out, some more constructive comments regarding the photography would be nice – though I understand now that that falls mainly to the readers discretion. I do notice though that a lot of the likes come without actual ‘visits’ – probably liked from Reader – and I was wondering if perhaps the posts are too long (or not interesting enough?).

    Also, the design is currently a year old. Time for a fresh-up? Or should I leave it as my current design, keeping it easily recognisable.

    Thanks in advance for any feedback! Suze

    1. personally not a fan of the arty out of focus shots like your water images but I love what you did with the pebbles. You clearly have an artistic interest and eye, and like to experiment. Perhaps a bit more text for some context for the readers? Nice clean layout and lines tho, your images instead of blog links was something i hadnt seen before

  18. Wouldn’t it simply be fair, that WordPress informs the users about intending to do some improvements? So if hundreds or thousands worldwide suddly lose parts of their sites, they would know what’s going on. Or wouldn’t it simply be nice, if WordPress informs us, that the “Weekly Photo Challenge” is no longer offered? Instead we get a growing number of junk-mails like this: „Using only five photos, document a day in your life. Be choosy!”

  19. Hi. Would appreciated any feedback on my blog. http://leapinlizardz.wordpress.com/ It started as a place to post my daily photos for my 365 Photo a Day Project but then I started adding some galleries of my photo jaunts and my fitness stuff and some daily prompt writings. Wndering if its just to much “stuff” and taking away from my photos. I go back and forth between just wanting to write a bit about the photos as well. Rough for the 365 (as its hard enough to take the daily pic some days) but maybe a story and captions for the galleries?

    1. Nice. liked the layout and images are lovely (your sheep shots are a little over exposed) but the disney shots have loads of colour (use a tripod for your long exp night shots btw). Instagram makes your shots look like everyone elses, do you want that?

    1. Love the landing Mallard. My personal preference is for something less bold, less busy, When I have your skill I will feel better qualified to comment :)

      1. Thanks for your input. I completely understand your comment about “busy and bold”. Another blogger left a similar message. Luckily I think that is something I can easily fix. Thanks again!

        Also, so glad you liked the Mallards…I got lucky for sure.

    2. A quick look at the blog, the biggest thing that jumps out is the ORANGE background, its really distracting from the posts and text. Love the mallard landing series BTW

      1. Thank you for checking it out. Given you are the second to comment on “busy/distracting” I think that is a good thing for me to look into. And, a very easy thing to fix. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. And, I’m glad you liked the Mallards…lucky shot…right place; right time.

      2. I am a big fan of the neutral backgound myself, let the images be the highlight. Also having one photo that scrolls like yours means that its not seamless tiling either. If you have the option, make the background image static, so the blog scrolls on top of it (not with it) . Hopefully that makes sense! And its the *being there with your camera* that counts!

  20. Hi, I have been blogging on WordPress for a while showing my photography to family, friends and whoever was interested. I also made it onto ‘freshly pressed’ once, which I am quite proud of. I have been a bit slack lately but will return. Comments and critique are always welcome: http://christophrm.wordpress.com.

    1. Many of the photos are lovely but there isnt a lot of text to tell us where you are, what you are taking photos of, why that subject caught your eye etc.

      1. Hi Angela, Thanks for your comment. I just looked at your pictures from Quedlinburg. What an interesting town. I visited there last October and will put pictures onto my blog soon.. Cheers Christoph

      1. Thank you so much for taking the time to look and critique. My intent is exactly as you say–clean and uncluttered. I have received those awards and though very honored, have kept them off to keep it from getting cluttered. What are your thoughts on that? The people who have awarded them are on my blogroll, which I also keep brief to stay “clean”.
        Thanks for the follow, by the way. Glad to have you. I will check yours out later this week when time off from day job.

    1. I have to say that I love the way that you divulge into the philosophical with some of your posts. It’s pretty interesting. I really enjoyed reading it. I think it’s great that you open up so much of yourself to the reader – I think that vulnerability is essential. I also like how other times you will post a photo with simply a quote. I think that’s smart as it would be overwhelming to continually have lengthy posts. Hope this helps! :)

      1. Thanks for your detailed critique. When I started writing I followed WordPress’ guidelines for blog writing. Follow the Daily Post and learned some tricks from them. It was different than usual writing I’ve been taught. I recently took a formal writing class and my teacher thought the blog writing style atrocious at first. She now seems to understand. I can get real wordy so I cut, cut, cut when I write. The vulnerability? I share what’s on my mind and open my heart. It’s cathartic for me and I think resonates with some readers. My issues are pretty much what common people deal with in life. Other writers inspire me. I hope I can do the same.
        Thanks again.

  21. Hi everybody,
    here is our food photography blog “Le CuGine d’America – The American cousins”, would love to hear from you. The blog is in English and also in Italian, as we are both Italians living in the U.S. What do you think about the look and feel? We have used a WP premium theme “Just desserts.

    https://lecuginedamerica.wordpress.com/

    Thank you for any feedback you may provide
    Linda and Nicoletta

    1. I think the layout works pretty well considering the content. All of the photos are well-done (good lighting, color, composition, etc). I like how you post in both Italian and English – it does make each post pretty lengthy. Have you considered having two blogs on one account: one English and one Italian? Then you can link them to each other. It might make it easier for speakers of either language to read and enjoy your posts! I hope this helps! :)

      1. Thank you very much for your feedback. We will definitely consider the two blog option to manage the dual language. Grazie!

      2. Thank you for your feedback! Very much appreciated. Nicoletta and I will definitely consider to have two separate blogs in two languages. The problem for now is TIME…the scarcest resource, but we will get there, with patience!
        Grazie
        Linda

  22. Last Friday for the ‘Neighborhood’ theme I tried for the first time posting photos from my iPhone from the WordPress app – it was fun! I posted my pix in small because it was faster upload, but then found that later I could not enlarge them from my home computer, short from reposting them all again. Also, there was no way to post them side by side – am I missing something?
    My post is at:http://elkemurphy.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/photos-of-my-neighborhood

    1. Elke, when uploading pictures, you may want to make them as large as possible – even if the upload takes longer. I actually do not know if it is or is not possible to enlarge them afterwards but I am almost sure that enlarging a small photo online will increase noise.

      Aboput the alignment: If I ionterpreted the source code correctly, your alignment is “none”. Switch it to “left” (I described the steps in a comment further up) and see if that’s better for you.

      By the way: I have a private blog where I try things out. So there is less risk of ruining things that are supposed to go public.

      Hope this helps.