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Coming Soon: Photography 101

Here, we focus on the art and craft of blogging — sharing tips to write more and better, hosting writing…

Here, we focus on the art and craft of blogging — sharing tips to write more and better, hosting writing challenges to push ourselves and polish our craft, and establishing a space to interact with and learn from others.

Everyone’s “blogging process” is different, from our approach and content to our reasons and goals. For most of you in this community, words take center stage. Yet blogs are very visual platforms, and telling our stories with images is a huge part of the process. Our weekly photo challenges, ever so popular, illustrate this.

We know many of you publish photos on your sites, so we’re excited to dive deeper into the world of photography. In an upcoming series, we’ll introduce the basics — and push you to think about your site with a visual eye and enhance your posts with images.

With the help of guest photographers in our community, we’ll cover the essentials: composition (framing a shot and figuring out what type of image works best for a post); point of view (the position from where you take a picture, like from above, as Sara illustrated in a recent weekly photo challenge); color; shape, line, texture, and pattern; and light.

Then, we’ll take what we’ve learned and discover how to approach blogging with images in mind:

  • experimenting with effects in the post-production stage
  • selecting and presenting the right images for a post
  • deciding when is best to use a gallery, slideshow, or embedded images
  • recording details and metadata

Along the way, we’ll share specific tips to get the most out of the features in your dashboard and themes on WordPress.com — and learn which tools and designs are best for you and your blog.

We’re currently scouting for photographers interested in contributing tutorials and tips for this series — particularly those who display exemplary work in the field. If you have favorite photographers on WordPress.com who fit this description, let us know in the comments. Tell us, too, if you’re interested in learning something specific.

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  1. I have to admit I’m a bit envious of the lovely images some of you can produce to make your blog look interesting and inviting to read. I would love to learn more about decorating mine.

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  2. Looking forward to seeing these posts! I think a post specifically about smart phone cameras would be best. I’m an amateur photographer and take photos for personal use that happen to be useful for what I write about. (typical!) And I honestly don’t plan on buying a professional camera for my blogging. So please take that into account when crafting this series – I don’t think I’m the only one like this. Thanks! Looking forward to it!

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    1. Hi Angela,
      I think your blog [http://hamburgundmeehr.wordpress.com/] might be one to mention here, too, for its excellent pictures.
      Best regards from southern Texas,
      Pit

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      1. Hi Pit,
        as I am not very good in writing and explaining, this is not a good idea ;-)
        I think there are much better photographers in the wordpress community than me :-)
        Cheers Angela :-)

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  3. Hello. I happen to think http://rampix.wordpress.com/ Rampix Photography could offer some good suggestion. I don’t know of anything specific its just their blog is exemplary in style and form and they take amazing pictures. PEACE!

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  4. That sounds pretty awesome. I can’t wait to read these posts! I would like to try my hand at photo-blogging!

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      1. Thanks for these suggestions — I may reach out to a few of these photographers. (And I saw your note below — no worries! Just letting you know why some comments stay pending and some are published immediately.)

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      1. Cheri, sorry for butting in here but it seems my comments are not going through on your post. It keeps telling me : Please Note: Your comment is awaiting moderation. :(

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  5. I’m very interested in all WP proposals to improve photography as far as blogs are concerned and thank you for the constant attention to it.

    Thanks , also for the technical suggestions about iPad-blogging; being the only device I own , I’m looking forward to more and more info about it……..

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