Month: January 2015

Looking at myself through the best of collection

The reason I’ve done these surveys of the submissions of the best of year lists is not to annoy people who find their opinions don’t match up to mine, although to some I got the impression they think so. It’s because I am trying to understand how my photography stacks up to everyone else’s — where it holds up well, where it falls down and embarrasses itself, and to look for inspiration and ideas to integrate into my work to improve what I do. Another reason I do this to understand trends and find interesting topics and techniques that draw my attention that might lead me in new directions or to new locations down the road. This year, since I’m starting to redesign my entire online presence, it was also a useful opportunity to get a sense of what people are doing to display and share their images online, both as a chance to identify things I want to do and find things that get in the way of people finding or enjoying the images. What I got out of this was some observations and opinions, which I shared. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on that, but (as I expected), it also annoyed a few people where I clearly poked at a something in a way they didn’t appreciate. My opinion on my opinions is simple: If...

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Thoughts on Jim Goldstein’s Best of 2014 project

Every year Jim Goldstein collects into a single post everyone’s “best of” postings to make it easier for us to see what everyone else is doing with their photography. Jim’s 2014 collection is here. Last year I went through the listings and tried to review them as if a photo editor was evaluating them as a submission. In retrospect, while that was an interesting approach, it was unfair to some photographers who hadn’t set up their listing with that intent. This year I’ve gone through the listings again, but instead of how I did it last year, I’m instead trying to look for two things: images that stand out and site designs that stand out. Both of these should create collections that I hope will help people looking for ideas and inspiration. One other thing I did last year was offer to critique portfolios of those that asked. Some of you did and I think I learned from doing it and I hope those that asked learned from my feedback — but this year, I simply don’t have the cycles to do that, so I’m not offering that service this year. Without further ado, here are my lists (in the order listed by Jim, no rankings implied): Outstanding Imagery Rebecca Jackrel Exploring Light Photography Pat Ulrich Janis Janums Natural History Photography Control Geek Craig Ferguson Carrie Cole Dave Wilson...

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chuqui.com in 2014: Site in Review and Lessons Learned

The end of 2014 is a good time to take a step back, look at how the things you do have moved forward (or not), and decide what needs to be changed (if anything). I’ve already decided to redesign my online sites in 2015, but there’s a lot to learn from the existing site that can guide those changes and help me how to better help people find the content they’re looking for here. In 2014, 47,000 people views 80,000 pages on my blog. Thank you to each and every reader for taking the time to visit. Users were up 50% from 2013, and pageviews up 33%. 77% of the audience is U.S. based. The split between OS’s visiting is interesting. For the first time, Windows users visited more often than Mac visitors, 31% to 29%, but IOS visitors where just behind at 28%. Android was about 7% Think about that number a second; a third of my visitors are on a mobile device, not a desktop. This shift to mobile viewing is crucial for all of us who maintain web sites. If our sites don’t look good or doesn’t function properly on mobile devices (at the very least, an iPad or Android Tablet) we’re now cutting off an increasingly large percentage of ourr site visitors. If there is one reason why I’m redesigning my sites this year, this...

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