What Do You Want

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questionmarkHappy Wednesday to the World!

As you may have noticed, CanonBlogger has been a bit silent lately.  I’ve sporadically made some posts of new content here and there, but with such a plethora of other photography blogs, podcasts, and sites out there serving up content, the space is definitely saturated.  I know from loyal followers over the last 8 years (my first post was back in 2007 if memory serves…) that new content is always welcome even if it is sporadic.

I’d like to end that, but in order to justify creating new content, I have come to a crossroads with the blog/podcast/website.  Given the multitude of content types I can deliver, it’s time to focus on just one…and this is where you – the reader – comes in.  Tell me what you want!  I have two simple questions for you to consider today:

Content Format

Are you looking for articles, images, eBooks, audio, or something else altogether? Consider whether you will be consuming this content from your home computer, your mobile device, a laptop, or a tablet.  Also think about whether you want it to be text or audio (I’ve pretty much excluded new videos from any new direction CanonBlogger takes, so take that into consideration as well.)

Content Type

Assuming we can decide on a content format, the other question that remains is what you want to be in that package.  If it’s continued blog posts – what types of articles would you want?  Tips and tricks?  Detailed instructional roadmaps?  Esoteric stories and anecdotes?  What if it is images?  Do you want images you can download as stock to use for your own ends?  Do you want me to review user images?  Or finally, in the case of an audio podcast-style deliverable, what do you want me to talk about?  If the podcast were to re-launch, it would be just me, and the duration would likely be no longer than 15-20 minutes, so keep that in mind when considering the topics for me to put out there.

It’s Decision Time:

Content Format - What do You Want

  • Articles (70%, 14 Votes)
  • eBooks (20%, 4 Votes)
  • Essays (15%, 3 Votes)
  • Audio (15%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 20

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Written Content What do You Want

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Most Popular Photo Editing Applications

Photo Applications

With so many options out there facing both new and established photographers, from camera types, to lenses, shooting styles, applications, and the rest, it’s amazing we have any consistency at all.  Yet, with new talent coming on the scene every day, it helps to see what trends are happening within the industry.  To that end, there’s a new poll on the blog I launched today.  What’s your primary photo editing application?  Select the option that best fits your workflow.  Join the discussion too and chime in with a comment!  Happy shooting!

Photo Applications

When do you prefer to capture your images?

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Creating Web Galleries using Lightroom

As Photoshop World is starting tomorrow, I imagine most are watching the pros blogs to see what news, events, and info is forthcoming from that semi-annual event. Something tells me I will be ponying up the $500 to go to the September one in Vegas. (Benefits of NAPP membership notwithstanding…) In looking at the classes that they are offering for this Spring I guess two things caught me as surprising – first that there are so MANY classes to choose from. In a way a lot of options is a good thing, but it also has downsides. The upside is there are lots of choices. The downside is that sometimes the subject matter is so compartmentalized, you really have to pick a path and stick with it. In other words, if you pick one subject, you are also conversely choosing not to go to other subject matter. Case in point, I would like to have seen Painting With Photoshop by Bert Monroy on day one, but that conflicted with the Top 10 Photoshop Techniques by Matt K. – and since very few classes are repeated, there’s no chance to catch the other class later during the event.

In light of that – one small suggestion for future shows (like anyone is even listening to me)… offer fewer classes but repeat them more – that way you give everyone a chance to see everything. I realize it sounds kinda cheap, but for the price tag of entry, I really would rather get to learn from everyone rather than 3 or 4 instructors only.

The other thing that surprised me is that the head honcho himself, Scott Kelby, is teaching very little this go around. One of the things that has made Scott so endearing to so many is his supremely effective teaching style. yet for this Spring ’08 show, he’s only teaching three classes (and one of them is basically his 7-point system which can be gotten from Amazon for a mere fraction of the cost for Photoshop World entry. I’d rather spend my time learning stuff I can’t get from a book. As kind of the “front man” for NAPP, Photoshop World, and leading pitchman for Adobe products, it would have been nicer to see more classes with him up front. Maybe that will change for Fall ’08.

Although I should also note that Scott just busted up his leg the other day, so is heading out on crutches, and that may have mandated some scheduling changes. He is also delivering the keynote speech, which I am sure took a great deal of time to prepare, so there are possible mitigating circumstances involved with his decreased participation in the instruction. Since I hopefully will have saved enough to go to the Fall ’08 one in Vegas, I’ll look forward to seeing if he’s doing more instruction.

In other, more directly related news to Canon Blogger, I’ve finished the tutorial for this week a little early, so will post it here now. Last week I went over some of the basics of how to create a web gallery using teh automated feature of Photoshop CS3. This week, I look at another product in the Adobe family – Lightroom. Setup and generation is pretty quick and easy, just a couple pointers on what to avoid and precautions to take in putting everything together, from both the perspective of the photographer and the viewer. A little shorter than last weeks tutorial, but still hopefully useful. The flash version is linked, and the Quicktime version is attached for those tuning in via feeds, iTunes, and with iPods.

Web Galleries II (Lightroom)

Happy shooting and watch those apertures! For those going to Photoshop World, have a blast!