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2009: Best Articles of the Year

Doomed to be a Photographer

I did it in 2007, in 2008, and I’m doing it again in 2009 — a roundup of the best Epic Edits articles of the year!

We’re also approaching the 3 year birthday for the blog, and I’m super excited that this thing just keeps going. I’m also thankful that so many fellow photography enthusiasts keep coming back to join the conversation and participate in the projects. You guys are awesome, and I’m glad to know so many of you on a first name basis (seriously, I always smile when I see a regular leave a comment on an article).

So how about a few stats to check our progress? In just 2009, we had about 1,500,000 pageviews, 925,000 visits, and 750,000 unique visitors. And in the lifespan of the blog, we’ve had 3,685,000 pageviews, 2,245,000 visitors, and 1,835,000 uniques. We’re also up to about 8,100 RSS subscribers, from 4,600 at the same time last year.

Here are some noteworthy articles that were published in 2009. If you’re new here, check ‘em out!

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE & JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

NOW ON WITH 2010!!!

2008: Best Articles of the Year

THANK YOU
Creative Commons License photo credit: psd

You had to know this was coming… everybody does it at the end of the year. I did the same type of post last year, and I think it’s a good idea to touch back on some of the more important articles and discussions. Once again, I’m excited to see how far we’ve all come in just one year and I’m equally excited for the next year. Epic Edits has been online for almost 2 years now, and I’m truly thankful for the community that has formed here. A big thanks to all the regulars, the commentators, and the supporters — without you guys, this place would be nothing.

The thing that always amazes me about the community here on the blog is how diverse the group really is. We have everything from beginner to professional, film to digital, and we come from every corner of the globe. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to collaborate with.

Now for you stats junkies… In the course of this last year, we’ve had about 1,400,000 pageviews, 800,000 visitors, and 640,000 unique visitors! In the lifespan of the blog, we’ve had about 2,200,000 pageviews, 1,300,000 visitors, and 1,100,000 unique visitors! We’re also up to about 4,600 RSS subscribers, which isn’t bad considering we had less than 2,000 at the same time last year.

OK, so 2008 is pretty much over and we’re heading into 2009. Here is a selection of articles from the last year that you ought to check out.

JANUARY

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

NOW ON WITH 2009!!!

Link Roundup 07-26-2008

Your weekly dose of photography reading from around the web:

Link Roundup 06-21-2008

  • The Nuts and Bolts of off-camera flash – Part 1, Basics
    F/1.0
    Being a Strobist dunce I’m really looking forward to this series that talks about the nitty gritty down and dirty of flash mechanics. This article is an intro to the basic method of firing a flash unit and the common modes of the strobe.
  • 200+ Textures, Brushes, and Fonts: Ultimate Grunge Roundup
    Design Reviver
    If you’re into texturizing or just grunging up your photos, here is a pretty large list of goodies you might be interested in. It’s written primarily for web designers, but photographers can find some useful stuff in there too.
  • Baby Time: Photographing Babies Without Losing your Mind
    digital Photography School
    Six tips for photographing babies — which can be more difficult than it may seem!
  • Creative Commons WordPress Plugin
    Photopreneur
    A great WordPress plugin for you bloggers that allows you to find and publish Flickr photos licensed under the Creative Commons.
  • 5 Ways to Hold Your Viewer’s Attention
    Beyond Megapixels
    Good strong methods for grabbing attention in your photos and directing your viewer’s eyes in the direction you intend.
  • Blurb Photo Books Review
    PhotoWalkPro
    A very in-depth review of the POD book service called Blurb. Filled with lots of screenshots and lays out the basic flow of creating a book with them.
  • Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet Card
    DIYPhotography.net
    This is a really neat thing to check out if you’re planning on using off-camera flash. Udi put together a cheat-sheet that shows the results of varying the strobe location and angle.

Link Roundup 06-07-2008

As always, more great things happening around the internet. Here are some selections that I found particularly worth exploring.

Link Roundup 04-26-2008

Link Roundup 04-19-2008

PROJECTS

  • Share the Love
    Neil Creek
    Neil has another great project starting up this month, and he’s asking you to take a photo of something in your life that you love.
  • Blog Statistics – Most Popular
    photonovice.net
    Photography related bloggers and photo sharing enthusiasts are invited to share which of their articles/pictures were read/seen the most.

ARTICLES

Link Roundup 03-29-2008

A quick reminder before we get into the regular links: Tomorrow (March 30, 2008) is the Laguna Beach Photowalk for anybody in the Southern California area. It might rain a little bit in the morning, but thing should be cleared up by 2PM when we meet. Now on with the links…

  • Giclee Paper Choices and Applications
    Jonathan Penney
    A master print maker covers the various types of giclee papers, ranging from watercolor to canvas.
  • FAQ: Photo Filters
    Photo-Mentor.com
    A great guide to the various photo filters out there.
  • Essentials for Film
    The Meditation of Life
    One film photographer’s guide to shooting film… light meters, notebooks, tripods, spare batteries, spare film, filters, and of course the old school leather case to tote your antiques around with.
  • PROJECT: Iron Chef Photography – Fork: Voting
    Neil Creek
    Some really amazing results from an interesting photography project. Neil Creek asked his readers to take a photo of a fork, and urged them to get creative with it. The participants certainly did that!
  • Top 10 Wired Reader Self-Portraits
    Wired
    10 great self portraits from the readers of Wired, chosen by the readers of Wired.
  • About Bokeh
    BokehTests.com
    Tutorial on Bokeh of lenses, especially spherical aberration and its effect on an image. Extremely technical explanations, but a great read if you can follow it all the way through.
  • Quick-Fix Guide to Common Photography Problems
    Beyond Phototips
    Here’s a short list of problems that you may encounter on your journey of discovery in photography, along with an equally short list of fixes to get you back on the road.
  • Shooting Tethered From Your Camera Into Lightroom
    Photoshop Insider
    A five step tutorial for using your camera tethered with Lightroom.
  • Photography 101 – Lenses, Light and Magnification
    digital Photography School
    In this lesson of photography 101, Neil covers everything you need to know about how lenses work. The article talks about brightness, f-ratios, magnification, field of view, and much more.
  • 16 Studio Lighting Schemes Explained
    Fotopunto
    If you’re a lighting dummy like me, this article will help to “shed some light” on the mystery behind those studio setups. Each of the 16 schemes shows a lighting diagram and a sample photo.
  • Photoshop Express Stuff
    Lots of buzz this week about Adobe’s launch of Photoshop Express, their new online photo editor. In case you missed out on any of the buzz, here are some tidbits from around the block. John Watson from Photodoto has a quick review of Photoshop Express, as does Jeff from PhotoWalkPro. But watch out, David Woof and Aaron Hockley point out a glitch in the terms of service that grants Adobe a little too much freedom with your images. Then John Nack speaks to this issue and assures us that Adobe is working to revise it. The moral of this story: read the terms of service before you sign up for online services. Also check out the video introduction to Photoshop Express from a couple of the “Photoshop Guys”.

2007: A Great Year of Photography and Blogging

WOW — 2007 was great! I started up the blog in mid-January last year, and it’s been an awesome experience since that time. I had been involved with photography a few years prior to the blog, but nothing like that of the last year. The blog has caused me to really focus on my photography and building relationships with other photographers and photography bloggers. All in all it’s been great, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. A BIG THANKS to everyone who sticks around, reads the articles, links to the blog, makes comments, and especially to those with whom I’ve become friends (you know who you are).

This blog has grown far larger than I had ever expected. In the course of a year, we’ve had over 825,000 pageviews, 513,000 visitors, and 443,000 unique visitors! That’s a lot of people. The blog has a PageRank of 5, an Alexa ranking of 42,139, and a Technorati ranking of 6,481! We’re up to almost 2000 subscribers (it jumped to 2001 a few days ago and dropped back down) and the site gets around 2,000 to 4,000 visitors per day on average. We’ve also had 7 articles make it to the front page of Digg (which certainly accounts for a good chunk of traffic and growth)!

So if you’re fairly new around here, check out these articles from the past. I’ve picked out two from each month (excluding January) that might be worth checking out if you haven’t seen them before.

JANUARY

Not much really happened in Jauary — I was just getting the blog off the ground and trying to learn the ropes.

FEBRUARY

MARCH

APRIL

MAY

JUNE

JULY

AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

OCTOBER

NOVEMBER

DECEMBER

NOW ON WITH 2008!!!