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!
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.
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.
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.
Before I get into the links this week, I wanted to mention where these things usually come from. The links originate from all over the place, but I horde them in my del.icio.us account. I bookmark everything that I come across that may be useful to somebody at some point in time.
I have nearly 1500 bookmarks and about 1000 of those are photography related. If you’re looking for resources on a specific topic, you can either search for it under my account or look for a tag that best matches what you’re looking for. You can find lots of links for things like DOF, exposure, macro, portrait, sharpness, software, workflow, etc. And if you’re also a del.icio.us user and you have something you want me to take a look at, just tag it with “for:auer1816″ and I’ll be sure to get it.
In your bedroom All Day I Dream About Photography
Antoine launches a new project that requires you to take a photo from within your bedroom of all places! There’s a prize for the winner of the contest too!
PROJECT: Iron Chef Photography – Shoes Neil Creek
Neil launches another “Iron Chef Photography” project this month and the topic is “shoes”. Also take a look at the results from the last project on 3D photos. Neil has been a busy guy over the last few days. Now he’s launched a Flickr group for his blog for the purpose of learning photography and sharing photos with other readers.
Approaching People As A Photographer ZachIsHere.com
Photographing people is one of the most difficult aspects of photography, especially when those people are strangers. Here are some tips for dealing with that situation.
8 steps to sharper photos photocritic.org
8 ways to ensure sharper photos, from taking the photo, equipment settings, post processing, and more.
Going Manual: Learning Exposure Basics Beyond Megapixels
Shooting in manual mode can teach you a lot about exposure in photography. Getting rid of the light meter can take that experience to a whole new level.
Nine Strategies For Quoting The Big Job Digital Pro Talk
If you’re approached about shooting a pretty big job, keep these nine tips in the back of your mind to ensure that you and the customer both get a fair trade.
8 Tips to Better Photo Composition A Matter of Memories
Back to the basics with this one — a nice refresher on some simple things you can do to improve your composition skills.
Photography 101.4 – Exposure and Stops digital Photography School
In this fourth installment of Photography 101, Neil Creek goes over the concepts of exposure (including the exposure triangle) and stops as it relates to exposure.
10 Mighty Tips for Macro Photography Shutterbug Source
If macro is your thing, or if you want to learn more about it, check out this collection of articles related to macro photography.
Are photographers really a threat? guardian.co.uk
Bruce Schneier makes some pretty good points about photographers and terrorists, and how our society is making something out of a lot of nothing.
Who Is Stealing Your Photos Online? JMG Galleries
Info & review of TinEye image search and the benefit it provides to photographers tracking image usage. Invites available for private beta of TinEye.
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.
Notes On Process Joseph Szymanski
Notes from a film photographer on his darkroom process. From film to processing to enlarging to paper and developing — he covers the basics and puts us digital folks to shame.
Ok, So Most of You Can Tell Graffiti From Fine Art Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection
Thomas Hawk did a little experiment on his blog by presenting two paintings: one work of fine art and one piece of graffiti on a wall. Most guessed which was which, but I found myself more attracted to the graffiti (as did others).
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…
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!
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.
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”.
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.
Not much really happened in Jauary — I was just getting the blog off the ground and trying to learn the ropes.