Apr 21st

2009

Blogroll

blogroll

As a follow-up to last week’s series on blogging for photographers, here’s a list of the blogs I look to as a standard. They’re mostly personal blogs with solid traffic, unique voices and good content. A number of you sent suggestions that included your own blog and I encourage everyone to go back to the comments on that post HERE – to see more suggestions both in regards to blogs and to hosting and blog platforms. Some excellent reader feedback there. So please don’t take offense if your blog isn’t in the list below, this is a pretty cursory list of solid, more established blogs that I hope will inspire you as you build your own blogs to reflect your purpose and passion. Being on this list means something, but not being on it doesn’t necessarily mean anything. Hope that makes sense.

M.D. Welch – http://www.depth-of-field.com/blog/

Scott Kelby – http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/

Matt Brandon – http://www.thedigitaltrekker.com/blog/

Gavin Gough – http://www.gavingough.com/blog

Joe McNally – http://www.joemcnally.com/blog/

Moose Peterson -http://www.moosenewsblog.com/

Chase Jarvis – http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/

Strobist – http://strobist.blogspot.com/

Tewfic El-Sawy – http://thetravelphotographer.blogspot.com/

Drew Gardner – http://photography-thedarkart.blogspot.com/

Bruce Percy – http://www.brucepercy.com/blog/

Zack Arias – http://www.zarias.com/

David Nightingale – http://www.chromasia.com/iblog/index.php

Kirk Tuck – http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/

Jessica Claire – http://www.jessicaclaire.net/

Jasmine Star – http://www.jasminestarblog.com/

Guy Tal – http://guytal.com/wordpress/

Kathleen Connally – http://www.durhamtownship.com/

Dane Sanders – http://blog.danesanders.com/

Did I miss someone that you think is an absolute must-have on the list? Doesn’t surprise me. The Internets are a big place. Drop it into the comments.

As far as hosting goes I want to plug ETWebHosting again. (Click here to go to their WordPress hosting page) They also own DomainSmarty, so the process of registering your name and hosting it are seemless – I don’t like complications and doing it all in one place with a company that has brilliant customer service is my kind of service. The company is owned by my buddy, we’ve travelled around the world together, he’s photographer friendly, and unlike most of the companies I’ve dealt with or heard horror stories about, his company doesn’t speak geek to us mere mortals.  If you’re a pro, or plan to be, having a dedicated name for  your blog – like, for example, Moose Peterson’s MooseNewsBlog.com – is way better than moosepeterson.blogspot.com – it’s just one step closer to projecting a fully professional image. Of course there are exceptions. David Hobby’s Strobist site is as plain jane as it gets and the name is still strobist.blogspot.com, but his content is so good and so well known that it trumps other considerations.

I also want to encourage you to spread the word about your blog. If you take the time to write consistently, then take the time to publicize it. Connect to others, share the love, get on Twitter and direct traffic to your great content and images.

If I can answer questions related to blogging as a photographer, I’d love to. I know that some of the other readers will have some excellent feedback to, so drop the questions into the comments and together we’ll do what we can to get you blogging and doing it well. Now take a moment and visit a few of the sites above.

Comments (31)
  1. Avi

    April 21, 2009 at 2:37 am

    I like http://Everything-Everywhere.com. He has been traveling around the world for the last 2 years. He is an amateur photographer and has a daily photo from his travels. I met him in Jerusalem last week.

  2. Daf

    April 21, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Great thanks.

    Many blogs systems these days have a RSS feed. I find it very handy to subscribe to these as it means you get notified of new posts without having to go looking.
    I use IntraVnews in outlook but there are many other different readers.

  3. April 21, 2009 at 3:10 am

    Hey, thanks for the website hosting plug, David!

    For anyone reading this, my name is Henri, and I’m the owner of ET Web Hosting. :)

    I wanted to also extend an invitation to everyone.. if any of you have a question about your website (or blog) hosting, domain names, email, or just want to ask a question or two about “internet stuff”… feel free to drop me a line (henri at etwebhosting.com) and I’ll do my best to answer quickly.

    Besides travelling around the world with David, one of my other passions is helping folks who want to use the internet as a business tool, but just aren’t sure about how [insert latest wizbang technology here] works. Sometimes the internet can be a comlicated mystery (sort of like how good photography is for me!), and I consider it a privilege to share my knowledge and experience with anyone who asks. :)

    Cheers!

    (BTW – anyone who thinks David’s next Trip-With-Henri should involve 2 motorbikes and 2 weeks in India, please post your support here! ;-)

  4. April 21, 2009 at 4:24 am

    “David Hobby’s Strobist site is as plain jane as it gets and the name is still strobist.blogspot.com, but his content is so good and so well known that it trumps other considerations.”

    Content is king, and trumps everything else, but David Hobby probably agrees with you about the dedicated domain, since he owns strobist.com and it directs to his blogspot address.

  5. RC

    April 21, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Theres a couple on this list I didnt even have bookmarked! Im Twittering this along. Thanks!

    RC

  6. claude etienne

    April 21, 2009 at 5:57 am

    This is great list. I already know a few of them, and I’ll definitely be checking out the others.
    I have a few recommendations. These are blogs I read everyday and they’re very informative. Two of them I believe are a great addition for the Strobist, Arias, and McNally crowds.
    http://pixsylated.com from Syl Arena
    http://www.lighting-essentials.com
    The last recommendation is a great blog for reading up on how to make money with photography:
    http://blogs.photopreneur.com

  7. April 21, 2009 at 6:19 am

    I was AWOL when you asked for original comments on bloggers who are musts… I’ve got a couple more I like:

    David Ziser (http://digitalprotalk.blogspot.com/)
    Doug Menuez
    (http://menuez.wordpress.com/)
    John Paul Caponigro
    (http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/wordpress/)
    Syl Arena
    (http://pixsylated.com/)

    Thanks for filling in a few holes on my list – it always helps to see other folks’ work – to inspire and push. A little more pushing is never a bad thing.

  8. April 21, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Yeah, but we like to think we are pretty on the *inside* …
    :)

    As for the .blogspot domain, yes I do own strobist.com and redirect. But there is a very good reason that I have kept a blogspot address. Blogger is but one of Google’s free services that have caused such a positive change in my life. Because of “.blogspot” I am home almost every day when my kids get off of the bus, and almost never miss a soccer game or a swim meet.

    So the last thing I am going to do is to bail on them. Google rocks, and I will wear the team colors as long as they’ll have me.

    (Actually, that work’s literally, too. I have WAY too many Google and Blogger shirts!)

    -DH

  9. April 21, 2009 at 6:42 am

    (Yikes, could there be more grammatical errors in that last comment? Wish I could edit, but can’t. .. )
    :)

  10. April 21, 2009 at 7:41 am

    David: thanks for the links to the blogs, some great images and people that I hadn’t seen before, amazing how much great work is being created out there…

  11. April 21, 2009 at 8:27 am

    I happen to be a big fan of my own site at http://cameradojo.com

    -Kerry

  12. April 21, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Great suggestions for blogs, hadn’t heard of most of those. Feel like Im the last to discover those bloggers.
    One that If follow is http://amysteinphoto.blogspot.com/

  13. April 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Great list.

    I’d add Scott Bourne’s Photofocus, which used to be This Week in Photography: http://www.photofocus.com He and Rick Sammon are doing some great stuff.

  14. April 21, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    David…thanks for the list…a few of them I have never heard of but are gr8 ones…now here is one question which has been going arnd my head…
    How should an amateur go ahead with his blog in terms of content…photos, experiences, process…any ideas!!!!

  15. April 21, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Great list. As I usually subscibe via the RSS feed, I was a little disappointed that more bloggers didn’t have easy access to their feed subscription link.

    I plan on learning a lot from these people, and especially our host.

  16. April 21, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Excellent list – there’s a few here that are new to me, which is great. More reading and more inspiration.

    Oh, and I just sent my web guy the link to ET Web hosting as we’re looking to move a few sites to a new host. Thanks.

  17. David Nightingale

    April 22, 2009 at 1:08 am

    Hi David,

    many thanks for mentioning chromasia.

    Best wishes,

    Dave

  18. Ron Carroll

    April 22, 2009 at 4:16 am

    I’ll second the nomination for Syl Arena at . His “Lessons I Didn’t Learn in Photo School” are worth the price of admission. They’re full of insights, good tips, and wisdom. Be sure sure to stop by and check him out.

  19. Ron Carroll

    April 22, 2009 at 4:18 am

    Okay, your blog cut out the link, David. I’ll try again… Syl Arena is at (http://pixsylated.com/)

  20. April 22, 2009 at 5:05 am

    How about: http://BCphotoadventures.wordpress.com, a combination of inspirational, practical, and anecdotal articles and series.

  21. Michael T

    April 22, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    I don’t know him personally and his work may not quite fit into this particular genre but how about Andrew Hetherington?
    From his site: “I am an editorial and commercial photographer from Dublin Ireland living in New York City blogging about photography, a little Liverpool FC and anything else that tickles my fancy.”

    http://www.whatsthejackanory.com/

  22. April 23, 2009 at 7:07 am

    David,

    Thanks for adding me to a the list of blog to follow. I just so happen to be down in Paso Robles with Joe McNally and Syl Arena. Check out the blog for details.

    Syl also promises to call you about Canon TTL after his class with David Hobby. Syl also says if you want the right answers, you can call me.

    Thanks so much for everything!

    M.D.

  23. Ron Carroll

    April 23, 2009 at 7:15 am

    @ M.D., FYI…

    There seems to be a glitch with your website… When I click on “Portfolio” the link takes me to your blog. Tried it several times with 2 different browsers, always with the same result.

  24. April 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Lots of great blogs there. What I’d really like to know is how do people find the time to read all these great blogs and still get all their work done?

    Don’t forget that self promotion is supposed to be a good thing in the photo biz. Therefore I’d be remiss if I missed this opportunity to give a shout out for my own stock photo biz / western landscape & travel blog. :)

    http://www.enlightphoto.com/views/

    Gotta put the mouse sleeping in my lap back to her home….

    Cheers & thanks for these recent threads.

  25. April 27, 2009 at 4:04 am

    Ok so Joe McNally and Mr.Strobist have already been mentioned and they would have been top of my list also, here’s a couple of others I can highly recommend…

    http://www.liquidinplastic.com/ (all rounder)
    http://tomleuntjensphotography.com/ (sport / wedding / fashion)
    http://adcuz.co.uk/ (night photographer)

    My own is not too shabby and could do with a lil plug ;-) (mainly night photography / fashion / music)

    http://blog.tdmphotography.co.uk/

    Cheers

    Jon

  26. April 27, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Thanks for the list. :)