Why another photoblog?

Given the multitude of ways that photographers can share photos these days, it’s reasonable to wonder why I’d feel compelled to create my own.  Having maintained a technical blog for the last few years, I’m also aware that there may well come a day when I look back at the beginning of this site and wonder, “what in the world was I thinking”?  In order to answer on both counts, then, here’s what I’m thinking:

  • I want to be able to create some real posts, with multiple photos and text to go with them, in addition to just publishing a picture book.  Some topics deserve an actual explanation; who knows — maybe someone will be able to learn something from me, just as I’ve learned from others.
  • I want to be able to control the look and feel of this site.  Flickr’s not going to let me do that.  Even a higher-end option like SmugMug won’t do that unless I pony up for one of the premium plans.  Sorry, but I’m not going to pay them to do that when I can do it myself.
  • I want control of my photos.  At the time I write this, Flickr is coming under heavy fire for some indiscriminate user truncations.  I’m not going to invest time and energy storing my photos somewhere to have them erased on someone else’s whim.
  • Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of knowledge about photography along with actual photos, and I’d like a place to share this.
  • This site isn’t about anyone else’s photos.  I love looking at the work of others, but this is a place for my stuff alone.

Happy shooting – hopefully you’ll find your time here worthwhile.