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Photoblog Topics For Essays

your photography blog is your place to not only share your journey with photography, but to inspire others on their own journey with their camera.  it’s your own little place on the internet that is just yours.  but we all have those moments when we simply don’t know what to write about and we spiral into a blog rut.  well, let me help you get inspired with your blog by giving you 100 photography blog post ideas.  keep this list handy and the next time you wonder what to write about, you’ve got an entire list to inspire you!

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100 Photography Blog Post Ideas

1. a day in the life post

2. your photography story

3. what inspires you to photograph

4. a photography struggle

5. your favorite lens to use

6. what’s in your photography bag

7. a photography “ah-ha” moment

8. how you edit your photos

9. your best photography purchase

10. your worst photography purchase

11. share a variety of before / after edits

12. a list of your photography gear

13. tell the story about when you first called yourself a photographer

14. how to photograph in low light

15. how you travel with your gear

16. tips for photographing food

17. tips for photographing a vacation

18. how you learned manual mode

19. why you chose the camera you photograph with

20. tips for using shutter speed

21. photograph the seasons

22. interpret song lyrics through your photographs

23. the story of your first photography session

24. why you decided to become a photographer

25. tips for using aperture

26. the biggest thing you learned about photography

27. photography classes or workshops you’ve attended

28. tips for photographing a special event

29. a photography project you have done

30. color vs. black + white photography

31. tips for macro photography

32. how you create self-portraits

33. tips for photographing with your phone

34. share a photography secret that helps you

35. your photography workspace

36. tips for purchasing photography gear

37. share an embarrassing photography moment

38. share your favorite photographs you’ve taken and why you love them

39. share photographs from when you first started photographing and what you’ve learned since

40. what type of photographer you are and why you chose that direction {weddings, families, food, etc}

41. what photographers inspire you and why

42. how you plan a photography session

43. your biggest challenge and how you overcame it

44. talk about your photography style and how you developed it

45. tips for photographing kids

46. tips for setting your ISO

47. what type of photography intimidates you and why

48. your photography goal

49. share why you started your photography business

50. tips for photographing newborns

51. how you stay inspired with your photography

52. tips for incorporating movement into your photography

53. how you use social media to share your photography

54. what photography forums you belong to

55. tips for street photography

56. artificial vs. natural light photography

57. if you could only have one lens, what would it be

58. how you communicate with your photography clients

59. tips for portrait photography

60. your go-to aperture and why you use it

61. tips for achieving white balance

62. tips for photographing pets or animals

63. things to avoid when photographing people

64. what editing program you use and why

65. photograph one subject from a variety of angles

66. tips for photographing newborns

67. why you choose to convert a photo to black + white

68. tips for incorporating color into your photographs

69. what you wear to photography sessions to keep you comfortable yet professional

70. the best things you’ve ever done for your photography

71. how you balance your photography life vs. personal life

72. tips for photographing expecting mothers

73. how you look for light

74. zoom vs. prime lenses

75. your favorite photography books

76. how you practice your photography skill

77. tips for photographing during golden hour

78. studio vs. on location photography

79. your favorite photography resources and/or websites

80. the best and worst photography decisions you’ve made

81. photograph a step-by-step process like a craft or a recipe

82. tips for photographing your own children

83. free-lensing and how to do it

84. tips for using off camera flash

85. the biggest photography risk you’ve taken

86. share a story about when you’ve been the most proud of yourself as a photographer

87. your favorite photography magazines

88. your favorite phone photography accessories

89. what photography bag you use to carry your gear on the go

90. dslr vs. phone photography during travel

91. your dream photography destination

92. how to create depth of field in your photographs

93. tips for framing your subject

94. photograph a 365 photography project

95. tips for creating texture in your photographs

96. your favorite time of day to photograph

97. tips for photographing indoors

98. where you want your photography to be in 5 years

99. how you mastered your most difficult lens

100. your favorite button on your camera and why it’s helpful

the list of photography blog post ideas is endless, but here are 100 to get you started and inspired with your blog!  do you have some photography blog post ideas that you would like to add to this list?  be sure to share your ideas in the comment section, especially the ones you would like me to write about in my upcoming posts!

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Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of commissioned essays for The World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium on Saturday, March 9, 2013.

A little over ten years ago, when I started blogging about photography, most photoblogs were presenting a single photographer’s work, one photograph at a time, usually per day. They were maintained by the photographers themselves. The scene was very small, and there was maybe a slightly naive earnestness about how it was done, which made following those blogs an appealing experience.

… Tumblr is nothing but a variant of the very early photoblogs on steroids.

In the years since, for better or for worse, many of the ideas driving those early photoblogs have fallen by the wayside, with new formats and platforms replacing each other in a bewildering fashion. Many more photographers have come to embrace the web, in particular the social-networking bits.

Before looking at this in more detail, it might be worthwhile to point out that the internet seems made for photography. Photographs offer an immediacy that survives even under the most adverse, aka attention-deficit-disorder-plagued, circumstances.

Interestingly enough, Tumblr is nothing but a variant of the very early photoblogs on steroids. The basic format is the same: present usually one photograph (or another short snippet of information, like a video, an animated GIF, or a text) at a time. Following other Tumblrs then adds the steroids. While in the past one needed to visit one photoblog after another, Tumblr now offers a seemingly incessant stream of work, all in one place. What’s more, showcasing other people’s photographs appears to have overtaken showcasing one’s own.

This all sounds pretty great, except that there’s a multitude of problems, some of them well-known, others not so much. For starters, a large number of photographers are massively concerned about copyright. If everybody were to ask photographers for permission to showcase their work, Tumblr would grind to a halt in less time than it takes to say the word “copyright.”

This isn’t to say that concerns about copyright are invalid. But photographers worried about it might want to ask themselves what damage is done to their work (and income) if someone showcases their pictures to a possibly larger, possibly different audience, for noncommercial reasons. If a photographer is very concerned, a simple solution would be to not put photographs online. The moment they’re on the web, the medium’s properties kick in; the nature of the internet makes copyright violations incredibly simple. Then again, it also makes it easier to detect and go after those violations (as retailer DNKY just found out).

As far as I’m concerned, the bigger issue is the sloppy attribution of photographs, especially on Tumblr. Often, I find photographs where the source is not given at all, or where it is given in such a way that tracking down the photographer involves considerable work. This translates to a non-fair-use copyright violation, and unfortunately, many Tumblr users — often photographers themselves — are woefully uninformed or unconcerned about this.

Poorly attributed photographs are part of a larger, very Tumblr-specific problem, which actually brings me back to the earliest days of photoblogging.

The copyright issue aside, looking at a photograph without any additional information leaves me wanting. If I enjoy the picture, I probably want to see more, but I don’t have the chance to do that unless I turn to Google Image Search myself. Even if I don’t enjoy it, I don’t really know what I’m dealing with: who’s responsible for this?

Poorly attributed photographs are part of a larger, very Tumblr-specific problem, which actually brings me back to the earliest days of photoblogging. Back then, a viewer would know very well what s/he was dealing with; a view would have to visit each photoblog one after the other. Tumblelogs, by construction, breaks this experience up: Unless you visit individual blogs one after the other, you see them intermingled in your Tumblr Dashboard; As a consequence, photographs are reduced to snippets of information — one photo by some artist followed by another photo by another artist, etc. In principle, there’s nothing wrong with this, since many photographs are just that. But photography has come a long way since, let’s say, the 1970s, when a lot of what still constitutes the canon of writing about photography was created. For example, over the last ten years we have witnessed the evolution of the photobook into a massively complex form of art itself, with the role of individual photographs shrinking.

In a nutshell, Tumblr does away with the more complex ways in which photographs operate by reducing them all to single entities. Even if someone were to use a sequence of images on a Tumblr, unless a viewer only followed that specific blog (and who does that anymore?), the sequence would be broken up in the dashboard. Add to that selective reblogging, and you’re in trouble.

Tumblr was created by people whose idea of what photographs can do is stuck in the recent past: photographs as isolated images that stand on their own. If you rely on Tumblr to follow photography, it’s unlikely you’ll see much of anything that moves beyond this concept. This is a case of the medium (Tumblr) dictating the message (just like Twitter doesn’t exactly advocate complex thought, and Facebook doesn’t exactly convey the depth that social interactions can have).

Point this out, though, and you’re almost automatically labeled a Luddite, someone hostile to new technologies. But if technologies don’t serve us — or in this case, photography — well, only in very restricted/restrictive ways, then we’re much better off thinking about how we can improve things, instead of blindly accepting the medium’s shortcomings.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that artists can’t find ways to work with the format. Alec Soth, for example, has been publishing Dispatches, his work from a series of road trips taken with writer Brad Zellar, on Tumblr. Each trip visits a specific region in the US, and the connection between individual posts is loose enough for them to work well even if reblogged out of their original context. At the end of each trip, the work is published in physical form, on newsprint, while Soth has also found a way to explore the medium of Tumblr and its type of image dissemination.

If, on the other hand, you wanted to show two or more pictures in relation to each other, the truly safest way to do so on Tumblr would be to make a single image (in Photoshop) that contains the individual parts in their intended configuration. Roman Haindl does this well, such as in this wonderful grouping. In a related fashion, Fette Sans often shows two images and writing all in a single post, creating her own juxtapositions instead of relying on chance encounters in people’s Tumblr streams.

Photography has made incredible progress as a way to tell stories and offer complex narratives. But combine the frequently shoddy attribution of photographic work with the incessant stream of single images on Tumblr, and you get a medium that is far removed from quite a lot of the potential of contemporary photography — the frequent noise of its proponents notwithstanding.

It might be interesting to compare Tumblr to alternative websites. For a long time, Flickr was the go-to place for photography. Acquired by Yahoo a few years ago, the site has lost much of its original luster by failing to keep up with new developments (just like its corporate mother). But there is still a sizable community of photographers active on Flickr, posting mostly their own work. Flickr allows for the grouping of images into sets and offers much better ways to organize content than Tumblr. But the overall user interface is rather clunky, and given that the site was created before the social-networking craze, many of the features Tumblr offers are simply absent.

At the other end of the spectrum lies Instagram, a social-media platform centered exclusively on photography. Right now, Instagram is the latest craze in photoland (don’t expect this to last). Photographers have embraced taking pictures with their iPhones, adding filters on top (producing digital photographs that look like Polaroids or the results from older, often “toy” cameras), and sharing them with followers. Instagram is adamant about not allowing users to post other people’s photographs, which is seemingly great news for photographers. On the other hand, Instagram is owned by Facebook, a company infamous for changing its terms and conditions (TOS).

Tumblr was created by people whose idea of what photographs can do is stuck in the recent past: photographs as isolated images that stand on their own.

The irony here is that many of the photographers worried about copyright on Tumblr have no problem putting their images on an app owned by a site that has a very shaky history of respecting its users’ rights. A recent attempt by Instagram to change the TOS blew up in the company’s face. There have been reports that the site lost a fair amount of users, which the company — probably predictably — denies.

Given the rapid succession of websites featuring or working with photography, it’s unlikely that the story will end here. Whatever comes after Tumblr will have to deal with the issues discussed above. At the same time, many photographers will have to come to a better understanding of what it means to put photographs onto the web. I’ve long argued that probably the best site serving photographers would be one started by photographers, owned by photographers (in other words, not sold to some megacorporation), and used (and paid for!) by photographers who are aware of the possibilities and restrictions of the medium. It’s currently not clear whether such a site will materialize, but given how easy it is to start a new platform on the web we might see one by photographers, for photographers sooner than we might imagine.

Hyperallergic would like to thank Pernod Absinthe for their support of the World’s First Tumblr Art Symposium essay series.

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