As I’d mentioned in the final Photography 101 post, congratulations again to participants in our first-ever Blogging U. course dedicated to photoblogging. November proved to be a fun, busy month of picture-taking and blog posting, and we hope you enjoyed meeting other bloggers in the Commons and pushing yourself to meet your daily publishing goals.
Throughout November, we were excited to see a wide range of participants — from brand-new bloggers to veteran photographers — connect, teach, and learn from one another. We also enjoyed seeing different interpretations of the daily themes, from your locations all over the world.
We plan to run this course again, as well as new 201-level courses focused on different elements of photography. Throughout the month, we noted your feedback on the assortment of themes and tips, as well as the course pacing and format. We’ll keep this is mind as we develop future photoblogging courses, though it’s worth noting that various restrictions — from your location to lack of time — pushed you to approach themes in unexpected, inventive ways. Ultimately, we want to challenge you!
If you weren’t able to participate on some days, or want to revisit any of the themes, you can access the entire list of themes on the Photo 101: A Photo a Day course page. In the meantime, while The Daily Post staff cooks up something new, what can you do post-course to keep that Photo 101 momentum? Here are some ideas:
Organize and display your Photography 101 posts on your blog: If you have a Photo 101 category, add this category page to your custom menu. (If you don’t already have a Photo 101 category, create one in your dashboard, and then go through your Photo 101 posts and add your newly created category to each of them.) You can also publish a new page dedicated to your Photography 101 content and organize it however you’d like; for example, Doug Warren created a calendar with links to his submissions.
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Hone your gallery-making skills: We’re especially happy to see different types of galleries in your wrap-up posts: a tiled gallery at Angle and Views, the square tiles in Crisisalive‘s “It’s a Wrap Up,” a slideshow at Lucile de Godoy’s blog, and the circles option at Life in Frame and The Changing Palette. We hope the course has pushed you to experiment more with different gallery options.
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Use your images in creative ways: You can do so much more than simply display photos in blog posts. After a month of daily assignments, you have many images to work with! Flip through your horizontal and landscape-oriented shots for possible custom header images. Or, use one of your images as the background for a custom image widget. You might find multiple uses for that one favorite photograph you took in November.
Join another photography challenge: Search our event listings for photo-related blogging events and challenges hosted by bloggers in the community. You can browse event listings in the Photography & Visual Arts section and use the “Frequency” dropdown menu to filter the results.
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Thanks for joining us on this journey and using your cameras as tools to tell visual stories. We welcome your course feedback in the comments. Stay tuned for more photo-focused courses at Blogging U. in 2015!
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