October 4

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Readers, Let’s See Your Imagery!

By Dan

October 4, 2010

Looking towards The Ramp, Chugach Mountains, Alaska

I’d like to take a minute and thank all of my readers, (especially you!) for taking the time to check out my blog. Without you, this site would be just a collection of images and personal ramblings sitting largely unread on my server, which, for the most part, is what it was for the first couple of years.

Then, I started paying closer attention to what pages got the most traffic and what you were saying in your comments. I started noticing what posts kept getting retweeted and shared on Facebook, which helped me see the kinds of photography topics that people actually wanted to read.

This summer, I started refocusing my efforts less on continually advertising my own work and instead on trying to help other outdoor photographers. I started building what I hoped would be a useful resource for both amateur and pro shooters alike.

I seem to have succeeded on at least some level, because I’ve seen my traffic climb steadily over the past few months. Chances are, you first visited this site sometime during that time, and many of you have decided to keep coming back. Out of all the photo sites and blogs out there on the web, you’ve decided that this site is worth reading. Apparently you like what I have to say.

This blog is shaping up to be quite an adventure in itself, as well as a great outlet and journey for my own writing. I find that it’s also a great learning process for me, because as it turns out, I end up learning quite a bit from my own posts as well. Often times, it’s like I’m writing the post to myself, but I guess that approach works, because if I have a question or issue about my own photography craft or business that needs to be solved, chances are good that someone else has the same question.

Your readership keeps inspiring me to come up with what I think is valuable and worthwhile content. So again, whether this is your first time here or if you’re a regular reader, I want to thank you for stopping by.

The best way that I can think to do that is to ask you to take a minute to share your own imagery. Share the love, as I like to call it. Plus I could use a little break after all that writing I did last week on my 5-Part How to Become a Pro Photographer Series. Taking the time to check out of your work will actually be a nice change for a Monday. Maybe I’ll decide to do this every first Monday of the month. Let’s see how it goes.

If you have a blog or Flickr site, post a link to it in the comment section along with a few words about you or your photography. I promise, I’ll try to look at everyone’s work, you should the same if you’ve got time. If I find any that particularly jump out at me, I may contact you to do a guest post on this site one of these days.

I’m looking forward to seeing your work! And as always, pass it on.

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About the author

Hi, I'm Dan Bailey, a 20+ year pro outdoor and adventure photographer, and official FUJIFILM X-Photographer based in Anchorage, Alaska.


As a top rated blogger and author my goal is to help you become a better, more confident and competent photographer, so that you can have as much fun and creative enjoyment as I do.


  • Hey Dan, I always enjoy reading your posts, thanks for giving us readers an opportunity to share. My work is mainly general portraiture and wedding photojournalism in and around around the Philadelphia area. On the rare occasion that I have a free weekend I like to dabble with landscapes as well.

    Thanks again!

    -Dave Waddell
    http://www.siouscaphotography.com

  • Hey All,
    My name is Tim, I am a Montreal Canada based photojournalist and Photography Inspirationalist. I love nothing more than photographing and sharing the stories of people around me. I also try to give back to the photo community as much as I can by speaking at photo clubs and through my blog and workshops (www.newwindworkshops.com) and trying to share my passion with everyone I meet.

  • Hi Dan,

    I really enjoyed your 5 part series last week. Great ideas and concrete building blocks.

    I am a photographer based in Bragg Creek, Alberta. I mostly photograph nature and people. Although my wife would say I shoot anything that moves and most things that don’t. I am building my business right now and have not yet jumped in full time. That is on the one year horizon (give or take).

    Links:
    webpage – http://www.chrisphoto.ca
    blog – http://www.chrismartinphotography.wordpress.com

    All the best to you.

    Cheers,

    Chris

  • Dave- Very nice looking website. I LOVE the black and white shot of the pregnant couple on the covered bridge that scrolls on your home page. What a great feel! Good looking work!

    Oh yea, Tim, I visited your site earlier today on Twitter. Great looking imagery! Really dig the concert photos and your people work is very powerful and conceptual.

    Chris- I really like your Encounters on the Lake post. Beautiful imagery. Nice diversity of photography all over your site as well. Keep working at it!

    Patrick- AWESOME shot of the G.G. Bridge. In fact, your entire body of work is really outstanding!

    Andrew- Great eye! I love the diversity and quality of work! Great shot of the Starbucks cup-lots of nice landscapes and travel shots in your photo sets- You do really good closeup work.

  • Hi Dan,
    Congratulations on your 15 years, that is so excellent to see that it really can be done. I am a new reader having been introduced to your blog just last week when you had your series on how to become a pro. I am still reading through that and finding it very helpful. I am currently in software development and hoping to make a switch to a second career in photography. I am still in the planning stages figuring out what exactly the new business will be. So thank you for all your efforts, you are an inspiration.

    My website: http://amckinnell.redbubble.com
    My blog: http://blog.amckinnell.com

    Anne.

  • Hello Dan,

    Congrats on 15 years of business. May you have many more years of fun, growth, and enjoyment! I am currently looking to find my way in this photography lifestyle. I was recently laid off and decided it was high time I follow my passion! Thank you so much for posting your how to be a photographer articles last week. These were of great value to me.

    My site: http://www.rav3nstudios.com
    My images: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rav3n_studios

    Chris Nitz

  • Hi Dan,

    Wanted to say thanks for the inspiration and the 5 part series on becoming a professional photographer. Just putting together a website/blog ect. Thanks for lighting my fire!

    My main interests right now are HDR and iPhone photography. I used to do a lot of rock climbing and mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada. Enjoying your Mountain adventures,

    All the best, and thanks again,

    Pat

    Pat

  • Hey Dan,

    Thanks for passing me your business card, I’ve been checking in on your site and blog ever since. Good stuff. Really enjoyed the five part series. Even though I have no aspirations to go pro, it was very insightful.

    I’m the guy you talked to while walking back from your shoot at the knoll on Middle Fork trail. You were taking shots of your SO jogging across the top in some great evening light. I hope she didn’t freeze her bare legs off!

    Thanks for the opportunity to post up a link. No website here, but here’s a link to a Vimeo slideshow I put together from the same Powerline Pass area. I made thirteen trips there in hopes of catching a couple bull moose sparring, and on my eleventh outing I got lucky. There’s a couple of short video clips weaved in, but it’s mostly stills.

    http://vimeo.com/15446187

    Great idea too. I’ve been following some of the links above, lots of talent out there.
    Randy

  • Anne- You’re welcome- keep up the good work, you have a great eye and some beautiful work in your galleries. I love the Ocean in Motion series- very painterly.

    Chris- I’ve looked at your site before as well. Nice work. Best of luck with your photography career. Work hard, believe in yourself and don’t give up.

    Karen- wow, lots of variety in your galleries- You certainly keep busy! I like your flower color collections, I think your macro stuff is definitely your strongest work.

    Paul- Very nice environmental portraiture. I like the photo of the guy in the Champion tank- very well balanced and has a nice feel.

    Pat- Great variety in your stream as well. Great dancer photos and I really like the Madonnari detail shots.

    Steve- Really nice landscapes, I love the front approaching the Cougar Divide shot and also the fog and flowers shots. Keep it up!

    Brad- I’ve looked at your site, I remember the mountain biking and ZZ Top photos- Great work!

    Nate- Love the Acadia shots- Birches and Meadow, Sunrise @ Schooner Head, Bernard Mtn & Fall Birches- all great stuff! I spent a couple of foggy days there once.

    Randy- Nice to meet you as well. Nah my wife is tough as nails. She likes the cold. I’ll check out your moose video. I’ve been up there a few times recently, but havne’t seen many moose. I must scare them off. 😉

    Gary- I know I’ve seen your site before, beautiful work- your Rhododendron and Misty Redwoods image is top notch! Got my start with Light Sources Stock at 23 Drydock Ave.

    Ryan- AWESOME work!! Very inspiring, I loved looking at your stuff, you really get after it!

  • Hey all, I am new to the business and trying to get some feedback. Please check out my site and let me know what you like or dislike, and since you do not know me, please do not hesitate to be honest! I’d appreciate any criticism, praise or otherwise!

  • I appreciate your blog and all you are doing to help newbies like myself. Please, anyone feel free to send me feedback through the site.

    Jeff Reynolds
    Cleveland

  • I am a relatively new reader of you blog looking not only at pictures but also business aspects of photography.

    Here is one of my websites – Paddling with a Camera blog:
    http://photokayaker.fit2paddle.com/

    I am making some money from microstock photography as a part time job, but those are quite different pictures.

  • Darren- LOVE the Tennessee Williams flower shot, really powerful! I like Button Man too great capture!

    Jeff- Really like the Bench Under the Tree shot with the sun poking through! Keep working at it, and really learn how to use light. Check out Bryan Peterson’s books if you get a chance. Remember, it’s a process and it just takes time and dedication to develop your skills.

    Marek- You certainly have a niche and good resource for boating photographers. Found your Horsetooth Reservoir posts- Ah, memories of home. Also, really nice shots of Fort Collins on your stock page!! Loved looking at them. Do we have friends in common?

  • Victoria- Nice shots! I love the Venice collection, especially Silhouette and Hooping. I also like Stairway to Heaven and your Afghanistan portraits! Thanks for reading!

    Matt- My favorite shots in your collection are Disused Jetty and Colorful Boats. I’m not always a huge HDR fan, but that one has a nice artistic quality and it’s not overdone.

  • Dan. I am really enjoying your blogs and website. I have learnt a lot ! I mainly enjoy motorsport photography but will usually photo anything that looks interesting. I read with a lot of interest on going pro (but maybe that’s a pipe dream for now!) But i would love to find out how you can sell work that might be `sale-able !)

  • Dan, been following you for a while after finding your name through Eric Parsons. My website is http://www.gnatlikes.com and I am a cycling photographer. My desire is to capture images that make people want to ride their bikes and explore. Oh…And my day job is at Salsa Cycles.

  • Hi, Dan. My name is Henry Lee and my current interests lie in travel, landscape, and architectural photography. While I’m late to the game, I found your post (in a list of previous entries), and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the work by your readers! At present, my photos are located at http://www.flickr.com/photos/zustand/ and I’m also looking forward to conversing with others here and there. Thanks!

  • Adrian- Nice shots on your site! I love the Abdington Park tree shot- so simple, iconic and timeless!

    Gnat- I loved looking at the shots on your blog- they certainly made me want to ride my bike and explore more instead of sitting at my computer!! And great to see Eric’s bags in use afar. Say hi to Mike R. for me. Will you be up in ANC for the Mukluk event next week?

    Erin- Great variety of shots on your Flickr site- really nice flower work and I really like the images in your Around Town collection. Thanks for sharing.

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