Top 10 Point Shoot Cameras for 2010

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Whether you prefer your camera to go unnoticeable or choose to travel light, a camera’s size and weight are an important decision for any photographer. The new point and shoot cameras we are showcasing offer superb picture quality, outstanding responsiveness, and produce stunning images comparable to many DSLRs on the market today. Our top 10 point shoot cameras for 2010 offer a wide range of features from high megapixel counts, excellent image resolution, and affordable prices. If camera styling is important to you, most of these camera models come in a variety of colors as well.

Personally, I went to a point and shoot a couple of years ago for all my street and travel photography. While I would never part with my DSLR, here are 3 great reasons to consider adding one of these compact cameras to your photo bag…(Also check Amazon’s Best Selling Point and Shoot Cameras, updated every hour!)

  • Ease of use – Street photography can be an awkward endeavor, even for the most seasoned professional. Being able take “grab shots” with one hand, or capture images quickly made me a convert to these compact wonders.
  • Affordability – While you can spend quite a sum of money on one, most point and shoot cameras can be had for well less than $500….some of the most popular models range from $200-$300. At these prices, I am not overly concerned with damaging them. I can’t tell you how many great images I missed while traveling without my DSLR for this very reason.
  • Picture Quality – Point and Shoot cameras now offer maximum resolution exceeding 12 megapixels. I rarely shoot at maximum resolution, but it’s nice to know it’s there if needed. It doesn’t seem that long ago when the company I worked for “went digital” and purchased several Kodak DCS 420′s , at a price tag over $10k for a 1.5 megapixel camera!


Top 10 Point Shoot Cameras for 2010


1. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 12 MP Digital Camera with 4.6x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
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Technical Details

  • 12.1-megapixel resolution captures enough detail for poster-size prints
  • Waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof
  • Records AVCHD Lite HD video
  • 4.6x MEGA image-stabilized optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)


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2. Canon PowerShot S90IS 10MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD

Canon PowerShot S90IS 10MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD

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Technical Details

  • New 10-megapixel High Sensitivity System; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • Improved low-light image performance, plus a Low Light scene mode for ISO settings up to 12,800
  • Customizable control ring for easy access and operation of manual or other creative shooting settings
  • Wide-angle 3.8x optical zoom with Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer; bright f/2.0 lens
  • RAW + JPEG shooting and recording modes; capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

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3. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1/B 10MP “Exmor R” CMOS Digital Camera with 5x Optical Steady Shot Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-inch LCD (Black)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX1

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Technical Details

  • 10.2-megapixel “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for stunning low-light performance
  • 24mm wide-angle f/2.4 bright G lens for ultra sharp pictures; 5x optical zoom
  • Sweep Panorama Mode captures breathtaking panoramic images
  • Capture your videos in HD Movie mode (720p); PhotoTV HD Mode with compatible BRAVIA HDTVs
  • Included lithium-ion battery for long-lasting power

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4. Samsung 12MP Dig Camera 4.6X Wide Angle Opt Zm Or

Samsung 12MP Dig Camera 4.6X Wide Angle Opt Zm

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Technical Details

  • 1-1/2″ LCD on front makes it easy to put yourself in the shot
  • 3-1/2″ touchscreen LCD on the back for intuitive operation
  • Sturdy aluminum back cover
  • 12.2-megapixel effective recording
  • Wide-angle Schneider lens with 4.6X optical zoom


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5. Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR

FujiFilm FinePix F200EXR 12MP

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Technical Details

  • 12-megapixel Super CCD EXR
  • 5x wide-angle, dual image stabilized optical zoom
  • EXR Auto function; Dynamic Range Bracketing; Face Detection 3.0
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen; HD photo capture
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC/xD memory cards (not included)

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6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 12.1MP Digital Camera with 8x POWER Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Silver)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 12.1MP

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Technical Details

  • 12.1-megapixel resolution
  • 25mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens; 8x zoom, Power O.I.S.
  • Capture HD video at 1280×720, 30fps
  • 2.7-inch TFT LCD screen
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

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7. Samsung TL320 12MP Digital Camera with 5x Schneider Wide Angle Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0 inch OLED Screen (Black)

Samsung TL320

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Technical Details

  • 12.2-megapixel effective recording
  • 5X optical zoom (5X digital/25X total zoom)
  • 3″ AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode) viewscreen for improved contrast ratio and better power efficiency
  • Dual Image Stabilization (optical and digital)
  • Wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes and large groups

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8. Nikon Coolpix S1000pj 12.1MP Digital Camera with Built-in Projector and 5x Wide Angle Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) Zoom

Nikon Coolpix S1000pj

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Technical Details

  • 12.1-megapixel resolution for stunning prints as large as 16 x 20 inches
  • World’s first camera with an ultra-small, built-in projector provides new ways for enjoying your pictures anytime and anywhere
  • 5x wide-angle Zoom-NIKKOR glass lens; 5-way VR image stabilization system
  • Bright 2.7-inch high-resolution LCD; Scene Auto Selector and Smart Portrait System
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

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9. Canon PowerShot SD980IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Ultra Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3-inch LCD (Silver)

Canon PowerShot SD980 IS (silver)

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Technical Details

  • 3.0-inch wide touch-panel PureColor System LCD; updated Active Display for quickly switching between images with a shake of the camera
  • Capture 720p HD movies; HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV
  • 5x optical zoom with ultra-wide 24mm lens, plus Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer; 12 megapixels for amazing resolution and editing
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 22 predefined shooting situations
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

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10. Canon PowerShot SD940 IS (black)

Canon PowerShot SD940 IS (black)

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Technical Details

  • 12.1-megapixel resolution; 28mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom and Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Capture 720p HD movies; HDMI output connector for easy playback on your HDTV
  • Crisp 2.7-inch PureColor System LCD with wide viewing angle
  • Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 22 predefined shooting situations
  • Capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)

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Supercharge Your Photography Website

19 Killer Street Photography Tips

Since the majority of the submitted photoblogs we receive are related to street photography, dream new york cityI felt that providing “19 Killer Street Photography Tips” from a variety of street photographers would be welcomed information. This list of tips was compiled based on some of the most popular questions viewers have written in about, which include topics, such as: Best digital camera for street photography, street portrait photography ideas, street photography gear, point shoot street photography, basic street photography tips and tricks. Hope you enjoy the post and be sure to visit each of the photographers mentioned.

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Review these great books on Street Photography

What exactly is street photography?

I’ve always seen my role as street photographer a little in the guise of a nutty guy wearing a straw boater, chasing butterflies at a leisurely nineteenth century picnic using a long net fixed to a short pole. The pure collecting element of the process is not to be underestimated. And yes, street photographers are attempting to make; art, document a time and a place, or give us an ironic chuckle – however to reach this end point, they must first collect. I would suggest that people who enjoy the ‘collecting’ hobbies or pastimes such as; stamps, coins, cats etc – invariably house a much higher proportion of socially reserved, or shy individuals within their ranks.

I know that in my case; the continual collection of photographs from the streets, the chase for images, pictures with a poetic and understated vein of pathos, so elusive as to hardly warrant more than nonchalant attention in a sane man’s world. Yet a routine now spanning a quarter of a century which has helped give a certain structure to my life: underpinning all other facets of me. -The process itself is a; discipline most valuable, a humbling quest … a reason. read more from Andrew Stark photographer

What is the best lens for street photography?

“I personally like to use a wide lens (24mm, 28mm, 35mm on full frame 35mm) to be pretty close to my subject and get that intimate look of my photos. It took me a while to get closer, so I’d suggest to start with maybe a 75mm or 50mm lens to keep some distance and get closer from there…” read more about Markus Hartel

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How can I learn to take great street photography?

“I probably spend more time looking at photographs than I do actually taking them. My shelves at home are lined with photography books. The work of the so-called master photographers – and the less heralded – have always been a source of reassurance and stimulation for my own photography.”

“Photographers such as Elliott Erwitt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mario Giacomelli, Robert Frank, Sylvia Plachy and Tony Ray-Jones, to name but a few. The list is endless and always open to change…” read more from David Gibson

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“I think that a good street photo requires both precision and chance. What I pay attention to is not accidental, yet there is a certain amount of fate that must be injected – usually at the last moment – for a street photo to work. So my normal practice is to walk around with a few cameras and a rough sense of expectation but I never know exactly what I will photograph.” read more from Blake Andrews

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“Photography for me is not a profession, but it is not a mere hobby, either. It is the way to see the world – by world I mostly mean its human race – and also communicate what I see. Composition is less important to me than emotion, and the more fleeting and subtle the emotion is, the better. That’s what photography is for, no?…” read more from Lev Tsimring

What are the best places to shoot street photography?

“As crowding increases, people’s personal space requirement decreases. Also, the space one needs and expects is culturally dependent. In some countries people naturally stand, talk and touch each other in public to a closer degree than in others. But there are general unspoken rules. Get too close, “In your face” — as the saying goes, and people get nervous, even if they don’t know exactly why.”

“At a fair, a midway at a carnival, a sports event, parade, concert or public ceremony, people’s need for personal space and therefore privacy is reduced. The level of sensory stimulation is also usually high at these events, which tends to reduce the need for space. As well, in most of these situations people are having fun so they are more relaxed.” read more from Michael Reichmann

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How do I deal with photographing strangers?

“Photographing strangers is probably one of the most challenging aspects of street photography.

While everybody agrees candid shots are the best deal in street photography, secretly photographing people raises a moral difficulty and should therefore be avoided.

Normally the street photographer aims for authentic looking snaps without her getting involved in any way, or changing the nature of the scene. Nevertheless, sneaking on individuals and secretly photographing them is a questionable practice and not only will provide street photography with a paparazzi-like reputation, you might also find yourself in a delicate position if you are discovered.”

“Asking people for permission to photograph them might not always be the best choice either:
It is a well known fact when positioning the camera in front of them, people tend to drop everything they were previously doing, fix their hair, smile and stare at the camera…it may take some practice but in no time you can become a fast shooter. It worked in the Wild West and it can work for you.”
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“I try to be invisible,” Ms. Cherry says. Thin and white-haired, clad in jeans and sneakers, she pretty much blends into the street. “Once somebody sees you, everything changes. You don’t get what you’re looking at.”

When somebody catches her eye, Cherry doesn’t hesitate. She explains wryly that if that person calls out, “‘Don’t take my picture!’ I just say, ‘I didn’t.’ And I walk away.” read more about Vivian Cherry

What camera do you use for street photography?

“I use a Leica MP with a 35mm f1.4 Leica Summilux lens.” read more from Matt Stuart

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“I’ve gone through two big leaps in my experience with digital cameras. The first was when I moved up from a point-and-shoot to a digital SLR (the Nikon D70). Using the camera suddenly became much more transparent, thanks to the through-the-lens viewfinder, the instantaneous on, the instantaneous shutter release, and the improved control. I was no longer frustrated: fidgeting, twiddling, making up for the camera’s limitations. Taking a photo became far more natural.”

“And the second leap occurred when I acquired the Nikon D700. Its full-frame sensor and the sensor’s new low-light capability bring a change I didn’t expect….”

“The D700 is the most transparent camera I’ve ever used — and that includes the 35mm film SLRs that I’ve used since the late 1960s.” read more from Joe’s NYC

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“Photographers often want to know this. I have taken great pictures with a $90 Canonet (had one of the sharpest lenses I ever owned) and lousy pictures with more expensive equipment. Whether you are shooting with the latest digital camera, or a pinhole camera, it’s the mind and heart behind the camera that matters.” read more from Dave Beckerman.

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“Most of these images were taken with a Canon EOS SLR system. The rest were done with a Minolta Freedom Zoom Explorer point & shoot camera…” read more from Philip Greenspun.

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“Brian shoots with an assortment of equipment including: Pentax digital and film SLR cameras and Mamiya medium format cameras.” read more from Brian Ramnath.

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“All images shot with a Leica M9 and 50 Noctiux 0.95…” read more from Steve Huff

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“The images on this blog are primarily shot on the Canon EOS 1 ds mk2 and some are shot on the Canon PowerShot SD550 both of which I think are great in their own way.” read more from Jezblog

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“I currently use a Canon Rebel Xti, though I also carry around a little Canon Powershot SD800 is for candids and the unexpected…” read more about Craig Martin

What’s your take on photographing street people?

“In my street photography class, I encourage my students by saying that all things are photographable in any way. And this is true. I encourage my students, as well as myself, to go out into the world with camera in hand and no preconceptions that could interfere with openness to taking pictures.”

“But I have one exception to that anti-rule, and that’s street people. I feel that photographing them in their poverty is taking advantage of their difficult situation, and that they are not necessarily there voluntarily. Since for many people sleeping on the street it is their “home,” I feel it can be argued that photographing them is an invasion of the little privacy that they have. So, I do not go out of my way to photograph them. In addition to the moral issues surrounding photographing street people, they’re too easy to photograph. Where else are they going to go?” read more from Mason Resnick

Does street photography have to be in black and white?

“Like many of the photographers I’ve admired over the years I initially did all of my street photography in black and white. I soon realised however that in order to differentiate myself from my predecessors, it would be better if I worked in colour. There were a few notable colour photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, Alex Webb and Martin Parr whom I admired but I felt my style of work was more akin to the previously mentioned people.”

Working in London may not seem by most visitors conducive to good colour street photography, and indeed it certainly doesn’t have anything like the beautiful light that say Brazil has. But with such an infinite variety of colourful characters in an ever changing cityscape, it has become in recent times as synonymous with street work as Paris and New York were in their heyday. read more from David Solomons photographer

What are your inspirations?

“Though there are many, I always come back to Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Lee Friedlander, and Robert Frank. They’ve done the kind of work that I wish I did. And often think about doing.”

“And though I enjoy the work of a long and growing list of photo- bloggers/graphers, there are a few friends that directly influence my compositions or the thoughts behind them: Raul Gutierrez, Joseph Holmes, Michael David Murphy, and Peter Ross.” read more from Rion Nakaya

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Top 10 Posts on ILovePhotoblogs Q3 2009

Over the last three months on ILovePhotoblogs, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of excellent photography blogs – here are the most popular posts – judged by traffic. In addition, since we’ve created a Twitter account, the amount of suggested photoblogs has increased substantially. Looking forward to the 4th quarter, based on the popularity of our 20 Awesome Photography blogs project, we hope to continue with this feature in the near future. Thank you and please continue to send quality photography sites our way!

  1. Posing 101 for Photographers and Models
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  4. Suggest a Photoblog
  5. Holga Photos Rock
  6. 20 Awesome Photography Blogs Manila Philippines
  7. Miss Aniela – Photography Adventures in Self Portraiture
  8. Top Glamour Photography
  9. 20 Awesome Photography Blogs Bangalore Karnataka India
  10. Life of the Paparazzi

Five Online Photography Magazines You Should Know About

los angeles lakers cheerleadersI love photography magazines. I love the how-to tutorials and tips, photo equipment reviews, and definitely the ads…yes, the ads. I love dreaming about purchasing new equipment and figuring out just how much I need to buy the ultimate gear pack. I love reading photographer interviews, but most of all it’s about the photos. I don’t earn enough money to subscribe to all the photography magazines I would like, however, the internet goes a long way in solving this problem.

Today, there are numerous online photography magazines available specializing in a wide range of photography related fields. Listed below, is a short list of five amazing online photography magazine I read on a regular basis. Hope you enjoy!

The Big Picture<see photo above>

A photography junkie’s dream site. Tons of beautiful images documenting current events from around the world!

Social Documentary

social documentary photography magazine

Think National Geographic without words.

SocialDocumentary.net is a new website that features documentary photography from around the world—images and words that explore the human condition.


F-Stop Magazine

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Clean layout, great content.

“F-STOP MAGAZINE is an online photography magazine featuring contemporary photography from established and emerging photographers from around the world. Each issue has a theme or an idea that the unites the photographs to create a dynamic dialogue among the artists”


File

file magazine a collection of unexpected photography

If you ever experience creative block, this site is a sure fire remedy.

“The purpose of FILE is to collect and display photographs that treat subjects in unexpected ways. Alternate takes, odd angles, unconventional observations – these are some of the ways photographs collected in FILE reinterpret traditional genres. We leave the Kodak Moments to the family album, the glossy fashion spreads to Vogue, and the photo finishes to ESPN. Rather than taking the well-trod paths, we veer off to get a different perspective.”


DEEPSLEEP

deepsleep photo magazine uk

Simple, straightforward layout. Excellent articles and photos. Love the uncluttered format!

“Deep Sleep is a quarterly online photography magazine founded by and featuring work from a small group of contributors who share the same office space in Shoreditch, East London. Each issue (published in February, May, August and November) will be on a specific theme and guest contributors are also invited to submit a set of images based on that theme.”

Feel free to leave your favorite online photography magazine below!

Make the Most of Your Existing Traffic

opportunityBefore talking about your photoblog and changes I recommend, let me start by saying that if you don’t currently use a traffic counting plug-in or traffic tracking website, you’re making a big mistake. Unless you enjoy blindly posting on the web with no interest in who or how many viewers read your site, this is something to address today! I am personally addicted to Wassup (awesome SPY feature) and also use Google Analytics. The focus of this article is how to make the most of your existing traffic…however, you will need to be able to benchmark your current results to understand if the suggested changes actually work for you.

Readers of this blog notice I like to change my theme on a regular basis and there is a good reason behind this. Working on the web requires constant experimentation. If you are already happy with your results, then I guess no change is needed. But if you desire to improve your web results, change is in order. This photoblog has been live for about 14 months now, and along the way, the theme has changed 8 times. I would like to say that each time a change has been made, my results have improved..but that’s just not the case…However, I have learned a few things over time which do work on a consistent basis.

With this latest design, almost a week old now, my page views have increased 40% and bounce rate has improved (lowered) by 10%! These site traffic improvements were not a result of a new writing style or intriguing new topics, just a few simple changes that you, too, can do in one evening:

  • Choose your theme careful - There are thousands of WordPress and Blogger themes to choose from, however, they must be appropriate to your topic. Simply selecting the slickest theme design with no regard to its relevance to your site will not yield the results you hope to achieve. Turn your computer off for a few moments and with paper and pencil, rough sketch what you think your site (again, relevant to your niche market) should look like. If you’ve got mad PHP and CSS skills, I guess you could create a theme, but for everyone else, you now have a starting point when looking at possible designs which could work for you. Once you have your theme, be sure you have the correct color scheme and header. All themes are hackable. Even with limited web dev skills, a quick Google search should point you in the right direction to make the adjustments you need.
  • Above the fold jargon. You hear a lot about the importance of placing important content above the fold…but are you really doing it? Enter your URL into a browser and click submit. View your site as if it were the first time landing there. What is your eye drawn to? Do you have so many ads in the header that the content requires scrolling? Place the information most important to the mission of your site above the fold. For me, it meant changing my layout to include a menu bar at the top of the page, as opposed to the sidebar and footer. I have also included a site summary (along with a hand drawn pic of myself to add a little personal touch) at the top of the page as well. It is important to me that viewers understand what we’re about as soon as possible. Depending on how you promote your site, i.e., StumbleUpon, Propeller, Digg, Fark, and a host of bookmarking sites, you literally have about 1-2 seconds to grab the attention of your viewer before they leave.
  • Internal linking. No doubt you have numerous posts already published on your site, but does anyone know about them?…how would they find them? Make it a goal to link to one previous posting within each new post. Sometimes we get too worked up about driving traffic to our site that we neglect what they do once there. Your goal should be to lower your bounce rate, meaning readers view other content besides just viewing the one page you promoted heavily and leave. Another solution on this topic, use and prominently display categories. Categories allow you to group/link together similar topics, making it easy for viewers to find the content they are seeking. In using categories, make sure to title them appropriately..and be as specific as needed. For instance, if you review cameras it may be better to break out a category for each model (Nikon, Canon, etc) , instead of just using Camera Reviews as a title.
  • Site search. Many blog themes have, by default, a site search feature displayed…others, you have to elect to display it. This goes hand and hand with internal linking…Make it easy..REAL EASY for readers to find your content…it’s too easy for viewers to leave so do the legwork for them. In addition to having a site search feature, I also prominently display a site map, which lists every post I’ve ever written here. There is a great WP plugin to assist you with this…Google XML Sitemaps

In summary, growing unique visitor traffic does not happen overnight. However, the steps I’ve provided can maximize the total number of pages viewed by each visitor that does come your way. Hope you find this helpful and feel free to comment!

Tips and Hacks to Grow Your Blog Traffic

lightbulb ideaGrowing photo blog traffic is a main concern for many of our visitors. We’ve all read plenty of tips and hacks about how to increase reader engagement, key strategies to increase subscriptions, and of course, ways to monetize your blog. However, without traffic all these helpful hints are meaningless.

How many bloggers average less than 20 visitors average per day?….the answer…MOST. I recently read a very interesting article, 50 Rapid Fire Tips For Power Blogging,  written by David Risley – Confessions of a Six Figure Blogger – in which he speaks candidly about improving your blog performance.

While I won’t recap each of the tips listed in his post (since you can read this for yourself), I would like to discuss several points  I found to be very effective..along with some do’s and don’ts. (I’ll be referencing the tip #’s from David’s article, so don’t get frustrated with missing numbers.)

  • #1 – Use WordPress – I couldn’t agree more. I’ve used TypePad in the past, but wasn’t particularly fond of the user interface and really didn’t like paying a monthly/annual fee. Blogger has it’s uses and I currently use it for a few limited focus sites. However, WordPress is the industry standard. Yes, it does have a bit of a learning curve, but it’s well worth the initial pains. You can get a free WordPress blog that WordPress hosts, but you are limited to a subdomain url, i.e., ilovephotoblogs.wordpress.com (kind of messy!)….. My suggestion, select a quality hosting company (  I use GoDaddy, but there are other fine ones out there such as Blue Host and Host Gator), find a domain name that works for you (check out my favorite domain name search tool), download WordPress to your new account and you’re ready to take on the world. WordPress offers thousands of themes (free) and even more plug-ins (again, free) which add tremendous functionality to your site.
  • #3 – Use catchy blog post titles – I agree with this statement, however, don’t go overboard with a perfect SEO researched title each time. Always having the perfect link bait title will turn off a portion of your viewership. A good mix of great SEO terms, Top 10 lists, and conversational speak style titles has worked best for me.
  • #5 – Comment on other blogs – often – Not only does commenting on other blogs give you additional links and exposure, you’ll discover many interesting sites and people that you’d probably never encounter if you were waiting for them to stumble across your site. Get out there, network, and socialize. Remember, easy on the spammy comments. Sincere and topic appropriate comments always work best.
  • #11 – Use header tags to separate sections in your blogs. I won’t get into the details about header tags and SEO performance, other than to tell you it’s worth the research.
  • #23 – When writing your About Page, pay attention to what you write. Never publish your blog before completing your About Page!  The About Page is your brand and tells people who you are, what you’re about, and is the one of most important aspects to building a community aside for great content. I often equate an About Page with the automaker badge on your car. Can you imagine purchasing an auto without knowing the identity of the manufacturer? Probably not. And while you’re creating this section, be sure to get it your fullest attention. The About Page should not be an afterthought. My About Page is the 5th most popular page on my site!
  • #24 – Do lots of videos. I have come to the realization that video does matter..and in a big way. Consider your viewing habits. Unless you’re still on dial-up, chances are you watch videos for news, sports, YouTube, tutorials, etc. If you’re serious about taking your site to the next level, video is a must. Yes, I am currently guilty of being video deficient on this site, but (BREAKING NEWS) video is on the way. FLIP Video camcorders are available for well below $100US, and connect directly to your PC via USB.
  • #26 – Link to other, related blog posts regularly in your own posts. Linking to related blog posts increases your relevance in the eyes of your readers as well as search engines. In addition, you should also monitor who is talking about/linking to you as well. This is easily performed by signing up for Google Alerts, a must-have tool for any serious blogger. When setting up your Alerts, be sure to monitor your name, your link, as well as any competitors you have identified. Google Alerts gives you an easy way to keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening relevant to you.
  • #36 - Spend some time creating some killer posts for your blog. As bloggers,we understand that all blog posts are not created equally. Some days/weeks, we’re pressed for time or if we do have a spare moment,we may not have the energy to compile in-depth, qualitative writing. Have no fear, most blogs are one-person operations, run by people with full-time job responsibilities, readers get it. However, if you are looking to take your blog to the next level, be prepared to dedicate at least a couple of hours on research and writing per day.
  • #42 – When starting a blog, decide on it’s mission. Focus is key to your blog’s success. Stay on topic as much as possible. This is key for building an audience, but more importantly, getting the needed Google love to boost your overall search engine ranking.
  • #46 Be yourself, #47 Don’t write like you’re writing for Britannica. I think you can get idea of these points by the titles, but I’d like to emphasize the importance of actually including written text in your posts. I’ve reviewed numerous photo blogs which contain little to no text..only images. Understand, if your blog post only contains a photo with no text, the only data search engines have to evaluate is the ALT text associated with each photo, assuming you have even entered this information. In summary, use your words liberally, in a style that is user friendly, warm and not overly scholarly. I am not saying to dumb-down your writing style, but realize that many of your viewers will be reading your English post as a second language.

Hope you enjoyed our post and as always, feel free to comment!