New year, new website, and new blog!
Happy new year, 2013!
If you haven’t noticed, I have an updated website! I’ve given my photography home a new, modern layout, integrated the site with Fotomoto, and added this blog. The home page is interactive allowing users to pause on an image or flip through at their own pace. The new gallery layout uses square thumbnails everywhere which I think gives a clean, consistent look. Gallery pages also have mobile versions that provide an easy-to-use, swipe-able interface to view photos from your smart phone. The Fotomoto integration gives me a simple way to sell and ship prints to anyone who wants them and adds free eCards as a bonus! Of course, this blog is new too. Over the past few years I’ve found myself saying: “If I only had a blog, this <whatever issue/excitement/observation-of-the-day> would make a good post!” I didn’t want to do it unless I had a good way to interface with my current website though. When I did the re-design I looked into it and found it wasn’t going to be that difficult, so here we are!
The plan for the blog is to update as frequently as necessary. I’ll write when I have new galleries posted, an image that I’d like to share that doesn’t fit into a gallery, an opinion on cameras/lenses/gear, some random thought on photography, or to share an event or observation.
I should mention that the creation of the website, the Fotomoto integration, and WordPress template was created in Adobe Lightroom using plugins from The Turning Gate. I use Lightroom for all my photo editing and organization. Being able to use it to create a web site is very convenient and these plugins are the best I’ve found for making that possible. I highly recommend their products if you’re looking to build a professional looking website from Lightroom.
I’ve also joined 500px as a way to get more exposure, to share photos with a wider audience, and to give and receive community feedback. I’m slowly uploading what I think are my best images, in chronological order, so my oldest stuff is uploaded first. I hope to get caught up so I can upload new stuff as soon as possible. Check me out at 500px.com/jasonwaltman!
Jon and I went on a three week trip to Asia back in August 2012 and I still haven’t gotten around to editing all of the photos. Now that the new website is done and the holiday season is over, I’m hoping to get through them soon. That said, I did post the first set of photos, from Singapore, today. Let me know what you think!