Building web pages on Smugmug
I thought I would put together a screencam to show how I build my website on Smugmug. I don’t think the formatting is anything specular, but it should at least give an indication of what it’s like to build the website. I’ve taken a new article I’ve written in MS Word, and shown exactly how I created it from start to finish on Smugmug.
As you will see, it’s not very difficult
1. Write article in word (not shown)
2. Upload photos (not shown)
3. Create page for article (shown)
4. Split article into break points for photos (shown)
5. Update article with pictures (shown)
6. Publish article to main page (shown)
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I’ve seen people complain about GAS, about those with GAS, with a general reference to anyone who buys “too much gear”. I’m not quite sure what too much gear is to be honest. To the spouse of a photographer, more than one body might be too much gear, maybe it’s the 7th lens, there is no formal definition of GAS. There is however a general perception that if you buy too much gear, you’re wasting your time. I’m in a slightly different space, and I tend to look at GAS from an affordability perspective. I.e. if you can afford it, why not?
Let’s be clear, I’m not saying that buying more gear makes you better photographer. It doesn’t. It just makes you a collector. On the converse, buying more gear doesn’t make you a worse photographer. Buying more gear does open the door to experimenting and that is ultimately what it’s about. The more you take photos, the more opportunity you have to learn, the more you improve.
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Taking photos of your children is probably one of the easiest and hardest things to do. It’s easy to take photos, but it’s difficult to take good photos. At the time of writing this article, my kids are 6 and 4, two of the most beautiful girls in the world and they certainly know how to wrap Daddy around their finger. On occasion I like to combine my favorite hobby with my favorite girls and that has provided a big learning curve for me.
There are a couple of reasons why working with your own children is difficult:
1. Children don’t listen to instructions in the same way as an adult. They aren’t being difficult, they’re being children and accepting that is important.
2. Children have a very short attention span as you are probably aware. They can spend an hour playing with something obscure and 2 minutes playing with a toy that you spent a small fortune on.
3. You don’t have limited control over the background when taking photos. You can’t decide when and how your children will be cute. They do that on their own and it tends to be where they want, when they want and how they want.
4. Photos with children are often unplanned. I.e. they do something cute and you try to grab the camera as quickly as possible, hoping that the lens is appropriate.
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This is not meant to be contentious article but it will probably result in the wrath of many. It’s for this reason that I would like to make the following clear:
What it is not:
• It’s not intended to be an APSC vs Full Frame argument from the perspective of trying to prove that APSC is better than Full Frame. Many may see it this as the purpose of the article, but it’s not. When looking at Medium Format vs Full Frame vs APSC, the argument of “what is better” comes down to a number of requirements including purpose and budget. In the absence of budget, one could argue that having all 3 would be the right outcome, but very few people have live in an environment where budget is not a constraint.
What it is:
• It is an article to show what the gap is between full frame and APSC and how small it is.
• It is intended to show that the argument that APSC is amateur only is one that is only dictated by some manufacturers.
• It’s intended to show that full frame is no longer the required long term progression that it once was.
• It is intended to show that very few “non-professional” photographers “need” full frame, it’s important to differentiate between “want” and “need”.
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Switching systems is a big step no matter who you are and how well you know photography. The reviews do a good job of explaining how good the camera is , but they aren’t very good at explaining the learning curve which may or may not be painful coming from another system.
For Nikon switchers, I’ve tried to cover these in this article. It’s written primarily coming from a full frame Nikon (or the D750 in my case) so it may not be applicable to all Nikon’s but hopefully it will cover most of what it needs to. It’s a little long but hopefully I’ve covered it in enough detail to keep everyone happy.
What this article is not:
– This is not a “Why is mirrorless or DSLR is better” article. There are many articles which argue both Mirrorless vs DSLR and DSLR vs Mirrorless with particular vigour. I’m not going to try do either. This article is assuming you’ve already made an educated decision on what system is better for you or the reason for your switch. My reasons are documented in the linked article called “Sorry Nikon, this is where you lost me…” but these don’t necessarily apply to you or everyone.
– It’s not intended to validate your purchase. If you want to feel good about what you’ve bought or feel that you made the right decision, go to a Fuji forum. You’ll find plenty of people to pat you on the back and tell you what an amazing decision you have made.
– It’s not a “How to use a Fuji XT2” or “How to use your camera” article. This article assumes you were fairly competent on your Nikon and not shooting in auto mode so I am not going to tell you what the camera basics are, what AFS or AFC are etc. If you want a detailed XT2 help guide, try this guide from Rico Pfirstinger on Rockynook which is great.
– It doesn’t cover video (or at least not in any level of detail) simply because I don’t work with video and I don’t think I could do it justice.
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