Photoblogging 101 : How to setup a Photoblog?

So, you’ve decided on creating a photoblog? There are a few how’s and why’s you need to know about running a photo blog.

El Nido Palawan
El Nido Palawan

First of all, make sure you have a digital camera of reasonable quality. Digital SLR’s are pretty affordable these days, and it’s not too terribly hard for an amateur to produce professional looking photo’s utilizing a camera like this.

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Barack the Persian President

Figure out and Realize what you are good at and what you’re not good at before deciding what type of photos you would want to feature on your blog. The best way to do this is to create a photoblog which will serve as a visual notepad that is visible to others.

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Fruity Wonton Salad

A very newbie friendly platform to launch a photoblog on is Photocritic which runs on WordPress. It’s easy to customize, it is free and with a few tweaks can be made to look quite good.

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Gota Beach Caramoan Peninsula

If you’re not familiar with WordPress, you have to know that it comes in two versions. On WordPress.com everything is pretty much done for you and is free. You can begin blogging immediately after signing up. The downside to this though is your inability to really customize your blog. The advantage being that you need very little technical knowledge to start blogging.

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House of Dakay – Batanes

The other side of WordPress is WordPress.org. This tends to be a little more complicated, but once you know how, you can install wordpress on a domain in about 35 seconds (eg. Manila Photographer Blog). The major difference here is that you need to download and install it on your web server using Cpanel or any webhosting panel supported by your chosen webhost. You will have way more customization options, and you can even edit the code if you so desire. The best with this option is you can implement some advertising platforms that are not supported in the WordPress.com option.

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Kite Boarding in Boracay

Whichever version of WordPress you select, you will be in pretty safe hands. Everything has pretty much been done before you so if you get stuck, virtually any question can be answered with a simple Google search. There are also many online forums you can join and most veterans will be quick to lend a helping hand when you need it.

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Thunderbird Resorts Poro Point

Lastly, there are a couple of other free blogging solutions available in addition to WordPress. These are and not limited to Live Journal and Blogger which is a product of Google. I would suggest playing with all of them until you find the one that suits you the best.

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Yoghurt from White Hat

The actual physical side of photoblogging entails simply uploading your photos and wrapping them in descriptive text if you wish. If you are only interested in posting images in photo sharing sites, you can try a service like Flickr which is very newbie friendly as well.

Make sure you have fun with your photoblog. Maybe you are not the greatest writer or simply don’t enjoy writing. Images sometimes can say so much more than words anyway. Good luck and I hope you can share your link in my comment section:)

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  1. Anna says

    Thanks for the wonderful articles about picture blogging and travel stuff. I’m not sure though if my multiply account could be counted as a photoblog site. cheers & more power!

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