This is the last Friday Shout-Out of 2010! Can you believe that we made it? In this episode, a photog who was included in a Friday Shout-Out comes back with some stats and something to prove, and another takes a trip down an analog memory lane. A photographer reveals his best-selling images for 2010, and another one keeps shooting images that make people laugh. And, if your hungry – we’ll close out the year with a little Italian food.
Shout-Outs are a regular Friday thing, and you can be part of it, too. Send us suggestions! If we think it’s worth shouting about, it will show up here in the blog on a Friday. To submit something, scroll to the bottom to see how.
Like most people, I secretly find great satisfaction in being told, “you were right.” And, like most people, I rarely ever get to hear it. Except for today.
A few months ago in a Friday Shout-Out, I pointed to the newly redsigned website of photographer John Dunne – and I called his new website an “SEO wonderland.” He made the smart decision to dump his Flash-based website, and go with a WordPress-PhotoShelter combo.
I had no idea that John was actually keeping score – but he was, and the results are in. He created a very interested blog post called “2010 in numbers (or Stats, Stats and more Stats)” and in this post, he has a section about his website traffic.
Getting rid of that Flash site was a VERY smart move, as the visitors to his website has seen a sustained 6x increase within just 7 months, and the combo of the WordPress (HTML-based) site and smart SEO planning was indeed responsible for a lot of it. Best of all, his website continues to be an “SEO wonderland” and maybe next year I can be right again.
PLEASE DON’T TAKE HIS KODACHROME AWAY – UH OH!!
Legendary photojournalist David Burnett wrote a tribute to the end of Kodachrome, titled “Adios Amigo….” that’s worth a read. He takes us all back through the ages, before, during, and after Kodachrome ruled the land.
“Film, for all its charms, just couldn’t compete in the world of the breathless 2 minute news cycle,” he writes. “So as with most things worth preserving, Kodachrome was given the ax, tossed under the bus of progress.”
Thanks, David – for the nice romantic analog stroll down memory lane. I played Paul Simon’s song in the background as I read it – for added effect.
We’ve been talking a lot about print sales lately, and Todd Bigelow, a Los Angeles, California based editorial and corporate photographer, just put together a cool collection of his most popular prints. I don’t know about you, but I always find it really interesting to see what photogs are actually selling.
“Taken from a vast array of assignments, these are the most requested images for printing,” he writes.
Which images are his best sellers of 2010?
KEEP MAKING ME LAUGH, PLEASE
If you like your photographer with a sense of humor, then you should follow the work of Paul Treacy. One great image that’s got a funny touch to it is part of his “STROLL LONDON” gallery — a man on a poster appearing to be looking up at the moon – one of his personal favorite images of the year.
Hey Paul — I personally appreciate the humor you’ve dished out via your photography this past year. Please keep it up!
WHO WANTS SOME RAVIOLI?
Ever wonder how to make ravioli pasta? Me neither – but if I ever get the urge, I know exactly where to go.
Long-time travel photographer Bruno Paolo Benedetti shot a series of images that show exactly how it’s done, step-by-step.
I am always looking for things to include here in our Friday Shout-Outs – so if you have anything you think is worthy, let me know. One great way to do that is to post a note to Twitter with my name in it (@heygrover), and that way I won’t forget it later. Don’t have Twitter? Email me: grover-at-photoshelter-dot-com.