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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Since I got my Nikon D50, my photography has shot up a gear in terms of quantity, although you can judge for yourself whether it shows any qualitative improvement. Because of this, whereas before I was uploading two or three photos a month, I am now putting on two or three a week.

I found when I switched to using Blogger that I was writing more, being less put off by the need to upload two separate files, and change titles and breadcrumbs and dates and menu lists and so on. So in relation to the Photography section of The Pequod, I have got rid of my old XHTML ways of doing things and switched to using the PHP photoblog script, Photoblogger. After a bit of fiddling around to incorporate my templates and upload my old photographs in the order I wanted, I have decided that it is nothing short of fantastic. Now to add photos I click one button to upload, type a title and description, and I'm done. An RSS feed automatically points to the newest post, so I can register the site on Photoblogs, and I also get a full gallery facility, search options and an automated commenting system (no need to copy and paste from emails).

Nicholas Carr and Yochai Benkler may be arguing over whether bloggers and photographers are going to be paid for producing their content in three years time, but one thing of which I am certain is that talented programmers such as Sylvia Trommer who wrote Photoblogger stand to make a significant amount of money by providing the tools bloggers and photographers need to get their work published with as little technical fuss as possible.

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