Photography – How To Create Quality Landscape Photographs

Moraine Lake Sunrise Colorful Landscape
Moraine Lake Sunrise Colorful Landscape

How Can You Create Quality Landscape Photographs?

Today, landscape photography is very popular, perhaps more than ever before. If you think about it, you can probably remember seeing at least two landscape prints that you felt connected and drawn to. Photography can be an art form and more than just a pretty picture; Landscape photography is a message you want to convey to your audience, whether is it is the beauty, the devastation, a historical perspective or an emotion, it is your message.  Now, if you specialize in landscape photography, you may think that capturing a great image is simple. But, there’s more to it than simply aiming a camera and taking a photo. You need to pay attention to detail, and make sure that you have great lighting, and properly place the subject you are photographing. It’s also important that you have the right equipment to aid you in your pursuit of photography.

Black And White Landscape Photography

With black and white landscape photography capturing an amazing image is even more challenging than if you were taking color pictures. With color taken out of the equation, you are forced to focus on lighting and shadows more, which can be challenging. The composition is also very important; you need to pay attention to how you frame an image and look at edges, textures, and tones that you see. The goal is to get your camera to capture an image in black and white that looks like what your eye would see in color.

If you choose to try your hand at black and white photography, you should try to focus on capturing images of buildings and water, since these are the most common subjects for this type of photography. Pay attention to highlights and shadows, as well as the angle from which you take the picture. When photographing water, water can  provide an excellent contrast to trees and rocks, which helps to capture the eye of the viewer. Another great technique is to take photos of landmarks such as buildings and bridges to help draw the viewer in.

Color Landscape Photography

Paying close attention to contrast is essential with color landscape photography. While color gives an image a more vibrant look, it also makes it harder to achieve the contrast you need to create an interesting image. For example, if you are taking a picture of water under a blue sky, there probably won’t be enough contrast to interest people looking at the image. But, if you take a picture of water under a sunrise or sunset when the sky is bathed is reds and oranges, you are more likely to get a much better image. Remember that you need to take your time, set up properly, and take multiple pictures to ensure you have choices, that accidents destroy or cause to lose the composition of your picture.  

Position is important

As it happens, I have more than once found the best picture of a landscape or other subject was not the one I originally intended to take.  By taking multiple pictures from different positions, vertical angles, and lighting perspective, a person sometimes gets a far better picture or series of pictures than a carefully planned and choreographed approach.  

Lighting For Landscape Photography

A landscape photographer depends upon natural lighting rather than artificial lighting, which means you will have to adapt to your subject since you won’t be able to alter or control the lighting. Filters can be used to achieve some specific effects.  For best result use of a professional grade camera and tripod is recommended.  Other things to consider where lighting is a concerned are:

Desert Dune In Partial Shadow
Desert Dune In Partial Shadow

Use of shadow

Taking advantage of shadows can add a lot of character to our landscape shots. However, it will take some patience, and you will have to leverage what mother nature has to offer. In the case of a landscape photographer, we have to work with the shadows that are provided by the angle of the sun, other objects in the landscape, such as mountains, trees, and clouds. Whether only partial shading is involved or perhaps complete shading of one object in the non-shading of the remainder of the landscape, shadows can add a significant amount of contrast or pictures.

Forest With Golden Autumn Colors
Forest With Golden Autumn Colors

Use Of Seasonality

Seasonality, can add character in a number of ways. First, is the simple color of the changes that occur in certain parts of the world and fall and spring and winter and even the nature of what is there to offer such as snow cover. Also, the sons lighting tends to change across the season’s fall, and autumn may have yellow were sunlight then Midsummer. Working with what the seasons provide the same landscape can look stark if it happens to be a deciduous forest in winter, glossy bright this new snowfall warm hot and dry and Midsummer heat. So, there are reasons that even the same landscape character can change in just a few weeks and therefore, it doesn’t hurt to return to the same landscape multiple times to take advantage of the change in character.

Forest With Sunrise In Background
Forest With Sunrise In Background

Use Of Time

Time is also important to a landscape photographer, both from the perspective of the time of day; morning, noon, evening, night, dawn or dusk. But there is also another characteristic of time, which can be very useful when taking landscape pictures, which is time-lapse photography. Time-lapse photography provides a character to landscape photos in certain circumstances. In those instances where you have movement in the environment, such as running water, windblown leaves, branches waving in the wind, shadow movements across time, and others, time last photography can add character which no other approach can. Time-lapse photography is also a very good reason a high-quality camera and perhaps most of all a tripod.

Conclusion

With some planning and by honing your skills you can become a masterful landscape photographer  But, you have to remember that the small LCD screen you are looking at won’t show you everything that will show up in a final print. Always take more than one picture from different perspectives to provide more opportunity to have high-quality pictures to choose from and use or sale.  Just remember nobody is born a great photographer.  To achieve mastery takes, study,practice, a smidgen  of talent, a passion, and perseverance.

Blogging – is the HTML keyword meta tag dead?

HTML Keyword Meta tag
HTML Keyword Meta tag

Yes; most of the major browsers will recognize and accept the HTML keyword meta tag.


To the major search engines use the keyword meta tag?

Basically, no. Most of the major search engines simply ignore the HTML keyword meta tag or worse yet simply use it as a means to penalize your site, if they decide the keywords you chose to use do not closely enough relate to your content.

Are the HTML keyword meta tags worth putting a lot of work into?

Short answer, is no. If your intent is doing your keyword research is to create HTML keyword meta-tags, then you are basically wasting your time.

Then what is the value of keywords?

If you think of keyword research is identifying your focus words for your blog article, then there is value in doing keyword research. The value comes not from adding HTML keyword meta-tags, but rather through integrating your keywords ( focus words) into your blog article title, headers, and body content. These focus words can also be added to media metadata and used as part of your tactful repetition approach to content.

Conclusion

For all intents and purposes, HTML keyword meta-tags are useless from a HTML coding standpoint. However doing keyword (focus words) research can be valuable in tuning the language of your blog article to optimize the focus of your blog post.

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WordPress – What is a Tag?

WordPress Meta Tags Entry Box
WordPress Meta Tags Entry Box

What is a Tag?

A Tag is one of the pre-defined metadata classifications in WordPress. Blog article creators can add tags to their WordPress posts in coordination with categories and menus to organize and provide internal site search capabilities.

In many ways meta tags are like categories, they both help visitors and search engines to find the content they are looking for. But where categories divide your articles into hierarchical groups, meta tags have no hierarchy. They describe your content on a micro level, where categories describe it on a macro level.


Tags:

  • Are not keywords
  • Are narrower in scope and more focused on specific blog article topics than Categories
  • Are nonhierarchical
  • Are ‘Focus Words’ or ‘Topic Words’ used to identify blog article topics
  • Are also used by certain WordPress themes and widgets to provide the ‘Posted In’ topic list and ‘Word Cloud’
  • Are not automatically added to a blog article unlessa user adds them
Site Search MetaData Hierarchy
Site Search MetaData Hierarchy 

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The Optimizing For Google Fallacy

Internet Search Engines
Internet Search Engines

There are great many posts that which could be found on the web that speak to how to optimize for Google. Actually, when it comes to speaking of search engine optimization (SEO) there is probably an extreme bias towards optimizing for Google. However, this could be a serious mistake, which could cost you a significant amount of traffic.

There are a number of metadata elements which provide an opportunity to add search engine optimization (SEO), which if you optimize strictly to maximize your Google search engine results will guide either be ignored or underutilized.

From a purely traffic point of view you could be missing an opportunity to increase your blog or website traffic significantly. Among my several blogs, depending upon the nature of the website, search engine results other than Google account for anywhere from 48 to 55% of my site traffic.

In the early days of my blogs,I to focus on optimizing for Google, seem like the obvious target. However, after I started taking advantage of them many metadata opportunities of my wordpress blog software, I saw a significant jump in my site traffic from non-Google search engines.

As you can see from the screen capture above from one of my sites, that there are a number of other search engines supplying traffic to my blog. All my blogs have similar patterns, but not necessarily for the same exact search engines, depending on the topic of the blog.

Some of the more common search engines from which my sites receive regular traffic are;

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Which Blog Posts Are Best?

Which Blog Posts Are Best?
Which Blog Posts Are Best?

Even if you recognize the importance of a blog , you should also understand the fact that every blog post is unique. A blog that has relevant content of high  quality to garner the attention of the audience and compel them make repeat visits to your blog.

A blog post should always contain original content based on the relevant topics related to your blog. Your blog post should also inform and educate its readers with actionable and helpful information easily understood and easily consumable format.   Additionally, the blog post should be no longer than absolutely necessary to convey the information–word count should not be the primary drive of blog post length.

A properly written blog post:

  • Follows the best practices for the type of blog post being written,
  • Facilitates reader scannability and tactful repetition of essential information ,
  • Has a logical orderly structure which is easy for readers to follow,
  • Uses grammar and spelling to facilitate reliability and minimise reader distraction, and
  • Is written to leverage SEO opportunities without being overly repetitive, redundant, or compromising audience readability.

Images, infographics, and illustrations are import elements of a blog post and:

  • Relevant to the topic of the blog post,
  • Are optimized for rapid loading –especially, for mobile devices,
  • Are of high quality, pixel density, and are professional in nature,
  • have the media metadata properties completed to describe the media and to further facility seo,
  • The volume of Images, infographics, and illustrations are minimized to those necessary to convey and/or reinforce the essential information of the blog.

To further assist you readers journey of discovery,  relant reference links, which:

  • Internal reference links which Lead your reads to other relevant site posts and pages for additional information, and
  • External posts which provide provide authoritative information which may be relevant to the post and is not available within your site.

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Why and How to Prioritize Blogging?

How do I prioritize blogging?
How do I prioritize blogging?

Why and How to Prioritize Blogging

Blogging is on the list of trending things of the era. The term that finds its origin in the phrase ‘web log’, blogging is one of the marketing tools, of businesses nowadays. A blog is a website or a page, published on the internet meant for informational or discussion purposes. Nowadays, blogging has evolved from a mere hobby to full-fledged professional activity. The informal diary style text entries have now been replaced by theme based layouts with attractive images, etc.

Importance of prioritizing blogging.

Blogging is not just the cult; it is also a beneficial marketing idea in today’s era. There are several ways in which a blog can attract a large number of audience and viewers to find you. Blogs allow for reader engagement. They are also high on the visibility aspect on the internet. With the advent of novel social media platforms, blogs are a popular tool to reach the audience of your interest. Nowadays, many businesses and entrepreneurs are turning to blogging. It is a great search engine optimization tool. Also the more pages there are on a website, it is increasingly easier for the audience to locate that site in a web search. For businesses, blogging is an excellent method of maintaining an interface with the customers. The big and small business houses can keep their customers up to date in terms of information, give them tips, suggestions, update them about new deals, etc. This way blogging helps build trust and credibility among users. There are innumerable reasons to prioritize blogging for your businesses. A business blog increases the effectiveness of your business initiative, spreads your entrepreneurial ideas and attracts new customers as well. In today’s commercial world, any business needs to carve out its own niche and work upon a brand identity. Once a popular brand name, and you are the rogue’ in the industry. A blog can help you achieve all this- by creating a brand hub, where you can display the creative potential of your brand through discussions, images, stories, etc.

Blogging lets you reveal the untapped potential of your business, not only to your loyal customers but to the world as well. As per statistical surveys, blogging increasingly attracts traffic to a website or a web page, 50% more than other marketing mix tools can, in a combined manner. It sets you apart within the particular industry and is a guaranteed method of gaining the trust of your clients. Blog posts provide you with fresh content that you can later share on social media platforms. You can also use these blog posts as ideas to create a soft or hard copy advertisement for a particular product/ service pertaining to your business. Consistent blogging is a way to tell your clients, that your website is current and active. Consistency in blogging, speaks of your commitment towards the business, which in turn attracts the trust of your clients. You need to brew up more ideas, fresh content, creative concepts to make your blogs interesting and engaging. This way, the customers are ensured of the fact that, the business is being run by people who are interested in the pursuit of it and are not just maintain a blog, for the sake of doing it.

The most important fact is that blogs are an owned channel. Unlike social media platforms, you are not barred or restricted in performing functions as and when you like. You are the owner of your own business blog, and this freedom allows you to work in a wide format.

How do I prioritize blogging?

All business owners are aware of the fact that at a particular point, they need to seek an outer form of help. Since an entrepreneur cannot handle all the stakes at a single point of time, it is crucial to hire people to assist you, and at times manage the work on your behalf. Being the head or an important manager of a business, whether big or small, requires undivided time, energy and attention. Hence, there arises the need to hire people who handle simpler tasks for you. Also, not all individuals are good at every task, hiring a person who has the best knowledge and skills, as per the requirement is very important. Since a company’s need to market itself, is never-ending, all businesses need to reach audiences far and wide. With Google being such a prominent aspect of our daily lives, we all primarily hop onto a Google search, before a new purchase of a product or a service. This gives rise to the need of a prominent internet presence, and you can hire a writer or a blogger to manage this on your behalf.

Writers who specialize in blogging.

Nowadays there are several freelance writers and bloggers, who work on a contract basis, and can manage the blogs of your company quite well. Not only do they manage the blogs, but they also specialize in blog writing, and they can attract the right audience to your business, by their crafted work. You need to decide the number of blog posts you want them to post, choose the subjects for the post and assign it to the writers. Nowadays writers specialize in different areas of writing, so you also have the choice of hiring different writers for different subjects. Since there are different blogging styles, like narrative, confessional, investigative, listicle, rebuttal, open letter, pictorial, round up, instructional, etc. a business needs to figure out which writing style would best suit which post, and hire writers accordingly. Also, the type of writer you hire for your business fulfills the demand of the particular set of audience, who might have a particular reading style. Hiring a writer helps you focus on other tasks, enables you to reach the desired audience, and the expertise of a writer adds worthiness to your blog. Also, hiring different writers as per the demand of the subject, keeps away the monotony a blog may acquire with time.

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How To Write A News Blog Post

The Latest News
The Latest News

Blogging for your website provides content that the major search engines welcome. For a start, the more frequently you update the content of your website, the better you will rank over time. If your content is interesting, relevant and engaging, there’s the possibility that a news blog post may be shared within the social media channels. Search engines love this. It’s good for SEO!

The question that has plagued bloggers is how to write a news blog post. After all, if no one is reading your content; all of the countless hours, sweat, blood, and tears are in vain. But writing a news blog post much easier than you think!

News blog post best practices

Choose a defining title tag

The first thing is to choose a defining title tag. It should include keywords related to your blog. For example, if your blog is about foodstuff; make sure that the word food is in your title tag.

Focus on your headlines

The second important step is to focus on your headlines. For this, you must give vibrant, smart headlines full of significant keywords. If your headline is not good, no one will bother to read the content even if it is good.

Add media effects

You should add some more media effects like podcasting, video blogging, photography and so on.When you want to make it more appealing, just add photos, sounds, and even videos to your blog.

Posts should be precise

Make sure that the news blog post is precise and clear-cut.

Post Regularly

You should on a regular schedule, and the frequently you can post quality news copy,  the better.

Get your own niche

Next step is to look for a niche. It is better to focus on one. You will find a number of blogs available these days. Make it different from others. Hence it is better if you have your own style and establish an identified place for yourself.

Add a free link

You need to make set-up with other bloggers and influencers and then link out to all your friends and enemies in a similar way. If you want to become an authority, remember that you will have to network and learn from other people. You can get authority and credibility if you also give credit when it is payable.

Add your own viewpoint

You should always try to develop your own style and personality online. Cover the stories by adding up your own perspective in it. You should not be scared to be controversial or just agree or disagree.

After adding your perspective, you need to make your blog optimized for various search engines by tagging your posts. It is essential to admit your mistakes and then make the required improvement in it. You can also allow comments on your blog. People leaving comments should feel safe in your blog.

Lastly, before finalizing the blog, you must see that it is well written. Read thoroughly and also check your facts, spellings, sentence structure, etc. This is important to do because once you post your blog; it is displayed globally via the internet.

As you can see writing a news blog post is much easier than you think. As the possibilities of your mind are limitless so are the possibilities of writing an engaging blog post.

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