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In an effort to continue to make Digital Photography School the most useful website it can be to you our wonderful community I’d like to open up this post for your questions and suggestions on how we can improve DPS. I’m particularly interested in hearing about the topics that you’d like to see covered in tutorials and tips over the second half of 2007.

Any other suggestions on how we can make DPS a more helpful resources would also be welcome.

  • What do you want to learn how to do?
  • What types of photography would you like to see us writing about?
  • What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)?
  • What features would you like to see added to the site?
  • Are there any topics you’d like to volunteer to write a tutorial or tip on (if so please include your email address in the email field – this will be kept private)?

The ‘Rules’Any feedback, suggestions, dreams or ideas that you have are welcome – positive or negative. While I can’t promise to respond to each comment or put every suggestion into place I make a commitment to you to read anything you have to say.

All that I ask in return is that you be honest, courteous and constructive with your feedback.

PS: a couple of specific questions:

  • If we were to release a ‘best of Digital Photography School’ ebook would you be interested in purchasing it (and how much would you be willing to pay)?
  • Do you want an area of DPS where we provide reviews of digital cameras?

Read more from our Tips & Tutorials category.

Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

  • http://www.bulfinology.com Kent

    I think increasing the exposure of assignments. It is often time consuming to look in the forums to find results and or new assignments. Having this in a more prominent position could increase participation.
    I think an added part of the assignments could be a weekly competition. The winner could be featured as a weekly special where some work is displayed and a small interview could be shown. This was members of the community are able to meet others and learn from them.

  • Gustavno Rivera

    Lighting set-ups

  • http://none David Lambert

    I think I’ve registered but my user ID and/or my password don’t seem to work. I’m 83 and not completely computer literate. So maybe it should be easier for people like me.
    I read your DPS School info regularly but haven’t been active in the forums.
    I wanted to be included in “What kind of a camera I us” but couldn’t get in. Anyhow, I use a Fuji Finepix7000 because I can’t afford buying a camera PLUS multiple lenses. My camera is not good for distance and is slow on the uptake. I would like to be included in your “What kind of a camera” contest!

  • Mel

    Hi I would like to see a hand book on do’s and don’ts. DPS is a great site, and we have beginers all the time.so dont change that side of DPS. As for camera Reviews, I would love to see how others get on with their choices.as I have said before you can take photos with an old box camera if you have the help.Plus I tell all my friend about DPS, but they cant find you,so why not have sent to friend Links.

  • Elsie

    Definitely mark articles P-n-S, dSLR, or both. Also mark articles beginner, intermediate, advanced/pro. These will allow visitors to skip content that they don’t need or can’t use.

    An ebook? Hmmm…I’ve never purchased an ebook because my aging eyes cannot linger on a monitor for too long. I’d prefer a paperback book, maybe $15-25, maybe in a format small enough to fit into a camera bag.

  • Xavier FX57

    I am not sure if this is the place to put this note but it will help to improve the trust in DPS.
    When you use sponsors please check them out before accepting their post.
    I recently bought a DIY Wedding Photo guide from a P. Trumper site that was sponsoring DPS. It said that the guide was going to be downloadable to my computer but after I paid for it there was no indications of how to download the guide.
    It was not much but I hate to be robbed. I trusted that site because it was in the DPS page.
    Please check your sponsors.

  • Eagle

    This is one of the informative websites that I have found and I am so glad to have subscribed to it.

    Questions – I wanted to participate in assigments but there is not specific insturctions as to how to do it( maybe I missed it and if I did please let me know).

    Suggestions- I believe that photography is being able to express your creativity but can you please review pictures before uploading

    What do you want to learn how to do? lighting combinations apreture and shutter indoor and outdoor
    I want to learn to take very good pictures without editing using a software

    What types of photography would you like to see us writing about? You should do varied topics because creativity is limitless and photography should encompass all
    What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)? written is ok
    What features would you like to see added to the site? link to submit homeworks
    Are there any topics you’d like to volunteer to write a tutorial or tip on (if so please include your email address in the email field – this will be kept private)? I wanted to volunteer on contributing that is my goal but I know that I can’t this time as I consider myself not a pro yet

  • Eagle

    Suggestion-include the camera settings used to take the pictures that are in the site or being uploaded -this would help a lot

  • Meghan

    I love this website. I love the vast amount of topics that are covered. I enjoy learning about all the different types of photography.
    I would like to learn more photo editing/photoshop tips. Frequently I see photos where I can tell there is editing done on it, but no matter how much I tinker with my own photos I can never quite achieve the same effect. It would be nice to have more step by step editing ideas, and when the effects tends to work, compared to when they don’t.
    I would also like to learn more about lighting techniques, and suggestions on lighting your photos without having to go out and buy expensive studio lights/ equipment. (I really enjoyed the tutorials on flash.)
    Written format seems great, with plenty of photo examples. I generally am chasing kids around and don’t have much time to sit and dedicate time to a video. It’s nice leaving up a page and coming back to it later when I get a chance.
    I would love to support the site by purchasing an ebook, but honestly, I’m not sure how many more funds I can throw at photography. (Hence the suggestion for lighting tips).
    It having digital camera reviews would be great, but even without them, I would still frequent this site.

  • http://mun.galleria.fi/ Simo

    Meghan, please check http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/ You can find lots of lighting tips as well as instructions for making low budget lighting equipments there.

  • Meghan

    Thanks Simo, that sounds great! :)

  • Stacey

    Firstly, I love your site. I visit it often and gain new knowledge and ideas every time. The articles are basic and easy to understand as alas I am still a beginner in this new world of SLR photography. It was through this site that I heard of flickr and enjoy looking at peoples photos on a daily basis. Very eye opening.

    The only thing that I find annoying is that when I click on a link it doesn’t open a new window so I have to cut and paste that link into another window so I don’t lose where I was on DPS. That’s all. Thanks :)

    If the ebook was reasonable priced then yes it would def be worth buying for someone like me.

  • deborah

    When you use photos from flickr for your tutorials, make sure creative commons or ask for permission.

Some older comments

  • deborah

    February 28, 2013 05:20 am

    When you use photos from flickr for your tutorials, make sure creative commons or ask for permission.

  • Stacey

    November 16, 2009 09:45 pm

    Firstly, I love your site. I visit it often and gain new knowledge and ideas every time. The articles are basic and easy to understand as alas I am still a beginner in this new world of SLR photography. It was through this site that I heard of flickr and enjoy looking at peoples photos on a daily basis. Very eye opening.

    The only thing that I find annoying is that when I click on a link it doesn't open a new window so I have to cut and paste that link into another window so I don't lose where I was on DPS. That's all. Thanks :)

    If the ebook was reasonable priced then yes it would def be worth buying for someone like me.

  • Meghan

    September 11, 2009 01:13 am

    Thanks Simo, that sounds great! :)

  • Simo

    September 10, 2009 02:15 pm

    Meghan, please check http://www.strobist.blogspot.com/ You can find lots of lighting tips as well as instructions for making low budget lighting equipments there.

  • Meghan

    September 10, 2009 03:44 am

    I love this website. I love the vast amount of topics that are covered. I enjoy learning about all the different types of photography.
    I would like to learn more photo editing/photoshop tips. Frequently I see photos where I can tell there is editing done on it, but no matter how much I tinker with my own photos I can never quite achieve the same effect. It would be nice to have more step by step editing ideas, and when the effects tends to work, compared to when they don't.
    I would also like to learn more about lighting techniques, and suggestions on lighting your photos without having to go out and buy expensive studio lights/ equipment. (I really enjoyed the tutorials on flash.)
    Written format seems great, with plenty of photo examples. I generally am chasing kids around and don't have much time to sit and dedicate time to a video. It's nice leaving up a page and coming back to it later when I get a chance.
    I would love to support the site by purchasing an ebook, but honestly, I'm not sure how many more funds I can throw at photography. (Hence the suggestion for lighting tips).
    It having digital camera reviews would be great, but even without them, I would still frequent this site.

  • Eagle

    May 2, 2008 03:40 am

    Suggestion-include the camera settings used to take the pictures that are in the site or being uploaded -this would help a lot

  • Eagle

    May 2, 2008 03:31 am

    This is one of the informative websites that I have found and I am so glad to have subscribed to it.

    Questions - I wanted to participate in assigments but there is not specific insturctions as to how to do it( maybe I missed it and if I did please let me know).

    Suggestions- I believe that photography is being able to express your creativity but can you please review pictures before uploading

    What do you want to learn how to do? lighting combinations apreture and shutter indoor and outdoor
    I want to learn to take very good pictures without editing using a software

    What types of photography would you like to see us writing about? You should do varied topics because creativity is limitless and photography should encompass all
    What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)? written is ok
    What features would you like to see added to the site? link to submit homeworks
    Are there any topics you’d like to volunteer to write a tutorial or tip on (if so please include your email address in the email field - this will be kept private)? I wanted to volunteer on contributing that is my goal but I know that I can't this time as I consider myself not a pro yet

  • Xavier FX57

    August 17, 2007 07:30 am

    I am not sure if this is the place to put this note but it will help to improve the trust in DPS.
    When you use sponsors please check them out before accepting their post.
    I recently bought a DIY Wedding Photo guide from a P. Trumper site that was sponsoring DPS. It said that the guide was going to be downloadable to my computer but after I paid for it there was no indications of how to download the guide.
    It was not much but I hate to be robbed. I trusted that site because it was in the DPS page.
    Please check your sponsors.

  • Elsie

    July 29, 2007 11:22 am

    Definitely mark articles P-n-S, dSLR, or both. Also mark articles beginner, intermediate, advanced/pro. These will allow visitors to skip content that they don't need or can't use.

    An ebook? Hmmm...I've never purchased an ebook because my aging eyes cannot linger on a monitor for too long. I'd prefer a paperback book, maybe $15-25, maybe in a format small enough to fit into a camera bag.

  • Mel

    July 28, 2007 12:19 am

    Hi I would like to see a hand book on do's and don'ts. DPS is a great site, and we have beginers all the time.so dont change that side of DPS. As for camera Reviews, I would love to see how others get on with their choices.as I have said before you can take photos with an old box camera if you have the help.Plus I tell all my friend about DPS, but they cant find you,so why not have sent to friend Links.

  • David Lambert

    July 27, 2007 11:37 am

    I think I've registered but my user ID and/or my password don't seem to work. I'm 83 and not completely computer literate. So maybe it should be easier for people like me.
    I read your DPS School info regularly but haven't been active in the forums.
    I wanted to be included in "What kind of a camera I us" but couldn't get in. Anyhow, I use a Fuji Finepix7000 because I can't afford buying a camera PLUS multiple lenses. My camera is not good for distance and is slow on the uptake. I would like to be included in your "What kind of a camera" contest!

  • Gustavno Rivera

    July 25, 2007 10:07 am

    Lighting set-ups

  • Kent

    July 25, 2007 04:06 am

    I think increasing the exposure of assignments. It is often time consuming to look in the forums to find results and or new assignments. Having this in a more prominent position could increase participation.
    I think an added part of the assignments could be a weekly competition. The winner could be featured as a weekly special where some work is displayed and a small interview could be shown. This was members of the community are able to meet others and learn from them.

  • Vee

    July 25, 2007 03:14 am

    I'm an amateur photographer who has been asked to photograph my company's product inbetween professional shoots. my boss mentioned he would like me to be fully responsible for product photography when my skills are better tuned.

    I've found a million and one excellent tips via daily DPS emails and general browsing for broader photography principles, however when it comes to more specific yet common challenges, like photographing a mirror or what background colours best bring out certain materials, etc, I'm having a hard time finding information that might help me.

    Perhaps tutorials driven towards specific photographers (like those who focus on scenery, people, activities, catalogue product, etc) would be a useful expansion to the site.

  • Cheryl

    July 24, 2007 10:08 am

    i am pleased with DPS and don't have enough time as it is to review and try things I'm learning..I really like seeing the photos.. they say more sometimes then the explanations. but I like the combination.
    I've told friends and they also enjoy this school. I'd like to know a bit more about starting a photography business and pricing of my time and prints etc.. how do you figure it expecially since I'm an amature.
    thanks

  • Nadine

    July 24, 2007 06:42 am

    I have learned so much from this site - thank you!

    I have to agree that I find the videos too time-consuming to watch.

    There are a couple of things I am very interested in, which I am not sure will have terribly wide appeal, but anyway:

    Tutorial(s) on getting the most out of iPhoto (I don't have Photoshop);

    How to take good Outfit of the Day photos - at the moment mine are taken in the bathroom mirror standing on a chair. I don't have a remote, which I think would make a big difference. I only have a point&shoot and a gorillapod.

  • Spamouflage

    July 24, 2007 04:50 am

    I would love to know what pre-shooting routines I should adopt. For example. Before each picture, you ensure: (1) you are stable, (2) your white balance is appropriate, etc.

    I just found your site today but from what I can see, it's a great source of information right now. Great work.

  • Jen

    July 24, 2007 12:29 am

    This site rocks as is and I've told my fellow shutterbugs to check it out! However, I would like to see more tutorials on post-processing techniques and/or software solutions that are recommended and why. In addition, maybe some tutorials on studio lighting set-ups. Thanks for asking.

  • matt

    July 23, 2007 10:34 pm

    reviews of equipment would be very nice on the site. i don't personally watch teh videos as my net connection is pretty poor right now.
    i take most interest in teh tutorials, due to being fairly new to all of this.
    but all in all it's great!

  • Elmarie

    July 23, 2007 05:40 pm

    You have a great site as it is. I really learn every week something.

    There is a few thing that I would like to see:

    How to choose a telephoto lens - pro's and cons on larger and smaller focal lenght ranges.

    Is it better to use longer lenses instead of converters, which one is preferable?

    Tutorials format I prefer text - most of the times our system don't allowed us to open the videos.

    Maybe some tips on Coral Draw as well.

    Thanks for a great website

  • PurplePixie

    July 23, 2007 05:04 pm

    I would like to see more articles on studio lighting and using flash (on- and off camera).
    A 'best photos' gallery would be interesting.
    To echo everyone else: quality over quantity.
    Lastly, tx for a great site to explore photography with other members in a pleasant and informative way.

  • Vineeta Bhat

    July 23, 2007 04:16 pm

    I personally think it 'important that DPS introduce a section on camera/lenses/filters reviews, although there have been a few posts on these lines, it would still be nice to have it all consolidated at one place so that everytime one wants to a buy new camera/lens/filter, all one needs to do is go to DPS to be able to make up his mind. Also I think it would help if there's a section on the latest in the world of photography a new technique, a new book, a new camera or any such thing)to keep us up-to-date.
    As an aside, I think DPS is the best place for photographers to be and its great to see that you are genuinely interested in knowing what can be done to make DPS even better.
    Thanks.

  • Andrew Spearns

    July 23, 2007 12:40 pm

    Great website, I read just about everything that gets added. The one thing that I would like to see, are some info about the photos used as examples, the f-stop, shutter speed, iso. Reading photography magazines, and seeing this info next to pictures really helps give an idea of what the photographer did to capture that moment.

    Thanks

  • Richard

    July 23, 2007 04:44 am

    I like the site the way that it is. Don't stop doing what you have been doing such a great job of. Now if you want to add content, that would be great. I would like to see more articles on technique. More advanced tips would also help.

  • mike

    July 23, 2007 12:17 am

    I would like to see some product reviews, however, not the same kind that are found all over the internet with the tech specs and the advanced mumbo-jumbo, but rather focussed on the use of the camera, and how it performs under different situations and styles of photography, like how it stands up in commercial photography, studio lighting, outdoors, sports, etc...

    Also, I believe 1 good extensive article, that really deals with the subject is much better than 10 short ones. I like quality over quantity.

    In all, DPS has been doing a great and I have learned a lot.

  • Sanders

    July 22, 2007 08:52 pm

    I think the focus of this site should not be on hardware. Rather on the techniques of photography.
    Furtermore I think that a mix of video and text will be great.
    Maybe there should be made a list of wanted tutorial's.

  • a.slaiga

    July 22, 2007 06:01 pm

    To answer the specific questions...

    I would purchase a book. The price I'd be willing to pay would depend on how many pages were in the book.

    As for the camera reviews, I'd say not to add that to the site. There are other sites that focus on just reviews and do a great job at it. I think that DPS should retain it's current position as a site that is largely community driven.

  • Paurag

    July 22, 2007 03:14 pm

    It will be better for new photographer if anyone tells how to configure their camera in different modes....
    like night mode,cloudy weather.etc etc.
    As in most digital camera its normaly AUTO.
    mine is Sony Cyber shot DSC S650.

  • Trevor Carpenter

    July 22, 2007 03:01 pm

    Darren,

    I think you should partner with a great podcast production team to produce a DPS podcast or video podcast.

  • Megan Hayes

    July 22, 2007 02:59 pm

    I think it would be cool for dps to have a pod cast. I'd definitely subscribe to it!

    Video's would also be good to see more often. It helps you to get a more hands on feel.

    Not sure that I'd get the ebook because I usually look at this website daily anyways.

    Digital Camera reviews would be nice. When a person is looking to upgrade you always like to do a little research on what your looking at before you make the purchase. Your site is a good place for camera reviews

  • Curt Putnam

    July 22, 2007 12:47 pm

    Since my current problems relate to successful image making at high noon, I would love to some articles on the subject. Something deeper than use a polarizer. I'm in Southern California and cloud cover, while not all that rare, cannot be counted on at all. We usually contend with blazing sun and smog.

    The biggest single thing that DPS can do to improve is to provide more server bandwidth and horsepower. I can walk away and get a drink before a comment window will open in the crtique forum. I get way too many server timeouts. That sort of thing really ruins spontenaity.

  • Richard

    July 22, 2007 12:29 pm

    I like the site as it is, so don't stop doing the great job that you have been doing. Now if you want to add content, I would like to see some more advanced tips.

    How do I get the most out of my new Sigma 10-20mm Super Wide on my Canon 10D? I need some ideas for subject matter. What is the best and worst ways to compose a photo with a super-wide?

  • Ramón

    July 22, 2007 08:15 am

    I would like every photo that is posted on this site to show the EXIF data, so that I can have a clearer idea what the photographer did to achieve the result.

  • Teewinot

    July 22, 2007 08:02 am

    Usama Kanaan,

    Great idea!!

  • Usama Kanaan

    July 22, 2007 05:59 am

    After my last post, I just thought of one idea for a feature to add to the site. I always enjoy the interviews with guest photographers but, with all of the wonderful historical photos and photographers from the past, perhaps an interesting series could be critiquing famous (or obscure) photos. What makes them great? How might they be shot differently or post-processed differently in the digital age? What qualities made a particular photographer notable? How can the amateur learn from and expand on lessons from historical photographers/photographs?

  • Celeste Ellis

    July 22, 2007 05:57 am

    I would like to add my vote for more "how to" in post-production. After reviewing the DPS poll on what was the most popular post-production software and doing several other searches, it became quite obvious that this subject is near and dear to the hearts of the user. But maybe by offering a monthly tutorial of some type, this could help some of us in our selection or at least remove the fear of taking the plunge to do more creative things with our photos. (An example of a great tutorial I saw recently in the forum was the "How To: Light Tent" by Jeffery Bail. That was easy to follow and had me trying something I would have never considered on my own.)

  • Dave

    July 22, 2007 05:56 am

    I would like to see a comprehensive tutorial on framing. Teaching techniques for high-quality presentations for display in my home, selling to others or gift giving. What color mats to use. What types of frames to use and when. How to cut glass and mats. What archival inks and papers to use to give a long lasting print.
    I'm not sure this could be taught effectively without video.

  • Usama Kanaan

    July 22, 2007 05:52 am

    What do you want to learn how to do?

    I'd love a tutorial on using my flash off-camera.

    What types of photography would you like to see us writing about?

    I appreciate the variety that exists - from how to optomize snapshots to more artistic or technical stuff.

    If we were to release a ‘best of Digital Photography School’ ebook would you be interested in purchasing it (and how much would you be willing to pay)?

    While I love the website and read it religiously, I don't think I'd pay for an ebook. So much in the archives and forums already.

    Do you want an area of DPS where we provide reviews of digital cameras?

    Echoing others' comments, I don't think there's a need given the several outstanding review sites on the web already.

    Thanks for a great website - I attribute much of my interest in photography to the fun and thought-provoking postings on this site.

  • Michael Deeter

    July 22, 2007 04:44 am

    I love the video clips that show tips and techniques... however I understand that creating a video takes at least 3-4 times as long as writing an article... I wouldn't expect there to be much more than there has been.

    One thing that I think would be cool would be a database of equipment that users (members) could leave feedback about. Though a feature like that would take some work - I believe every photographer would benefit from it.

  • Visual Photo Guide

    July 22, 2007 04:11 am

    I, for one, think this site is great as it is and should continue as is.

  • Teewinot

    July 22, 2007 03:26 am

    * What do you want to learn how to do?
    I agree with others' comments about more intermediate/advanced level tips. I also think that having post-processing tips more often would be great. Digital Photography goes hand and hand with PP, so I think it would be appropriate to talk about it more.

    * What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)?
    -To be honest, I read the text tips, but I've never watched a video on DPS. Videos cannot be skimmed or re-read quickly. Perhaps if I tried to have more patience I'd get a lot out of them.
    -I agree with another comment made about describing the photos you use as examples. The photos area always great, but they almost never have captions, so we are left to infer what the writer is trying to demonstrate with that particular photo (sometimes obvious, sometimes not). I also think having photos that do something 'wrong' and 'right' would be great for comparison.

    * If we were to release a ‘best of Digital Photography School’ ebook would you be interested in purchasing it (and how much would you be willing to pay)?
    I guess I'm not sure what sort of content would be in the book...if it's the same as what's on the site, then I would not buy it.

    * Do you want an area of DPS where we provide reviews of digital cameras?
    I agree with others that many other sites provide good reviews so there doesn't seem to be a need here. However, I appreciate the reviews provided by the users over in the DPS forum...they are less comprehensive, but people can be more direct and up front and give testimonies of how the camera actually performs in a wide variety of situations.

    ADDITIONAL SUGGESTIONS:
    1. Many people are asking for a forum in these comments. I'm not sure if these people haven't found the DPS forum, but perhaps they bring up an interesting point nonetheless: maybe we could tie the blog to the forum a little more tightly by having discussion threads about the week's tips or something. 2. More competitions in the forums! This really motivates people to get out and try new things with the end result being skill improvement! And there's really no pressing need to have any sort of prize other than recognition if that's all you can manage.
    3. More interactive activities like 'Assignments' and 'What would you do". I find these to be so helpful in improving my skills and they are also a lot of fun!
    4. DPS galleries? For competition winners, user galleries, etc....just thinking out loud here. I realize many people are on Flickr doing this sort of thing, but DPS is growing to be its own entity apart from Flickr (not to mention all the users who don't even have a Flickr account).

    Thanks for being concerned with what your readers think, DPS!

  • Raquel Paladino

    July 22, 2007 03:24 am

    First off, DPS is a great site that always has something new to offer both in the articles and the forum.
    As to a new direction how about some topics geared to the semi and professional photographers and those that want to head in that direction...getting gallery representation, writing a photographer's statement, selling stock photos, marketing, etc.
    Thanks.

  • Elena

    July 22, 2007 03:19 am

    I was thinking about this the other day. Be great if you could maybe categorize posts as P'n'S or DSLR by putting [PNS] or [DSLR] in front of the post subject.

    Elena

  • roy thornhill

    July 22, 2007 02:42 am

    i could a use a more class room setting, with assignments about camera settings and techniques, i do participate in the weekly assignment forum but i strugle with settings and technique, mabey the word is composition, i have been at this for some time now but i strugle learning on my own.

  • Elmo

    July 22, 2007 02:13 am

    Your request for input on how to expand the site is admiral. Some of the suggestions included are iterestering to say the least. The comments to this topic about having a forum combined with some things I have noticed in the past are the keys to what I suggest. I find the comments very informative. Take for instance the recent topic on DOF preview. The comments to this post scream “HELP”. It is apparent some readers do not understand DOF and how it works. Others say I do not know what I am supposed to see. They want some MORE input.

    The suggestion in this thread about having a forum, also scream “HELP”. The trouble with a forum is keeping the trash comments out. My suggestion is to study the comments and see what they say, read not only the lines but between the lines and address in a follow-up post what the readers are asking. Having spent some time as a college professor, I know you will never be able to explain something technical to every ones satisfaction. There are always questions that must be answered.

    This needs to be a new thread not as a comment as many readers will not reread the comments.

  • Paul

    July 22, 2007 12:28 am

    * What types of photography would you like to see us writing about?

    I think from the wonderful posts so far we have got a lot of the 'starting' tips, would be really nice to have more compositional-explanation shots (e.g. looking at a series of high-quality shots in a genre and noting what makes it stand out from the crowd - how we could use that to learn)

    * What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)?

    Text with lots of photos, video is ok but I prefer text based. Ideally with the shots it would be nice to have the 'settings' used, this would help people to see what aperture/shutter/zoom-length etc. were being used to achieve a shot.

    * What features would you like to see added to the site?

    More links to other sites that photography enthusiasts use. Photo of the week from the DPS pool in Flickr/that sort of thing would maybe be nice too.

    * If we were to release a ‘best of Digital Photography School’ ebook would you be interested in purchasing it (and how much would you be willing to pay)?

    I'd probably not buy an e-book, but I think if you produced something that was small, could be printed and taken 'out on shoots' (like say a cheat-sheet with common aperture/shutter-speed rules for situations etc.) that was well priced perhaps something like that might work

    * Do you want an area of DPS where we provide reviews of digital cameras?

    dpreview.com is, for me, the best camera reviews site. I think you could definitely work on the third-party add-ins. Things like reviews of printers/books/online print-firms/software would be and excellent addition.

    Overall this is a great site and one which I check pretty much every day, so keep up the good work!

  • melanie2457

    July 22, 2007 12:20 am

    What do you want to learn how to do?

    That tends to vary depending on what subjects I'm into at the moment. But great, in depth, tutorials on a variety of subjects would be a great easy reference. For example, do a few tutorials on people (focusing on studio settings, outdoor, groups, individual, posing, lighting, etc.) and do them back to back so you build on what was in the previous tutorial.

    What types of photography would you like to see us writing about?

    see above

    What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)?

    I hate video posts! I like to be able to quickly read something, see if it's what I'm looking for and then dive in deeper. Plus, with video, you can't go back and quickly reread or focus on one little part. Video is great as an additional tool (like, look how I set this up) or something, but write about what you are doing as well. Some people learn best by reading, others by watching, and others by doing. You have to be able to teach all 3 types of people at the same time in order to be most effective.

    What features would you like to see added to the site?

    I think the forum needs better structure and organization. Its a great forum and a great tool for feedback and to learn, but its not as active and as useful as it could be with a little restructuring.

    Are there any topics you’d like to volunteer to write a tutorial or tip on (if so please include your email address in the email field - this will be kept private)?

    I've always felt you can't do what you do, without knowing what those that came before you did. Recently in the forums I posted a question about famous photographers. I am shocked by how many people don't know any photographers besides Ansel Adams. By learning more about famous photographers and studying their style and their technique, we can better refine our style and technique. I'd love to write articles about famous photographers so that everyone can learn from the masters!

    If we were to release a ‘best of Digital Photography School’ ebook would you be interested in purchasing it (and how much would you be willing to pay)?

    Sorry, I have enough photography books as it is.

    Do you want an area of DPS where we provide reviews of digital cameras?

    I think that most of the people reading this site already own a digital camera. I don't read the reviews, I'm happy with what I have. And, those people that are in the market for a new camera will no doubt read reviews from many sites. Do what plenty of those sites don't do, and that's teach the photography, not review cameras.

  • Gwernyfedd

    July 21, 2007 11:47 pm

    More vidio tutorials such as Davrodigital but also a copy in PDF would be a great advantage so you read about it in your own time

  • Farrell

    July 21, 2007 11:36 pm

    How about Skypecasts or group chats led by varying photographers on specific topics?

  • Roger

    July 21, 2007 09:59 pm

    A few thoughts:

    1. I'd buy an ebook. I think you could probably release one every 2 or 3 months actually instead of just one comprehensive one.

    2. How about starting a digital camera blog - that way you keep the camera stuff in a separate place to the tutorials stuff. That way those who are interested could read just waht they want to read. Perhaps do it at digital-photography-school.com/cameras or something? I'd subscribe to it.

    3. More competitions please. Surely with the readership that you have here Companies like Canon, Kodak, Nikon etc should be able to put up some prizes?

    4. This is a little pie in the sky - but how about some sort of photosharing right here on DPS? Imagine if you offered readers their own photoblogs or flickr like service. I know I'm probably dreaming, but I've often thought of starting a photoblog of my own but don't have the expertise to set one up. Perhaps you could offer readers their own photoblogs on the DPS domain?

    5. Topics - keep doing what you've been doing. I love the tutorials here.

  • Éric

    July 21, 2007 08:58 pm

    Personnaly, DPS is already a great resource to learn or revise useful tips and is already great.

    But having reviews of digital cameras and associated accessories would be a definite plus for me.

  • Tomo

    July 21, 2007 08:46 pm

    I would like to see more on:

    1. working with photoshop, lightroom, aperture, iphoto, picasa, etc for sharpening, noise reduction, and the like

    2. workflow

    3. black and white techniques, conversion techniques using #1 above

    4. printing. i know the D in DPS stands for digital, but in reality, we live in an analog world! the great techniques we learn here would come full circle if we can learn and share tips on printing techniques as well. and these printers are connected to our computers, so that counts as digital, right? :) including b/w, i.e., piezography, etc

  • Phil

    July 21, 2007 08:00 pm

    * What types of photography would you like to see us writing about?

    Probably more of fun techniques and nifty little tricks. I'd especially enjoyed Photographing Flowers with The Bucket Method and Laser Pointer Abstract - How I Took It.

  • Jan Cervinka

    July 21, 2007 08:00 pm

    I also would like to see more advanced articles. I like practical tips too.

    I don't need here any camera reviews, but tips on how to use them could be good (practical tips, not something a can find in my manual).

    You can write more about how to improve photos in Photoshop and other software such as Lightroom or Gimp, there are many ways how to get better colors, contrast, etc. so there is always something new to learn.

  • Sime

    July 21, 2007 07:44 pm

    Well, what I want to learn about photography changes continually... At the moment I am into "people" photography, portraits and the like. I find that if I search the forums that I usually find something that I am looking for, so this is good... I am not so much into video posts as my concentration is rubbish! but I do enjoy them every now and then.

    I would buy an eBook and i'd pay around £10 for it (based on the ones I pay for these days)

    Full RSS is always good... makes it great for me to open up my outlook at work and for stuff to just be there... :)

  • Andrew Ferguson

    July 21, 2007 07:32 pm

    I'd like to see fewer video posts. They're way too slow for me and it's very rare that I can keep focused on them for longer than 30 seconds.

    I can read and reread articles over and over at my own pace, but being stuck with someone else's pace in a video sucks.

    Full RSS would be really nice, too. You do it with ProBlogger, why not here?

  • Peter

    July 21, 2007 07:08 pm

    I, personally, would like to see more advanced tutorials as well - not just the beginner type of things, but a bit more in-depth and not so 'general'.

    Next to that I agree with some comments previously made, that DPS should stick to tutorials and not try to review lots of cameras - you can't really beat the other sites in that field anyway I think (no offence, but I think no one could)

    I prefer written posts about subject, as videos are sometimes to 'slow' for me. Besides, I like to be able to look it up easily, and that's definitely a pro for written versions.

    As someone else stated as well, I don't think charging would be a good thing, especially if it's just a best of... meaning that I could access those articles for free anyway. Something I'd pay for a real, long, in-depth tutorials or interviews from professional photographers, however, the price should be low so you can actually get people to buy it.

  • Simo

    July 21, 2007 03:41 pm

    Generally I would like to see DPS to be more photography school than camera school. Also I would rather read fewer good in-depth articles than more short articles which touch only the surface. Then to your questions...

    * What do you want to learn how to do?
    I always like to learn more about composition and light etc.

    * What types of photography would you like to see us writing about?
    All kind of

    * What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)?
    At least written, videos can be included too if they really help to understand the written text.

    * Are there any topics you’d like to volunteer to write a tutorial or tip on (if so please include your email address in the email field - this will be kept private)?
    Unfortunately I'm not that advanced photographer yet that I could teach others.

    * If we were to release a ‘best of Digital Photography School’ ebook would you be interested in purchasing it (and how much would you be willing to pay)?
    Not unless it would contain much more in-depth articles

    * Do you want an area of DPS where we provide reviews of digital cameras?
    If you feel that you are able to provide better reviews than what for example dpreview provides and you have balls to give also bad verdicts to poor cameras (which dpreview does not have), then why not...

  • John Bokma

    July 21, 2007 03:08 pm

    Most articles have examples of good and/or bad. It's not always clear to me what's bad (or good) with some photos. It would be nice if there is more clarification along with the image whats wrong, how it could be done better, etc. (All from the top of my head based on a few older articles I read).

    Furthermore:

    - I would like to learn what aperture and shutter speed settings works best, not with a long technical explanation, but with examples of what works, and what not.

    - I prefer written articles over videos (but probably also greatly depends on the topic(s)).

    - I would pay around 15 USD for an ebook (with about 50 pages) with the best of.

    - No reviews of digital cameras (I don't mind to read a review once in a while, like the EOS 5D, but in my opinion there are already very good review sites. I rather read about techniques)

    Finally, I could write an article on taking UV photos of scorpions similar to: Scorpions under UV light: making better photos as soon as I have experimented a bit more with my Canon PowerShot A640 and fixed my UV light source.

  • Tuan Nguyen

    July 21, 2007 03:01 pm

    * What types of photography would you like to see us writing about?

    Would like to see more articles on Commercial Photography, more advance level not just always articles for beginners.

    * What formats of posts are more helpful for you (written, video etc)?

    Combination of both video and text.

    * What features would you like to see added to the site?

    Forum, or chat area for instant interaction.

    * Are there any topics you’d like to volunteer to write a tutorial or tip on (if so please include your email address in the email field - this will be kept private)?

    Yes, I am writing something for you guys at the moment.

    * If we were to release a ‘best of Digital Photography School’ ebook would you be interested in purchasing it (and how much would you be willing to pay)?

    There are a lot of sites out there offers wide range of tutorials for free. This will make it hard for ebook about photography tutorials to make good money.

    * Do you want an area of DPS where we provide reviews of digital cameras?

    DPS can try, however dpreview does it quite well. DPS may try to have articles on how to use cameras, and versus to their current competition instead of just reviews about one camera by itself.

    Just a thought.

  • Aaron Barker

    July 21, 2007 02:52 pm

    Something I was just wondering the other day was what filters are good ones? I know that if I have a great lens and put a crappy filter on it, I am reducing the quality that I paid for in the lens. So how do I know a good lens? Price, name, etc?

  • Niels van Eck

    July 21, 2007 02:10 pm

    How about a full, ad supported if necessary, RSS feed?

  • Andrew Conkling

    July 21, 2007 01:30 pm

    It might sound silly, but a bit more content in the RSS feeds would go a long way for me. I find that I generally end up skipping over shorter/terser items, no matter how high-quality the content would be if I clicked through. So I probably only end up catching about half the articles here.

    If not the full content, I think the best is to feed a good teaser, e.g. including an image.

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