DPS is 2 Years Old Today

DPS is 2 Years Old Today

BirthdayTwo years ago today I made the first post here at Digital Photography School’s blog.

At the time I wasn’t quite sure what this site would become. I did know that I loved digital photography and I did know that I wanted to learn more about how to do it better and wanted to share what I was learning.

What I didn’t know was just how many people would want to share the journey with me.

Yesterday I was digging around in this site’s stats and realized that over 8.5 million people have visited this blog in the last two years. A further 1 million (or just a touch under) have visited the forums since they launched (about 6 months after the blog).

In the next month we’ll pass the 10 million visitor mark! Across the site you’ve viewed over 25 million pages.

OK – that probably excites me a little more than most of you but I just wanted to take a moment today to thank you all for your support of DPS over the last 2 years.

I want to particularly thank our wonderful teams of forum moderators and blog writers – you’ve been quite amazing.

Want a present to celebrate our birthday?

Don’t forget that at present we have a great little competition running in our Get full details of how you can win here.

Hot Posts from the Last Year

Over the last year the following 10 posts on the blog were the most popular:

1. 11 Surefire Tips for Improving Your Landscape Photography
2. How to Take Great Group Photos
3. How to Photograph Fireworks
4. 15 Stunning Images Using Blur to Portray Movement
5. 11 Tips for Better Candid Photography
6. How to Shoot Light Trails
7. How to Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography
8. DIY Flash and Lighting Hacks for Digital Photographers
9. How to Make an Inexpensive Light Tent
10. Slow Sync Flash

Hot Posts from the Forum from the Last Year

And to finish up – here’s the posts that have gotten the most traffic in our forums over the last 12 months:

1. Forum Droplets
2. Patterned Water Drop Shots
3. Black and White Adjustment Layers and Blending Modes in Photoshop
4. Composing a Shot
5. Photographing Smoke
6. Good Use of Depth Of Field
7. Examples of Poses
8. Everyday Artifacts
9. Quintuplets Car Wash
10. Minimalism

Image by stOOpidgErL

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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+.

Some Older Comments

  • Suzanne Joyce November 23, 2008 11:03 am

    It just doesn't get better than this. All the information you will ever need, and at the same time being able to help people.



  • sabira April 26, 2008 08:24 am

    Happy Birthday DPS

    From South Africa

  • diesel April 23, 2008 04:31 am

    congratulations mate.
    I've been taking shoddy photos for years, but since i've been with DPS, my shots are so much better. Thanks Darren and all you others for your great work. I look forward to the future with great anticipation.

  • Justus April 22, 2008 12:25 am

    Happy Birthday!
    As a fairly new photographer, I learn something new everyday from this blog.
    Thank you.

  • Jasper April 21, 2008 04:38 pm

    Happy Birthday to this wonderfull blog.

  • LooseCanon April 21, 2008 12:12 pm

    Happy Birthday to DPS!! What a wonderful idea you had Darren putting this together! You've done a wonderful job and I just love all the things that I've learned!!

  • Geaux April 20, 2008 12:53 pm

    Happy birthday! There is so much quality information on the site, I can't believe it's only 2 years old! I have learned much in a short period and looking forward to learning a lot more. Thanks for your vision, Darren!

  • insiklee April 19, 2008 11:33 pm

    Happy Birthday DPS!!! You are older and more wiser! Please keep up the good work!!

  • manju April 19, 2008 02:36 am

    I never learned proper photography before getting into digital, so this school and the forum has been a godsend! Thank you. And congratulations on your 2d anniversary, many happy returns!

  • Bev April 18, 2008 11:57 pm

    Yep to all the above replys and More!!!!
    Happy Birthday DPS! May you continue to bless and be blessed. Footnote: In one of my previous replys I asked for feedback regarding tripod usage. I wanted to know how other photographers felt about carrying a tripod and then be bound to it. Was it worth the extra weight and setup----
    Well one of the top posts for the year addressed landscape photography , which had a link to a tripod narrative , which answered my questions. Good Job DPS!

  • me April 18, 2008 09:28 pm

    happy birthday. i hope you have many more birthdays.

  • grazryan April 18, 2008 07:44 pm

    happy birthday guyz...

    thanx for all the cool tipz..

  • abeku April 18, 2008 04:43 pm

    I am also a new blogger like you who start realize how enthusiast i am towards photography. The first site i dig in the info is DPS, of course due to your ranking when i did my keyword search..Yours is much much worth it to feed in, but i am no the active at your forum, not yet. Ermmm ..may be have to start for the Nikon camrea ....hahahhhaa...by the way congratulation ..keep it up.I wish i shall be like you after 2 years..

  • animei April 18, 2008 12:25 pm

    Congratulations DPS! You're such a great help to all newbies like me...

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Keep up the good work.. (^_^)

  • Dotita April 18, 2008 11:50 am

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love what DPS is, I´m new here, but DPS has really helped me on my new hobby.

    Keep up the good work and congrats!

  • pirut April 18, 2008 11:42 am

    happy Birthday to DPS!!! May God always be with us here!!

  • Jeannette April 18, 2008 11:16 am

    Happy Birthday! Can't wait to see what year 3 brings us! Love this site.

  • Steve April 18, 2008 08:21 am

    Happy Birthday to You DPS and Darren!

    Thanks for a cracking helpful site

    Have a XXXX on me.

  • Leslie Bradshaw April 18, 2008 07:29 am

    Congrats Darren on a great job, and Happy Birthday to DPS.

  • nicole April 18, 2008 07:07 am

    happy birthday dps!!
    glad to be a member! :)

    ps. i love your daily emails. :)

  • Lori April 18, 2008 04:18 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I love this site. I look at it all the time and I just posted my first photo yesterday!! I am so excited.
    Thank you!!

  • kourosh April 18, 2008 03:22 am

    happy birthday! =)

  • Michele April 18, 2008 02:51 am

    Bon Anniversaire and congratulations on a job super well done. I read and reread DPS. Merci Beaucoup!

  • Bruce Smith April 18, 2008 02:19 am

    Happy Birthday to all involved, this site is a god send for myself and many like me who learn and absorb ideas quickly and appreciate your efforts!!!


  • edouble April 18, 2008 02:05 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! I only found your blog about 6 months ago, but it has been a daily inspiration (both the bloggers and talented forum members) to get out and shoot regularly and improve my skills. Thank you for your hard work keeping the blog updated on a daily basis, and here's to MANY more years!!!

  • AC April 18, 2008 01:33 am

    Congratulations to DPS and all the people who come here to make this site one of the best! Here's to many more years.

  • rodrigo April 18, 2008 12:48 am

    Gratulerer med dagen! Joyeux anniversaire! Feliz Aniversario!

    I found this site and joined the forum just a month ago, and it is the best resource and source of motivation for my incipient photography adventure..thanks so much for all the work you guys put into it.

  • Tony April 18, 2008 12:34 am

    Happy Birthday DPS and thank you Darren for such a wonderful site!

  • Anna April 18, 2008 12:20 am

    Happy Birthday! And great job! I am learning so much here. Thank you!

  • kunaldaswani April 18, 2008 12:04 am

    congrats! And more than that thank you!

  • William Lehman April 17, 2008 11:58 pm

    Great Job Darren (and the rest of the DPS community). DPS has and continues to be a great resource for aspiring photographers. I don't know how many times I've recommended it in the last year even.

  • Sonamu April 17, 2008 11:51 pm

    Happy birthday!
    I read the lesson every day. It's very helpful. Thanks!

  • Marylin April 17, 2008 11:22 pm

    Congratulations! I've only recently started reading this blog as I'm just starting out on trying to improve my photography, so far I love it! :)

  • Cathy H April 17, 2008 11:18 pm

    It is us who should be thanking you. Happy Birthday !! This is the best website. I look forward to the message and suggestions every day. Thanks a million !!!!

  • Maurice Prokaziuk April 17, 2008 11:17 pm

    A very Happy Birthday DPS. I visit the site almost every day. Have learned a lot of neat tricks from your site. It's nice that so many talented people take the time to share their knowledge and expertise with us. Hope you are around for many more years

  • mikeboy April 17, 2008 10:30 pm

    happy birthday! This site has helped me so much, keep it up!
    Thanks to all who make it possible!

    (PS: I am also a webmaster, and I know how excited you must be about those stats :))

  • lluxus April 17, 2008 09:45 pm

    happy birthday, and best wishes from germany...

  • Neil Wood April 17, 2008 07:39 pm

    Happy Birthday DPS.

    Mucho thanks to Darren and all the mods for making this site so good!

  • Eric Mao April 17, 2008 06:05 pm

    Congratulations to your progress! Happy Birthday!

    I am a photo love and I fell into love with this website when I first visted it.

  • Tina April 17, 2008 05:14 pm

    Happy Birthday
    Can't thank you enough for all the wonderful info and giving me the courage of taking pics in something other then auto mode

  • Famuyiwa Oyebola April 17, 2008 05:13 pm

    Happy birthday DPS. Many happy returns of the day. Congratulations once again.

  • rickysu April 17, 2008 04:44 pm


  • Ikke006 April 17, 2008 04:41 pm

    Keep up doing the good work!
    You're helping out lots of us!

  • ditch_azeroth April 17, 2008 03:39 pm

    i especially love the DIY flash hacks. just brilliant. happy, happy birthday ^_^

  • jayxhankins April 17, 2008 03:12 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I'm glad you've been running this long, I've been checking it out for about half a year.

  • slycat_blaze April 17, 2008 02:13 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DPS!!! It's nice to see how active people are today even after two years. I LOVE this site!!

  • Jude > April 17, 2008 02:08 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!
    and million thanks!

  • a husband April 17, 2008 01:59 pm

    Congratulations! I have thoroughly enjoyed this site over the last two years and look forward to many more! Thank you so much for the work you put into this.

  • Peter Emmett April 17, 2008 01:28 pm

    Hippo Birdy Two Ewes :-)

  • Nicole April 17, 2008 01:20 pm

    Happy Birthday DPS! Ummmm, where's the cake?

  • Jim Goldstein April 17, 2008 01:08 pm

    Happy Birthday and congratulations in putting together such a great blog.

  • Lori April 17, 2008 01:01 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!

    I love the info provided here and check it daily:)

  • alex April 17, 2008 12:42 pm

    happy birthday, wow, today is also the 1 year anniversary i started work at my present company!

  • Shawn April 17, 2008 12:32 pm

    Woohoo! Happy Birthday DPS!!

  • David Koh April 17, 2008 12:25 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Its been a blast and real help in understanding photography. May you continue your great job!!

  • Houry April 17, 2008 12:13 pm

    Happy bday dps!!!! I am an avid reader of dps. few month back I found this site and hooked on it!! kudos dps. Lots of info that made be better photographer!!

  • Cindy Ngoon April 17, 2008 11:11 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DPS!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge!! May you continued to strive many years to come!

  • Chris Osborne April 17, 2008 11:02 am

    Happy birthday. I know this site has helped me a lot. I don't know where I would be without it. Except not having the skill that I have now of course.

  • Richard April 17, 2008 10:43 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Wow DPS! Those are remarkable statistics. DPS is a huge success and I appreciate the knowledge I'm gaining here. THANKS SO MUCH. Three cheers for the next 2 years and the next 25 million page views!