How to Connect with Digital Photography School

How to Connect with Digital Photography School

Over the last year Digital Photography School has grown from an idea – into a hobby site where I thought out loud about what I’d learned about digital photography – into a thriving community of thousands of readers all contributing to the common pot of knowledge on the topic that we all share an interest in – Digital Photography.

As we’ve had such a steep growth curve over the last year I thought I’d share a few ways that different readers stay connected with the community. In doing so, hopefully newer visitors to DPS might discover some element of who we are that they might have missed.

I’d also love to get your feedback in comments below to help us keep improving.

The Blog

At you’ll find the Digital Photography School Blog. This is what you’re currently reading this post on – a place where I attempt to post tutorials, tips, reviews and links to what else is happening in Digital Photography around the Web each day.

There are a number of ways of following the blog:

  • Bookmark it – many of our readers simply bookmark DPS or set it as their homepage so that every time they log on they see the latest post.
  • RSS Feed – one of the most popular ways that people follow what goes up on the blog is via a ‘news feed’ or our ‘rss feed’. This technology lets you subscribe to our site and be notified of updates on a variety of tools such as Google’s ‘Reader’ tool, iGoogle, MyYahoo and many other news aggregators and feed readers. If you want to use these to subscribe to DPS you’ll need to add this feed. Around 21,000 people subscribe to DPS this way.
  • Daily Email Updates – if you don’t use RSS you can still get updates sent to you once a day by subscribing to our feed via email. You can do this by entering your email address on this page. Around 3500 people subscribe to DPS this way.
  • Weekly Newsletter – lastly we have a weekly email newsletter which has been very popular. In this email (usually going out on Thursdays or Fridays) I give a short summary of each of the new posts going up on the blog in the week gone by plus highlight some of the best threads in the forums. To subscribe to this simply add your email address to the form on this page. Around 21,000 people subscribe to DPS this way.
  • Social Bookmarking – The last way that people are using to keep track of the latest posts on the DPS blog is via a variety of social bookmarking tools. You’ll notice at the bottom of every post on the blog that there’s a little button like the one below with the word ‘bookmark’ on it (this button isn’t on the front page of the blog – just individual posts). If you put your cursor over this button a little window opens up that allows you to bookmark the post on one of a variety of ‘bookmarking’ sites. Some of the more popular ones are Digg, Delicious and StumbleUpon. In bookmarking our posts you have a way of finding them later when you need them but you also spread the news about DPS a little and help us continue to grow.

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The Forum

The other growing part of DPS is our Forum at This forum is where 3700 of our members gather to talk digital photography.

There are sections for weekly ‘assignments’ (topics to help you practice what you’re learning), areas to ask questions about cameras and gear, places to review your cameras, to talk photoshop and many other aspects of photography.

There are three main ways that people keep in touch with the forums:

  • Bookmarks – the majority of people simply log in each day and contribute on the latest threads.
  • RSS feed also. This gives you updates of all new topics that get posted. It’s how I keep track of the discussion.
  • Subscribing – there are also subscribing features that let you follow particular feeds and even be emailed when there are updates. You can explore these from within your User CP once you’re a member.

That’s a summary of the main ways that people keep in touch with us here at Digital Photography School.

Give us Your Feedback?

How do you follow what’s going on at DPS? I’d love to hear your feedback to help us continue to improve what we have to offer.

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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

  • Jeroen de Miranda July 18, 2008 01:06 am

    Great blog with lots of tips on photography!

  • Navneeth June 26, 2007 03:45 am

    I came across the DPS Blog while looking for a beginner-level article on levels and curves. I noticed the forums and lurked around the place for a while and then signed up. Initially, I was a bit intimidated, since I was (still am) very new to photography, let alone digital photography. But the members are very knowledgeable, friendly and encouraging. Now I visit the forum on a regular basis.

    Kudos to you, Mr.Rowse.

  • chi June 25, 2007 11:32 pm

    simply enjoy reading the articles. I prefer the daily emails.

  • Carrie June 25, 2007 12:31 pm

    I have the site bookmarked and it opens to the blog. From there I enter into the forums. I read through the blog entries every time I notice a new entry at the top. I am in the forums at least once a day.
    Keep up the great work!
    I also subscribe to the weekly email - to find out what things I may have missed or to get a different perspective on a topic.

  • Sai June 24, 2007 06:34 pm

    I get email updates regularly, when I find time I will visit the website.
    Thanks for the updates and knowledge sharing.

  • Chet June 24, 2007 12:36 am

    I subscribe to get email updates. I never really noticed the forums. I'm going to check them out now.

  • Darren June 23, 2007 01:24 pm

    Thanks to everyone for your feedback and suggestions. I'll definitely take them all on board and consider them. I appreciate every one of you and what you bring to DPS.

  • Jen June 23, 2007 10:00 am

    I just found the forums a couple of days ago (having finally picked up digital photography as a hobby about 2 weeks ago), through a link in a Livejournal post, and have been finding myself lost in it for hours on end. It was clicking on the blog page, and finding the older posts in here that made me decide to sign up for the forums.

    There is an incredible wealth of knowledge here. The forums, for me, will take a little getting used to, as they're different from the other boards I've been on, but aside from that, as long as it's functional, it works for me :)

  • PhotoBump June 23, 2007 08:53 am

    I'm subscribed via email. I always prefer to get updates like that.


  • Sharon June 23, 2007 08:28 am

    I have subscribed for some time to the blog and will definitely check out the forums when I have time. I have found the articles very helpful.

  • Gaby June 23, 2007 07:15 am

    I discovered your site a few months ago, and I can say my photography has improved a lot since. I love it!

    I use Firefox and I have all my favorites sites in the bookmarks toolbar. Your site is the only one that doesn't have the favicon or website icon. Can you add it?

    Thanks for this great site.

  • Derek June 23, 2007 05:22 am

    I've been here quite a while too, and generally read via the RSS feed. Never knew about the forums, will definitely check that out.

    One minor tweak you could do - Full Content RSS Feeds instead of summaries.

  • Andrew Ferguson June 23, 2007 04:06 am

    I read the site via RSS, but I always click through to read the articles in case I want to comment.

    I'm not a forum person either, but I'm starting to check in every once in a while now. The people are great, I just have a natural aversion to forums. Something about the aesthetics and functionality of them has always driven me up the wall.

  • his4ever June 23, 2007 03:55 am

    I read the RSS everyday to see if there is a new thought on the blog. I am loving it all and enjoy it very much! Thanks :D

  • Polar June 23, 2007 02:44 am

    I check the RSS feed for the blog. Like AC, I'm not a forum person :)

  • mdwsta4 June 23, 2007 02:26 am

    i've been reading since page 4 or 5 (it's on 50 now) and check out the blog daily. the forums mulitple times throughout the day.
    always enjoy it!

  • Sule June 23, 2007 01:01 am

    I clock in at least twice day through my Google RSS feed.

    It's been great for me and I've recommended it to many others.

    I might try the forums next...

  • AC June 23, 2007 12:44 am

    I generally check the RSS feed twice a day and come in to read the articles. Not a forum person ^_^

  • Adam June 23, 2007 12:29 am

    I usually visit at least once a day. I read every article and comment when appropriate. I check in on the forums occasionally when I have "bonus time".

    My input is to keep up with news articles on the main page. That will keep the site going for a long time.

    The interviews with Pro's are also one of my favorites!

  • Kilovolt June 22, 2007 11:58 pm

    I found DPS several months ago and am still learning all the advantages of the site. Extremely helpful and very enjoyable. Have passed this on to our children and others who are interested in improving their digital photography skills. Thanks for sharing the wealth.