See the Top 10 Articles from our First 1000 at Digital Photography School

See the Top 10 Articles from our First 1000 at Digital Photography School

We’ve published 1000 articles!

Today I logged into the back end of DPS and in passing noticed that our last post was the 1000th post on DPS. I also noticed that this week was the 3rd anniversary of starting the site!

What started in April 2006 (it seems like just yesterday) as a place for me to record what I was learning about photography and hopefully learn together with others about how to improve my passion has grown into something of an obsession!

To celebrate I thought that it might be fun to post a list of the 10 Ten Posts from our 1000 posts from the last 3 years. The top 1%, as rated by you the reader when looking at how many times the articles have been read.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse at our archives:

1. Portrait-Obscure10 Ways to Take Stunning Portraits

Viewed by 700,000+ readers this set of tips for budding portrait photographers has been a big hit. We followed this one up with 10 MORE Ways to Take Stunning Portraits (which came in at #12 on our most popular posts list)

2. Long Exposure Photography: 15 Stunning Examples

This post has been on the ‘popular page’ of most social media sites and has also been viewed by well over half a million visitors.

3. How to Make Digital Photos Look Like Lomo Photography

Our first ever post production tutorial, this one was originally published in 2006 but has continued to be read and used by many ever since.


4. 15 Stunning Images Using Blur to Portray Movement

Another of our image collections that has been very popular. Interestingly both this and the above ‘long exposure’ set involve longer exposures and movement of subjects.

5. 4 Easy Photoshop Techniques to Make Your Pictures Pop!

Another of our earliest photoshop posts with some good age old techniques.

6. How to Make an Inexpensive Light Tent

A DIY tutorial that will not only save you a few dollars but give you a fun afternoon activity and a useful tool to take some great shot.


7. How to Photograph Fireworks

This article sees a big surge of traffic to it every New Years Eve and 4th July – I wonder why? 10 Tips for getting great fireworks shot.

8. Rule of Thirds

It’s interesting that while in a medium where ‘rules’ tend to be broken and stretched that a more traditional ‘rule’ of photography continues to be among our most read tutorials.


9. 11 Surefire Landscape Photography Tips

Another ‘list’ type post that gives a great introduction into a type of photography that so many of our readers love – Landscapes.

10. Wedding Photography – 21 Tips for Amateur Wedding Photographers

I get asked so often about the topic of Wedding Photography that I just had to put together this collection of tips.

I hope you enjoyed this walk down memory lane at some of our best tutorials and tips. I’m looking forward to sharing more in the coming months.

Thanks again for reading DPS, you’re what makes this place what it is!

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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

  • froilan santos May 1, 2009 12:10 pm

    congratulations on your 3rd anniversary!!!thanks alot for all your helpful tips.I'm glad i found DPS.

  • Bev Knopp May 1, 2009 01:37 am

    Thanks you sooooo much for all your wonderful and very helpful tips. I'm glad I found your site!

  • Photogaps April 28, 2009 05:09 am

    Congratulations! I can't imagine it - 1000 posts - that's 100 x 10 :-), and I liked all of the above articles...

  • Fazai38 April 26, 2009 03:01 am

    Maybe you all might interested in this real good article..

    30 Wow Close-up Photography

    Top 10 Rain Photography

  • Jana April 25, 2009 07:35 am

    Hey, thanks! Deffo worth a read to maybe try out over the weekend :)

  • Will April 25, 2009 01:24 am

    congrats... it is an amazing milestone!

  • Dan April 25, 2009 01:18 am

    I'm glad that only 4 out of the top ten articles are lists, list articles really annoy the heck out of me! One day I'm going to compile a list of 1000 blogs that just seem to list posts from other blogs, completely overwhelming the user with far too much information. A good blog, like this one, imparts useful and original information. A bad one just regurgitates what everyone else is saying (blogs with articles like "23 great Wordpress theme collections!" spring to mind, when you look at the first one it says "100 fantastic themes", the next one says "25 awe-inspiring themes" and after that I just think life's too short, you know?) - please don't ever fall into that trap, no matter how short of ideas you get!

    By the way, congrats on your third anniversary and 1000th post - a complete index might be nice to see, I could learn a lot just by reading the article titles and dipping in to the interesting looking ones, rather than searching the site for a specific subject.

  • aSeed April 25, 2009 12:53 am

    Thank you for this helpfull tips compilation and congrat's for the 1000th!

  • Rowell Dionicio April 25, 2009 12:35 am

    Great list of tutorials! Many I haven't tried yet and should!