Win a Library of dPS eBooks by Helping us Improve our Facebook Page

Win a Library of dPS eBooks by Helping us Improve our Facebook Page

0Comments

dPS Facebook page we just passed the magical 100,000 ‘likes’ mark. It’s been creeping up towards the milestone for a while now and I’ve been promising we’d do a little giveaway to celebrate when we got there. So today it is happening.

dPS-facebook.pngOver on the

The Prize

One dPS reader will win a copy of our 9 dPS eBooks worth just under $240!

The eBooks we’ll bundle up for the winner are:

How to Enter

Entering is simple – simply visit our Facebook Page and tell us in comments below what you’d like to see us do more of on the page to make it more useful to you.

Ultimately dPS is all about helping photographers improve their photography and we want every part of the site (including our Facebook page) to be as useful to you as possible. At present we’re sharing content from here on the blog, asking questions/having discussions and letting readers submit photos (with the chance to be our featured image). But what else would you like us to do on our Facebook page.

I’ll choose an answer to win the prize on Saturday. The winner will be judged on giving us an idea that we can implement to improve the page.

There is one entry per person only and you’re welcome to enter no matter where in the world you’re located – all we’ll need to get you your prize will be for you to have internet access fast enough to download 9 eBooks!

 

Read more from our 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+.

Some Older Comments

  • Jenelle March 3, 2013 12:50 pm

    I think a section on lenses and equipment. Where to source good second hand equipment for us beginners. And maybe tips on what equipment a beginner really needs to learn with. Maybe links for some of these.

  • John April 2, 2012 08:00 am

    Does anyone know if they selected a winner of the books?? I have a couple of them and I have found them helpful.

  • Troy March 30, 2012 08:03 am

    I think what would be helpful is more information for those of us semi-pro photographers. I am in the category of readers who are actively shooting all sorts of photos, but still work a regular 9 to 5 job. How do folks like me find time to venture out and do more work, boost the income we earn and actually get rest so we can get up and pay the bills?

    Also, I would love to read more about building customer base and working with contracts. When it comes to weddings, some folks plan out a year in advance, and some don't think about their photos until the month before. How can a semi-pro such as my self go about generating contracts that protect my interest without alienating my potential customers? Ah, I digress, but as you can see, I'm really curious about how the guys who've transitioned into full time pro actually did it. More on "The Bridge", as I like to call it, from amateur to pro.

  • Pam March 29, 2012 02:43 pm

    I wish there was a way for this website or the associated Facebook page to provide some critical evaluations of submitted photos. The site could specify the category, or just comment on whatever strikes the evaluator as the strongest and weakest aspect of the image. Images and critique could be shared on the site so that we can all learn, but yhe "submitter" could choose not to share.

  • Harvey March 27, 2012 05:53 pm

    Congrats for your 101K+ likes there! I follow you also in G+, a simple suggestion (and I'm not sure if it's been done) would be to include photo submissions in the Facebook cover image. Perhaps from the weekly challenge? either collages or just pick one or so. A section about it wouldn't be bad either.

    Cheers!

  • Joe Smith March 27, 2012 04:42 am

    I think that a regular assignment (weekly or daily, depending on degree of difficulty) with results submitted to fb albums would inspire and encourage all of us.

  • Becky March 25, 2012 02:27 am

    I think I'd go for more how they took the shot kinds of articles. Show a photo someone has taken and then show how they did it.

  • Miguel March 24, 2012 11:06 pm

    I would like to see some more tutorials on composition and flash photography. Another thing that I would like to see is perhaps some tutorials on photo processing. perhaps in beginner, intermediate, advanced levels. Pro levels probably don't need a tutorial or video.

    The other thing that I would like to see perhaps are tutorials on night photography.

    thanks for all the info and help,

  • stacey allison March 24, 2012 11:01 am

    I thinking making your website information accessible from your facebook page would be helpful. Users wouldn't have to leave your page to follow the information they are looking for. You could also make important links to your information more visible. I believe there are apps you can utilize to do some of this automatically like you currently do with WordPress. Any time you have contests, you could do it via facebook as well.

  • Melinda T March 24, 2012 10:39 am

    My time on fb varies, from checking it several times per day to going days without. Its a bit more difficult for me to keep up with fb versus a blog in a reader. Though I'm sure its because people update their status or give/receive comments more frequently that it bumps other content out of the main page. And I don't want to be spending whatever free time I have to going through my fb comments, searching for possible missed posts. And I'm not too crazy about their new look, the timeline thing, it just looks cluttered and undefined to me.

    Anyway, because fb is a social networking site, I think it'd be nice to have guest photographer appearances and maybe do a little Q&A session. As well as having a fb party...sorry, not sure how it'd work, but have heard of them. And holding more contests and having a feedback forum or something similar, where we can post questions and anyone pro/amateur can answer.

  • CC Williams March 24, 2012 10:14 am

    The way FB Timeline works is less intuitive for Informational sites such as yours. Personally, I believe the FB site would benefit from looking more like a traditional landing page to allow visitors to see not only the FB recent posts but also the reference tabs / pages (Tutorials, Equipment, even adding contributor bios, fan photo submissions etc). Just my two cents. Either way I will still go to your FB and website - such a great resource!

  • Trudy March 24, 2012 08:05 am

    would love to see data for photos, as someone else suggested - that would be great!

  • Luis Macedo March 24, 2012 05:25 am

    Hi Darren!
    The DPS has been since the beginning of my photography learning voyage, a priceless resource of both inspiration and knowledge (are this the same, or just intertwined? ehehehe).
    So, about the facebook page: it's my main source of information (together with Twitter) where i gather links and notices about everything photography from a variety of sources.
    I would like that facebook became the main space of discussion and sharing within DPS users and followers. Example: the photo contests and photo chalenges should be centralized in facebook because it's a more social experience all together.
    Another thing i would like to see in DPS: photo critic section!

    Hope this helps.
    Continue the amazing work!
    :-)

  • Nash March 24, 2012 04:50 am

    First, there should be a photo of the day with a comprehensive caption giving details of the location, photographer, camera settings, any backstory... just basically all about that photo.
    Other than that, one article per day should be posted... if a new article has been put up, then that one, and if not, any quite-old article lost in the feed should be shared.
    Other than all this, you can give tips each day, and, if possible, different-level (beginner, intermediate, expert) tips each day, hold challenges not just photographic in nature but like a tricky or controversial question with the best answer being selected as the winner (or even if you dont select a winner, it can be helpful to all subscribers' knowledge).

  • ccting March 24, 2012 02:52 am

    Suggestion for improvement
    ========================
    To fully utilize facebook, the below is my suggestion:
    a. educating photography professionals, hobbyists or even newbie of photography;
    b. recruitment of moderators when lacking of moderators for timely response
    c. DPS rules training. I found many newbie of DPS break the rules including me. And it is the time that DPS explain the rules from beginning and repeat them periodically for reminder.
    c. community relationship building, including inviting other photography communities such as NikonClub US.
    d. Promotes users satisfaction with getting their feedback for better analyze, transform and improvement ,via two way communication.
    e. Pull audience to one content (e.g.Training. then followed by video on youtube, then weekly assignments. When there are winners, super moderators or judges must explain in detail how to repeat the selected photos.
    h. empowered photographer where photographers who comes to you knowing their photography problems and challenges
    i. build trust by motivating them
    k. Creating Caring group to feedback on challenges. Sometimes I find some critique photos receive 0 or very few comments, and it is the time the caring group response to the photo.
    l. Improve the relationship between Senior users with junior users. It is very common that junior users tend to make mistakes, simply because they never read the rules or English is not their native language. Stop post in real-time before everyone else. Let go of the desire to be first, start to realize when it is appropriate to communicate and when its not.. Be open honest, and transparent about what the DPS organization has to offer. Mindful about your professional boundaries. Focus on quality and not quantity as followers will pay more attention, and you (as moderator. are representing DPS.
    m. Lets users share about their experiences.
    n. lets users question if you have given a right tutorial?
    o. Lets hear the voices from noobs (e.g me ;D.. As you know, learner engagement & interaction are key to learning
    p. Establish fund for innovation for DPS leadership
    q. Establish program “best practices for applying facebook for DPS”. Do you think that you can get the best advice just for a few days search and one-time effort?
    r. Using audit trail, risk mitigation, processes to ensure the quality control of facebook content
    s. Measure the Return On Investment of using facebook by DPS – perhaps the number of e-books bought, the number of likes of facebook, registration fro photography seminars, sign-ups for DPS nesletters etc
    t. DPS users data must be captured and their behavior is studies, for future analyze for improvement
    u. DO NOT use photographer terminology as it confuses newbie..
    v. Issues discussion such as best practice of using facebook by DPS, etc
    w. Aware what photos can be published due to privacy & copyright issue.
    x. Deleting / ignoring comments (or photos for critiqued. is not an options as it dissuades people from participation. Or not resonding to feedback or critiqued photo within a time threshold shows DPS is not open to criticism & no value from various stakeholders.
    y. Openness in interaction.

  • ccting March 24, 2012 02:51 am

    Introduction
    =========

    More than 500 million or 1/3 world population active users spending billions of minutes each day on face – it is growing fast and furiously, becoming indispensable to consumers. Therefore, facebook is here to stay, so not doing it is not an option. But do you and others who manage DPS have strong understanding of facebook, and its application to the way you promote photography? In other words, do you understand what facebook is and what is isn’t? And do you fear of unknown professionalism, perceptions of waste, people skills and legal concerns? That’s to say, facebook presents opportunites and advantages if used PROPERLY can innovate photography and create a competitive advantage for adopters, as it enhances communication, support collaboration, and allow users across the globe the generate and share content.

  • Rebecca Ednie March 23, 2012 05:08 pm

    I don't use FB much. Mostly because not all features are available on the mobile version. So whatever changes you make, please check them out on the mobile version to see if they work before making them permanent. Thanks!

  • Karen March 23, 2012 02:45 pm

    A daily one-liner tip or consideration for improving your photography process.

  • Jose March 23, 2012 12:38 pm

    Most of the FB posts link back to DPS site which is as it should but I would suggest linking to other photography content, be it blogs, videos or the like.
    Site of the week also maybe?

  • BrendanOSullivan March 23, 2012 08:15 am

    It may sound a little extreme, but a video showing how a specific shot was captured. Right from taking the camera out of the bag to the post processing

  • Marco March 23, 2012 06:49 am

    I don't use facebook other than to get to content that is no where else. I won't post images there because people seem to think that posting there is open season for theft. So I would hate to see facebook only content start happening.

    That said, I really think that a "Photographer Spotlight" section that changes monthly could have a small out take on facebook with a link to the full interview on this site would be great. We have many accomplished photographers as members but there are lots more that I see on other sites as well. Surely it would be possible to get one in depth interview per month with links to their work at their own sites to introduce us to some semi pro or professionals. The one thing to watch for is that it covers many types of photography since many of us focus on one or two genres. As a wildlife action photographer I would be happy to see one per year that specialized in this field and would probably read all of the others for ideas that may cross over or be general enough to inspire.

    This way it would be accessible to all if they facebook or not, but would be a high profile box on the facebook page as well. Just a head shot of the photographer and a short teaser to draw them to this site.

    If this would work out, you might expand it to have another spot for "Professional Post Processor of the month " with tips and tuitorials or links to such on their site.

  • Michelle March 23, 2012 06:48 am

    Since you are asking about Facebook, in my opinion, keep it streamlined and interactive. Don't overcrowd it with a bunch of stuff. I like the idea of tips of the day, weekly/monthly photo challenges and maybe a weekly Q&A - engaging people to provide feedback, etc.

  • Victor March 23, 2012 06:23 am

    Have a page/section dedicated to the owner/editor of DPS to show his pictures, critiques and comments of other pictures and his views on recent photography topics. That way we will know our admins closer and better.

  • Joe March 23, 2012 05:59 am

    Add the weekly photo assignment to the page, and highlight the winner with your cover photo.

  • Charles March 23, 2012 05:28 am

    If you have the time to do it, it would be great to see more stand-alone content on the facebook page. Most of the time I visit or see your content in my timeline, I've already read it on your site. I do go there a couple times a week, though...

  • Siomara March 23, 2012 04:33 am

    After every "tips for the weekend," give people an opportunity to showcase their pictures from the weekend tips starting on the Monday following the weekend, until Tuesday 12:00a. Choose one persons photo from the collection as the "winner" and post that persons photo for the whole day on Wednesday as your profile picture, or if you switch to facebook timeline, use it as the timeline cover.

  • Rahul Varma March 23, 2012 04:18 am

    My idea, based on how I learn from others': Put more pictures on the page and for each picture tell a little story:
    * what was the photographer thinking when trying to create the particular picture
    * why did he/she select the equipment that was used
    * what, if any, post processing was done
    * show any other photos from the shoot that were "rejected" by the photographer

    This kind of discussion will help us look at photographs critically and help develop a better appreciation for the craft and art.

    Thanks

  • Anastasiya March 23, 2012 03:53 am

    First of all congratulations! 100 000 fans!!!!

    Here is my suggestions:

    1. MOTIVATION: FB is a great tool for it.
    For example, the photo of the month or of some contest could be placed as a timeline cover on your page for a week or two.
    Example # 2 - 20 selected photos could be placed in special album on FB page for feet backs for 1 week.
    Example # 3 - not all people who reading DPS are professional photographers but would like to be at least half-time, so you can post short story of armature becoming professional thanks to DPS books, webinars, contests, contacts... and so on + his or her FB page, so people can ask questions directly.

    2. PHOTOS
    you can use facebook album for weekly contest and challenges - they have so far the best review and comments options. Because here its quite hard to look through all links and understand which comment was to your picture and which is an answer to your comment.
    On the other hand, it's a bit unfair to non facebook users, so you can start with opening facebook album for winners and tag winners on their works. It also could be a great motivation.

    PS: I want to thanks you personally for all posts, books and webinars! I learned a lot, keep learning, open blog of free photo arts and design, found a great photo course and soon will look for my first photo job :)

  • Leslie Liszak March 23, 2012 03:44 am

    I'd like to see the weekly photography assignment posted to the FB page. It would make super-convenient to get,

  • Marlo Williamson March 23, 2012 03:28 am

    I'd love to see one tip from a successful pro photographer in the weekly projects portion, whether they shoot landscape or weddings or portraits or sports or fine art, etc.

  • Pamela March 23, 2012 03:27 am

    It would be nice if you had a section for post processing. Maybe in the photo albums, have an album for before and after photos. In the photo comments include a little explanation of the post processing that was done to the photo.

  • Joan Partridge March 23, 2012 03:19 am

    Would love to see and read about photos that made photographers money or won a prize. What were the photographer's goals, equipment, techniques, postproduction fixes that s/he used. This will help us learn by example. You could link back to your web pages for the full discussion if it were very long. This would be a good way to get more people there too.

  • Sarah March 23, 2012 02:43 am

    I would love to see more photos!

  • Tom lough March 23, 2012 02:43 am

    A regular series on making commercial use of your photographs.

  • CJ March 23, 2012 02:31 am

    It looks great, but might benefit from some apps. Adding Gogobot or Trip Advisor apps would allow you to organize and share information about favorite locations. The Pinterest app is very visual and would allow people to organize photos of their favorite subjects. As always - keep it interactive. Pose daily questions. make sure that people have to "Like" the page before they can post to it.

  • Wade Goodman March 23, 2012 02:31 am

    Comments and likes are essential to ranking on facebook. How about a weekly (or daily) post to encourage comments like a "Tell us how you..." (comment) or "Show us how you..." (vid/pic) post where DPS followers explain how they approach a certain shot, answer common photography questions, or solve common photographer problems. You ask the question, readers supply the answer. I would love to see the different creative approaches others take to getting a great shot. Very informative for your readers and beneficial to your FB page.

  • Megan March 23, 2012 02:19 am

    I'd love to see some of the forum threads (such as theme of the week or something) be incorporated. Or weekly assignments/inspiration to give people a little boost and some ideas.

  • Elena March 23, 2012 01:52 am

    A members photo of the day might be a neat thing to have. I know people have said that already, but I think it would be neat too.

  • Heather March 23, 2012 01:22 am

    Tutorials or tips on a weekly or daily basis. That always keeps me coming back.

  • Megan March 23, 2012 12:06 am

    You should have a photo album called How-To's, and it would be a collection of photos with tips, tricks, and camera settings with each photo to instruct on how to capture similar shots.

  • Rod Chapman March 22, 2012 11:49 pm

    I would like to see more critiques of images posted by readers and pros, along with a brief description by the photographer about any challenges or special circumstances encountered in getting the image.

  • Owen Franssen March 22, 2012 11:29 pm

    First off, I love your site, it's taught me tons about photography over the last year. Unfortunately, while I have liked the Facebook page, I rarely look at it. Maybe that would be improved if you (as I think has been mentioned already) posted weekly challenges (like you do on the site/forums) and allowed entrants to post their photos on FB.
    Posting inspirational photographs and/or link to photographers would also be something I'd like to see. Basically more content that I can see on Facebook without necesarily having to navigate away from FB.

    Keep up the great work,
    Owen Franssen
    Ireland

  • Mike Cotton March 22, 2012 11:16 pm

    Two things - a weekly assignment with tips to help take the photo better and categories of photos in albums with the settings etc so we can reference how others took their photo.

  • S Himelhoch March 22, 2012 11:15 pm

    It would be nice to setup regional groups allowing members to connect with other photographers in thier area.

  • Dorthy Lola March 22, 2012 11:14 pm

    How about including camera data along with the pictures you post here and on the website. For beginners like me it's very helpful to see each photo's specs (iso, aperture ...)

  • Cheah Zhong Xiang March 22, 2012 10:21 pm

    I would really like to see how other people (other than just world-known professionals) view, comment, and critique on one's work, as the opinion gathered and perspectives explored will be much wider than what a few individuals (though very experienced) can offer. So maybe DPS can upload photos into the FaceBook album, and allow members to comment on the quality of the masterpiece, and suggest room for improvement in a forum-like discussion... More like a fan-base verdict in reality TV shows instead of judges making the final say~

  • Cassio March 22, 2012 09:07 pm

    Maybe weekly assignments and challenges as events, so we can have them on a calendar

  • chris fortes March 22, 2012 07:38 pm

    include latest news that would include the photo challenge of the week, the weekly challenge, winners and other contests.

  • Amy March 22, 2012 04:30 pm

    Contests, contests, contests!

  • Gary Baird March 22, 2012 04:26 pm

    Within the narrow limits of FB, you're fooked. Maybe get the 'MAP' thing working so that readers from all over the world can put a pin and a pic. Good luck on that. I haven't figured how to use the 'MAP' thing on me own FB page.
    ;~)

  • Gil March 22, 2012 03:37 pm

    How about another tab/page for "Best of..." posts and links to your best posts. Good for SEO and helps new people to DPS to find those highly recommended posts we all love (and love to reread).

  • Elisa March 22, 2012 03:15 pm

    A chance to have a critique of a readers photos by a pro or by others in the community (or both!). This would be helpful to get unbiased opinions on your work with suggestions for improvement (my husband is too kind to give me criticism). Maybe limit how many photos people can get a critique on each work...

  • Rajaram S March 22, 2012 02:18 pm

    Before i give few ideas, i feel that the current content on your site (and eventually shared on FB) has enough material to help photographers for ages to come. But then, a continuous change (for the better) would always keep giving you the edge.
    Few ideas to benefit the readers:
    - Connect with fans and ask them to submit video reviews of products to check the product's newbie-friendliness.
    - Review FB fan's photo album - not individual photos, but an album. This is because non-professionals, like most of us, gain brownie pts from friends/family not on our individual photos, but on entire albums which is what we usually share with ppl
    - Have a section for innovative FB photo presentation/discussion on it. With the timeline cover, hundreds of nice variations are possible (with a little knowledge of photo editing). Check out my cover --> http://www.facebook.com/rajaram.sethuraman. Not that it is innovative, but friends and family likes it, which is most often the main target for the average facebook-er.

    Few ideas to benefit DPS:
    - 100 K is a lot of fans. That means your FB page has a powerful reach. Collaborate with photography-equipment manufacturers and propose/sell their products (of course, once you are convinced on their worthiness) to your fans. This pt can be beneficial to the readers too - Something similar to groupon concept.
    - You currently host a fan's photo as the cover. For short durations, you can sell this off as advertising space for biggies like National geographic tours etc. They are relevant to us as well.

    More when my daughter gives me more time on my computer!

  • Wendy from Suburban Misfit March 22, 2012 02:09 pm

    I would like to see more discussion questions! For example, asking fans what they find most challenging about photography. I do appreciate the links back to your site, but having more discussion around them on Facebook would be good.

  • Isoterica March 22, 2012 01:57 pm

    While many people online have Facebook, there are also those of us who don't. Facebook's ever changing policies do not appeal to me. So while I am all for expanding the DPS site and making it facebook friendly too.. I am hoping that you don't exclude non-facebook users, as Alexx has suggested above, in only distributing or promoting certain things on Facebook. It would be a shame to cut off faithful web visitors.

  • Bibiana Silveira March 22, 2012 01:47 pm

    love the place. learn a lot about photog. would like to see some more about post production though. im an imaging pro and good tips are always welcome

  • Alexx March 22, 2012 01:36 pm

    Dps should make their own ps brushes and tutorials and distibrute then only on the Facebook page.

  • Iain March 22, 2012 01:35 pm

    To improve the dPS Facebook page, I'd have live chats with the contributors/authors.

  • Karen Rader March 22, 2012 12:22 pm

    I would love to see more tutorial videos on behind the scenes for setting up portrait shots, a walk through how to get your clients to relax in front of the camera, and post production how-to's that explain how to edit with all the different programs that are commonly used (not everyone has lightroom for example). Reviews for different photo products (ie: photo book publishers) and how all the different options are beneficial (or not).

  • Richard Riessen March 22, 2012 11:44 am

    I think a couple things would add some greatness to the FB page. Tips and Tricks section and a weekly assignment section. Two of the things I enjoy most about the DPS website that would be beneficial for the Facebookers.

  • George Hellie March 22, 2012 11:40 am

    Fist I would like to say you have a amazingnewesletter and I have learned a great deal from it the only thing that I can think of to add to it would be members writing articles to share what they have learned or what they did to get that perfect shotand how they practice to make themselves better and how to make do with what equipment the have because I use lens in ways they weren't made to use and come up with great pictures and a Q&A between members to learn from each other.

  • Shelley March 22, 2012 11:22 am

    I would like to see tips for beginners, simple how to shoot instructions that we can practice with our dslr so it will be easy to get great shots, and include LOTS of photos.

  • Minnette Marston March 22, 2012 10:55 am

    I'm not a huge Facebook fan but love what you have here on this site! Anything that you have here should be great for facebook readers! Your posts are very nice to follow I enjoy being on your e-mailing list and I am learning so much and enjoy being updated on new issues and equipment. Facebook reader might enjoy more interactive activities like the weekly challenges, surveys and question answer opportunities and videos. But it looks like you are on your way to that. Facebook followers may be also interested in the interaction with each other as well as with the awesome posts you share. Hope that help in some way. Good luck with the feedback :)

  • Through the Lens of Kimberly Gauthier, Photography Blog March 22, 2012 10:28 am

    This is probably random, but it's what works for me, but I think it would be cool to have a month or two of theme weeks where DPS covers different styles of photography: natural light, portrait, night, macro, pet, etc.

    I'd also like to hear more from photographers who have gone from amateur to professional. Although I don't have any aspirations to becoming a pro, I love these stories.

    Thanks for asking, Darren

    Kimberly

  • Jeanetta March 22, 2012 10:19 am

    I'd love to see a "Question of the Day/Week" feature. There are so many things to learn and I love seeing how other people accomplish some of the things I've been having issues with - lighting, agriculture photos, people, etc.

  • Doug McAbee March 22, 2012 10:16 am

    Show a photo with common erors due to camera settings and how to correct .

    How to improve photos with post processing programs.

  • Lilianna Moon March 22, 2012 10:13 am

    With so many of us out here, "style" is important to define our art. I would love to see a regular feature about famous photographers. You can tell something about their livelihood, how they achieved their success, and obstacles they encountered. More importantly, feature their work, discuss shooting technique, lighting, and style, and really educate your fans about different talents out there, and why they rose to the position of being noteworthy. That would be so interesting, and inspiring---not to mention educational

  • LeAnn Schultz March 22, 2012 09:38 am

    How about tutorials on Photoshop/Photoshop Elements?

  • Jackie March 22, 2012 09:37 am

    I think one of the most under-utilized features on FB are videos. I'd like to see VIDEO interviews with guest photographers, video blogs & how-to's, tutorials, etc. Kind of a 'moving version' of the newsletter tips I love so much...

    :)

  • Cindy Alley March 22, 2012 09:33 am

    I would suggest videos explaining lighting, exposure, post processing, etc. I also agree with others on weekly tips, Q & A section and more themed assignments.

  • Andrew March 22, 2012 09:31 am

    I think your site is perfect as it is however if I had the choice to add something it would be a section on photowalk groups. I would love the chance to chum around with other photographers in my area in order to expand my knowledge in the field. I know there are groups in big cities like NYC and Chicago, LA... but some of us live in smaller cities ie Milwaukee and cant really afford to travel all over this wonderful world to join a photowalk. Posting this stuff on your facebook page would be a better way of spreading the word too, I get on FB about 50 times a day and not as often on your site. With that being said I have expanded my photoknowledge greatly by spending many hours on this site. Keep up the awesome work!

  • Ann Marie March 22, 2012 09:30 am

    I love the tip of the day. Great information

  • nikki March 22, 2012 09:27 am

    I would love to be able to browse more photos submitted by the facebook audience. Perhaps from the weekly challenges. In general I would like to see more visual, photographic posts as opposed to articles. As it is your posts show up as words in the newsfeeds. Pictures are what draw me in.

  • Rae March 22, 2012 09:26 am

    I think a daily or weekly tip or challenge would be good. If you do a challenge then you could highlight the photo, as well. I also like the idea of a discussion or question area.

  • Chris Moraes March 22, 2012 09:25 am

    I like short questions (discussion points) that followers can add their answers to. Its interesting to read all the responses (sort of like a quick survey).

  • Cyndi March 22, 2012 09:22 am

    I think I would like to have a folder for people to post their photos, and then have some pros look over them and critique them. Sort of give suggestions, constructive criticism, and compliments so that us newbies get a better grasp of our photography. I have learned so much already! But, that is the one thing that would be helpful to me.

  • laura lok March 22, 2012 09:20 am

    for an improvement on facebook (like that your blog posts there by the way) how about a question of the week or tip of the week something short that people submit on fb the answers to.

  • Katie Schauf March 22, 2012 09:18 am

    I would love to see a tip of the day! If it's one thing a day that I can change or do to incorporate a new skill into my shooting, it would be so easy to do on a daily basis. I think if I could have one thing to focus on every day, my photography skills would grow exponentially. I'm also a very visual person and would love to see some video tutorials on everything from shooting to post-production. Maybe on a weekly basis?

  • Loyce Hood March 22, 2012 09:17 am

    I would like to see a question and answer column where you'd pick up to 3-5 questions and answer them on a daily or weekly basis; or, maybe let the readers have a stab at answering the questions. Personally, though, I think your answers would add credibility to the answer.

  • RichardS. March 22, 2012 09:12 am

    I would like to see more demonstration type posts.

  • Cassandra March 22, 2012 09:12 am

    I'd like to see all site updates go direct to the FB page...that's primarily how I follow my favorite photography sites. Also, I agree with the posts that want to see more integration with the contests/challenges on the FB page. I think a lot more peer review & critique would be available on FB postings and I would love that.

  • Jodie Zeuke March 22, 2012 09:11 am

    Different sections for different levels. Basics for beginners.

  • David L. Collison March 22, 2012 08:40 am

    Create different sections - tutorials - for things like lighting, lens selection, indoor vs outdoor, portrait vs action. Allow people to discuss tips, secrets - moderated by a pro that can guide those of us entering the field. I do this as a hobby now - but wonder if I'll be able to someday sell any of the photography that I produce. Having a place to go to where I could receive tips from those that are more experienced than myself would be great - and at some point being able to mentor others would be even better.

  • John March 22, 2012 07:27 am

    I think it needs more images, maybe divided into a few different categories. Then you could run some sort of competion where people can upload an image and other people can vote by "liking" the image and leaving a short comment. You would not have to offer a prize each time, somtimes its fun to be reassured that you image was spectacular. This could be tied to the weekly assignments, to a seasonal theme, or even thrown out there for a reader to come up with.

    It could also use some short tips that can be read without having to go through an entire article. You know, the short, to the facst, reader's digest version with all the back story. Sometimes I just want to know how to do something without and the what for's. Your could develope a few pages devoted to a few important tips, ie.. exposure triangle, understanding apeture, etc....

    I understand that you would like to get the facebook crowd back to this site, so you could offer the winner of a contest the opportunity to write a brief article about their shoot/image and the process the image when through, or you could just premier the image and runners up in a post. Just a few thoughts. Thanx for what you do! ~John

  • Elizabeth March 22, 2012 07:20 am

    I'd like to see more of the weekly assignments. They are a great exercise, especially as you learn to photograph what you might be getting paid for, as opposed to what you like yourself. However, they can be a little hard to find on the site and a little hard to track. I'd like to see them set apart a little more, (perhaps another subheading under Tips and Tutorials?) along with a clear indicator as to which week the assignment is for and an update once results have been chosen.

  • Liezl Lewis March 22, 2012 07:03 am

    To create a bit of excitement AND regular visits, my suggestion is to divide your site into sections / themes e.g. Nature photos, Weddings, Wild Life, etc ... Then you can ask for a specific theme every month and focus on photo entries for that month. The person with the most pictures in the top ten for the year, could win a prize. As a beginner it would also be very handy to be able to click on the various topics and get a few "beginner pointers / tips" from the pro's out there. You could even have a winning tip for the month too!

  • Glenda Carmack March 22, 2012 07:02 am

    To make DPS better, I would do more photographer spotlights, how do they draw their inspiration, what is important to them and what advice they would give about the pros and cons of the industry. If they could do it all over again, what would they do differently and what would they never change. It helps to learn from others, after all it is all about the story, whether it is written, visual or listening to someone more wiser.

  • Man March 22, 2012 07:01 am

    Albums should ridiculously huge.
    You should have albums for every photo style like Macro, Landscape, Black & White, Macro: Sepia, Equipment, etc.
    Under each photo a one sentence description or title.

  • Chris Hogan March 22, 2012 06:58 am

    I would like to see more on education. I like to watch tutorials, but also read books/articles. Maybe you could put snapshots form some of your ebooks? Might help to drive sales too! I have purchased 2 ebooks, but may buy more if I know more about what is inside.

  • Joe March 22, 2012 06:58 am

    I think one thing that would be helpful would be to include the thoughts of the photographer when taking the featured image and when post-processing. Knowing more about the creative process, and how the ideas flowed and changed could be really helpful.

  • Erik kerstenbeck March 22, 2012 06:50 am

    Hi

    I also have a Facebook Photography Page but it pales compared to yours - wish I had your resources!

    https://www.facebook.com/cjschmit/posts/10150878673344951?comment_id=26093017&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/kerstenbeckphotographicart

  • Chitra Sivasankar Arunagiri March 22, 2012 06:47 am

    The Facebook page looks great, but what I feel missing is that there is no supporting page like the one you have for the DPS ebooks. It would be better if you can may be put up another page with the details of photographers who are featured in DPS. That way we can get to know a lotta people. But yes you can say that we can find them directly from the albums and the photos posted but still if you could may be put them under the type of photography they are working, their Facebook page URL and may be their twitter ID... in a separate supporting page and update it once in a while, it would surely help. Thank you Darren and the all the awesomest photographers who have helped me learn a lot.

  • Stephanie March 22, 2012 06:35 am

    I love the idea of a tip of the day. It could even be incorporated into your theme of the week from your website if you expanded that over to FB.

  • Meg March 22, 2012 06:34 am

    I'd love a place to ask questions... Also a fun weekly or monthly project with tips and duh would be cool!

  • marcus March 22, 2012 06:29 am

    For a photography site, there are remarkably few photos. In addition to the cover photo, I would like to see more of the photos that get submitted to the forums highlighted on the Facebook page, even if it's just to direct people back to the SYS or Critique posts in the forums.

  • Sal March 22, 2012 06:14 am

    I would love to see Photography Challenges in which winners and runner ups will has to explain his techniques and settings used.

  • Sam S. March 22, 2012 06:12 am

    I definitely think some form of interaction with the Weekly Assignments should be incorporated. Not exactly sure of the best way, but it should be on there. I honestly feel that the Weekly Assignments motivate photographers and having something on the Facebook page with the assignments would really help, especially if we could add our pictures to the assignments that way and share them with other photogs. A lot of people don't use other photo sharing sites so it's easy for them to upload them to Facebook then add them elsewhere.

    I also think some sort of contest/giveaway section would be nice, even if you aren't planning on doing them monthly or whatever. Facebook has great add-ons making this ability extremely easy to use and you will reach a wider audience having it built-in to your page.

  • Pablo LaraH March 22, 2012 06:09 am

    Maybe exclusive goodies every week for your FB fans, like PSD curves and actions. And more tutorials in the blog. Thanks!

  • Kerry March 22, 2012 06:06 am

    I was always wondering if it was possible to incorporate the Weekly Photography Challenge into your Facebook page - either show some highlights from them, or even better let us post them on the wall. Too bad we can't tag pages in pictures we post, that would be great. I personally don't use any other online photo sharing, so Facebook would be a great way for me to share any pictures I take as part of the photography challenge.

  • Jenni R March 22, 2012 06:03 am

    I would love to see the weekly assignments more incorporated into the FB page! Or doing contests once a month or something competitive.

  • Jessica March 22, 2012 06:00 am

    Maybe have a theme of the week and have the fans post their pictures that fit that theme. Plus post an article from your site that is somehow related to the theme. For example, have a theme be children and then post an article about effectively taking pictures of children or something like that.

  • Alexx March 22, 2012 05:59 am

    Sounds great!

    http://www.disney-photography-blog.blogspot.com/