I've been working on updating my photography gear reviews and wanted to share them with you. As some of you may have noticed, I'm in the process of changing the focus of this site. That's why I've asked for your input in the comments and surveys. Piece by piece, you'll see what I've been planning behind the scenes.
Photography Gear Reviews and Resources
Changing a site around requires a ton of work behind the scenes. Some of that work means evaluating your existing pages and giving them a fresh look. I've updated my Gear page and some of the lens reviews, but there's still more to come.
Part of that evaluation comes with taking a look at some of the affiliate links that I use on this site. Affiliate links provide me with a small commission if you purchase a product through a link on my site, but it doesn't add any cost to you at all. In some cases, it can even save you money. Click the button below to get my coupon codes for ON1 and Topaz Labs software to save 15%.
During my review, I re-evaluated some of my affiliations and dropped some of them. One of the affiliations I dropped was B&H. I've done business with them in the past, having both good and bad service. When I thought about it, I decided that kind of inconsistency isn't something that I wanted to recommend to people who visit my site.
For most physical products, I've decided to go solely with Amazon for affiliate recommendations. Over the years, I've had a solid experience with Amazon and have no hesitation to recommend others to purchase products there. Most of us are familiar with Amazon and a good number of folks use Amazon Prime for 2-day shipping.
When you read my reviews for physical products that I use and recommend, I'll include affiliate links to find them on Amazon. That means you can have a consistent experience finding more information and specs about a product from a trusted resource.
Also, I stand behind the products that I recommend. If you purchase from one of my affiliate links, I'll be here to help you with questions and support. Just reach out to me and we'll confirm the affiliate purchase and you have my commitment to help use or understand the item you purchase. That goes for any affiliate link here, not just Amazon.
With that in mind, here are some of the updated photography gear reviews to check out.
More Resource Updates Coming
The photography gear reviews were just the first step, but that's not the end of it. I know many of you also run your own web sites. I'll include a resource page for tools that you can use to make the most of your own online presence.
I'm also planning a series of videos for the software we use. Lightroom and Photoshop will be in there, but so will a number of the plugins that we use and other tips. The idea for the videos is to keep them short and to the point. I plan on developing resource pages for the tools we use. When you need to see an example of how something works, I'll have it here to remind you just how to use that thing you normally don't have to touch, or to show some ideas that you may not have considered in the past.
With that in mind, I could use your input on the kind of videos that you'd like to see. Leave a comment about how you'd like to use a resource page for tips and tutorials. Let me know which products are most important to you. I want to make this site a useful resource that you can visit when you need it.
My Party Break Over The Weekend
Despite having my head down working behind the scenes on the web site, I finally managed to get some time to relax and unwind.
I surprised my family with a trip to Mickey's No So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Yes, that's a mouthful. Overall, we had a really good time. My family definitely knows how to work the trick or treat trails there. We came home with enough candy that I don't think I'll have to buy anything else to pass out on Halloween.
Of course, I'm not sure they wanted to see me coming through the candy line with my bag open. After we got done, Lee and Tové would be excited about the stuff they got. I looked in my bag and all I could say was “I got a rock.”
They say the party is “not so scary”, but I saw a few sights that couldn't be unseen. Things like a transvestite Cruella DeVille in a red miniskirt and a fireman with the top button unfastened and just a bit of unsightly beer belly to make me shiver. The horror.
This wasn't a photography trip, but I couldn't help but bring my camera. What Disney World knows how to light a scene. Here's a shot from my D800 with the 85mm prime lens of the start of the Boo to You parade.