(This article evolved from a conversation with H.J. Ruiz over at Avian 101.) I’ve been blogging since 2007. I knew something about cameras, but computers were confusing. In 2012, I migrated from Blogger to WordPress. Blogger was an intuitive, user-friendly platform, but it was lacking in design. WP was visually appealing, but technically more difficult.
An image posted on Blogger could be enlarged by simply clicking on the photo. This feature was automatically enabled. I didn’t have to adjust the settings or insert code. In the two photos below please note that you can click to enlarge the top photo, but not the bottom.
Sometimes you’ll see images posted as thumbnails. You can’t really appreciate the detail of the photos because they are so small. There is a setting in WP that enables the click to enlarge function, and some bloggers may include a friendly suggestion to click on the photo for a more detailed view.
WP gives you the option of linking your photos to the media file or a customized URL. I didn’t understand any of this in 2012, and always left it in the default setting — None. I have since gone back and linked all of my photos to the media file which allows visitors to expand the image by simply clicking on the photo. As we have demonstrated the images cannot be clicked in the default setting.
There are two things to consider: aesthetics and copyright. Commercial artists may post their photos as thumbnails because they are concerned about copyright violations. It makes sense to not link their photos to an external file.
For a hobbyist like me, I find that a simple copyright statement or watermark is sufficient to protect my portfolio. Be advised that copy and paste is protected under Fair Use. That is, if the user gives you proper credit and does not profit from your images they may share your photos without permission.
With regards to aesthetics what we are talking about is your blog template or design. I see a number of photo blogs that do not properly display what are, otherwise, very nice photographs. The design is confusing or distracting.
A variety of WP templates are optimized to showcase your photos. Locating widgets in the footer section eliminates the sidebar distraction and expands the display presentation of your images. Making your photos standout is the goal of all who are passionate about cameras and photography.
Keep on snapping!
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