Another subtle update to the Gallery feature has been pushed out. This update brings to the Edit Gallery screen the ability to select image size, which was previously available only by directly editing the Gallery shortcode in the Text tab of the Post or Page Editor.
When you open the Media Manager’s Edit Gallery screen, beyond Link to, Columns, Random Order and Type, you’ll now see an additional drop down menu which allows you to select Gallery image size- Thumbnail, Medium, Large or Full Size. While I have not had an opportunity to experiment with all the Gallery Types, in the past these image size choices have been relevant only for the default Thumbnail Gallery and not the “mosaic” type of Gallery.
Your image size selection should also influence the number of columns you select to use. If your theme has a particularly narrow posting column or even a full-page template, you may need to experiment a bit with image size and number of columns to get the best result for your theme.
And here’s the bonus: you can now easily insert even a single image which will be displayed in a Gallery and then, by default, the Photo Carousel. If you wish to align your single image to the left or right and have text wrap around it, you’ll still have to get your feet wet in the Text tab of the Editor, but it’s a grand start!
With the start of the New Year in September, I decided it was time for me to try something new too. Even though this is an established website with some popular posts, I feel the need to stretch and see how I can make it better for both of us.
So while I am already late to the party, as usual, here are the 3 plus goals I’ve set for myself:
Spend an hour each week visiting and commenting on other people’s sites. Without a doubt, this goal is the most important to me and I hope to continue it well beyond 1st of April.
Establish a regular weekly feature. Posting consistency is my biggest challenge. (I currently maintain three active sites and they are all suffering.)
Within 6 months, invite 3 guest authors/photographers to post and/or interview those photographers.
Increase ongoing traffic to my site. Since I prefer organic growth, I won’t say “by X% and by when” and trust that this will be a result of 1, 2 and 3.
While looking at the goals others have set for this challenge, mine are decidedly less ambitious, but certainly attainable for me with the very limited time I have available. When I shoot for the stars, I usually fall on my face. :)
If you’ve new to blogging and missed September’s Blogging 101, never fear — a new offering starts up on Monday, November 3rd. We’re also excited to announce Blogging U.’s first photo course, Photography 101. Learn more about each and register:
This November, we launch a new track in Blogging U.: photography! First up: Photography 101, a photo-a-day challenge that combines a daily photo theme with photography and photo editing tips. You’ll publish new posts, make new friends, and hone your photographer’s eye.
Photography 101 is a month-long course, starting November 3 and ending November 28. This is an intro-level course open to all, from new bloggers and hobbyist photographers to veteran photo challenge participants and pro-shooters. Use the camera you like — a phone, a point-and-shoot, or a dSLR.
A note on cameras…
If you’ll be shooting mainly from your iOS or Android phone or tablet, download…
In days or weeks, when the United States again drops bombs on the Islamic State, it will commence its first war shaped and driven by networked photography—the twinned phenomena of ubiquitous, Internet-connected cameras to take pictures and screens to view them. The gruesome video of ISIS militants executing U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff seems to have upended American public opinion, and now even almost-isolationist politicians have embraced intervention abroad.
Right now, almost every major news story turns on a single set of unresolved ethical questions: What should we do about the new proliferation of cameras? What should we do when the images they capture wind up on the Internet?
It is a debate about a distinctly new technological phenomenon, and we can see aspects of it everywhere: from the imminent war against ISIS to the leaked nude images of female celebrities; from the proposal of police body-cams to the NFL’s treatment of domestic abuser Ray Rice.
If you look at this year’s Photokina windup, it seems camera manufacturers are finally responding to the demand for DSLR cameras that are connected to the network. This article from the Atlantic takes a pointed look at the ethics involved when shooting with networked devices with a lens.
“With great power must come great responsibility,”-Voltaire
(Bonus: click through and read “Goodbye, Cameras” which, for camera buffs, is as interesting and thought-provoking as the main article.)
Have you ever taken a photo only to stop yourself from uploading it to a publicly accessible website? What made you question your initial decision?