The sandwich critique (a how to guide)


So far the Photo101 assignments have been interesting, certainly, but generally void of real critique. New followers and/or likes on our assignment posts can be an ego boost, but will those types of feedback help you grow as a photographer? blips posted a guide to critiquing your fellow Photo101 participants’ photos without falling into the trap of Minnesota “nice”. A worthy read.

Originally posted on blips blog:

Let me confess one thing right away; I have been scolded, trashed and even threatened for giving critique on a photo. Not for using a excuse but I’m Dutch (The Netherlands or Holland) it’s like a New Yorker that will tell you straight out and blunt what they think. After a lot of years now living in the US I came to understand that telling it straight out is not that much appreciated.  It’s the “How are you doing” greeting we use in Minnesota, nobody really wants to know that you feel crappy or sick or whatever, you always say something like “Fine, how about you” It’s a concept foreign to foreigners.

Ok so I did read up about this why people were so much upset with my critique because when I say the horizon is crooked, it is!

hamburger-critiqueI stumbled across the Sandwich technique people used to critique writers…

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Pick a Size-Gallery Updated!

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!

Flickr ending Share to WordPress option March 25th

For the full story: [Official Thread] Welcome back HTML Embeds! Goodbye to some sharing options.

The salient part is:

Secondly, we are announcing that we are deprecating the support for our built-in sharing options for WordPress [Ed: spelled in the original with a small “p”], Blogger and LiveJournal on 3/25. Deprecating features is never an easy decision, but we have seen that all of these services combined are now adding up to less than one percent of daily share volume from Flickr.

Which I understand to mean that this method will no longer be supported: (link to Internet Archive)

Meantime, the flickr HTML embed option is being brought to the “new flickr experience” in addition to the current iframe embed, which we cannot use here on

Of course, this does not affect the WP o-embed method of copying and pasting the link of the flickr image page on its own line in your post or page. Or at least I hope not!

Ocean Liner, SS St Paul
(HTML embed from the original flickr experience coming soon to the “new flickr experience” near you.)

Attachment Pages, Images and Carousels! Oh My!

Or: First the WordPress Gallery Had Attachment Pages, Then It Had The Photo Carousel. (But, really, it still has Attachment Pages.)

This is a bit of a “Red Pill/Blue Pill” post and assumes you have a good understanding of the underpinnings of’s image handling and the Gallery feature. Even if you do, you might want to keep headache relief nearby. After going down the rabbit hole, you’ll learn how you can use the Gallery feature to display your single images in the Photo Carousel.

Every image you upload to your site creates a corresponding Attachment page. You can check this out yourself by uploading an image directly to your Media Library and then clicking on the “View” link for that image in the Media Library.

Read the full post on Gallery-A Demo Blog

Flickr Woes

It’s broken

electricia1 posted in the Community support forums that flickr has changed the way images can be embedded. At the moment this is done with an iframe, which of course is a “no-go” for users.

However, there are other ways you can embed your flickr photos in your site, the easiest is still just copying the URL of the photo’s page from your browser’s address bar and pasting that on it’s own line, unlinked in your blog post. For more info here’s’s Support document on using flickr. Just be aware that if you are using the new Beta version of flickr, you may not be able to blog your photos directly from flickr to your site. In my photostream, that link is no longer active to me, although it was set up and working correctly in the previous version of flickr.

(And the irony is not lost on me that the flickr blog is hosted on See the bottom of the blog. It may say “Powered by WordPress,” but the link reads LOL)

Update: 20 December – It seems that either from the flickr or WPcom end things have changed. Yesterday the above oembed image was just an image. Today if you mouseover the image, the flickr watermark and my name show up, along with the ability to browse the other images in my flickr photostream directly from this image. I’m going to be doing some more experimenting in the coming days.

In the meantime, insert image by URL continues to work and unfortunately, my flickr sets which were previously visible as an embed, are no longer so. (sigh)

Update 2: 20 December – We can’t get our pants on fast enough with the changes going on. For me the above image is back to what it was yesterday, i.e. a simple image with no watermark or arrows on mouseover. If you are seeing it differently, please let me know in the comments.