10 Step WordPress Security Checklist

By |2016-12-22T08:51:05+10:00November 21st, 2016|Categories: Photography|

Security is a huge issue in web design and keeping your site safe from hackers is always a challenge. No site is invulnerable to hacking attacks, but there is plenty of common sense things to do to harden your site and make it much more likely to avoid the dreaded "hacked" notice. Start with these 10 tips. 1. PASSWORDS - Passwords are the gate to the kingdom. So don't give them away. The easiest way to have strong passwords is to use a password manager, so you can use a randomised 15 digit minimum character password. Take a look at any "top 10" passwords list, and you'll see that people still don't get this. Don't be one of those people. Your password should include upper & lowercase letters, numbers, and other characters. A password manager like LastPass makes this a breeze. 2. WORDPRESS UPDATES - Each time Wordpress is updated, the release [...]

Resizing images for the web

By |2018-08-21T11:12:43+10:00December 13th, 2015|Categories: digital imaging, Photography, photography teaching, software discussion, web design|Tags: , , , , |

Updated: 16 Feb, 2018 The topic of resizing images for the web is a relatively simple, yet ridiculously complex one, at the same time. And it's also one where there is an awful lot of misinformation floating around, even from professionals. But a lot of people have a need for basic foundational skills when it comes to understanding and resizing digital images for various purposes. Hence this post... Huge caveat here: My primary field of knowledge is in photography. I have been fiddling with cameras my whole life, and have taught photography and digital imaging at local colleges and independently for the last ten years (visit iTeachphotographers for more on that), and I feel like I have a  reasonably authoritative voice on the topic. I also design, host and maintain WordPress websites. While I can read and write HMTL and CSS, I am more a designer than a coder, and I [...]

High Speed Flash

By |2016-10-22T09:42:29+10:00January 30th, 2013|Categories: lighting, Photography|Tags: , , , , , |

I started to look into the various possibilities of high speed flash, and what I thought was a relatively simple area of photography quickly expanded and my investigations seemed to find no end. So I thought I should blog my findings here, as I was a bit frustrated about the lack of resources on the subject myself. So what is high speed flash? Well, it's one way to make high speed photography. I make the distinction to separate the effects of shutter speed from the effects of flash. Both can freeze motion. What I'm interested in here is the role flash plays in freezing motion, and looking at the various types of equipment that might be used in high speed flash projects. This post may well be updated along the way, as it's a pretty big topic...  (all of the shots above taken with speedlights at low power - click [...]

The Politics of Public Photography

By |2016-10-22T09:42:29+10:00January 20th, 2013|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , |

It's a weird world. It really is. The politics of public photography moves with the times of course, but right now it's in a radical right wing phase. Over the course of the 30 years I've been putting a camera to my eye, the way people generally have responded to the act of photography has changed remarkably. In my teenage years, shooting random stuff on the streets in Sydney, people hardly blinked at me. I used to sit on a bench on a bus street and photograph whatever caught my interest. On private property I occasionally got asked to leave or stop shooting (climbing the Opera House on a Sunday afternoon does come to mind ;)), but generally I could do whatever I wanted and no one seemed to mind. They instinctively realised I was just exercising my hobby. Fast track 30 years, to the politics of public photography in this the age of Instagram. I was planning to take [...]