by Joseph Linaschke
It's nearly been a year…
Can you believe this site is nearly a year old already? What started as a little experiment has grown nicely and now has a consistent publishing schedule (every Tuesday at noon PST). We're averaging 1,000 unique visitors per month, which isn't much but it's more than zero :) The newsletter list has 150 folks on it, but I've never sent a newsletter to that list.
So, what do we do with this site? When I started it, it was just a little place to share some B&W love, and that's fine. I talked about making a store for selling B&W prints from all of you, but we haven't done that yet. Not sure that there's enough traffic yet to warrant it.
What about training? Are any of you interested in creating training that we can sell here?
What can we do to make this site bigger? I'd love to have more contributions, but as it is the one-a-week isn't always easy to make happen. We have a few dozen contributors, but most are very inactive.
Does this site need to be more about critiques? Should every image have a step-by-step how-to? Should I just shut this down, and move it to a Google+ community (of which there are probably dozens already dedicated to B&W photography)?
I don't mind leaving it running as-is, but I'd love to give some more direction to the site. What do you think?
The image above was shot on a hike up to the Great Wall of China, on a Panasonic GF1, 20mm f/1.7 lens, then converted to B&W in Nik Silver Efex Pro II. It never ceases to amaze me how much detail can be pulled out of a "flat" cloudy sky. Those clouds have a ton of texture, if you can find it.
Speaking of Nik…
I've been promoting the Nik Collection for ages now, and the promotional 15% off I have will expire at the end of July. So if you want to save a bit more and get the entire collection for $126 instead of $150 (used to be $500!), don't delay. Go here to buy and be sure to enter "ApertureExpert" on checkout.