First off, let me state that I am aware I missed a post and did not really give much advance warning. Now that it’s done, and at least ready to see a beta response, I guess I can announce it here. Well, before I make any announcements, let me back up a little bit. Since inception about 6 months ago, I have endeavored to put forth meaningful and thoughtful comments and ideas on this blog – mostly about photography. Sometimes I have presented things from as professional a perspective as I can muster, and at other times, I have been admittedly personal in my expressions. Either way, it’s probably fair to say that I have been putting a lot of time, thought, and energies into posting articles, content, and interesting materials for all to enjoy. This got me thinking about the constantly changing nature of blogs. Something new each and every day – the time and energies to putting new and fresh content out on such a regular basis can be overwhelming, to say the least.
So, with that little nugget, I was thinking – what if I were to put together something more constant, but still with the ability to change and improve? Not articles mind you (and my set of web gallery articles is still progressing – almost there, I promise!)…but an online, interactive approach to sharing and offering resources to help people learn more about photography. Now that would be cool, right? Well, here it is! It’s the brand, new, just been born, never-been seen before:
That’s right – I’ve been putting some time into setting up a site that can give people a place to go and see how they are doing with their photography. Right now, it’s in a beta form, with only 20 questions, but I am hoping to add more with time, and also to add various types of tests. Eventually, I see the site as having a set of metrics where people can go to see where they’ve improved, what they need to work on, and where they are pretty solid in their knowledge base. Naturally I am starting with the basics and intermediate material here, with more advanced stuff to come later. There will hopefully also be a comment section eventually, where people can submit ideas for new questions, and discuss the material or see some dialog there within the photographic community. That clearly is “just a dream” right now, but should be fairly easy to implement if there is sufficient interest.
So, without further ado: stop over at the beta test site and take what I am affectionately calling the OPT Test. Take the test and see how you score! Did you do well? Any material you would like to see added? Dropped? Changed? What do you think of the wording and format? Since comments aren’t enabled there – please come on back here to CB and share your thoughts on the newest and latest addition to the CB set of resources. I’ll put forwarding on at the final site once things are more cleaned up and there are various versions for people to explore. So, take the test, and see how well you score! Happy shooting and see you back here again tomorrow (watch those apertures!