Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SEO Optimization for Photographers and Bloggers in General Part 2

If you want to learn more about submitting your Blog to blog directories, creating sitemaps for Google and other search engines, and other important topics related to search engine optimization, then I highly recommend you go to this site:

Tips for New Bloggers

The articles are very easy to read and the explanations are quite detailed.

Monday, June 29, 2009

SEO Optimization for Photographers and Bloggers in General Part 1

After spending countless hours tweaking and messing around with code for both my blogs/sites (this one and juanrojophotography.com), I've picked up a few URLs where you can go to take bits of code and paste into your own. It really don't requires any understanding of programming, you just have to follow the instructions given on the site and you'll be on your way. This is one of those URLs:

This Link gives you a tutorial on how to change the title of your post to appear as the main title of the page. By the default, when you first setup your Blogger blog, the title for your blog appears on every single page, even for archived posts and to top it off it's placed right in front of the post title. From a search engine stand point this is supposed to be quite counterproductive for your search engine rankings, as Google or any other search engine for that matter will only pick up a limited amount of words from the title to index it. If a good chunk of that title is already taken over by the Blog's name, then your post might go unnoticed by Google as the title of the blog has already been indexed by Google.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Juan Rojo Photography Now Has its Own Website

In order to differentiate a little bit more the technical aspect of this blog from my wedding photography business, I decided to create a separate site altogether. The new Site will concentrate exclusively on displaying images for my clients and hopefully attract new ones, as well via search engine queries or by referrals. The technical geeky side of lighting with detailed Strobist descriptions will remain an integral part of this blog. In other words, if you are another photographer like myself, you want to keep reading this one.

Here's a shot of my new site. Not very fancy at all, but I built it using WordPress focusing more on search engine optimization rather than aesthetics. If you still want to see a better looking website, you can go Here

Juan Rojo Photography

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Cinematico Project Slideshow - Dramatic Lighting

This is a self-initiated project, which I started to fine-tune my skills in dramatic lighting, the set will undoubtedly continue to grow.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Juan Rojo Design Has Gone Mobile - Toronto Wedding Photographer

Since I started using my iPhone I realized that both my website (especially my website) and blog were not optimized for mobile browsing from the iPhone or any other mobile device for that matter.

My website would require heavy redesign to make it mobile compatible, starting with the fact that the Flash-based photo galleries don't work at all in iPhone's Safari. I will address that later, much later. In the meantime, I found a fantastic website called Mofuse, which basically transforms your current Blogger or Wordpress blog to a mobile friendly version. You just need to provide your URL and in seconds you can preview what your blog will look like on a simulated smartphone screen.

If you are already surfing the web on a mobile, you can click HERE to view an optimized mobile version of this blog.

I hope this info is helpful for all you bloggers out there who also want to take advantage of the mobile internet.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Toronto Wedding Photographer: Angela and Sunny's Engagement Session

This past Saturday (June 13, 2009) we had the pleasure of doing an e-session for Angela and Sunny. Probably the most easy-going and nicest couple I've met to date. Angela decided on The Brickworks as the location was very familiar to both of them, and quite frankly the surrounding area is pretty much ideal for an engagement photo shoot. When I woke up that morning the sky was overcast, which I thought it would be ideal from a lighting standpoint. However, by the time we met up with them at 8:30, the sky had opened up again and it was extremely bright. It was quite challenging trying to avoid harsh shadows but within the first hour, the clouds moved in again and it made things a bit easier for Shelley and I.

Here are some shots from the session:






For the Strobists reading this post most of the lighting was done using Nikon's CLS with one single SB-900 set to Remote mode and triggered via an on-camera SB-800 set to commander. The first 30 mins. or so when it was really bright, I used Pocket Wizards to trigger the SB-900.