Posts Tagged ‘petapixel’

State of the Blog Address and a Preview of Coming Attractions in 2014


First things first: Happy New Year! Whether you’re in Berkeley, CA, Bucharest, Romania or Shanghai, China, it’s now 2014 for everyone, and we want to start off the new year by thanking you all for a phenomenal 2013. You guys and gals are the reason we get up in the morning and stay up nights wracking our brains to figure out how we can make this site the best photo blog in the world.

And so, before we start making that happen and hit 2014 running, we thought we’d take a moment (as we do every year) and deliver our “state of the blog address” in which we let you know where we’re at, and give you a peek at where we’re going. Read more…

Cooperation Wins Out Over Confrontation in the ILC Market


For travel shooters and those looking to keep their kit light, new Interchangeable Lens Compacts (ILC) have been a major boon. But the real beneficiaries of the rise of this new system — still less than five years old — are the companies that make them. However, in order to maximize those benefits, manufacturers of ILCs need to establish the format as viable and resilient. For some, that means working together rather than against one another. Read more…

Where’s My Professional Mirrorless Camera?


Let’s take a moment to reflect on mirrors. Mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, like the Olympus Pen E-P5 or Samsung  NX300, have enjoyed increasing popularity over the past few years, and it’s become clear that they are more than a passing fad.

This motley collection of high-tech cameras filled the gap that existed between bulky DSLRs and compact cameras, but manufacturers are now starting to expand their mirrorless lineups in hopes of attracting a wider cross-section of photographers, including professionals.
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How PetaPixel Stacks Up Against Other Top 100 Blogs in Age and Gender


We now take a break from our regularly scheduled programming to direct your attention to an interesting study that was published yesterday by Pingdom. The website tracking company decided to analyze the demographics of the world’s top 100 blogs (according to Technorati), sorting them by reader age and gender. It’s findings regarding PetaPixel caught our eye.
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10 Most Popular PetaPixel Posts of 2011

As 2011 comes to an end, here’s a look back at 10 of our most popular articles from the past year:

  1. Portraits of Dogs as They Shake Off Water
  2. Men Photographed in Stereotypical Pin-Up Poses
  3. How to Transfer a Photograph Onto a Block of Wood
  4. Large Objects Shot as Miniatures Using a Giant Coin and Tilt-Shift Effects
  5. Eagle Owl Attacking Camera at 1000fps
  6. First Ever Photograph of a Human Being
  7. Flamethrower Versus Fire Extinguisher at 1000 Frames per Second
  8. Monkey Hijacks Photographer’s Camera and Shoots Self-Portraits
  9. Stop-Motion Music Video Shot Over Two Years with 288,000 Jelly Beans
  10. Trippy Multidirectional Face Illusions

Image credit: Fireworks by Verpletterend

10 Most Popular PetaPixel Posts of 2010

As 2010 comes to an end, here’s a look back at 10 of our most popular articles from the past year:

  1. Scientific Curiosity Captured in Photos
  2. Apollo 11 Launch at 500 Frames per Second
  3. Flamethrower Versus Fire Extinguisher at 1000 Frames per Second
  4. House Season Finale Filmed Entirely with Canon 5D Mark II
  5. 7 Steps to Taking Clone Photographs
  6. First Ever Photograph of a Human Being
  7. Dogs Filmed at 1000 Frames Per Second
  8. People Magazine Uses Photo without Permission, Receives Cake Invoice
  9. 4 Creative Projects that Bend the Reality of Street Scenes
  10. Ansel Adams Garage Sale Mystery Apparently Solved

Image credit: Happy New Year !!! by Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton

Introducing the Photographers Rights Gray Card Set

We here at PetaPixel are pleased to announce the new Photographers Rights Gray Card Set, a nifty accessory that can help you remember your rights and educate others if you’re ever confronted while shooting.
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Welcome to the Redesigned PetaPixel!

Update: Thanks so much for all the feedback! What we heard about the new design was overwhelmingly positive, so that’s terrific!

It was so positive, in fact, that our analytics tells us that the demographics have completely flip-flopped. Thus, we’re returning to our previous design for now.

Happy April 1st!

We were looking at our traffic analytics recently when we noticed the following graph:

What shocked us was that the 13-69 demographic completely dominates our readership, while infants, toddlers, and 70+ year old men are underrepresented.

What’s more, from a different graph we found that PetaPixel sees far less female readers than male readers.

“This has to change,” we thought.

For quite some time we had no ideas on how to pander to these underrepresented demographics. Finally, we received a revelation from Wikipedia regarding the color pink. The article contains the following gems:

In Western culture, the practice of assigning pink to an individual gender began in the 1920s. From then until the 1940s, pink was considered appropriate for boys because being related to red it was the more masculine and decided color, while blue was considered appropriate for girls because it was the more delicate and dainty color, or related to the Virgin Mary.

That means men currently 70+ years old grew up when pink was a color associated with boys.

It has been suggested that females prefer pink because of a preference for reddish things like ripe fruits and healthy faces.

Amazing! One color that panders to both demographics we’d like to appeal to! (and we hear babies like the color pink too!)

If you’re a 70+ year old man, hopefully this new design strikes you with nostalgia and brings a tear to your eye. If you’re a woman of any age, hopefully this new design reminds you of bountiful harvests and gleaming complexions. If you’re not any of these things, we might change our design back when more infants, toddlers, 70+ year old men, and females of all ages read this blog more.

Infants and toddlers! This is for you!

Please let us know what you think about this new design in the comments. We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Image credit: My Evening With the Ponies by dreamcicle19772006

PetaPixel is Moving Down the Block

When we launched back in 2009, I decided to host PetaPixel on the same hosting plan as my personal website at 1&1. Their plans are cheap (~$7/month) and they offered enormous amounts of storage and unlimited bandwidth, so I decided to try hosting PP with them.

Things have gone pretty well over the past 9 months or so, especially since we were essentially hosting the blog for free. However, we’ve grown to a point where traffic is occasionally causing our site to go down, since 1&1 tries to keep server usage fair among its customers. We’ve learned that though they offered “unlimited” traffic hosting, it’s meant for small, personal websites that don’t hog the server’s resources.

We went down again for a short period of time today, signaling to me that we should probably begin moving to something that will support us better as we continue to grow. This weekend I’m planning on moving the site over to Rackspace Cloud, and the transition has already begun. If everything goes according to plan, by the time we resume posting next Monday we’ll be serving PetaPixel from our new home.

We’ll update this post when we’re at the new location and settled down. Have a great weekend, and see you on the flip side!

Update: If you can see this update then you’re visiting us at our new home. Welcome!