December 23, 2010

Tangents – photography forum

I always enjoy hearing from photographers who read the articles here. However, as this site has become more popular, and with my own increasingly busy schedule, it is now an impossible workload to reply to the 20+ emails per day, asking questions about photography. The main problem with directly replying to emails is that I am spending an inordinate amount of time on an audience of one. But I have stuff to do!

I do like to help others, and here it is – a photography forum as part of the Tangents blog. Anyone is welcome to post questions and reply to any questions. So please feel free to join in!

With this then, I am giving official notice that I will NOT be replying to any photography questions via email. Any questions will have to go through the Tangents forum or the Tangents blog.

Now, about the photo at the top …

The photo of the London taxi cab careening past, with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in the background, was taken during my trip last week to London.  My first vacation in more than 5 years! As with the previous vacation I took to London back in 2005, I went with the express intent of catching my favorite band, Van Der Graaf Generator, in concert.  I’m a fan.  Doing some sight-seeing in London over the course of the week there, I’d wander around taking photographs.  What else? I’m kinda into photography as well.

I wanted to get some iconic images of London … and what better than a London taxi cab careening over the bridge next to the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben? I panned with the moving vehicle, using a wide-angle focal length.  This caused the background to streak in an interesting way.  It took multiple attempts though to have a few images that worked.

camera settings: 1/30 @ f5.6 @ 1600 ISO

Anyway, back to the top … welcome to the Tangents forum!

I would also like to mention again, that there is the monthly newsletter that you can subscribe to. I use the newsletter to keep everyone up to date with all kinds of relevant snippets of info and news.

 

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1 Josh Liba December 23, 2010 at 2:30 pm

That’s a great idea, Neil! I have to admit, as a first-time commenter that I’ve been visiting your site for months now. Your expertise and excellent book have done so much for me in terms of my wedding photography techniques indoors and out. Thanks for that!

I often field beginner questions on my own site and blog, but it’s usually easier to point them to an article here on Tangents!

Much success on the new forum. I’ll be there!

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2 Katie Gould December 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Yes! I think this is a WONDERFUL thing. I found some horrible attitudes prevalent in other photography forums, but I love your sensibilities and trust that this would be a much nicer place to talk and learn. And if you decide to look for volunteer moderators, let me know! :P

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3 John Oden December 23, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Neil,

Thanks for all your efforts and your willingness to share your knowledge.

I’m glad to hear about your forum. I’m going to hop over there now and check it out!

All the best,
John

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4 Dragos December 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Many efforts, I can see that. Dear wizard, thanks for your advices. I realize your time is limited (and I am patient, still waiting an answer from you), so my respect will be always huge for you.
Thank You for photography forum, too!

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5 Stephen December 23, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Neil,
Opening a forum is another milestone in your successful career as photographer and instructor. :-)

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6 pasquier December 24, 2010 at 1:32 am

Great idea Neil!
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year!
P:)

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7 Pat Reynolds December 24, 2010 at 9:59 am

Good thinking 99!! Thank you for a wonderful year of learning through the knowledge you so freely share. Have a great Christmas and a happy and productive new year.
Pat.

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8 David Smalley December 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

Hi Neil,

I just want to say that I think the forum is an excellent idea. With all the photography blogs and forums out there, I have to say yours is among the best there is. The content is just awsome. I just want to share that with you, I hope you realize the impact your having on the photography community. Keep it up….

Happy Holidays,

Dave

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9 forkboy1965 December 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Excellent idea. And what a great opportunity to network with other photographers, pro and amateur, to exchange ideas and the like.

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10 John Riding December 24, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Neil, If only I had known you were in the UK, I would have popped down and bought you a pint. Hope London was good to you. Merry Christmas, John

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11 Dragos December 25, 2010 at 8:58 am

Merry Christmas! All the best!

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12 Ebony December 26, 2010 at 2:23 am

Love the new forum! Great idea – thanks for executing!!

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13 Neil vN March 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

photography forum

Tangents forum updated

Those who regularly visit the Tangents forum, would’ve noticed the layout and overall navigation have been updated. The forum now looks more like part of the website. There have been a couple of other tweaks as well.

Since the time the forum was announced in Dec 2010, there has been a steady increase in the number of people who visit. There are now around 500 visitors a day, according to my Google Analytics. (About 450 unique visitors.)

There’s now a small group of people who regularly help answer questions that are posted. A small thriving community! A big thank you to everyone who helps out. It is hugely appreciated.

So with that, here’s an invite to check out the forum if you haven’t done so recently.

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