May 17th – "WordPress for Photographers – The Cure for the Common Website;" meet early for Photo-walk & two print competitions

WordPress for Photographers

The Cure for the Common Website

by Brian Morrison

May 17th  – 6:00 P.M. gathering, fellowship & Dutch dinner. 8×10 print competition starts at 6:30 P.M. Programs 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Change of Venue for this meeting only: Meeting place is at Calhoun’s at the Marina (Lenoir City – at Ft. Loudoun Dam; 4550 City Park Drive, Lenoir City, TN.; Click here for directions.)

Most photographers who have even a passing interest in their online presence have heard of WordPress, the popular “blog” platform. If you think it’s just a blog, you’re missing out – it would be much more accurate to think of WordPress as a complete solution for your entire website. An increasing number of photographers (as well as many businesses in other industries) are turning to WordPress to be the backbone of their online presence, replacing their current websites with ones that are more secure, easier to manage, and easier to update with new content and features.

During this program, you can learn:

  • Just what is WordPress, anyways? And how do I set it up?
  • Why our current Flash-based websites are quickly becoming a relic of the past.
  • What are “themes” and how do I find one that works for me and my business?
  • What is “open source” software? Why would I want to use it?
  • What are “plugins”, and how do I use them in my website? Can you tell us some good ones?
  • How do I navigate the administrative “back end” of the site and work with my content?
  • Easy to implement backup solutions that protects your content from data loss.
  • How do I move my current site to WordPress?
  • How do I integrate my WordPress site with Facebook, Twitter and Google+?
  • Why a WordPress site can be very good for search engine rankings.
  • What if I don’t think I can handle this by myself?
  • Watch as we build a new, custom site in real time

Brian Morrison is the owner of Brian Morrison Photography, located in Glenview, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. Brian’s primary areas of work includes weddings, events, portraits and commercial. His corporate clients have included numerous Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. Brian’s personal and business philosophy is that every client deserves great light in their photos.

Brian received his bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago. He is a Certified Professional Photographer and currently serves on the executive board of the Professional Photographers Association of Northern Illinois (PPANI). His work has won awards including numerous Best of Show and best of category, and a 2011 Kodak Gallery Award. Brian was named an Illinois Top 10 Photographer of the year and received the Northern Achievement Award for Photographic Excellence from PPANI in 2011, the highest award that the assocation confers for success in photographic competition.

Checkout his website by clicking here.

Photo-walk starts at 4pm

All members and/or visitors are welcome to come early around 4 pm to do a photo-walk.  The meeting location is at Calhoun’s in Lenoir City which is on a maria.  So there will be lots of opportunities to photograph the beautiful area with all the boats.  This will also be a great social opportunity to hang out with new and old friends.

Two 8×10 Print Competitions

This month we will be having two competitions.  Our normal one outlined below and additional one limited to images taken on the Crescent Bend model workshop.  This new competition will not count toward the Photographer of the Year so that those who did not attend will not be penalized.

The monthly 8×10 competition is starting off this month! Our “Photographer of the Year” is awarded bases on your monthly print votes, and this is the time to start working towards it! So make sure to bring your prints in for submitting. You might be this year’s “Photographer of the Year’!

PPETN members may bring 8×10 prints to the competition each month. The cost is $3 per print. Please remember to bring a CD or thumb drive of your submitted images (600 pixels on the largest side). Points towards our annual “Photographer of the Year” will be awarded once we receive digital versions for submitting on our blog.  Any winning images will be posed on the website with back links to your website.  This will help with your SEO (search engine optimization)!

Meeting Cost (excluding food):

  • PPETN Members: Free
  • Non-Members: $20.00 (first visit is free)
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