Iâ€™m a fan of a good photoblog. I would consider myself an amateur photographer (very amateur) and seeing the different aspects from other photographers, amateur or otherwise, always adds an additional bit of creativity or motivation. Tom Sheehanâ€™s photoblog was no different at all.
The layout is fairly simple. Itâ€™s a two-column layout, like so many other weblogs of any kind. Each post has a photo taken by the author, which is big enough for readers to get a good view of the photo. The sidebar has several sections with the standard blogger components, including a section that lists the different cameras Tom uses.
Tom has a setting in place that allows him to reply to comments within his posts almost like a message board or like the comments through LiveJournal, with those familiar with that. He responds to his readers regularly, definitely giving this weblog a more personal and valuable touch.
Each post, as mentioned above, contains a picture, a brief description of where the photo was taken or whatâ€™s been captured in the photo, and some additional information about the camera used and other situational statistics â€“ whether or not a tripod was used, for example. He keeps the descriptions to a paragraph or two and itâ€™s obvious that the main focus of this site belongs to the photos.
The archives are a bit confusing and became my only complaint of the site. Thereâ€™s a caveat on the sidebar explaining that some of the photos have been moved over to a different website, which makes it hard to determine when this blog began. The only way to navigate through the archives is a category-based list, which is great when looking for photos of a particular subject, but cumbersome when trying to scroll through by date.
With sites out there that just let anyone take pictures and post them online like Flickr or Fotki, itâ€™s not often that readers can find someone who opts to use their own hosting, template, etc. Tom Sheehanâ€™s photoblog is a nice read for anyone interested in something as simple as looking at original photos to getting ideas on what cameras would work better in particular situations.