The photo blog strikes back (Part 2) : Digital Salvation!
Updated: Aug 3, 2019
It's hard to do photography when you're stuck at home for months recovering from surgery. Instead of shooting neon lights in Times Square, I was snapping pics of a Christmas tree, twinkly lights reflecting on the ceiling, the world outside my window, and of course the family. I did all this with my 4.0 megapixel Canon G3, my first digital camera!
DIGITAL was a godsend and it made me a better photographer. I had seen other photographers experiment with digital around 1999 and although the results were crap you just knew it would get better. By the time 2002 rolled around the technology was making dramatic leaps every six months. Within a year of your purchase whatever gear you bought was obsolete. It was the 90's computer chip wars all over again, except now between Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji.
After switching to digital, I was able to shoot more and post more. I look at the late 2000's as the best of times. Digital also opened up photography to a whole new generation which made things more interesting. Suddenly you were seeing posts of places you've only seen in books or in a Rick Steves' travel show.
Unfortunately, the seeds of photo blogging's demise was in those digital cameras. The iPhone came out and shortly afterwards the great scourge to photographers everywhere: Facebook and Instagram.
It was game over, and I watched photo blogging sites go stale and eventually disappear altogether. Gone were the "photo rings" that listed all the people who made photo blogs their passion. And who could forget coolphotoblogs.com (don't go there now) and their weekly contests? No prizes, just exposure.
In 2015 I joined the ranks of the forgotten and shut down CrashRyan. I was never a great photographer, just average, which is probably why this was only ever a hobby. CrashRyan was a minor photo blogging site (not even a footnote in the history of photo blogging sites), but it was fun while it lasted.
Like everyone else, I moved on to Instagram and Facebook also, but it was not the same. The personal touch was gone. Now you're lumped in with family photos and influencers. How do you stand out when 95 million photos are uploaded, per day!
So here I am, again, back on the web with a new photo blog and will things be different this time along? Stay tuned ...