Blogging is a great way to share a series of photos from your work. Sadly though many of us don't do it any longer because let's be honest; it's a pain in the ass. Fortunately a new web service, Exposure, is out that looks beautiful and is a perfect replacement for those that loathe blogging.
Alright, so first let me mention a few important things. If you are the type of person that loves to tweak everything in your blog, change your background colors, pick different fonts, install all kinds of add-ons then Exposure is definitely not for you. On the other hand if you love things simple, you don't want to spend a lot of time putting up a post of photos and you are a minimalist that loves clean design than Exposure is definitely worth checking out.
What makes Exposure so great is it's ease of use. I had a group of photographer friends all test it out while putting this article together and all of them reported back that in less than 10 minutes they were able to have their work published and ready to share. The group all agreed that it made blogging so much easier and those who despise blogging said they would actually consider start doing it again. Myself included.
I for one haven't blogged in over a year, but after opening a free test account with Exposure I had three shoots posted in short time (you are allowed up to three free.) In fact, I loved the service enough that I wanted to continue posting up some more shoots so I opened a premium account for $9/month (or $99/year.) You can go see my page here.
While I am planning on using Exposure to replace what I was doing on my blog, the interesting thing is you won't find the word blog on Exposure's site. Instead they call it photo narratives. Founders Luke Beard and Kyle Bragger surely did that on purpose to keep the comparisons to sites like Wordpress to a minimum. As I mentioned earlier, Exposure is not feature rich like a blog, but in my opinion much better looking than most. The strength of Exposure is in how it's photo narratives are laid out to really show off the images and quickly add some text to accompany those images. It's a WYSIWYG service that allows you to drag and drop images right onto your page and make edits to the text directly without the need for any coding or opening up a text box designer. It really is about as simple as it gets.
What I love most about Exposure though is not how it looks on the computer but how it displays on phones and tablets. The photos are completely responsive and so when you turn your display from portrait to landscape or back again the photos respond by auto arranging for the best display.
While I am absolutely loving the experience I have had so far with Exposure, have already become a premium subscriber and plan on using it throughout 2014 instead of my old blog, there are a few features I would love to see added.
1. Ability to add SEO keywords to each post.
2. A feature to add comments on the bottom of the posts. I realize not everyone would want this so it would be nice to have this feature as something you could turn on or off in the settings.
3. Custom URL - which is already in the works and will be released in the next few weeks.
4. Ability to pinch to zoom while viewing the photos on a phone or tablet.
5. Add links directly into the text of the narrative.
6. A button at the end of a post to share to Pinterest. Ones for Twitter and Facebook already exist.
If you are like me and have fallen months, even a full year, behind on blogging your photos then Exposure might be just the answer for you. I know for me it has become the perfect answer to display my work in gorgeous photo-first story format and do it quickly so that publishing my work is no longer another day's task but something that is actually quite refreshing when I hit the publish button. Go give it a try, your first three posts are free.