It is getting to that time and it really is head down bum up, or so the saying goes. I’m working very hard to get the next issue of DRM out to those that subscribe and those that want to see it. Really looking forward to it being ready for you all to see. I have also had some great images up on Instagram this week, and I would like to share them with you as well.
Dynamic Range Magazine
As I said, it is all coming together. I’m working around the clock to get it ready, plus get everything else I have to do done. It is looking like it is going to be very interesting Issue especially as we enter our second year. We are constantly mixing things up and finding what works. We are also always trying to make sure you get value for the money you spend on it.
Don’t forget that you can subscribe to the magazine, and it is the best way to help support us and to make sure you get each issue. You get it sent to you and can read it before it becomes available to the wider community.
This next one we are going to be including a tutorial. I am taking all I have learned from writing for dPS to start writing them for the magazine. One process that I hear from a lot of people is that they want to know how to replace a sky. I have written a very easy tutorial for a basic sky replacement. I am also giving the image away for you to practice plus 4 sky photos. It means the next issue will also be a zip file to include those for you.
I hope you are looking forward to Issue 5 as much as we are.
Yoast and Self Hosting
One of the biggest problems with self hosting is that you have to work a lot of stuff out for yourself. It isn’t easy and then you have to find plugins for nearly everything.
One plugin that I was recommended to get was Yoast, to help with SEO, but I have to say it has driven me crazy and I have deactivated it. It is always updating, so you are continually have to go the plugins page to press update now, but also it has started giving notifications. When you try and find out what the notification is for, well I gave up, who knew what it was for, but the red 1 was annoying.
I wrote to them, basically to see if there was a glitch in the plugin and was basically told to bugger off because I was using the free version and they wouldn’t help me. I told them that their response convinced me to never pay for it and to stop using it altogther.
Now I am not stupid. I know that developers like to get paid, and I happily pay for many things. but to get a response like that was too much. If I get help and I think it is a good product, then I will happily pay for it, but to be told straight out no, we only help paid customers, then they lose me. I have often given money towards development, and will continue to do so. I think if you use something, enjoy using it, then you should help out financially otherwise it will disappear.
My photos today are again from Instagram. I do love Instagram, and love the nature of it. I have started using a new app to help me schedule posts, it is called Later, and it is making my Instagram life a lot easier. I also think the tips I put up each day are helping others, and I will continue to do that.
There are four photos today, plus one you have already seen, but I did a bit more work to it for IG.