Life is short, so far I had spend my 30 years without proper documented it. Recall what I did in the last 10 years – study, watch movie, read tech news, work, get married, and gym. Just in a short 11 characters, it explain everything about me in last 10 years. Photography? Yeah, I remember the first Panasonic Lumix DMC LX1 point-n-shoot I bought it while in college. We very excited and bring it to several places to snap COST FREE photos. Although it just a 2 mega-pixels digital photos, but it still function per what I wanted it to be – capture the memory! Oh, I forget to talk about who the “we” refer to. She was my first girl friend, and now my wife. We been together since 16 years old. Something to cheer, right?
The boom of digital technology make digital camera cheap and affordable. My experience with Panasonic Lumix gave me the idea that all technology products will price drop every 12-18 months (sound like Moore’s Law). So, from the first person who own a digital camera, after 2 years, everyone own a digital camera with 3-5 mega pixels. It make my camera look age, and bulkier. I started to keep it in the drawer longer and longer. Enough for Panasonic.
In college, I joined photography course for one semester, and I got to know what mean by aperture, shuttle speed, ISO and focus length. Too bad, the instructor never really told us about rule of thirds, headroom, lead room, golden ratio and golden section. He just managed to let us practiced with SLR. What the good experience when you see the film developed with object in focus, that what you looking for back in the old day.
After some off track, back to the main purpose of this blog. I got tonne of digital photos keep in my hard disk, and CD-ROM. So, what it for? It serve no purpose, and I even need to worry do I have enough backup copy of these photos, would CD-ROM degrade and make my photos not readable? I want to show my kids how their father look like back in the young time, and how hippie we are!
I did some research and there are a lot of photos sharing, photo albums hosting site, but they won’t last long with their FREE service (Example: SnapFish, Picasa, Kodak Gallery and ShutterFly). They come and go, some from FREE to bankrupt. Arghhhh!! I wish my hosting able to last for 50 years, or may be 100 years, without the troublesome of maintain it. Conclusion, I make up my mind to share my photos on blogging site instead of online photos site — WordPress.com. I did self hosting, but it not sustainable. I need to think about the software update, patching, hosting server, and renew the domain. Of course, all come with a bill. I know with own domain it look cool, it sound professional and drive more traffic. Back to the question, what do I need? I just looking for a tiny space on the giant WWW that allow me to post my little pics. Thus, I like the word picture±graphy!
While the time of writing, WordPress.com is the best FREE option that suite my taste (not to forget to mention, it the best blogging site with number one traffic volume, follow by Blogger.com of Google). The 3GB spaces allow me to share 15,000 photos (average 200K size), and this should be enough to describe my life of next 10 years. My only hope is they will remain best provider for free service for the mass, continue to change the way we create website and stay relevance. Okay, enough for “About Me”, the rest of my journey is in the posts of this blog.
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(Last update: 2012.03)