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Introducing a new section: Articles

By dpreview staff on Sep 1, 2011 at 00:23 GMT

We're really excited that we can take the wraps off what we hope will become a valuable addition to dpreview.com: a dedicated Articles section. This will be home to all the content we produce that doesn't fit under the reviews and news headings. We've also brought in dozens of new writers to fill this section with explanations of photo techniques, accessory reviews, book reviews, photographer interviews and profiles, and much, much more. Today we've added a handful of articles to get things started, as well as porting some of our existing content, but you can expect to see new articles appearing daily from now on. The really exciting news is that the article creation and management system we've built will soon be made available to everyone - check out the story after the link for more detail.

Dpreview keeps expanding: Say hello to the new Articles section.

So, finally, we're introducing a wide range of photography-related content to complement our renowned in-depth reviews. The broad categories we're covering are:

  • Product Reviews
  • Software/App Reviews
  • Book Reviews
  • Opinions
  • Photo Techniques
  • Software Techniques
  • Video Capture
  • Technology
  • Printers & Printing
  • Pro Photography
  • Photographers and Photography
  • Help
  • Buying Guides
  • Misc Articles.

At the moment there's only a small selection of content, but it will grow, and it'll grow fast.

We've long wanted to expand our content beyond camera and lens reviews, but with limited resources and an antiquated editorial production system (with writers producing html documents and uploading them via FTP), it was logistically difficult for us to work with freelancers, and we didn't want to divert our attention away from what we're best known for.

And so we decided to build a new articles content management system with a web-based article creation / editing component. We're currently testing this with a small group of writers, but the really exciting news is that we'll soon (within a matter of weeks) going to be turning it on for all registered users, so you'll be able to create blog posts, how-to articles and photo stories right from your user profile. The system allows collaborative work (and will eventually offer revision tracking and other group editing features.

For now, please visit the new articles section and have a browse around, and keep an eye out for further announcements. In the meantime if you have a forum post / FAQ or other content you'd like to share with the community, and would like to take part in the first Beta phase of the new content creation system, please contact me by PM.

Comments

Total comments: 25
kombizz0
By kombizz0 (Sep 11, 2011)

what a nice idea.
I was looking for such a feature.
Hope to read more interesting articles.
Thank you for this.

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RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Sep 3, 2011)

I don't like this idea of making "articles" from web forum users and calling them valid content. Sorry but I'm not going to read or put any weight into an article written by "Really Mad Rob".

The only content about photography posted as part of this website, outside the forums, would be that written by DPR staff. And I've noticed in the forums that someone may get just 1 or 2 replies to a question posted about what to buy and will go on those 2 recommendations alone then 20 other replies happen afterwards. Many people now would rather ask and take the opinion of a couple of strangers on here than to actually do reading and research themselves! It's the facebook affect "to my FB friends, what blank should I buy?"

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 3, 2011)

all the content posted so far is written by commissioned freelancers. Do you think everything you read in every newspaper or magazine or on every professional website is produced by salaried 'staff'?

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453C
By 453C (Sep 4, 2011)

RedFox, I believe DPR is well aware that they need to protect their brand and reputation. If you don't want to read something, don't. Some very wise people can be found on the DPR forums, and I believe DPR staff can sort the wheat from the chaff.

I look forward to the results of this new content venture. The collaborative articles have a ring of wiki to them, and that can be a powerful tool if managed properly.

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Goffredo
By Goffredo (Sep 1, 2011)

I have a review about Nikon D90 VR Bracketing bug.

The article is in Portuguese, but I am translating into English. If you think it is important, can bio published here.

http://jgoffredo.blogspot.com/2011/08/bug-de-bracketing-da-nikon-d90.html

To help understanding:

ligado = on
desligado = off

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Len5742
By Len5742 (Sep 1, 2011)

I'd like to compliment you on getting the word 'complement' right.

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453C
By 453C (Sep 1, 2011)

DPR staff, have you considered working with Sean McHugh of Cambridge in Colour?

http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/about.htm

His background lends itself to technical writing, and his site has consistently been one of the most useful to me. Please consider contacting Mr. McHugh and publishing his work. Perhaps his articles could be hosted jointly?

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 1, 2011)

watch this space...

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KonstRuctor
By KonstRuctor (Sep 1, 2011)

Excellent news! You could publish one of my articles? You have requirements for authors?

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 1, 2011)

http://www.dpreview.com/misc/jobs.asp

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bugbait
By bugbait (Sep 1, 2011)

Already enjoyed one of the articles. More important it is helping me with my upcoming purchase. Thanks.

I do wish you covered camcorders as well. A devoted studio reproduction across each new HDSLR, Camcorder Point & Shoot would be helpful. Train set, baby mobile etc. And turn on differing light sources in regular sequence per review, incandescent, florescent normal and daylight versions, candle.

Sure cameras or taking over most of that market. But there will always be differences and that is what reviews are for. I'm just saying...

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urix
By urix (Sep 1, 2011)

Great! But...

There is 'The Art of HDR Photography, part 4' in the 'Articles: Photo Techniques' category, but you won't find there previous chapters of this multi-part text. Moreover, the only way to read them is to search the site for them. Oops! They live in 'Learn: Guides' section which is inaccessible from the main page.

I think you should reorganize your old articles to fill up this new section.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 1, 2011)

they're in here http://www.dpreview.com/articles/category/photo-techniques

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urix
By urix (Sep 1, 2011)

Well done! Thanks you :)

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Mike Sandman
By Mike Sandman (Sep 1, 2011)

I am sad that you have a section of book reviews, but that you didn't respond to my interest in writing reviews for you. But no hard feelings, and I'm happy to see the articles.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 1, 2011)

we're still working thru the list actually

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woodand6
By woodand6 (Sep 1, 2011)

This isn't related to the article, but I just found out that dpreview has a page on Vimeo. I swear I have checked this website multiple times daily for years and have never seen that advertised. If you're doing the work, let it be known!

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Amadou Diallo
By Amadou Diallo (Sep 1, 2011)

Currently, our primary use of vimeo is hosting the embedded video samples you see in our camera reviews. On the agenda is to provide additional types of video content. Stay tuned.

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Mike Ronesia
By Mike Ronesia (Sep 1, 2011)

You might want to fix your bar on top. Some of the links are off.

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Jim Lowell
By Jim Lowell (Sep 1, 2011)

Its great that DPR is progressing and expanding, but I hope that you guys don't let your main core go soft... being the timely camera reviews and good photo samples.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Sep 1, 2011)

we have to evolve to survive, but trust me none of this will impact on our core business of reviewing cameras and producing samples.

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noirdesir
By noirdesir (Sep 1, 2011)

So you have in-depth reviews (and previews) in the Reviews section and product reviews as in the Articles. Not sure I understand. Or is rather a separation into core photography equipment reviews (camera, lenses and printers) and reviews of less-core products like tripods?

Not that it really matters under what header you post something but your existing 'articles' (essays) have come under most criticism in respect to not always using precise enough language (which isn't easy as most words have lots of different meanings to different people in the common language, particularly if you straddle technical subjects where terms have very well-defined meanings and popular usage of the same terms which have different meanings).

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aljudy
By aljudy (Sep 1, 2011)

I like this new feature. Excellent source of photography and videography information. Keep up the good work!

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reginalddwight
By reginalddwight (Sep 1, 2011)

These may be baby steps, but DPR is finally getting with the times. What took you guys so long?

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zevobh
By zevobh (Sep 1, 2011)

I like. DPR is soon to be the only photo site worth looking at.

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Total comments: 25