Create your own articles - public beta launched today
Introducing Articles for Everyone
A few weeks ago we launched our articles section and we promised that you'd soon be able to create your own articles, photo blogs and other personal content using our newly-developed browser-based editor and content manager. We're excited to announce that today we've opened up access to this cool new tool for all registered members. You'll find links to your article manager in your profile (Articles tab) or at the top of the main articles index page.
First, a little background. For the last decade or so the stuff you read on dpreview.com has been produced almost entirely manually, with all our reviewers and editors creating and editing html pages directly in Dreamweaver, resizing images in Photoshop and uploading everything via ftp (this is still the way we produce reviews and previews). As you can imagine, this requires lots of training, and is slow and error-prone. When we decided to expand our content into articles, specifically articles produced by external contributors, we knew we needed an easier to use way of getting content into the dpreview.com style and onto its pages, so we set about creating a true content management system and a simple web-based article creator/editor.
As soon as we started to think about what we could do with such a system we decided we should offer it to all our members, allowing them to create permanent, easily discoverable content directly from their user profile. The forums are full of amazing information, expertise and opinion produced by some highly knowledgeable and talented members, but it can be hard work finding what you're looking for when wading through thousands of posts.
We deployed the CMS and article editor at the same time as the articles section (all the articles are created using it), and after a few weeks of testing we're happy it is robust enough to launch it into a public beta. The best way to discover what it can do is to go to the articles tab of your profile and start playing with it, but you can also read this quick primer if you'd like to get up to speed on the features of this first beta launch.
At launch the system allows you to create single or multi-page articles using text, images, tables and videos. Right now these will be accessed directly from your profile page (and will appear at at the bottom of the main articles index page), but we are working on ways to make your content more discoverable, and systems to ensure the best, most highly rated content bubbles to the surface. You can help this by tagging your articles and by clicking the 'Like' button on articles you find interesting, useful or inspiring.
We're launching personal articles today as a public beta, meaning there's almost certainly a few bugs and quirks, which we'll be fixing and fine-tuning over the next few weeks. Please report any bugs you find via the feedback form.
We need to spend a couple of weeks dealing with the beta feedback, but we're already developing some cool new features for the articles system. Just a taste of of some of the things you're likely to see In future updates includes:
- Collaborative creation tools (multiple authors, version tracking, wiki tools)
- More flexible image layout options
- Better mobile device support
- Better forum integration
- Expanded integration with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Flickr
- More templates
- More privacy and permission controls (who can view or edit your articles)
- More control over commenting
What can I use the article system for?
Pretty much anything you want as long as you stick to the site rules (see here) - a photo blog, tips, opinions, product reviews - it's totally up to you.
Why should I write your articles for you?
It is, of course, completely up to you. We see a lot of carefully constructed, useful or inspirational posts get lost in the endless flow of the forums, and we thought it would be sensible to offer our members somewhere to archive their contributions, share their thoughts/experiences and pass on their knowledge. We don't expect everyone to create articles, but we just couldn't keep such a cool tool to ourselves and our commissioned contributors.
Who owns the content?
You own all the words and pictures you post, and you can remove them at any time (as per our terms and conditions). The only exception is contracted, commissioned content.
How do I get my content featured on the home page?
At the moment only commissioned content is featured on the home page and in the main articles index, but we will soon offer a way to submit articles for approval by the dpreview.com editorial team, at which point we'll be able to promote them to official endorsed content status. We'll also start promoting popular / highly rated community content. Stay tuned!
Can I use the articles to promote my own product/services/website?
Articles created solely for the purpose of promoting a product, service or website will be considered to be spam and are likely to be deleted and may result in a permanent ban. However, you may include a single link to your personal or commercial website at the end of the article (we still reserve the right to edit or delete articles, at our discretion, that we consider to be spam).
Aug 12, 2014
Aug 11, 2014
Jun 6, 2014
Jun 5, 2014
|It's good to be at home by Nightcrawler12|
from Best photo of the week...
|Tiny tree by Kaappo|
The Olympus 17mm F1.2 promises to open up new possibilities for Micro Four Thirds shooters seeking razor-thin depth-of-field and smooth, 'feathered' bokeh. Take a peek at our extensive sample gallery.
Are you a speed freak? Hungry to photograph anything that goes 'zoom'? Or perhaps you just want to get Sports Illustrated-level shots of your child's soccer game. Keep reading to find out which cameras we think are best for sports and action shooting.
Still yearning for an Aperture replacement? Here's a quick overview of RAW Power, a Raw image editor for iOS that pairs with the Mac application introduced in 2016. Take a look at some of its capabilities.
Video features have become an important factor to many photographers when choosing a new camera. Read on to find out which cameras we think are best for the videophile.
Tech lover Albert Lee was one of the first to pre-order the intriguing 16-camera module Light L16. Two months in, here's what he has to say about using this not-so-little computational camera.
The public art installation featured blurred portraits, ostensibly captured by the artist under that same underpass... except they weren't. They were actually portraits of comedians, pulled from the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival program.
Edelkrone has upgraded its SliderOne with a SliderOne Pro and introduced a new generation of Wing and Wing Pro models, all while simultaneously improving the app that controls its entirely lineup.
People have waiting a long time for the Canon 85mm F1.4L IS lens, but how does it compare to Canon's 85mm F1.2L and Sigma's 85mm F1.4 Art? Phillip Pettit of Lensrentals took all three lenses for a spin to find out.
Affinity Photo for iPad, one of the first full-featured Raw editors designed specifically for tablet use, has been named Apple's Best iPad App of 2017. And what's more, it's currently 50% off!
VSCO Messages allows VSCO X subscribers and free users alike to share text, images, photo editing 'recipes', VSCO journal entries and more.
Flickr has revealed their top 25 photos of 2017, and there are some truly stunning shots in the mix.
Testing of the Canon G1 X Mark III is well underway, inside of the studio and out. We've just added it to our test scene comparison tool, where you can take a look at its performance side-by-side against peers like the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V.
Whether it's a trip to the beach for some snorkeling or scrambling up a 10,000 ft volcano, the Olympus Tough TG-5 proved to be a great travel companion for Jeff. That's why it's his 2017 Gear of the Year.
Last year, the DJI Mavic Pro and the Phantom 4 Professional took top honors in our end of year buying guide. Read on to find out who it this year for beginners, consumers, prosumers, and professionals at a price tag less than $2,000.
Meyer Optik Goerlitz is resurrecting yet another classic lens. This time, the company has set its crowdfunding sights on the Primoplan 75mm F1.9, a lens originally manufactured in a run of just 2,000 back in the 1930s.
The folks at Kolari Vision—an infrared camera conversion company based in New Jersey—recently tore down a brand new Sony a7RIII, giving everybody a peek at the camera's much-improved weather sealing.
Resource Travel's Brandon Cunningham recently joined The Giving Lens for a 10-day adventure in India. A trip he won't soon forget, to a country that left him in "sensory and soul overload."
Meet the new Freefly Movi, a handheld gimbal stabilizer designed by cinema stabilization pros for use with the iPhone. Freefly is calling this little beast "the world's most portable, adaptable, and intuitive cinema robot."
Photography portfolio site PhotoShelter is adding their voice to the growing group of online companies that are speaking out in favor of net neutrality, and against the FCC's upcoming vote to kill it.
The Direct app would replace the current Inbox on the Instagram app, doing for Instagram what the Facebook Messenger app did for Facebook on mobile.
Qualcomm's latest high-end mobile chipset offers higher frame rates and a wider color gamut, among other important camera improvements you can expect to see in next year's flagship smartphones.
Photographer Josselin Cornou recently got trapped in a blizzard in the Snowy Mountains of Australia with his Fujifilm GFX 50S and new Tamron 15-30mm F2.8 lens. Find out how they held up to 110km/h winds and -15°C temperatures.
While film nostalgia reaches an all-time high, Seattle-based pro photographer Sofi Lee is turning back to 'digicams' made between 2008 and 2011.
The fixed prime lens camera market may be a bit niche, but it's here that you'll find some of the best cameras you can buy. Sensors ranging from APS-C to full-frame are designed to match their lenses, which cover ranges from 28-75mm equivalent, so image quality is top-notch.
With a capacity of 512GB, Samsung's new UFS chips take built-in storage on smartphones to desktop-PC levels. Will this eliminate the need for microSD slots?
Photographer Josh Rossi decided to go big for this year's Christmas card, so he recreated the Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster using himself, his wife, and their two kids.
In response to a NY Times article about how some traffickers were using Instagram as part of the illicit animal trade, Instagram has added a content advisory screen that pops up to warn users any time they search for hashtags "associated with harmful behavior to animals."
Kodak is expanding its instant photography lineup today with the release of the Kodak Mini Shot Instant 10MP camera. A tiny little digital camera that spits out either 2.1 x 3.4-inch or 2.1 x 2.1-inch prints.
Huawei'e next high-end smartphone could be the first to take computational imaging to the next level with a triple-camera that spits out 40MP files.
Landscape photographer Spencer Cox recalls the single most rewarding—and frightening—landscape photography experience of his life: photographing a sandstorm.