Welcome!

Welcome to my shiny new photo blog! Here you can find new photos, both commissioned and personal as well as news and musings about my work and life. I’ve tried to make the site a bit of a hybrid, part web site and part blog. So you will find all of the useful blog features like searching, archives, commenting, subscribing etc…

In addition I have tried to present my photography in a clean and elegant way, as a series of slideshows, so all the normal blog clutter doesn’t detract you from looking at the photos.

I will continue to update and maintain my online portfolio http://martinbennett.com but for the latest work and news please return to the blog for a taste of what I’ve been up to.

I hope you enjoy the site and its content.

Martin

PS for those of you not familiar with blogs and how they work here are the instructions, please do not throw away!

Ok this is the bit for blog virgins…

Navigation
There are 2 main places to navigate around the site. At the top of the blog and also on the right hand side. 

Overview
(found at the top of the page & under ‘Navigate to’, in the right hand menu) is the web site bit of the whole thing. It cuts out all the text and takes you directly to a gallery view of all the Slideshows available. So no text, just pictures!

When viewing the Overview gallery you can see all of the slideshows available. When you click on a thumbnail you will be shown a slideshow. To return to the gallery click on the icon at the bottom left of the slideshow navigation. If you press the play function (bottom right) you can sit back and watch all of the Slideshows in sequence. Alternatively you can use the – & + icons to navigate manually. To exit and return to the blog, click on “Back to blog” at the bottom right of the screen.

Slideshows
To view individual slideshows simply click on any photo in a post and the slideshow will present itself. All the controls can be found at the bottom of the screen. There’s even a snazzy little button that displays the Slideshows in full screen mode, wow! To quit the slideshow and return to the blog, click on “Back to blog” at the bottom right of the screen. 

Comments
Basically you can write your own comments about each post & read what other have had to say. The number of comments written about each post is displayed at the top right of each post. To access the comments you need to click on the title of a post.

Subscribing
Under each post is the option to sign up to receive an email every-time I post new work on the site. So you will be always up to date with what’s going on. Or you can add the post to your favourite social networking site.

Email a post
At the bottom right of each post is a little blue email icon that if click gives you the option to send an email to a friend containing the post. 

 

Finding stuff

 

Categories
This is a simple way to find photos or other posts linked by a common theme or subject.

Recent Posts
Well this pretty much does what it says. Its a just a convenient list of the most recent… umm posts. 

Archives
So there are lots of ways to display/find the information/photos. You can look for older posts not displayed on the front page by going to the Archives, listed in the main navigation at the top of the site. Here you will find all of the posts listed in date order.

Search
You can look for relevant info on the entire site by using the search function. Just type something in and see what is thrown up.

Keywords
Further down on the right hand side is a list of keywords which I’ve put together, that will help find posts or photos that are similar or linked in someway.

Links
This a list of friends and colleagues sites. Check them out! 

I hope that you made it to the end of the instructions and didn’t simply get bored halfway through, gave up and started clicking wildly!

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