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, using the text navigation menu and also on the right hand side in the sidebar.

Gallery
(found at the top of the page ) its 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 Gallery you will be presented with all of the slideshows available. When you click on an album within the Gallery  you will be shown the corresponding 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.

Slideshow
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 & Feeds
To subscribe to my blog you can enter your email address in the box on the right of the site, in the sidebar and then click Subscribe. You can also click on the Feed logo (in the side bar) and load the Feed directly into your own reader. So with either of these options you will be always up to date with what’s going on. Additionally  you can add any of the posts to your favourite social networking site (see the icons at the bottom of each post).

Email a post
At the bottom right of each post is a little blue email icon that if you 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.

Blog 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 Blog Archive, 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.

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!