It’s been five years since Shutter Photo first took to the web. Our first article: Black + White Photography As a Learning Tool. I’m proud of that article because – whether I knew it at the time, or not – it set a stage for a common thread that will carry through the site for years to come. Five years may not seem like a long time, but a lot has changed in that time.
Shutter Photo started as a bit of a personal blog. I wrote some instructional material, but my intent was initially to document my transition into digital photography. At the time, I had a little more than thirteen years of experience shooting film. And my early endeavors into digital media was a lot more different than I had thought. As a complete surprise to me, it turns out I wasn’t alone in my transition. It was a time when many photographers were also transitioning into digital photography. Furthermore, it was a time when photography was starting to become more attainable to the masses. So there were a lot of people out there wishing to learn more about photography. And there were a lot of websites selling snake oil. So Shutter Photo evolved.
Within a year, I had already written more than two-dozen instructional articles. They were well received. By the end of the first year, I had already stopped announcing my own works. In fact, by spring of the following year, we started talking about other people’s works. We started our group on Flickr as a source of inspiration for our readers which later also became a source for our weekly Inspiring Photos column. Much later that year, we also started reviewing products. Our product reviews are low-volume – especially compared to some of the powerhouse websites – but our readers have valued our thorough and fair opinions about products. Case and point, most of the products that we reviewed appear on the first page of a product review search about that product on Google. Not bad for a relatively small site.
In the end, Shutter Photo has evolved, but we have stayed true to our original mission, which appears at part of our logo: Photography Education, Inspiration and Wisdom. So I’m proud to be here now five years later. I’m glad to be working on some more articles that will be forthcoming and I’m glad that our readership continues to grow steadily, but slowly.
And I hope to be carrying the same message in another five years.
Thanks to all that have supported us through the past five years.