Blogging, Photography

Adobe Portfolio

Carrying on a little bit from yesterday, and the fifteen year milestone this blog reached. When I first started blogging, I did so on an entirely self-built site I created using Adobe Dreamweaver pointing to the first domain name I ever purchased – garydenness.com. Everthing was .com back then, so it didn’t occur to me to do anything different. Dreamweaver is still going, although how strong a product is I don’t know – I have long wondered why they didn’t evolve it into a more WordPressy type product.

I switched to a blogging platform (myOpera) in 2005, and switched to garydenness.co.uk at the same time. I’ve long lost the floppy disks with all my coding on it, but the remnants of those early efforts live on (sort of) on the Way Back Machine. If you clicked the link and looked, I know what you’re thinking…how considerate was I, building the site in duplicate for both broadband and narrowband users?  Those were the days, huh…

I still own the garydenness.com domain name. I’ve always kept it. Mostly unused, unloved, unpointed at anything. If Flickr allowed you to attach domain names to an account, I’d have used it there. But they don’t. But I have now found a use for it. Whilst I’ve long stopped using Dreamweaver, I am still very much an active user of other Adobe products. Lightroom in particular, on Mac OS and iOS. Which, incidentally, just received a very welcome update – the ability to sync presets between the desktop version and its mobile counterparts. Adobe have a huge range of other products, some of which are included in the CC Photography subscription that I’m signed up to. One of those is Adobe Portfolio. And this is where this entire post has been leading us…

Adobe Portfolio does what it says on the tin. It is an easy way to present a portfolio of work, be it art, photography or any other visual form of digital expression. I have it included, so why not use it? I trawled through my extire Flickr collection from 2010 onwards, picking out the best of my efforts for each year. Why 2010? That’s when I started using cameras with bigger sensors, getting (hypothetically) better results.

There’s an added benefit – one can attach a custom domain name to ones portfolio. So once more, 13 years and about £130 in renewal fees since I last used it, garydenness.com has a purpose. Although, if you look carefully, the domain quickly switches to the standard Adobe one. Setting up domains should not be so difficult, but the combination of the host and Adobe’s settings has me flumoxxed. I’ll fix it eventually, but for now the domain name is just pointed at my portfolio.

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