How to write articles for the Magazine
Last update: March 13th 2017 (last updates in RED text)
THE MUST OF THE ARTICLE
Title. Please choose a creative title indeed referenced to the subjects and themes of the article. Title is the first key for online searches. You get chances to be found if you write a clever title.
Information. Explain clearly the 5 W’s: Who, when, where, what, why (and an H… how!). An exterior reader may not have idea of things you assume by implication.
Words count: not less than 500 words, please. Articles with words count less than 500 will be trashed.
Spelling. Write correctly! Use automatic correctors for to avoid grammar and spelling mistakes (see WRITING AND CORRECTION OF TEXTS).
Link. Put links to each one of the subjects of the article. Check if they have their own website to link (see HOW TO CREATE LINKS).
Signature. Sign it at the end of the article! You are the author, you better show yourself (and link your name to your website! If you are on FotoLowCost.NET your link will advantage your website a lot!).
WRITING AND CORRECTION OF TEXTS
It is necessary that the text is corrected, error-clean and also formatting-clean. Please avoid writing on Pages or Word. Use instead Text Edit or Block Notes and enable in the preferences ‘plain text’ over ‘rich text’. If you do so, your text will be clean from formatting. Then just copy and paste it to the Blog.
HOW TO ADD LINKS
1) first of all, on your browser: open the specific page of the site that you want to link
2) copy the link that appears in the navigation bar, so that’s mistake-proof
3) go back to the blog, select the word you want to link, click on the chain icon and paste the link
4) select option “open link on new window”. It would be great to add metadata on the link too. You would help Google to find your content (and the owner of the link as well)
The first photo you add is the cover of your article. It’s the most important photo. In addition, you must set the so called ‘Set Featured image’ for to be cover picture of your article. Yhis picture is used also to create automatic News on the TheDarkroom web site. The boxes of the News are landscape format. So it is necessary that the Featured Image of the article is landscape format. Please see the Set Featured Image box on the right, under TAGS. Choose the most important image (horizontal format) and set it as Featured Image for the article.
This should be fairly enough in top of the article because people love to see pictures and love to see not too many text blocks without images. It is mandatory that the photo is RIGHT AFTER THE FIRST PARAGRAPH OF THE ARTICLE. Indeed, it’s best to place it after a few lines of text.
Have a preview of that by opening some previously published articles and see how do they look.
Photo size: jpeg 620×420 pixels, 72 dpi , quality 6 if you use Aperture or as 50% if you use Lightroom/Photoshop.
Photos must be sized at time of export, not within WordPress. If they are bigger than 620 px, even if you resize them in WordPress editor, mobile telephones render photos larger than the screen.
Images must be placed “CENTERED” in the article. This blog is designed to have images in the center of the body, not aligned left or right.
If you correctly enter metadata on Ap/Lr, you will find them uploaded on the blog. In this case, you only have to copy them in the empty boxes. Ap/Lr metadata are for Google. You should copy them again for the reader ( or vice versa…).
Attention: the fields are copycat but have different names! There are two fields for the title of the photo, and two for the description. You can easily understand what’s what to avoid confusion. Thanks for paying attention.
Once metadata are placed in the picture, you must save with AGGIORNA key button (see photo below):
height=’470′ width=’600′, Format: mp4
HOW CAN I INSERT A VIDEO IN A POST?
You need to use “embedding” feature. Play your video with any application, also from the Internet or Youtube. Copy the embedding code (find it in the same video window, in the same bar with Play, Sound, Screen resolution, and other commands) and paste it in the Text editor.
Tags are key words necessary to sort your article out. They are mandatory!
Each word or technical subject that appears in your article will be a great tag to put in the box on the right.
Write the tags on a Text Edit or Block Notes file, all in lowercase and separated by a comma. Then copy and paste the Tags in the box.
Tags you never should add (because they are implicit in the meaning of the blog itself, and they could be too much redundant for Google): thedarkroom, darkroom (but if you mean the place where you develop photos), photo, photography, photographer, photographers, school, course, courses.
HOW TO INSERT PORTFOLIO SLIDESHOW
To insert a slide show, you must first add the picture with the ADD MEDIA button. In each photo metadata should be entered. If you have already put metadata on your Ap/Lr library, they are lifted automatically and you will only need to copy and paste the same ones in the two empty fields (two of them are always the fields for the title of the photo, the others are for the description).
Once the photos are uploaded you will find under the typing window a box called PORTFOLIO SLIDESHOW
For each article an automatic slideshow is generated. Just copy and paste the command [portfolio_slideshow] including square brackets to the exact spot where you want the slideshow to happen.