Back in business!

So, I’m back! After twelve days of honeymoon on lovely lovely Rhodes, of which a couple of pics can be found on my Flickr, I’ve decided that yes, I need a better camera. If any of you have good advice on what I should buy as my first SLR, let me know. If you want to send me one, even better! But anyway, I’m back! Some of the things I wanted to share with you:

Upcoming events
We’ve got a couple of cool events coming up, and one thing I want to make sure is that all of you register for A4UExpo as soon as you can. For affiliates, search marketers and other online marketeers, it’s one of the best conferences you’ll ever see in Europe. Period.

In other news
I’m going through my feeds and want to share some of the cool stuff I’ve seen with you:

  • First of all, Authority Blogger “soft-launched”. For all corporate bloggers who read my blog, this would be a great way too get training from one of the best in the business, Chris Garret.
  • My buddy Aaron Wall wrote a short e-book for WordTracker with “50 kick-ass keyword strategies“, and I have to say: it’s well worth the mere $39 they ask for it.
  • Christian Hockenberger, the guy who did the logo for Yoast, launched his new site, Princeofdune, and it looks pretty cool.
  • Smashing Magazine had a huge post called WordPress Developer’s Toolbox, which is well worth the read.

I’ll be working on some plugins in the coming weeks, and will try to get my WordPress newsletter out this week as well. See you all soon!

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9 Responses

  1. ukgimpBy ukgimp on 17 September, 2008

    Sony Alpha is a good start for an SLR. They are essentially minolta, which is a top camera brand from way back.

    Fast response times, lots of options and the lenses are not too bad.

    A nice mix is 18-70mm and 70-200, next step is ultra wide angle to take property pictures for brochures/webpages.




  2. Patrick AltoftBy Patrick Altoft on 17 September, 2008

    See you at a4uexpo :-)

  3. Patrick DalyBy Patrick Daly on 17 September, 2008

    I’m excited you’re back! SLR…I have a Canon Digital Rebel XTi and love it. Great for someone who is interested in photography, but not at a professional level.

  4. Elja TrumBy Elja Trum on 17 September, 2008

    Welcome back!
    Rhodos is a nice Island. I see you’ve walked through the old city; certainly worth a visit indeed.

    Regarding a dSLR camera; I’d go for a Canon, Nikon or Sony.
    They all have great camera’s. I do know a weblog that has detailed information about camera’s, btw.. ;)

  5. Walter VosBy Walter Vos on 17 September, 2008

    I’d advise the Nikon D40 (not the D40x which is baaad). Great camera to get started with SLR photography, not too heavy, not too expensive. Don’t get the D60 as well, it brings nothing new to the table as far as I can see. Here’s a good read about the D40:

  6. archshrkBy archshrk on 17 September, 2008

    Canon or Nikon for the camera. Which specific model depends on your budget. Choose carefully because once you start, you’ll stick with that brand because of all the special lenses and flashes and other extras that only fit your brand.

    Oh, and welcome back.

  7. AllenBy Allen on 22 September, 2008

    I really like my Nikon D80. I’ve had it for nearly 2 years and have really gotten into photography. I’d stick with Nikon or maybe Canon, but like another commenter said, choose wisely the first time around because when you start adding lenses it will be tough to change.


  8. MerijnBy Merijn on 22 September, 2008

    Hi Joost, welcome back!

    Must’ve been a nice stay!

    As far as camera’s go, two months before Robin was born, I bought a Nikon D80, and you may wish to look at the D90 these days. Personally I do like the “i know this scene better than you” buttons on the D80, but the problem is you need to steer the camera more. Be aware that the camera defines only 20% of the picture, and 80% is the photographer :-). As Ken Rockwell shows in the expensive camera really requires more of the photographer.

  9. archshrkBy archshrk on 25 September, 2008

    Hey, can you pass this on to Christian Hockenberger
    his site gives me an error message which seems to make it not function correctly…

    A username and password are being requested by The site says: “Production-Staging Access – Employees Only”

    His contact and visitor links aren’t working so I can’t tell him myself.