Northern Voice 2008, Day 1 Continued

The high­light of the after­noon was for me, as it turned about, Pho­to­Camp. That’s the ses­sion on pho­tog­ra­phy led by Kris Krug, Pres­i­dent of Bryght. I’ve been to this ses­sion in past years, but this year Kris had a slight­ly dif­fer­ent for­mat (although he had done Pho­to­Camp this way at oth­er venues like Bar­Camp): A group of dif­fer­ent experts in a vari­ety of pho­to­graph­ic tech­niques and top­ics fol­lowed. Tim Bray talked about what ide­al small cam­era to get, even if you already have a larg­er Dig­i­tal SLR (and I was glad to see that he pro­mot­ed the site DPRe­view, a site that Steven had rec­om­mend­ed many times when I was shop­ping for a cam­era.) Local art pho­tog­ra­ph­er Rachael Ashe showed some stun­ning­ly psy­che­del­ic effects you can get by using long expo­sures in a dark room along with var­i­ous kinds of coloured lights; a kind of light paint­ing. You can see an exam­ple done today here. I’ve seen oth­er exam­ples of this online, but the ones she did had an almost icon­ic (in the reli­gious sense) qual­i­ty. Novak Rog­ic of Microsoft showed how you could make ele­gant and almost pic­turesque lit­tle plan­ets from stiched togeth­er panora­mas, Duane Storey (who I am hop­ing to pur­chase one of his stun­ning pho­to­mu­rals of the Van­cou­ver sky­line from) talked about how to set up a store to sell your pho­tos on and Miran­da Liev­ers, a local por­trait and wed­ding pho­tog­ra­ph­er, gave a superb show of how to make the best pic­tures from avail­able light. It was that last pre­sen­ta­tion that par­tic­u­lar­ly impressed me, and I hope I’ll be able to use some of what I learned in future photos.

After Pho­to­camp, I went to the ses­sion on Word­Press (part­ly as a pre­lude to tomor­row’s keynote by Matt Mul­len­weg, the found­ing devel­op­er of Word­Press, one of the most suc­cess­ful blog­ging soft­ware pack­ages today, and the soft­ware I use to pub­lish all of my blogs.) While that was main­ly a break­out ses­sion where we all had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to avail our­selves of local experts, it was fol­lowed by a ter­rif­ic pre­sen­ta­tion called ‘More than Cat Blogs’, which was how Word­Press can be used to build web sites that are either not blogs at all, or don’t look any­thing like blogs. (unfor­tu­nate­ly I did­n’t get the pre­sen­ters name and he has­n’t post­ed any links to his ses­sion or him­self on the North­ern Voice Wiki).

After all of these pre­sen­ta­tions, I went with sev­er­al oth­ers to the near­by Mahoney’s bar, where Vox­ant News­room, a dig­i­tal news video host­ing ser­vice, was offer­ing free drinks and t‑shirts in return for fill­ing out a short sur­vey regard­ing blogs and oth­er demo­graph­ic infor­ma­tion. It was nice to be able to get drinks (and even­tu­al­ly din­ner) so close the the con­fer­ence, and I was home at a decent hour, ready for a full sec­ond day of North­ern Voice tomor­row. It starts ear­ly (at 8:30 AM), so hope­ful­ly I’ll be up and ready.

5 Replies to “Northern Voice 2008, Day 1 Continued”

  1. Good sum­ma­ry, David.

    The pre­sen­ter in the last ses­sion was Alan Levine a.k.a. Cog­Dog­Blog (

    I took some good notes in his pre­sen­ta­tion. I’m too sleepy to (reli­ably) for­mat this up in HTML right now, but here goes:

    His orig­i­nal “pre­sen­ta­tion blog” done for a con­fer­ence pre­sen­ta­tion about this same top­ic was

    Some of his oth­er blogs/designs that he showed us:

    Par­tic­u­lar pages he showed to demon­strate points:

    Blog post detail­ing how to go about cus­tomiz­ing WP:

    Tip: Take the HTML copy&paste code blocks gen­er­at­ed by Flickr, etc. and exper­i­ment with their gen­er­at­ed code.
    For the intre­pid non-pro­gram­mer-geek: If nec­es­sary, do sim­i­lar type of exper­i­men­ta­tions with MySQL queries to get the exact results you want pulled from WP’s database.

    Deli­cious tag for this type of sites: not­cat­di­aries, i.e. the URL to see exam­ples tagged by Alan (and every­body else) is

    Some of the sites men­tioned by audi­ence members: — done in Word­Press, but does­n’t look at all like a blog — done in Word­Press­MU (Word­Press multi­user). But it is pos­si­ble to sep­a­rate the con­tents of dif­fer­ent users on a reg­u­lar Word­Press blog by way of cat­e­gories, etc. — based on WordPress.

  2. David — great write up! It was great to see every­one again. This is one con­fer­ence that you feel most “at home” with as it seems you know a lot of peo­ple but also meet so many. I found the pre­sen­ters either very good or mediocre. Should have picked bet­ter. See you in a few months! Glad the cold is over.

  3. Hi David,

    I remem­bered your blog because I liked the name — any­way, just want­ed to say it was nice meet­ing you at North­ern Voice. It’s nice to put a face to a blog or more accu­rate­ly, the blog­ger behind the blog!

    Take care,

  4. Hi Antoine,

    Thanks for the com­ment. Hope we meet again at the next event around town. From your blog I can see that you’ve had an extreme­ly inter­est­ing and var­ied career. I’m look­ing for­ward to read­ing your posts as well, since I now know the blog­ger behind your blog as well. 🙂

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