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Ten Years on Twitter

By |2018-10-16T14:25:52+01:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

October 15th marked a special anniversary. It’s ten years since i signed up for my @richflintphoto Twitter account at 1.43pm on October 15th 2008. 
With the large and very active photography community regularly discussing everything photography, it’s become my number one source for keeping up-to-date with news and events in the photography world.

The last decade on Twitter has been a interesting journey, though the first few months saw little in the way of tweeting. Having set up my account i just didn’t know what to do with Twitter! Fortunately by January 2009, I’d slowly started to figure out how i could use my new Twitter account. Over the years my approach to tweeting has changed quite a lot. Just like most people’s first tweets, mine won’t win any awards. Most of the time i use Twitter as a quick way to link to photography i think people should see.  I even tweet about i’m up to occasionally!

It’s not always been a smooth journey though. Like many other social media networks, it can be intense at times, even overwhelming. A data stream overload of images and opinions rushing by you like speeding traffic. A number of times I’ve been very tempted to delete the account, but fortunately I’ve never acted on the impulse. I’m glad i haven’t. It does have value and i’d miss it. Twitter’s strength is the great community it builds who that only informs but educates too. I’m just thankful to be a small part of it.

Twitter’s future seems pretty secure. Fortunately it hasn’t really changed that much in the last ten years. The recent doubling of characters to 256 for tweets was a very welcome change for many, but otherwise the improvements have been far more subtle. Why try fix something that isn’t broken. Editing a published tweet would be handy to correct those spelling errors that can creep in, but it doesn’t seem high on Twitter’s priorities. 

So ten years gone, here’s the the next decade worth of adventures on Twitter at

Picfair Personalised Store

By |2018-09-26T11:51:16+01:00September 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Picfair store website screen shot

Earlier this month, i posted news about Picfair’s new print service where images can be purchased as canvas wraps, framed prints and Giclee art prints.

Picfair have followed this up with a dedicated personalised store page for its photographers. The current page design is very simple, but more options for further styling of the store’s layout are planned.

You can visit the Richard Flint Photography Picfair store page at

Picfair Print Service

By |2018-09-07T15:23:13+01:00September 7th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Glencoe, Highlands of Scotland – one of many images available as a print at Picfair

Picfair has recently launched a print service with a range of products and options. Picfair say about the new service:

From September 3rd, unless a photographer has opted out of Picfair Prints, every image they’ve uploaded to the site will have a “printed products” button next to the licensing options. From there, customers can order images as framed prints, canvases, or professional prints, in a range of sizes and shipped anywhere in the world.

Introducing Picfair Prints : Picfair Blog

Richard Flint Photography currently has over a hundred images on Picfair, inlcuind landscape images from Norfolk and the Highlands of Scotland, all of which are now available to buy as framed prints, canvases, or professional prints. Options include frame colour, square, portrait or landscape orientation and the ability to crop and position the image.

More details an be found at

The Richard Flint Photography Picfair page can be found at

Thoughts on the Gutenberg Editor

By |2019-05-21T15:15:32+01:00August 14th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

The Gutenberg logo

Gutenberg is on its way! I am, of course, talking about the new block editor that is due for release with WordPress 5.0 estimated to arrive later this year. At the moment it’s a plugin to try out, but at some point soon it will become THE editor you use in WordPress to create posts and pages. It replacing the classic editor that has served WordPress for many years. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been using the new Gutenberg editor on this website and others, so I thought it was about time that I posted some thoughts about what the new editor has to offer for WordPress users and my thoughts on Gutenberg so far.

At the time of writing, I’m using v3.5 of the Gutenberg plugin with the updates and improvements to the plugin coming in at a very brisk pace. The plugin installs easily enough and provides users with the ability to create or edit posts and pages. It also comes with an option for editing with the classic editor if required. Out of the box, the plugin integrates pretty well with no theme or plugin conflicts. Several posts have been created using Gutenberg (including this one) but so far only a couple of pages have been edited with Gutenberg. Gutenberg provides a clean, modern-looking user interface with the functionality to quickly put together posts or pages. Having used WordPress for nearly ten years, I have to say that changes to the editor have been long overdue. A good article explaining what to expect in Gutenberg can be found HERE.

Gutenberg is a block editor which replaces the open text window of the old classic editor in WordPress. It’s the biggest change in WordPress’ fifteen-year history and just the first stage in a series of changes coming to WordPress. Text, images, layout elements and more are contained within multiple blocks that can be dynamically moved about. Blocks can also be added by other plugins providing a simple way to add a Woocommerce store or an Instagram feed to a post or page without the need for shortcodes. Blocks are still evolving but the potential for page editing and layouts looks to be huge, once developers start implementing block functionality into their themes and plugins. The text and images on the pages of this website, for example, will probably need converting over, at some point, to blocks to get to best out of WordPress in the new Gutenberg era.

Gutenberg and the WordPress of Tomorrow – a great presentation of what blocks can do

Gutenberg has not been universally welcomed with open arms. In fact, it appears to be loved and loathed in equal measure, depending on where you look on the internet. At the time of writing, the Gutenberg plugin and the Classic Editor plugin (which ‘restores the previous WordPress editor and the Edit Post screen and makes it possible to use the plugins that extend it, add old-style meta boxes, or otherwise depend on the previous editor‘) have 100,000+ active installations each. While Gutenberg may be due to replace the classic editor this year, it will probably take another year or two (maybe even longer!) for Gutenberg to become firmly established with users. Only time will tell. Compatibility will be a factor in the take-up numbers, which will likely be influenced by how quickly developers update themes and plugins to integrate with Gutenberg fully.

So with WordPress moving over to the new block editor, what does Gutenberg offer the photographer? Well, the block editor makes adding images and video a much quicker and intuitive process. WordPress galleries can be added equally as fast. Even embedding video from YouTube or Vimeo is as simple as selecting the specific embed block, adding the link and clicking the embed button. Plugins developers will also be able to add blocks i.e the Instagram gallery above was added using a new block created by the developer Elfsight in a recent update to their excellent Instagram plugin. So far only two plugins on this website, Woocommerce and Elfsight Instagram feed, have block support but more will follow in the coming weeks and months.

It’s still early days but Gutenberg is looking encouraging. How the editor will be received when it is finally added to WordPress core is still subject to question, but the fact remains that the new editor is here to stay. Blocks are the future.

If you’d like to have a look at the new Gutenberg editor without using the plugin, an interactive demo of the editor can be found at the official Gutenberg information site at

If you’d like to try the Gutenberg plugin then that can be found in the plugins depository at

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