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Pro Photo Podcast #95 – Christmas Extravaganza 2013

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Today’s Panel… Gavin Seim - Bary HowellMark TeskeyNina BeheimDennis ZerwasJason Eldridge

The annual Christmas show with lots of cheer and lots of great gadgets. This episode brought to you by Seim Effects and the new PHOTOGRAPHICS miniseries.

Main Time Indexes:

  • 00:00 Introductions.
  • 02:30 State of Cameras
  • 15:00 Looking back at 2013
  • 38:00 The Middle Picks
  • 58:30 Looking to 2014
  • 1:12:30 #1 ON Your Gear List
  • 1:23:30 The EPIC Pick List
  • 2:01:50 The After Show

LINKS…

Jordan Powers.
The PHOTOGRAPHICS miniseries.
EOS M
Great USB3 reader
FilmConvert
4 pack space blankets
Cruzer Fit, tiny flash drive
Dollar Store mini drivers

DJI Phantom Go Pro Copter.
Folding Note Board

The Back to Work Show.
Apple Store App
Intuos 4 (used) 0r 5 tablet
Ektar 100 Film.
Bugaboo Base Camp Large, Portable Cookware
Me Photo Travel tripod
Grado SR80 I Headphones.

3 LED Headlamp.
T-Sac Tea Filter.

Mophy Battery packs
(also check out these ones)
Life Proof iPhone Case

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Pro Photo Podcast #91 – Gavin’s Out – What’s Old Is New Again

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Gavin is on the road again for 3 months filming and photographing. You can follow their trip here. Barry and Dennis found the keys to the garage. Who knows what will happen. Good job guys.

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Today’s Panel…  Barry HowellDennis ZerwasRonn MurrayAndrew JonesSeth Hinrichs

Gavin is on the Road so Barry, DZ and their crew take the show for a spin as they talk about the latest in photography, then and now.

This show brought to you by the Seim Effects. And the new ColorFlow presets for Apple Aperture.

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Main Time Indexes:

  • 00:00 Introductions.
  • 02:22 What’s Old is New.
  • 33:10 News and Stuff.
  • 43:10 Barry Does Video
  • 46:06 What’s Our Next Camera?
  • 58:30 The Lightning Rounds
  • 1:35:50 Picks

 

LINKS…

Barry’s video on the Canon FTB.

Follow Gavin’s 3 month American road trip.

Sony NEX Series

Random PICKS:

iCandy phone video mount for SLR’s

SteadyCam Merlin 2 video stabilizer.

Also the smaller Smoothee version for GoPro/Phones.

Olloclip lens system for iPhone

Lumix GH3.

Pro Photo Podcast #87 – Flare To The MAX or The Disaster Effect

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Today’s Panel... Gavin SeimBarry HowellDennis Zerwas

This classic roundtable features the endless banter of The Three. But we actually talk about a lot of cool things as we look at the latest gear, talk about tough realities of the industry and even kick into some Facebook and marketing tips in our very long after show. If you listen to the entire after show, you get a +2.

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Main Time Indexes:

  • 00:00 Introductions.
  • 03:33 Canon 6D, Nikon D600.
  • 12:10 Forced wedding photography?
  • 19:00 Bride drowns during session.
  • 23:10 Adobe photo contest
  • 28:20 More news, mirrorless chat.
  • 42:40 Barry moderates – How to make it.
  • 50:00 Barry Moderates – iPhoneography.
  • 1:04:00 Realities of the business.
  • 1:25:01 Picks of the month.
  • 1:41:55 The LONG After show.

Links…

Bride downs during session. Be careful…

Google Acquires Nik Software.

Canon 6D, Nikon D600.

New Mexico case forcing people to photograph homosexual weddings. An artist is not, nor should ever be obligated to produce art they morally disagree with. SHAME on New Mexico courts – Article 1, Article2

The Adobe photo contest situation.

Why So Many “Professional” Photos Look So Bad!

Portrait of an Instagram Artist.Former Olympus Executives Plead Guilty to Carrying Out Massive Financial Fraud.

Photographs of Vacuum-Wrapped Tokyo Couples – Definitely a different way to have your portrait done.

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PICKS…

Gavin – Olympus 35RC

Gavin – Capresso Frothpro

Gavin – 500 Cameras

DZ – Woodstock Percussion Kid’s Accordion

 

Pro Photo Podcast #86 – Of Light and Toilet Seats

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Today’s Panel... Gavin SeimBarry HowellDennis Zerwas - Joseph Linaschke

This month we get back to basics. Discuss light, working with it and even have a few healthy debates as we look at how we all make images differently.

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Main Time Indexes:

  • 00:00 Introductions.
  • 03:10 News. EOS M and More.
  • 21:30 Getting Back to our Roots. Film.
  • 39:15 Back to Basics. One Camera.
  • 46:30 What You Think When You Make An Image.
  • 1:09:30 What’s The Most Satisfying.
  • 1:24:00 Techniques For Light.
  • (1:24:40 Gavin Yodels)
  • 1:34:10 Picks and Stuff.
  • 1:54:30. More thoughts. Creative Cloud, Aperture etc.
  • 2:04:08 The After Show. Business and beyond.
  • 2:04:33. After Show

Links…

Creative Suite CS6.

Canon EOS M

Will epic images of the Colorado fires will go down in history.

Canon recalls 68,000 T4i’s.

MK2 lenses lenses falling off post.

Video, light panels.

PICKS…

Steve Jobs lost interview.

Adobe Creative Cloud.

“my life is so bright I don’t need a lighted toiled seat”. DZ
“The best image of any session, is the one the client loves the most” Barry Howel

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PPS Podcast #84 – Bangs To the MAX or Golden Beauty Flowing Everywhere.

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Today’s Panel... Gavin SeimGokhan CukurovaDennis ZerwasJonathan Bielaski - Mark Tesky.

Gavin and the panel round off the first quarter of 2012 with the hot news and happening from the photo world and digging into discussion on how we can raise the bar and get more profitable in a crowded industry.

PPS #84 Extended Forum Discussions Here..

Main Time Indexes:

  • 00:00 Introductions.
  • 04:55 MK3 vs D800 News.
  • 23:20 Lightroom 4 and CS6.
  • 40:03 The video side of it all.
  • 47:44 EXposed and trip overview.
  • 50:44 Instagram and social stuff.
  • 1:07:30 LRound. Being the Best We Can.
  • 1:27:20 Picks and gadgets of the month.
  • 1:47:50 After show and our title inspiration ;)

News..

LR4 is here. Overall we like it.
Creative Suite CS6.

Black Magic Design Cinema.

5DMK III is good. So is the Nikon D800. You decide. And check out the value of the D3200.

A pack of free LR develop presets for video.

Getting Beyond the Digital File – The Missing Link
Resolution and Printable size.
Learn What the Nail Does Before You Start to Hammer.

Are you still using 500px.com

Pixoto is another interesting one with cash prizes.

A comparison of the Super Moon.

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A Photographer’s Confession – How I Paid for Facebook Fans.

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So what’s five dollar fandom like? It’s just like buying advertising, right? Well, I have to confess something today. I did pay for Facebook fans. I know, sick, right? No, I don’t mean I bought an ad in order to get people to my page. That would have been fine. Wait, is it any different? Well, yes. When you pay someone to spread the word in order to gain “real interest,” it’s different. It’s like paying for an ad in the personals or joining a dating site. It may be a little cheesy at times, but it can still be genuine, and sometimes it’s a working approach.

But that’s not what I did today. I went to a site called Fiverr. It’s an interesting place where anyone can sell pretty much any item or service for five bucks: bracelets made of soda tops, video promos, ads on Twitter accounts, people suggesting Facebook pages to their friends, etc. Kinda interesting.

Then I found an offering that promised more: an immediate growth in fans. The one I picked promised at least 250 +Likes for just $5.00. I know, it was self-serving. But 250 fans? I paused. I’ve always been about good content. The slow nurturing of quality followers. My Seim Studios photography page already had over 1500 real fans. But I wanted to know how this worked. I wanted a taste of rapid growth. So I did it. I bought into five dollar fandom. And I got what I paid for.

A couple hours later, my fans skyrocketed. Yep. Just as all the previous buyers on this offering said. It was for real. In about two hours, I went from around 1510 to 1776. Passing by two centuries in a blink. I had done it. I had new fans, andSeim Photography Facebook 144x600 A Photographers Confession   How I Paid for Facebook Fans. I was flying. Flying…but not so high. In fact, for a few moments, I was flying low enough that I think my belly button was skimming the weeds. I even confessed to my wife. The reviews didn’t mention that the fans gained were completely without gratification.

It was like a time machine in a bad movie. I may have arrived at the destination, but the plot was no better when I got there. I felt dirty. As though I had paid for fans… Wait, I did pay for fans. I keep telling myself I did it for you. To test the waters and make sure it was safe. To protect you from…. O.K. Honestly, the business side of me simply could not resist the idea of so many new fans, in so little time.

So, what’s the scoop? As far as I can tell, this is not some hacker. The new fans come from FB accounts that have few friends and odd foreign names. And they come fast. I’m guessing there are either a ton of accounts owned by one person (yea, shady), or some sort of fan network where people agree to fan pages for each other. Either way, these people have no real interest in me and will probably never think of me again.

So, the bottom line is this: it’s NOT the best way to gain fans. Yes, you can grab some quick cred on your page. Particularly if you have a new page, this is VERY tempting. It’s not illegal or anything like that, but I speak from today’s experience. It does not feel gratifying. I have pages like Seim Effects with more than 5k fans, fans I worked to get by offering value and sharing ideas. That feels good. Buying fans, not so much. My studio page is still a quality place. These irrelevant fans won’t change that. But every time I look at my numbers from now on, I’ll be mentally deducting those 250 or so fans that “didn’t really count,” and I’ll never be able to forget that I paid for for it.

So is buying ads and trying to gain reach all bad? No. But few things are free, quality clients least of all. So think about what you really want. Will numbers really satisfy you or do you want real people who actually are interested in what you do and will spread the word to others? That takes time. But as for me, I plan to stick with quality +Like’s from now on. That’s not to say I won’t ever buy advertising (though it doesn’t usually work that well either). But I want followers that actually are relevant and who are interested in what I do. On that note, if you want to read my notes for cultivating a quality page, read my 10 Tips for Taming the Power of Your Facebook Page.

My confession has ended. The grimy weight is sliding off my shoulders as I strike these square keys. I am moving on.

Gav

UPDATE/TIP:
At this same time of my craving for fans, I spent another five bucks on another promotion. Five dollars to have someone actually suggest my page to “their” friends. I gained another nice chunk of what seem to be “real fans” from this. Nothing like the 200+ useless fans, but 20-30 actual users, which is far better. The difference is that this is not a promised number where non relevant profiles +like your page, simply for the sake of your ego. Those are real Facebook users, who saw my page suggestion on the sellers wall and decided to +Like it. Would I sell a page suggestion on my personal profile for $5. Not a chance, but I see no problem with buying one if someone is offering it. These seem to be honest-to-goodness people, who, if you provide relevant content, may take a genuine interest in your page. Just like buying an ad.