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Pro Photo Podcast #89 – Christmas 2012 & The 33 Tips of Christmas

Gavin is hitting the road again for an early 2013 tour. Visit his website for details. More travel talk in the after show.

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Today’s Panel... Gavin Seim Nina BeheimKerry GarrisonBrady DillsworthMark TeskeyJohn Cornforth

We wrap up 2012 with our annual Christmas roundtable featuring loads of photography tips and gear favorite gear and gadgets of the season. Join the discussion on the PPS forums.

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Main Time Indexes:

  • 000:00 Introductions.
  • 005:30 – News Highlights
  • 023:45 – The 33 Tips of Christmas
  • 01:12:05 – A Visit with John Cornforth
  • 1:23:55 –  Picks of the Year
  • 1:59:30 – After Show. Sailing & More.

LINKS…

Nikon D5200 looks good. Also the Nikon D600.

The wall portrait article.

Gavin’s LIGHT LETTER

Lytro Light Field Camera

Sony NEX Series

Sigmas 35mm 1.4.

Zone System
Gavin’s articleFree videos.
Crash Plan Backup

Film is Coming Back.

Gavin’s article on signature and branding usage.

Picks…

Kerry
NEX 6
Sticky Filters Lighting Gels
Tripad Laptop Tripod Tether TableDojo Review

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A Facebook Spanking – And How it Feels on Your Business.

The Bath – A Portrait that got Gavin banned form Facebook. Read more here.

by Gavin Seim: We all should to consider how social media effects us in the long term. I recently released a new portrait called The Bath. I posted this portrait on my Facebook page and the next morning I logged it to find it had not only been removed, but I had been banned from Facebook for 24 hours as PUNISHMENT for supposedly violating an “unnamed” responsibility of using Facebook. I assume they placed this under nudity, even though it contains none.

There’s is nothing inappropriate about the photo and did not even consider that it would get taken down. These are my kids and I intentionally made sure nothing showed that could be taken wrong in the slightest. So here I am, a business on Facebook, being treated like a three year old, slapped on the hand for being naughty. And that’s it. No appeal, no recourse. I call it a Facebook Spanking!

Even as a paying advertiser who has spent thousands of dollars with FB, I don’t have a real contact or way to get help. Just a black mark on my record, meaning that in the future, the punishments get worse. Some random thing could even get the PERMANENTLY REMOVED from Facebook. What happens to the years of work and thousands of dollars building my network and pages? Who knows. The thing is, they can do whatever they want. It’s their network. Just like every private network.

This got me thinking about how reliant we’ve become on social networks. Even someone like me who blogs actively on his own sites, relies on Facebook, Twitter and others to let people know about those articles and get traffic flowing. There’s nothing wrong with using those tools, but when we rely on them all our eggs start rolling into one basket. What happens if we get cut off. How many of us have maintained traffic sources that “we control”? Things like newsletters. Why? because I don’t like my business being under the thumb of corporate management that won’t even talk to me.

Personally this prompted me to start a fresh email list called the Light Letter. I want to make sure I can connect with those interested in my work on “my terms”. That’s not to say I won’t use Facebook, Google +, Twitter and other professional networks. But this experience really showed me that we as people and professionals need to become less reliant and start controlling our own content and traffic. I hope others will follow and start thinking about Content Freedom. As people who rely on content communication as part of our business, it’s time we make sure we can keep it flowing.

What are the solutions? I think a well made engaging newsletter is one. The list is not dead. Organic SEO traffic is good too. Maybe even traditional mail. I don’t have all the answers, but I’m thinking. What ideas do you have for controlling our content on our terms rather than on the whims some corporate management who couldn’t care less?

I’ll be going into more in depth on this soon as we look at how we can keep our content ours. You can also join my Light Letter below if you’re interested. Either way I encourage to check out LightLetter.com to see how I set it up. It’s been converting quite well.

Gav

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

 

Take a Bad Photo, Win a Trip to Thailand?

by Gavin Seim: Adobe recently had a travel photo contest. The prize, a trip to Thailand with legendary photographer Steve McCurry. Yea, the guy who photographed Afghan Girl.

Matt Hardy once said – “Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph.”

Adobe counted +Likes and gathered a panel of official judges to choose. The winner… this photo. You can see it larger here on Adobe’s page. There were many other entries, but this was chosen as the grand prize. I feel this is hurtful. Not only to the entrant, for it teaches them that quality does not matter. But to those who worked hard to enter quality work. It’s better to be honest with those that are learning, than to ignore a lack in quality. I would rather be improved by honest criticism than ruined by false praise.

How does the world’s largest professional photography software developer and it’s judges not know the difference between a photograph and a snapshot. As someone who has worked for fifteen years to understand photographics and light, I for one am not jealous; I am insulted and embarrassed.

For the record I did not enter this competition.  And the point here is not to insult the winner. I’m sure they will enjoy and learn from this trip. The point is that people need to understand a camera does not make you a photographer. People worked hard and entered quality work To award photo in this manner seems an insult to their efforts.

What’s Wrong With It:

Quite nearly everything. As a vacation snapshot, it’s perhaps acceptable. There is nothing wrong with a family snapshot. But we need to understand the difference between a snapshot and a photograph. This image won an international level competition. At that point it must be critiqued as such and compared to other entrants.

Great photos can be subjective. But that does not mean we ignore what makes them great. This photo has no subject, breaking the cardinal rule of a great image. A great photo has a subject. Usually just one. All other elements should be supporting cast. Is the subject little girl? The half cut off body taking the photo? Perhaps it’s the Oriental Pearl Tower, crooked in the frame. If we have to ask, the image has already failed.

When examined (something I have done over and over again) the picture feels of phone snap quality. It’s filled with artifacts and problems. The exposure is flat and dark and the sky is plain and boring. As journalism it lacks interest and as a street photo it lacks expression and spontaneity. Finally it fails at what is perhaps the hardest thing to put into words. It’s uninteresting and it does not tell a story.

Ansel Adams once said – “The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.”

While I don’t generally call out bad photos directly, I think this needs to be thought about. Everyone has cameras, but if in doing so, everyone becomes photographers, then the word photography no longer has meaning.

If we hold zero standards to the quality of art and use “art is subjective” as an excuse for everything, than the word art has no value – By calling everything art, by making everything great, we demean those who through effort and practice have mastered their skill.

NOTE: This is a news commentary. You are welcome to disagree and for obvious reasons I did not include the winners name. It’s not meant to be mean, but to raise awareness and get us thinking about quality and understanding the diffidence between a photo and a snapshot.

UPDATED: When this post was first made I had thought that looked like a phone photo. It is not. While the camera used makes little difference, some felt this should be disclosed. I have refined the post a bit to reflect this and things related to the ideas presented here.

So now that I’ve stirred the pot. Let the discussion begin.

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