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Social Photography Tips From Around the Web

Our (extended) group writing project has officially come to an end. Back in January, I posted the project requirements and guidelines. Over the course of the past two months, we’ve had 12 entries into the “Social Photography” portion of InspirationBit’s Social Media Mega Project.

Posted below are some excerpts from the 12 articles. Many of the entries were centered around Flickr, but there are a few that touch on other social sites and services. It’s always great to hear thoughts from other photographers on the websites that so many of us use. I’d encourage you to read through the articles linked below — the authors put quite a bit of effort into their writing and they’ve published some very useful and insightful information.

Social Media as I See It

Social Media as I See It

… The one that has had the biggest impact on me is http://www.strobist.blogspot.com or strobist.com. David Hobby has created a community with his site. He has selflessly shared his knowledge with all of us to improve our lighting. He unknowingly pushed me to challenge myself in areas I have always wanted to tread but didn’t know where to start…

Social Media In My Way

Social Media In My Way

… Flickr is not only a photo sharing tool. With the possibilities of commenting pictures, joining groups and participating in group discussions it is a lively scenery of photography related discussions… Jumpcut and Animoto are newcomers comparing to Flickr but it’s worth to keep an eye on them… photographyVoter.com- an other great social media example – is the Digg for photographers… I’m sure others leverage social media tools at a much higher level than I do. Some people are even making a life with and off them. And if you are one of those you can work location independently. But there is one thing to note: it is hard work and requires time…

Blog Writing Project

Blog Writing Project

… Flickr – it has caused me angst and confusion! I guess that’s not quite the opening you were expecting? Let me explain… The thing is, I didn’t “get” what Flickr was about. Being kinda new to the social web I’m not really “into” it, and nor it seems, are many of my friends and colleagues. My philosophy has tended to be that if I’ve got something that’s worth saying then I will, but otherwise I tend to look, not touch. Even on forums I tend to lurk. But that’s not what Flickr (and blogs) are all about…

Utilizing Flickr as a Photoblogging Tool

Utilizing Flickr as a Photoblogging Tool

… I happen to now host my images on Flickr… My favorite use of Flickr, however, is the ability to use it as a blogging tool. I have a photoblog for projects and I can dump my images onto Flickr then easily blog straight to my wordpress site… Using Flickr as a blogging tool has helped simplify my work-flow…

Help me flickr! I want to be a better photographer!

Help me flickr! I want to be a better photographer!

… By following this advice you can create an online portfolio of your best work… Restrict your uploads to one or two a day, but don’t feel like you have to upload something everyday… Haven’t shot anything recently, but still want to share some work? Cruise through your archives… Groups are probably one of the most important facets in your development… Spend time in the pools that most interest you. Comment on the photos in the pool. Insightful comments… While fav’s may reflect your moods to a certain degree, on a wider scale they reflect your aspirations…

Socializing

Socializing

… So I will share with you here MY experience with social websites, the ones I use, the one I love and the ones you could really help me make a change with!… Flickr offers unlimited storage and bandwidth so I use it to host various images/icons/logos that I use here… PhotographerVoter is a digg like community specialized in photography links! Luckily the people are much nicer than at digg… the most important part of socializing is not the social websites but it is rather to meet and make friends from readers and other photography bloggers…

photophlow: A Social Experience for Flickr Photographers

photophlow: A Social Experience for Flickr Photographers

… Photography is becoming an ever increasing social event with the onset of digital cameras, widespread Internet access, and great new websites springing up every time you turn around. Flickr has been a pillar community for photographers across the globe, and it’s an amazing place to share your work, view the work of others, and communicate with other photographers. But social media and other social websites have given us a taste of what it really means to connect with people who share common interests, and Flickr just isn’t cutting it (socially) for some of us. This is where photophlow comes in to play — adding a whole new level of social interaction to Flickr… photophlow is a mixture of several concepts and existing services…

Twist & shout!

Twist & shout!

… I looked at several services before opting for Shutterchance and my blog ‘eclectic’. Flickr seemed too huge with the number of ‘photographers’ and in some cases they seemed far too pompous! Zooomr was finding its feet – and still is; I wasn’t keen on the layout of Aminus3 and Blogger was a non-starter… I certainly felt most at home on Shutterchance…

Virtual community becoming real

Virtual community becoming real

… “Web 2.0″ is all about online community. But sometimes we want more. We want to meet the real people behind those avatars and icons. A small group of Ann Arbor photographers, first met on Flickr, has been meeting semi-regularly in person… We know each other online by our Flickr “handles”, such as Boston Wolverine and Capntoo. In person, we become Sam and Dave… our online community becomes a personal community, which in turn strengthens the online community…

Flickr is the key to my social photography experience

Flickr is the key to my social photography experience

… I joined Flickr in October 2006… I still kinda “lurked” around Flickr at first. I put a few photos up and spent hours viewing other people’s images… then I got a comment… then someone invited me to post a photo to a group… then someone added me as a contact… then someone asked to use one of my photos on their website… Before I knew it, I was an active member of the online photography community… My contribution back to the online photography community is to write posts on my own website; stumble photography posts and websites when I can; bookmark articles on del.icio.us and vote for articles on PhotographyVoter… Flickr is definitely the key to my social photography experience. In fact, if I had not discovered Flickr, I may still be “lurking” my way around the internet.

Things to Consider Before You Join a Flickr Pool

 Things to Consider Before You Join a Flickr Pool

… Photographers and Designers need a social media website that would help their artwork visually targeted. Flickr has the powerful tool to bring a visual masterpiece uncovered to the millions of viewers. If you’re a photographer or a designer who blog, why not starting out a Flickr pool?… Here are things to consider before you join a Flickr Pool… Create a nice screen name url… manage the usage rights… set the content type of your graphics… Watermark your photos with your blog URL… Tags your uploaded photos…

Social Media As A New Way Of Doing Business

Social Media As A New Way Of Doing Business

… It is easy to get overwhelmed by hundreds of various social networking sites… For some of us social media presented the ways to express ourselves, make friends, escape the troubles of the real world or simply feed our lifelong desire to learn. For others social media became the perfect tool in growing and conducting business…. I thought of interviewing Rastin Mehr, a successful entrepreneur, talented developer and an open source advocate… Flickr… My most favorite of all social networks that is. I’ve been using it for 2 years I think. I use it every hour as a way to reduce my stress, or trigger my imagination…

And remember to check back on InspirationBit in a few days if you want to see the results from ALL the different social networks and websites.

PhotoDump 03-02-2008

Another great week of photos from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! I think we’ll take a break from the photophlow sessions for a little while — not enough interest to keep it going. Maybe we’ll revisit the idea when the site moves past Beta so more people can get on board.

geisha commute by cjw333Just a quick SP (10 of 365) by vandyll.netMissed the Boat by Steffen RustenLudo @ Sokol Auditorium by As The Picture Fades PhotographyVibrant Tulips by Chris Stern PhotographyCalla Lily  by Bernie Kasper// by ryan loucks photographyBjörn by Hugo de StockholmSometimes life gets a little overwhelming... by the_wolf_brigadeGhost Sails Revisited by ergatesan uncanny need to serve man by IlletirresLonely by bryanvillarinDSC_0120 by BluTat220080224_120424_D3_Strobist_Meetup_Tikiriki__DSC8181 by geopiratStare by Will FosterFour Eyes by Colour VoidKevin Freitas by gavinjensenwind by s-t-r-a-n-g-eState of Fear by fodw02/25 by arlo_batesWash away the day (4 of 365) by vandyll.netcarpet, table, window by xgrayGuitar by ndbutterOrbit by MerkinzThe Moment by AlaskaTeacher

PhotoDump 02-24-2008

Another great week of photos from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! The photophlow sessions didn’t work out this week, so here’s what I decided on for photos.

CRW_1345 by Tarantin0Tree LoversPieces of me (3 of 365) by vandyll.netDon't tease my heart by bryanvillaringrün, grüner by mathias.pastwaman by ilva-sableyei am trying (2 of 365) by vandyll.netLast Fast Action @ The Beat Kitchen by As The Picture Fades Photographysave the world by mathias.pastwaJust Me by ndbutterSeagull audience by lilahpopsI'm Not So Sure About This... by AlaskaTeacherhere's to you, bonnie tyler by ryan loucks photographyOut Of the Ordinary by sneuwegerSnowsera Promos by As The Picture Fades Photography© lisman_-9039_4 by Rex Lisman PhotographyAway from it all by rh89Casting an Eye by Chris NixonHostile TakeoverDon't leave me by bryanvillarinKevin Freitas by gavinjensenFlame On by hitkaiserPlaza by ergatesBBLLUUEE by Phill Price02/19 by arlo_batesPygmalion (low-key) by LightChaser: Luis Cruzopen door by pragnyankareto by javiySunset on False Bay by Steve CraneAmerican Taxi @ The Beat Kitchen by As The Picture Fades Photography by mathias.pastwaerin's journal by ryan loucks photographyGrain is good. by the_wolf_brigadeA lane, a line, a lone cone by Guajava20080210_122838_D3_Pappa70GebFeier_DSC6348-1 by geopiratCuerpo (II) by little_fosforo

PhotoDump 02-17-2008

Another great week of photos from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! We had a couple of photophlow sessions and here’s what we decided on.

 by p3nCOLEGIO3 by javiyDrowning By Numbers by Colour VoidIt's all about balance really. by the_wolf_brigadespeedster by IlletirresWhite Air by Aperture Image.comTom's Diner by Anthony MusmannoKlaus by visuellegedankenkodak-moments--tram107 by mathias.pastwaBWNeg014 by Rex Lisman PhotographyNew picks (38/366) by bryanvillarinDecorative Framing by auer1816Chibi Close Up by neilcreeksymmetrical candles by wasabifishBoldt Castle at Sunset by LightBinkodak-moments--high-voltage by mathias.pastwa02/14 by arlo_batesMate by neilcreekgot love? by A Cognitive State of Minddim by dawn m. armfieldRockefeller Center by hitkaiseruse me by mathias.pastwalong way by javiyI'm watching.... by funkyforkSimply Religious by auer1816eternity by dawn m. armfieldBlue Light Special #04 by Grom Airiss© lisman_-9300 by Rex Lisman Photographytierra  by javiyTunnel Vision by Chris NixonDisney's California Adventure by peasapcommunication by wasabifishDeath in a parking lot by MerkinzHimself by patotenerePedestrian Crossing by auer1816 by mathias.pastwa20080111_001 by davewjrblue addiction by A Cognitive State of Mind02/10 by arlo_batesColor Theory - Yellow #2 by laanba

PhotoDump 02-10-2008

Another great week of photos from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! We had a couple of photophlow sessions with a few people in each, though Sunday seemed to be more popular than Wednesday.

Wonder by mgrovesLakeside Park by THEjdawgVLEI 2 by javiyCable View Panoramic, Golden Gate Bridge by jimgoldsteinUamittuq Qaafani by AlaskaTeacherEureka! by Boris Taratutin by the_wolf_brigadeGoose_08-0208-001 by heyjules45Buddha's Hand by Shama-Lama MamaCALATRAVA AUDITORIO by javiyDid you happen to see? by Aperture Image.comPractice by rh89Sometimes I forget by Chica-X365  38 - Let them eat cake! by aychseablue & yellow by stephiedee6 teeths by pragnyanIxuvik by AlaskaTeacherWaves of Pink by Boris Taratutintravels by wasabifishThe shores of Kewaunee by THEjdawgHellcat! by J Quantz Jr.Yellow Tailsky and machine by wasabifishGrammatics @ Loughborough University Jan 08 - 12 by hitkaiserbright new world by chegs© lisman_-9039_3 by Rex Lisman PhotographyLonely? Shoot some film and make new friends. by the_wolf_brigade20080203-132202_NIKON D3_Flowers_Macro_Perspective__DSC5949-4_SupMacro_violet by geopiratchaos by pragnyanWork in light II by ergatesSeagull choir by lilahpopsBarquitos by javiySurfer at dawn, Venice Beach by secondcareerShot Glass MirrorDave's Beer by rrdphotoStorm's Coming by cabbitkonigstein by p3nB&W Orchid 2 by AIA GUY..Rwoodfamily; Sailing Dreams by javiyJumping Over the Fisheye by neilcreekPine Needles_08-0202-001 by heyjules45waiting to inhale by Illetirresa walk in the park by chegsDay 33 by fodwcaught in a storm by wasabifish_MG_0140 by donnaidh_sidhe

photophlow Article at Digital Photograpy School

A few days back I wrote a guest article at the digital Photography School called “photophlow: A Social Experience for Flickr Photographers“. If you aren’t a regular reader of the dPS, head over and check it out.

Also, I wrote the article as my own project entry for the Social Photography Project that’s still running. If you’re planning on participating, now is a good time to get it done. I’ve only had four project entries, so there’s still plenty of room at the top of the list! The project deadline is February 22.

PhotoDump 02-03-2008

Another great week of photos from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! We had a couple of photophlow sessions, but only the one from Sunday had other participants. So the selection this week is about 1/2 your picks and 1/2 my picks.

Father & Son by kwerfeldeinPound a Pound by bassqee©Rex Lisman_071106_3041 by Rex Lisman PhotographyTexturized by Daniel HellermanBaobabs by javi yanesinto the sun by p3nTesting out the new lens. by the_wolf_brigadeHasselblad 501CM by ldw1platform 1 by Phill PriceSailing Days by javi yanes© lisman_071119_3406 by Rex Lisman PhotographyThe Fishermen by Will FosterManly #1 by the_wolf_brigadePurple Coneflower by Bernie Kaspergoing vertical by pragnyanSmoke break by bryanvillarinAthletics Building by hitkaiserMarcus by bassqee20080127_143228_Cologne_Light_Day2Part2_D3_5398-3 by geopiratPine tree scent by lilahpopsv 011 Retro Funk Version by maya e.Flying in to the sunset by arctailorlisman_070724_0201 by Rex Lisman Photographywondering by wasabifish20080127_144410_Cologne_Light_Day2Part2_D3_5403-4 by geopiratHouse & The Road by TimTim74New York City Manhole Cover - Manhattan, New York by jimgoldsteinTransience by visuellegedankenReflecting Times by THEjdawgwoof by lifeographyred sofa by xgrayIMG_3740 by ZachIsHerethe world in his hand by IlletirresReflection by laanbaI am the leader by hankfeverthinking by pragnyan

Link Roundup 02-02-2008

Yes, I’m still alive. It’s been a busy week for me, and I thought it was kind of funny (though reassuring) that a few of you emailed me to see if everything was alright. I’m still around, I just had to take a mini-break from the blog to catch up on some other stuff. So while I finish catching up with my stuff, you guys can catch up on your reading. And before we get to the links…

PHOTOPHLOW GET TOGETHER THIS SUNDAY — Be there! I need a screenshot of our voting process for a guest-post I’m trying to finish and I can’t really do that without some help from you guys. So if you’re on photophlow and you’ll be near a computer, come join in for a bit… the whole thing will probably be around 2 hours.

PROJECTS

  • February Challenge
    PhotoChallenge.org
    Join Trevor and I in the February Challenge by photographing a different color each week. As with the December Challenge, I’ll be posting my daily adventure here on the blog and on Flickr.
  • PROJECT: The View From Below
    Neil Creek
    As a photographer, it’s important to think about the uncommon perspective, and get out of the habit of shooting from the same height all the time. This photography project asks you to take and submit a photo from less than 30cm (12in) above the ground.

READING MATERIAL

  • Howto: Create Higher Dynamic Range With Bracketed Exposures
    CameraPorn
    A lesson in dynamic range and how to work with bracketed exposures to achieve a higher dynamic range with your photos (without using HDR software). This method also works with dual-processed RAW images.
  • Introduction to Metering Modes
    digital Photography School
    An overview of how the basic metering methods work with your camera.
  • Snow – How Many Ways Can I Describe You
    My Camera World
    A great little exercise in create thinking from Niels. When we think of snow we tend to think in terms of white and then whiter. But snow when shot at lower light setting can display some brilliant and vibrant colors that you would not normally associate with snow.
  • 27 Photoshop Tutorial Sites
    Photo Projectz
    A great list of sites that offer Photoshop tutorials on a regular basis.
  • Sony Develops 24MP Full Frame CMOS Sensor
    Sony Global
    Check out what Sony’s been cooking up! A 24MP full frame sensor to compete in the high-end dSLR market.
  • DPReview Launches Lens Reviews
    Digital Photography Review
    DPReview’s new lens reviews are the result of months of intense research, development and testing, including the development of new test charts and proprietary analysis software designed to overcome the limitations of existing systems.
  • Video of the Week – I showed this once before, but I felt the need to share again. I think I’m going to pick up one of these a700′s from Sony in the very near future. It’s not my ideal camera, but it’s the closest thing to the KM 7D right now. Plus, I don’t feel like waiting another year for the flagship model to come out only to have to drop 5 grand on a new body and all new glass (since it’ll be full frame). So I’ll likely be shooting with the a700 for another year or two until I can justify more expensive gear.

PhotoDump 01-27-2007

Another great week of photos from the Epic Edits Flickr Pool! I split up the photophlow session into two time slots so we didn’t end up with a 4 or 5 hour session. The Wednesday gathering was great — we had 5 or 6 of us there at all times, and we had good participation from those in the room. Sunday wasn’t so great… nobody showed up. So needless to say, things went much quicker than usual. So the selection this week is 1/2 your picks and 1/2 my picks.

Sterne by kwerfeldeinAfter The Fall by Dave MacIntyreJade Bassix by Will Foster© Rex Lisman_071020_2742 by Rex Lisman PhotographyOriental Beauty by Boris TaratutinA Portrait of Well Used Shoes by Will FosterBuenos Aires, Argentina by tysonwilliams.comDreams of the End by Boris TaratutinStreet shooting with a Pentax 6x7: Ghost Train. by the_wolf_brigadeThe Next Time I Go Outside by Dave MacIntyreContemplating solace by eclectic?chubb by Phill PriceSoft Pedals by AIA GUY..Rwood by mathias.pastwaOf many by cmiperFaceoff. by the_wolf_brigadeincognito ? by wasabifishColor and Time by bbailey by A Cognitive State of MindDank smell and stale water by bassqeeFloat by hankfeverPilares by little_fosforoMan by javi yanesCora by gavinjensenextreme sports: mainboard walking by mathias.pastwaHeart of Stone_08-0119-001 by heyjules45Napie by Grom AirissBamboo Hats by M-u-z* by wasabifishAfterbars by ZachIsHere2008.01.20 - Espresso Cup001 by schaubadangerous by hankfever20080120_131908_StreetShake_and_Flower_D3_4568-3 by geopiratbeauty in the detail by Phill PriceWindows by jolomDunas Maspalomas (II) by little_fosforoFuture Heads @ Loughborough University Jan 08 - 03 by hitkaiser© Rex Lisman-8509_2 by Rex Lisman PhotographyCaught in the Distance by RobinPapatictactoe by IlletirresInfinity by homme de chevreFrost_08-0119-002 by heyjules45Cabbage Patch by BluTat2Pensando (II) by little_fosforo

Schedule for Photophlow Gatherings

photophlow badge

We’ve had a couple of photophlow get-togethers centered around selecting photos in our Flickr pool for the weekly PhotoDumps. I think we’re getting better at this, but the number of images submitted to the pool increases each week too. This last meeting on Sunday lasted four hours and we didn’t even get through all the images! The guys at photophlow are working hard to get us some new features to make this easier, but regardless of the tools we have I think we’ll have to split up the session to twice per week.

This will allow us to get through the photos a little easier, plus we can stagger the times so that everybody around the globe can join in on at least one session. Here’s what I’m proposing as standard weekly meeting times:

9PM PST (GMT-8), EVERY WEDNESDAY

You can check this time conversion to see what time it will be in your timezone.

9AM PST (GMT-8), EVERY SUNDAY

You can check this time conversion to see what time it will be in your timezone.

We’ll run things the same as the last session, with the voting and such. I think that worked out well, and it puts the photo selection in the hands of the community rather than just mine. Basically, I run the slideshow, we talk about the photo, I give a signal, and everybody votes. Anything that gets at least a 50% vote will be featured on the PhotoDump blog post. On average we had 5-7 active people in the room during the last session, so it only took 3 or 4 votes to get the photo accepted. The more people we have involved, the more interesting it gets

At some point (if we continue to do this) we’ll have to split up the meeting time into more sessions, so my hope is that the wonderful team at photophlow can develop some nifty tools for us to run this thing on a more semi-automated basis. My ideal situation would involve a voting system that would enable you guys to run this thing yourselves in the event that I can’t make it to the session. So we’ll see what comes down the pipe, but for now we’ll continue on as we have.

I’d also like to hear some thoughts from people who have participated in these things. Is it worth the time and effort? Are you gaining anything from it? What can we do better?