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WRITING PROJECT: Social Photography

Photography has become a very social pastime with the uprise of digital cameras, the Internet, and photo-sharing websites. Photographers from all around the world are sharing their work, viewing the work of others, and making connections with people they would have otherwise never met. It’s an amazing thing how social networking and photography have almost merged into one big culture: Social Photography.


  • Write a post on a blog and share your experience with social photography websites. See below for more details and examples.
  • Go to the form at the bottom of this page and send me your name, email (kept private), and link to your project entry. If you don’t have your own blog, you can always ask to write a guest post on one of the many photography blogs out there.
  • Once I collect the links from the participants I’ll publish them on my blog. You can then write another post and link to either all or only your favorite articles by other bloggers.
  • Limit one article per author for this particular project. You are more than welcome to visit other participating blogs hosting projects dedicated to other social media sites and take part in those projects (I’ll explain more below).


This project is actually part of a larger project being termed “The Social Media Mega Project“. InspirationBit is hosting the mega-project, and I’m hosting a small portion of this project on photography related websites. Several other bloggers are hosting similar mini-projects to fill the gaps in the mega-project. These projects span the following topics:

So if you can offer up your experience in any of those social sites listed above, feel free to visit the project pages and participate.


As photographers we have a lot of options when it comes to social-based websites. We have the photo-sharing sites like Flickr and Zooomr. We have social media sites like photographyVoter and PictPicture. Then we also have some interactive sites like photophlow. Simply pick your favorite social site and choose a topic to write about that you feel comfortable with.

This topic could be how you integrate this social media site into your blogging, photography, or daily life. You could tell us about your good or bad experiences, how would you compare this social networking site with others, what do you like or don’t like about it, how you benefit from becoming a frequent user of this site, what secrets have you learned about it, and/or what tips or warnings would you like to inform others about. It can really be anything related to that site — just share what you know.

As a couple of examples right here from the archives of Epic Edits, Martin has already written about his Top 10 Flickr Hacks, and I’ve written about Flickr Etiquette. I’ll actually be following up soon with a new article on photophlow, how to use it, what it can be used for, and the benefits of using it.

So start thinking about those social pholography sites that you use, and put together your thoughts on how you can share your experience with other photographers.


Sorry folks, the deadline for project submissions is over. Stay tuned for the project results on the 24th.

PhotoDump 01-20-2008

Yet another great week of photos from the Flickr Pool! We had another try with using photophlow to get through the photos. We had so many photos to get through that I had to cut it short after 4 hours. I think we’ll need to split it into two days if we continue to use it. This week, we also had everybody vote on the photos to decide which ones show up in the PhotoDump. I think that worked out pretty well, but a real voting system would be much nicer. I’ll talk more on this subject later, for now check out the photos we picked.

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Photophlow Round Two, Who’s With Me?

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Last week’s photophlow experiment was fairly successful. We had a good group of people show up to view and talk about the images in our Flickr pool. The downside to the meeting was that it took almost 4 hours to get through 170 images. It was a touch too long, so I want to try this again and maybe refine our process. This one will be a little more structured, and hopefully it will be even more educational and entertaining for everybody involved.


Again, I’ll try to show up a little early (as long as Flickr doesn’t decide to turn the lights off for half a day again). I’ve switched the date and time to accommodate those who couldn’t make it last time, so we’ll probably see a different group hanging out with us. And to make things more productive, here are some ideas to keep us moving along through he photos.

    The photophlow team is working on a “slideshow” mode to basically force everybody into private mode (thus not displaying images to the group when they are clicked on by other members). It gets too crazy if everybody is clicking on their own stuff while we’re trying to go through the photos in the pool, so if you want to check something else out set yourself to private mode so you don’t disturb the group.
    If I see a dead silence for more than about 10 seconds, we’re moving on to the next image. If you want to discuss an image, get that first comment out there quickly. Photophlow is fast-paced, so don’t hold up the show.
    It’s easy to get caught up discussing a single photo for 5 or 10 minutes, but try to limit the discussion so the group can move forward. If you want to make comments on the Flickr photo, open it up in another window or tab and come back to it later.
    Use the whisper function if you want to have a side conversation with somebody else in the room. Too many conversations happening at the same time results in a lot of confusion, especially after you have about 15 people in the room.
    It’s fine to say that you don’t like a particular photo, but it doesn’t add much to the discussion. Offer up the things that you like about it, and discuss the elements that you think might improve the photo. This is where a lot of the learning takes place — when everybody offers their perspectives in a non-threatening manner. As a rule of thumb, just assume that the person who took the photo is in the room with you.
    I’d like to see if I can get you guys to do some of the work and actually pick out the photos for the PhotoDump by voting. Here’s what I propose: When I “/ponder”, you “/approve” if you want the photo to be included. DO NOT “/disapprove” if you don’t like it — that’ll just make the votes harder to count quickly. I’ll let the voting go for about 10 to 15 seconds, then we’re moving on to the next photo.
    Don’t forget to have fun. If you break “the rules” by accident, it’s not the end of the world. Just have fun and be courteous — everything will work out fine.

As the photophlow team continues to develop the application, this little meet-up should get easier. Not only are they working on the presentation mode, but they’re also talking about developing a voting system of sorts. The main idea right now is to get in there and help us figure out how to best utilize photophlow. If there’s enough interest in certain features, the guys behind the website are very receptive to input and feedback. You could actually help shape the outcome of photophlow.

So let’s give this thing another shot this weekend, and we’ll fine tune it from there. In the near future, we might need to split this up into two sessions due to the amount of photos submitted to the pool each week. Not only that, but a set schedule should result in more participants so people can plan ahead. So who’s showing up this Sunday?

PhotoDump 01-13-2008

Wow! This week, I tested out using photophlow as a tool for selecting the weekly PhotoDump images. I invited fellow Flickr users to come hang out with me while I went through the photos, and we actually had a great turnout! At one point, I think we had around 15 people in the room, and that included both of the photophlow dudes.

This little get-together was an experiment, so it wasn’t a completely smooth ride. But it actually worked really well even with 10-15 people in there. I think we all had a good time browsing through the group’s photos, commenting on them, and learning from each other. Everybody had different insights on the photos, and it was worth just sitting there and listening sometimes.

I think I spent about 4 hours in photophlow, so we’ll have to work on streamlining things a bit when we have nearly 200 photos to get through. I’m planning to do a decent write-up on the possibilities of photophlow, but I’ll save that for later — I still need to do a bit of experimenting with it. So here are the Flickr group stats and the results of our 4 hour photophlow session.

From mathias.pastwaFrom the_wolf_brigadeFrom geopiratFrom bbaileyFrom neilcreekFrom blueblossomphotoFrom javi yanesFrom p3nFrom ZackmoeFrom eclectic?From xgrayFrom chegsFrom max.milionFrom TyCFrom davewjrFrom hitkaiserFrom eclectic?From A Cognitive State of MindFrom TSXFrom kozzmenFrom acejr371From bbaileyFrom neilcreekFrom hitkaiserFrom javi yanesFrom Phill PriceFrom eclectic?From {lifeography}From ryan loucks photographyFrom rh89From Colour VoidFrom IlletirresFrom M-u-zFrom p3nFrom homme de chevreFrom eclectic?From ron_mcFrom mathias.pastwaFrom javi yanesFrom neilcreekFrom bbaileyFrom dawn m. armfieldFrom mathias.pastwaFrom PatriciaPixFrom secondcareerFrom ergatesFrom javi yanesFrom Rex Lisman PhotographyFrom geopiratFrom TyCFrom donnaidh_sidheFrom M-u-zFrom laanba

Come Hang Out With Me at photophlow

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Here’s an announcement for anybody interested in having a little social gathering this Saturday (01-12-2008). I’ve been messing with photophlow for a little while now, and I think that it’s the perfect place to get together and interact.

More specifically, I was thinking about using photophlow to go through our Flickr group images in the pool as I make my selections for the weekly PhotoDump. The interface is perfect for wading through lots of photos, so I figure I’ll give it a try. I’m inviting anybody out there with access to photophlow to join me as I go through the photos, add my favorites, make my selections, and leave my comments. As I go through the photos, I encourage others to make comments or chat about them too. So here’s what I’m thinking:


I’ll probably show up to our group room about 15-30 minutes early to chat about whatever with whoever else shows up early. But at 7:00, I’m going to start running through the images. We usually have quite a few images each week, so it takes some time to go through them all. You can stay as long as you’d like, or you can leave early — it’s up to you.

For those who don’t know what photophlow is, you can read up on it at the following links.

This get-together is extremely experimental on my part and I’m slightly hesitant about it. I don’t want to hear any belly-aching if I don’t pick your photo or add a star to it! You guys need to understand that I’ve got upwards of probably 150-200 images to sort through and reduce down to 30 or 40. So try not to give me too much of a hard time about my selection process, otherwise I’ll go back to doing it solo!

Other than that little tidbit, I hope to see many of you in the room with me and I look forward to some fun and insightful discussions! If things go well, maybe we can do this every week or every other week. We might even shift the times around so the same people aren’t left out each week due to time differences.

PhotoDump 01-06-08

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As always, great photos from the Epic Edits Flickr Group this week. There’s getting to be so many people and photos in this group that I’m going to have to be more selective in my choices! You guys are too good!

On a side note, a new Flickr-based website called Photophlow (by invite only right now) seems to really be catching on. I started a thread in our Flickr group discussion area as a place for people to get Photophlow invites. If you want an invite or you’re interested in learning more about the site, visit the thread.

This site could be a great opportunity to meet-up with some of the group members in real-time and discuss photos, photography, and general nonsense. If enough of us get into this thing, maybe we can set up a time each week to talk photography and check out the great photos in the pool. Just be warned: it’s very addicting and you’ll burn a lot of time in there.

From javi yanesFrom Colour VoidFrom PatriciaPixFrom IlletirresFrom {lifeography}From hankfeverFrom sneuwegerFrom Boris TaratutinFrom eclectic?From javi yanesFrom fodwFrom Al MorrisonFrom IlletirresFrom {lifeography}From BrianLarterFrom homme de chevreFrom PatriciaPixFrom libeco18From neilcreekFrom pshortenFrom Dave MacIntyreFrom secondcareerFrom RygoodFrom hitkaiserFrom wasabifishFrom Daniel HellermanFrom IlletirresFrom DMcGrewFrom eclectic?From neilcreekFrom the_wolf_brigadeFrom lilahpopsFrom tysonwilliams.comFrom RygoodFrom eclectic?From javi yanesFrom the_wolf_brigadeFrom markoespinozaFrom aychseaFrom dawn m. armfieldFrom IlletirresFrom cmiperFrom mathias.pastwaFrom Steve CraneFrom Dave MacIntyreFrom BrianLarterFrom dawn m. armfieldFrom wasabifishFrom A Cognitive State of MindFrom tysonwilliams.comFrom PixelHero

Link Roundup 01-05-2008


  • It Ain’t What You Got
    Neil Creek
    Creative photography project that encourages you to take good photos with crappy cameras. The results should be quite interesting! I think I’m gonna bust out my kids’ Fisher Price camera – 640×480 resolution, baby!
  • Your Best Photos From 2007
    Gather up your best photos from 2007 and post them on your photography blog (if you’ve got one). Aside from being a project, it’s always good to evaluate your photography and your progress as the year goes by.