Golden Angel

Posted: April 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Golden Angel, a photo by OriginalFotografie on Flickr.

Six Best Documentaries About Photography & Photographers — Original Fotografie.

Over the past several decades there have been some great documentary filmsabout photographersand photography, Original Fotografie has chosen a few for your benefit, a short list of my favorites.

 

8 Creative Ways To Grow Your Photography Business With A Facebook Page | Virtual Photography Studio – Resources for photographers.

8 Creative Ways To Grow Your Photography Business With A Facebook Page


Have you built your Facebook Page, and are still wondering why more people haven’t liked your Page? Fans don’t automatically appear, ready to like you, follow you, and do business with you. People must be lured to your Page in hopes to attract enough people that will ultimately turn into a regular stream of business.

However, the greatest myth out there is that if you build a Page, advertise it to your entire list of friends and acquaintances, and you’ll quickly build up a respectable following. Unfortunately this strategy may actually backfire. If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you probably have a variety of family and friends outside of your photography business. While they may love you and appreciate you own your own business, they probably don’t want to be marketed to again and again. You may suggest they like your page, and the suggestions are overlooked again and again because they simple aren’t THAT interested in the marketing side. Also, even if they do choose to like your Page, they probably won’t take an active part in discussions and commenting, and won’t help you grow your Page. Your Page is all about building relationships with prospects and customers, and use those relationships to build your business over time.

Instead of relying on your family and friends, lets look at 12 creative ways you can get more fans to your Facebook Page.

Tip 1: Embed Facebook Widgets on your Site and Blog

Facebook makes it easy for people to share your content and information in a variety of ways. Select from a variety of Social Plugins to place throughout your website and blog.

Use the Live Stream plugin to share activity and comments in real time as they interact.

Use Facepile to showcase the Facebook profile photos of users who have liked your page.

Or use the Activity Feed plugin to show users what their friends are doing on your site through likes and comments.

All are an excellent way of building your fans by allowing them to interact with people they already know through Facebook.

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Australian photographer Lincoln Harrison endures 15-hour photo shoots to… – StumbleUpon.

At first glance these spectacular swirls of colour may look like clever computer graphics or the result of faulty camera work.

They are, in fact, the product of hour after hour of painstaking night-time shooting by photographer Lincoln Harrison.

His stunning pictures of star trails across the Australian night sky were taken over periods of up to 15 hours.

Shooting stars: Photographer Lincoln Harrison spent up to 15 hours taking these long exposure pictures over Lake Eppalock near Bendigo in Victoria, Australia

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2031704/Australian-photographer-Lincoln-Harrison-endures-15-hour-photo-shoots-capture-stunning-night-images-star-trails.html#ixzz1WdoGYjy5

Photovine – Rethink Photo-sharing from the Ground Up – YouTube.

Ever since the smartphone revolution and the introduction of high quality cameras on mobile phones, people have been snapping pictures of just about everything, every day! My favorite portable camera is quickly becoming the iPhone 4. It is the one camera I always carry with me. I have compiled a list of three awesome photo sharing apps that I use on a daily basis.

Camera+

If you love taking pictures you must download this app now. By far it is the best photo app on the market! The sheer number of features available is incredible. With Camera+ you’re able to use your iPhone to shoot the best photos you possibly can. Packed with several useful features that your standard camera app doesn’t include, your pics will improve the instant you start using Camera+. The built-in stabilizer is icing on the cake. Its tight integration with Facebook, Twitter and Flickr allows your photos to be seen across the web by millions of photo enthusiasts.

Instagram

With 150 million photo uploads in 9 months (as reported by Engadget), Instagram’s numbers speak volumes.  It’s a fast (and fast growing), beautiful and fun way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.

Snap a photo with your iPhone, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, send to Facebook, Twitter or Flickr – it’s all as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented. Download link.

Google+

I know Google took the world by storm with the release of its social network site Google+, but the hidden gem is the photo sharing capabilities. I love Facebook, but lets face it, its photo rendering utilities suck! When I first received a Google+ invite and uploaded one of my images I simply said “wow”. Images are displayed how they are suppose to look when you want to share them with the world. The app is available on both iOS and Android, making it the photo sharing app of choice among photographers.

500px

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Photography
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DIY Photography Ring Flash Review.

DIY Ring flash + ambient light sources. Flash at 1/32 power, 1/160sec F7.1 ISO320, 51mm.

The assembled DIY Ring Flash with my Canon 580EX and Cybersync radio trigger.

Ring flashes are famous from the fashion world, where the classical make-up ad often uses the light frequently. By surrounding the lens with the light source, a cool ’shadowless’ light gives a unique look. But even when not used as the primary source of light, a ring flash can be an excellent on-axis fill, as championed by David Hobby of strobist.com.

The only problem for the hobbyist photographer is the price. Ring flash units cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. In recent years a string of new products let the photographer use their speedlights with a ring flash modifier to achieve the same effect for $200-300 – I own an Orbis ring flash myself. Even so, $200 is a big investment for a student, or a photographer who doesn’t know if they’ll get enough use out of a ring flash.

DIY Ring Flash

Enter DIY Photography with their flat-pack, self-assembly ring flash for $24.95. You might think that a ring flash modifier at that price can’t deliver on its promises, or must sacrifice too much. Having used it in a few shoots now, I can tell you it’s the real deal.

Though the DIYP Ring Flash is not without it’s problems and compromises, it is an amazing piece of equipment that can deliver exactly what it promises with only the necessary compromises. In short, every photographer who can get their speedlight off their camera should have one of these!

Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/diy-photography-ring-flash-review#ixzz1S79QKz5a

 

Sharing Instagram photos on Google+ automatically | TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog.

Sharing Instagram photos on Google+ automatically

Instagram (free) is a lot of fun, although it’s often criticized as being the “auto-tune for photography.” Google+ is the new social networking flavor of the week, so it’s natural that the two services should get together. Wired’s Gadget Lab has cooked up a recipe for more Instagram enjoyment by hacking a method of joining the two in unholy matrimony, as well as providing other fun hints.

Before I divulge their other hints, let’s get to the meat of the matter for those of you who are among the Google+ cognoscenti: getting your Instagrams to Google’s Picasa photo sharing site so they can be shared on Google+. Yeah, hopefully this is added to Instagram in the near future. For the present, this is how you do it, folks.

To have all of your future Instagram photos sent immediately to Google+, blogger Charlie Sorrel has you set up Instadrop, which automagically connects your Instagram and Dropbox accounts. Send a photo out on Instagram, and it shows up in a Dropbox folder named Instagram Photos. Next, pick up a copy of the free Picasa app for Mac. From the File menu, select “Add Folder to Picasa” and point it at your new Instagram Photos folder on Dropbox.

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500px Mini Review « Photofocus.

by scottbourne

UPDATE: My pal and occasional Photofocus co-host Scott Kelby has also weighed in on 500px. See his thoughts at ScottKelby.com.

After all the insanity around my Google+ posts last week, (and follow up here🙂 I was encouraged by many of you to look into a new(ish) online portfolio site called 500px.com.

This week I finally got a chance to look it over and play with it for a minute and I must say, so far I am mostly impressed.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room. The Terms of Service at 500px check out just fine for me personally. The company is based in Canada so they are bound by Canadian Copyright law which is very close to US Copyright law. I can’t give you legal advice, but suffice it to say you wouldn’t see one single photo on the site from me if I thought there was any reason to be concerned about the 500px TOS. For me, it’s one of the cleanest in the industry.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s look at what you get. You get the opportunity to post up to 20 photos a week free of charge. The system is easy to use and works well, so long as you have a supported Web browser. Note that Camino is NOT supported which is a shame because that is my personal favorite browser, but Safari works fine.

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