Archive for May 2012
29 May, 2012 | Posted by: st
BOON TO JOURNALISM
-- Alex Hare: “The Photography Blog: Rise of the smartphone, but smart
photography too? Facebook recently paid $1 Billion for the smartphone app, Instagram. Assuming Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t got his sums wrong, the market for smartphone photography is booming. So what impact is the smartphone having on our photography and what is it’s role in our photo taking process? As smartphone cameras improve, can you see a day when we will no longer need even consumer level SLRs?” http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2012/05/20/the-photography-blog-rise-of-the-smartphone-but-smart-photography-too/
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15 May, 2012 | Posted by: st
THE MANY USES
-- Photography Through the Eyes of
Art Directors – Allen Murabayashi: "I had the pleasure of attending the Art Director’s Club Annual Awards the other night. I am really interested in looking at the cross pollination of photography into other disciplines. http://blog.photoshelter.com/2012/05/photography-through-the-eyes-of-art-directors/
PHOTO: Albert Watson
EVERYONE IS A PUBLISHER
-- Broken Promises and Stock Photography
– Paul Melcher: “Today the vast majority of photographs are used without any contact with the traditional photo industry, which has completely lost control of production and distribution. But the industry continues stubbornly to apply old rules to this new landscape. It does not see, or purposely wants to ignore, that their model does not fit current needs and thus is chasing customers away. http://rising.blackstar.com/broken-promises-and-stock-photography.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Black-Star-Rising+%28Black+Star+Rising%29
Our world of stock photography is emerging from the dark caverns of the last century. What with all those chemicals and celluloid back then, it wasn’t always a pleasant endeavor to spend time and breathe vapors in a blackened room.
And then there was the delivery problem. UPS and FedEx managed to give a lot steady work to attorneys. Filing the transparencies was a tedious job and locating them was worse. No one will argue that in those days, buying and selling stock photography was not as glamorous as the images they portrayed.
The digital age has destroyed stock photography as we knew it. Thank God.
Along came digital and good stock photography. Good photographers popped up like dandelions in a Kansas landscape. Everyone became a photographer, and, yes, a publisher. And digital technology advanced as well.
But the creative types in the image world have missed an integral element. It has received meager application: text. Yes, text.
In decades from now, photo researchers will look back and smile when they learn that back in the ol’ days, (today) that a person used their their eyes when searching for a photo.
Eyeball searching for images will soon disappear in favor of text-centric systems that will employ long tail keyword phrases.
Will today’s photographers follow suit and begin building robust descriptions of each of their images? At first, few will. But then when a photobuyer’s keyword trail lands at a competitor’s site for the sale or assignment, he will. And that’s only the beginning of the text-centric world the new digital photographer will live in.
When the photographer retires from photography, his/her 100,000 collection of exquisite images will die if they are not long-tail keyworded. His heirs will find a useless collection to try to sell or donate to a university or museum because only he knows the authenticates of each image’s locations and intellectual matter.
Google search and even more sophisticated algorithms will be developed. Get ready. Phoenix is about to rise again, thanks to search. Welcome back stock photographers! -re
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01 May, 2012 | Posted by: st
-- Will mobile tech make us all pro photographers? The instantaneous reaction of wanting to record and share something...here at Nokia Connects, we remember back in the nineties, when it was a pretty astonishing claim.: "Who on earth wanted to always carry a camera
-- Steve Myers: Photographers: Stop using Instagram to share your edited, DSLR photos
. Last spring, Nate Benson noticed a shift in Instagram: Professional photographers were using it to share images captured by their expensive SLRs and edited in Photoshop or Lightroom, not “on-the-move” photos snapped with their iPhones.
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