Archive for August 2009

26 Aug, 2009 | Posted by: photosource

FREE FOR ALL -- Twitter Photographer Asks Sky News to Pay Up - When there's a major
emergency these days, breaking news outlets routinely turn to Twitter for citizen journalism photos. This can be risky. Sky News seems to have blundered into a hornets' nest with a recent online story about a police shooting in London.

Social media is here to stay. The big question, “What’s next?”

-- National Geo gets itself a Social Director. - National Geographic recently hired Robert Michael Murray, the developer of emerging technology platforms for Georgetown University and the 2000 Democratic National Convention, will be in charge of promoting sourcing National Geographic content into the new and emerging social media platforms.

19 Aug, 2009 | Posted by: photosource

LIGHTS OUT. Digital Photo Services: PicMe, BubbleShare, Riya .. They have faded to black.
"Ultimately it's very difficult to be in the consumer photo space," says Raiz. “Names like Flickr, Facebook, Photobucket, and Google (with its Picasa application)—have sucked all the oxygen out of the photo management and photo sharing market.” We can't out-market them."
TAKEAWAY: The photo management and photo sharing business is a brutal business to try to compete in. Even if you offer free services, you have to have the traffic to keep your customers happy. Without traffic you are a ghost ship floating on the open seas. The goal for individual stock photographers is to learn how to get traffic to their own personal website by getting on the first/second page of a Google search. (No one looks at Page 3.) -RE

DIGITAL DILEMMA? Photography contest breaks own record. The Iowa State Fair is full of interesting statistics, but consider this one: This year's photography salon received 4,577 entries. That's almost 1,000 more than last year and 200 more than the previous record, set in 2007.
TAKEAWAY: Wouldn’t you love to be a photo judge in that one?

ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO PRINT-FREE - When Sky News needed a picture to illustrate a shooting at Waterloo Station, they found what they needed on Twitter: a photo of the crime scene taken by Joe Neale and posted to Twitter using Twitpic. (Thanks to Frank Nowikowski )
TAKEAWAY: Newsworthy pictures taken by “the crowd” benefit the reading public with its timeliness. Old news is like 2-day old bread. It’s stale. We all benefit by timely news. It’s fresh. But if the news organization attempts to find the author of the pictures to no avail – what’s a news editor to do? Publish or trash it? This is an interesting dilemma the Copyright Office (with its interest in such “orphans”) -- will have to tackle. Watch for the debate. –RE

12 Aug, 2009 | Posted by: photosource

NO HELP WANTED -- Downturn in Print Media Hurting Photojournalists. When photojournalists and their admirers gather in southern France at the end of August for Visa pour l’Image, the annual celebration of their craft, many practitioners may well be wondering how much longer they can scrape by. Newspapers and magazines are cutting back sharply on picture budgets or going out of business altogether, and television stations have cut back on news coverage in favor of less costly fare. Pictures and video shot by amateurs. on cellphones are posted to Web sites minutes after events occur. Photographers trying to make a living from shooting the news are calling it a crisis.