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Doug’s Rant – Facebook Comment Photos, Events! and Glipho – July 20, 2013

It’s that time again…. ¬†ūüôā

Rant

Several topics to discuss this time out – please share and give feedback in the comments!

Facebook Makes a Cool Change

Facebook adds photo comments

I discovered this little tidbit on allfacebook.com and I think it could have some pretty big implications for how brands interact with their followers on facebook. ¬†I think the fact that people can join in conversations on a facebook page with photo attachments is very cool. ¬†As you can tell in the above photo by my little avatar I’m logged in as Doug Cohen, I’ve clicked on a photo on Leaf & Berry’s page that we took, and I can include a photo with my comment if I want. ¬†We embrace the popularity of photography at all levels and this could bring new opportunities for our peeps to participate in fun and creative ways by attaching their photos. ¬†Our wheels are turning… stay tuned and let us know how you have seen this used and what ideas you have.

An About Face… To Event Photography!

As you may know in the past if you asked us if we photograph events our answer would be “no” with a few exceptions. ¬†Well that has changed… ¬†Ally and I are still not personally looking to be event photographers – we have our obligations as parents on the weekends for starters. ¬†However, our fantastic second photographer Angela Bell has proven to be fabulous with events! ¬†We tested her out on some informal affairs such as out-of-towner dinners and engagement parties and she did really well. ¬†Then she stepped up to a couple bar/bat mitzvahs and she really blew us away! ¬†More on this to come but suffice it to say Frameable Faces is indeed now in the event business and we are excited!

Glipho – Another Cool Social Network

I signed up for a Glipho account and you can follow me here. ¬†What is Glipho you ask? ¬†It’s a social blogging site – a cool way to pull content in from multiple platforms (instagram, twitter, blogger, WordPress etc.) into a very simple blog interface. ¬†You can blog on Glipho, make friends, follow and like other blogs and interact with people. ¬†I’ve chosen to use it as an outlet for myself as me – Doug, as opposed to another branded Frameable Faces page. ¬†Yes I will be posting some FF blog posts there and hopefully bringing more attention and readers back to this blog, but I like to dabble in other topics like music, food, and football and I guest blog elsewhere so I like the idea of this being an outlet for my “personal brand” so to speak. ¬†Do you “Gliph”? ¬†Let me know if you do!

Quick Hits

  • A photo definitely made huge news this week with Rolling Stone putting a photo of the surviving Boston Marathon bomber on the cover. ¬†Let’s just say this sparked a LOT of controversy and debate as you probably know….
  • Detroit made huge news this week with the bankruptcy announcement – I wrote a love letter to “The D” a while back that warrants a repeat link here….
  • Scott Bourne has written another buying guide – this time for camera lenses. ¬†Anytime he shares this type of info it’s worth bookmarking.

Doug’s Photography and Social Media Rant – May 31, 2013

Doug's RantIt’s been an interesting week or so in photography and social media – from a certain Internet-based company CEO’s assault on professional photographers, to facebook’s announcement (finally) of verified accounts. ¬†A couple of interesting nuggets happened here at Frameable Faces as well, so while I’m not sure if this is something I’ll do weekly or monthly (or ever again haha), I thought a little column about various current events as they relate to our business, the photography industry, and social media might be a good idea.

Not feeling so “yahoo” about Yahoo.

We haven’t used Tumblr or Flickr before so while Yahoo acquiring Tumblr and making changes to Flickr didn’t affect us, the comments Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer made during the announcement that “there’s no such thing, really, as professional photographers…” caught our attention a little. ¬†I watched the news conference and while I don’t like the stuffy overly “professional” suit and tie approach in corporate America, I also think your CEO should sound slightly more articulate than this person. ¬†I was not impressed. ¬†Scott Bourne has shredded her and she is treating him like some random troll to be ignored. ¬†Scott Bourne is a very influential professional photographer (maybe that’s why she hasn’t heard of him) and I believe her comments and her subsequent non-apology will come back to bite her.

Facebookus Promotionus Interruptus

We pride ourselves on being pretty savvy when it comes to social media Рwe try to do it the right way and follow the written rules and (more importantly) the unwritten rules, but we still make mistakes and we are still learning.  Heck, there is something new to learn every day if not every hour.  For example we got tripped up last week in some changes to facebook terms that we were unaware of.

Email notification from facebook

I must say I find this “no more than 20% text” policy a little arbitrary and bizarre. ¬†We spent 5 dollars to promote a fundraiser for Relay For Life West Bloomfield. ¬†We created it as an “event” on facebook, and there is an option to add an event cover photo. ¬†The dimensions for this cover photo are 714×264 while the standard timeline photo is 851×315. ¬†Not sure why the slight difference here other than to encourage users to create unique content for your event different from your timeline photo? ¬†Fine – makes sense I guess. ¬†Logically I figured I’d keep it simple and include the three logos of the participating entities with a simple phrase “Let’s Help Defeat Cancer!”. ¬†When we created the graphic we didn’t think it represented a call to action with phone numbers, websites etc. which we thought must have been the issue when we received the email. ¬†However it turns out that facebook “quietly” updated their terms on March 6th to allow for calls to action so that wouldn’t have been a problem. ¬†The problem is this new 20% text policy, which I’m fine with when it comes to a timeline cover for your brand, but isn’t an event by nature a call to action which requires a little bit of text to announce the event? ¬†They let me keep the cover photo up, they just wouldn’t let me promote the event. ¬†I didn’t think my promoted post was going to include the cover photo in it anyway so I’m still a little confused. ¬†Weird… ¬†No biggie – I suppose this year (our first year at the Relay For Life) we can take some photos and next year include those as a collage for the cover photo for any fundraiser events we are doing. ¬†That will look better anyway than this quickie we put together this year… ¬†While I’m at it, here is the link to our team page if you want to donate to help us fight cancer.

Relay For Life Fundraiser - Facebook photo

Our event cover photo which violated the new 20% text rule....

 

Yes This Is The Real Doug Cohen

I must admit that there have been times when I’ve had to do a double take on fake facebook profiles of famous people – wondering if it’s really them. ¬†Some of the fakes are obvious and some can fool you even if it’s just for a second. ¬†With twitter you always knew because of the little “verified” check next to the profile. ¬†This is finally coming to facebook and facebook will determine who gets the verified label. ¬†First will be celebrities and public figures but eventually it will come to highly followed people and pages. ¬†I’m wondering since the limit for personal friends is 5000 for everybody what the threshold will be for personal verification. ¬†Pick me!!! Pick me!!! ¬†I wanna BE somebody!!! ¬†ūüėČ

Other quick hits…

  • Really want Vine to be released for Droid! ¬†Hurry up Vine developers!!! ¬†Thinking this could be a cool platform for Frameable Faces and this seems to be taking forever…
  • I’m becoming more active on Yelp¬†(yes this is a link directly to my profile) as a way to connect with people – spend some time there – you’ll see what I mean.
  • Had a really nice genuine interaction on twitter (I know right?) with a charming Australian tweeter I met named Susan Israel. ¬†Reflecto was a little snarky to her of course (remember he tweets) but she took it in stride. ¬†You should follow her at @bondi_izzy.

How To Become a Photographer

So how do you answer the question of how to become a photographer? ¬†Let’s start by saying that you obviously cannot become a photographer from a blog post. ¬†However I’ve gathered a few resources that combined together will give you a good guide for getting started whether you are just interested in photography as a hobby or if you want to become a real pro. ¬†It’s certainly not the last thing you should read to become a photographer or a complete guide, but this post along with the links provided will be a good first thing to read.

How To Become A Photographer

How To Become A Photographer

Inspiration

Find out what inspires you and pursue it. ¬†With photography there are plenty of ways to discover this. ¬†One way is to simply take pictures. ¬†LOTS of pictures. ¬†Odds are you have a camera – even for now if it’s just the camera on your phone. ¬†Take pictures every day and find out what moves you. ¬†Another is to look at pictures. ¬†This link is to the inspiration category at the Photo Argus – these posts of images are designed to inspire and there is some wonderful content here. ¬†Here is the inspiration category at PetaPixel. ¬†You should also read and follow these five steps¬†by Scott Bourne, one of our go-to experts in the field¬†– and find other articles like these. ¬†Think in these terms and follow your dream!

Equipment

Keep in mind it’s¬†not¬†the camera that makes great photos – the photographer does. ¬†But having said that, once again¬†here is a fantastic article¬†by Scott Bourne on what you should think about in considering a new camera. ¬†As for where to buy one, just check out a local camera store and buy local where possible! ¬†If you are in New York City you should visit¬†B & H¬†which is the Taj Mahal of camera stores – the place is¬†incredible¬†and downright inspiring just being there. ¬†They also provide fantastic help over the phone AND they provide free shipping on equipment. ¬†Once you’ve invested in a camera take the time to learn your way around your camera. ¬†As you gain experience make sure you are taking the time to learn technique, lighting, post processing and the tools that go with all of it.

Business

If you want to be a pro you MUST learn the photography business. ¬†Photography can obviously be rewarding even if you are just doing it for fun. ¬†But if you want it to be your career then you need to really understand what makes it profitable, what makes it sustainable, what makes it rewarding, what makes it special. ¬†Go to conventions, sign up for seminars, read books, hire an accountant. ¬†Take the time to connect with other photographers, hone in on your specialty, find your niche and become the very best at it. ¬†Learn how to use social media as a brand. ¬†Learn how not to use social media as a brand. ¬†This list goes on and on – there is so much to it. ¬†It takes years to perfect your craft, learn the business and build a real studio but it can be done – after all, we are doing it…. ¬†and notice I didn’t say we¬†did¬†it – it’s an ongoing process – we are still learning¬†every day.

If you are a photographer what advice would you give to someone starting out?  If you are starting out, share with us why you want to be a photographer Рwhat inspired you?

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