Social Media

Hong Kong, Social Media and PR’s Values – A Chat with Arun – Photobook Photography Article

I’ve been closely following what’s been happening in Hong Kong. What interests me is how all sides are communicating, how they’re using social media, and also where the industry stands on a big issue such as democracy and transparency. I reached out to Arun Sudhaman, the CEO of the Holmes Report. Arun is both based in Hong Kong and is one of the leading journalists for the public relations industry worldwide. Here’s our talk on what’s happening in Hong Kong,…

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Why Instagram Should Hide Follower Counts and Why It Never Will – Photography Article

Instagram appears to be in the process of rolling out a surprising change to its platform: hiding the number of times that a post has been liked. While the internet giant claims that it’s making the change in to help us focus on the thing we love, the truth is different. If it really wants to improve things, it should go one step further and hide follower counts too. You can be sure, however, that it never will. In a…

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By Renaming Instagram, Facebook Is Making a Mistake – Photography Article

In a move that makes you want to check the calendar, it’s reported that Facebook is about to change the name of Instagram to “Instagram From Facebook.” Why is Facebook suddenly so keen to remind users of the app who is in control, and is it a mistake? The news was revealed a few days ago by The Information, who learned that employees of the social network had been briefed of the move. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the forthcoming change,…

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Photographer Finds Himself the Subject of a Social Media Witch Hunt After Taking Photos at a Fair, Accused of Pedophilia – Photography Article

A Californian street photographer awoke to find himself the subject of a vicious, viral Facebook post filled with accusations that contained photos of his face. The post referred to him as a “P.O.S.” and insinuated he was a pedophile after he spent the afternoon documenting strangers, including families, at a county fair the day previous. Joshua Rosenthal had been at the Ventura County Fair in Ventura, California, with the intention of snapping candid moments of strangers. Writing on his Facebook page, he added:   I photograph…

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Digital Manipulation: How To Fight Back And Protect Your Firm – Photobook Photography Article

Not all digital manipulation is as easy to spot as this fake image from Benetton. The ability to fake high quality content is widespread, and you’ve got to be prepared. You may not know it yet, but you’ve probably come across content that’s been faked today. It has never been easier to fake content, both visual and multimedia (have a read of this article from The Guardian to learn all you need about deepfakes, or take a look at https://www.thispersondoesnotexist.com/…

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The Case for Instagram and Why It Might Not Be the Bad Guy You Make It out to Be – Photography Article

Instagram is the fodder for many complaints straining from what many say are tactics to make money. My problem with these complaints is that they never speak to the business side. They only talk about why Instagram is at fault, but never why they might have had to make these decisions In this article, I’ll go through the list of Instagram’s biggest complaints and try and take the side of the business to shine light on the other side of…

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Elon Musk Uses Image Without Permission or Credit, Begins Blocking Anyone Who Challenges Him – Photography Article

Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur Elon Musk has been outed for blocking anyone who calls him out for posting photographers’ images without permission or credit. Numerous photographers have jumped in to defend Richard Angle, who took the photo that Musk tweeted to his 27 million followers. Yesterday Musk posted a tweet containing the caption “Ride the lightning!” along with a photo of a lightning strike to his legions of fans. The photo has acquired over 1,200 comments, 6,600 Retweets, and 77,000 likes…

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When Did Instagram Become Joyless? – Photography Article

I remember my first post to Instagram. As an Android user, I had to wait until April 3, 2012 before I could get the app, but when I did, I excitedly uploaded my first photo, the Nashville skyline with the seemingly appropriate Nashville filter. I was hooked. Over the next several years, the platform pushed me to develop my skills with smartphone photography, a challenge when you’re used to full-frame DSLRs and lenses with red rings around the front. The…

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500px Blog » Upcoming Webinar + Event! Life After Likes: Falling back in love with photography – Photography Article

Do you remember the first time you took a photo you were proud of? The excitement you felt to share that photo? A time when photography was something you did because you loved it, and your success wasn’t measured in likes, comments, and algorithms? We do. And we want to share our stories, challenges, and some inspiration to encourage photographers not to lose sight of what drives them, and focus on the reason they fell in love with photography in…

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Creating Shareable Stock Photography on Social Media – Photography Article

Stock isn’t something you expect to find trending on social media. Uncover how the pros bridge the gap between social media and stock photography. Mastering social media is integral to working as a pro creative nowadays, with apps such as Instagram more popular than ever. We spoke with some of our most successful contributors whose work has been featured on our @shutterstockcontributors Instagram channel to discover their social media secrets. Discover the Unfamiliar Aerovision.io (@aerovision.io) has 22K followers on Instagram…

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The Billion Dollar(s) Business of Social Media Trolling in the Philippines, and what it means for Public Relations globally – Photobook Photography Article

Social media trolling is big business in the Philippines. And that business is about to go global (image source: When in Manila) If there’s one article you should read today, it’s this piece in the Washington Post by Shibani Mahtani and Regine Cabato. Titled “Why crafty Internet trolls in the Philippines may be coming to a website near you”, the article explains what has happened over the past couple of years in the Philippines in relation to the business of…

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5 benefits of time-lapse for retail developments – Time Lapse Photography Article

Time-lapse photography can offer many opportunities for developments in any number of retail settings. Here, we discuss five particular benefits of time-lapse for retailers of various kinds.Works can range from important on-site developments such as an internal fit-out, the construction of an entirely new commercial venue, or more of a way to understand how customers navigate a retail environment.Whatever it is you are looking to achieve by documenting your retail project, time-lapse can be adapted to suit various environments but…

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Trump Tweets Blurry Smartphone Photos of Salute to America and His Followers Love It – Photography Article

Love it or hate it, Donald Trump’s salute to America was clearly a spectacle, one that provided for ample excellent photo opportunities. Which makes it completely perplexing is that the only photos the president chose to share of the event for more than two days after were grainy cell phone photos. Even more perplexing was the number of commenters that thought the photos were awesome. Have our standards sunk so low? The photos in question were a retweet of conservative…

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Instagrammers Are Posing at a Lake That Is Actually the Highly Toxic Dumping Ground of a Local Power Plant – Photography Article

If you go to Yahoo! you will see that 1 in 5 articles is about what a Kardashian is doing right now. Fstoppers has fallen into this trap with Instagram. Now I know it’s a huge platform for creatives to talk about, but it’s getting to the point that I use that social media platform less because I read too much of it here. !function(f,b,e,v,n,t,s){if(f.fbq)return;n=f.fbq=function(){n.callMethod? n.callMethod.apply(n,arguments):n.queue.push(arguments)};if(!f._fbq)f._fbq=n; n.push=n;n.loaded=!0;n.version=’2.0′;n.queue=[];t=b.createElement(e);t.async=!0; t.src=v;s=b.getElementsByTagName(e)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(t,s)}(window, document,’script’,’//connect.facebook.net/en_US/fbevents.js’); fbq(‘init’, ‘938393452883301’); fbq(‘track’, “PageView”);(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs =……

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Instagram Is Testing New Anti-Bullying Measures, Feature Includes Ability to Shadow Ban Specific Users – Photography Article

Instagram has announced two new features aimed at reducing bullying on the platform in what the company claims is a step toward “leading the industry in the fight against online bullying.” The first feature, which is still being tested, allows users to “shadow ban” individual accounts. Should you wish to use this feature on a particular user, only that user and yourself can see their comments on your posts, similar to Facebook’s “Hide” comment feature. Writing on the company’s blog, Head…

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Wedding Photographers Called ‘Abusive’ and ‘Unprofessional’ for Refusing to Work With Influencer for Free – Photography Article

A pair of British wedding photographers have found themselves called “unprofessional” and “appalling” after declining to work for an influencer for free. A PR rep of the influencer had requested 1,000 photos and two videos, and in return would offer their followers a 25% off the photographers’ services — a discount the photographers don’t even offer. Photographers Frankie Lowe and Laura Dunning of Betrothed & Co were the lucky souls recently contacted with such a kind offer. The PR woman, known…

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The Case for Influencers and Why They Can Be Valuable to You – Photography Article

Recently, there has been a viral story going around about an ice cream truck doubling the cost for influencers. The anti-influencer perspective is real and understandable, but I wanted to write about the other perspective. Can influencers be useful for you and your business? Radio stations, billboards, Oprah, Paris Hilton. These are all entities that at some point tried to sell you something and were paid for it. They’re different, but their money is the same. These people’s occupations shifted…

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7 benefits of construction site monitoring – Time.Lapse Photography Article

Site monitoring refers to an important application that can be provided alongside a traditional time-lapse offering, enabling full visual coverage of construction works via networked camera systems. Like time-lapse photography itself, this is a visual solution which yields numerous benefits for those involved in construction work. Projects and the activities involved in this sector may vary but a professional time-lapse company will provide the right visual tools to capture the job in full, regardless of context. In this blog we…

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A Lack of Curation: Lost on the Internet – Photography Article

With so many images being created and pushed out into the internet it’s starting to look like the Pacific garbage patch. Instagram had so much promise in the early part of its evolution, but hashtags are watered down or filled with ads and mis-labeled images that don’t belong. Where do we go now to look at a tight collection of great photography? Even if I took out the axe and started pruning the people I follow on Instagram the ads…

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Love, Like or Hate It? Social Media And Your Photography – Photography Article

How do you feel about social media from a photography perspective? How do you interact with your channels of choice? For most of us, our involvement in social media has happened over time. How we use and engage with others today probably looks a bit different than it did five years ago. If you’re a photographer, it is almost a necessity to have some level of interaction to promote your work, services and products. Claim Your Free Camera Craft Cheat…

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This Ice Cream Truck Is so Fed up With Instagram Influencers That It Charges Them Double – Photography Article

Social media influencers are known for drawing the ire of photographers and other businesses when they request free products and services in exchange for that ever-nebulous thing known as “exposure.” Fed up with the ridiculous requests he has received, the owner of a famous L.A. ice cream truck has made it his new policy that influencers pay double.  Joe Nicchi is the owner of the CVT Soft Serve ice cream truck in LA, and he’s about had it with social…

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Human Connection (+ let’s meet?) – Photography Article

Over the years, I’ve really fallen in love with the ability to share and connect with you through my social channels. Never before has it been easier and faster to create, share, and connect. In a digital age where it’s possible to live in our own little bubble, it can often feel technology is better at isolating us than connecting. What I’ve found though, is the opposite. I can think of the countless names I’ve seen in my feeds for…

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500px Removes the Profile of a User It Once Hailed a ‘Photoshop Master’, Claims Images Aren’t Photographic Enough – Photography Article

In what is not the first instance of its kind, 500px has banned a user whose work the photo-sharing site decided wasn’t “photography” enough. The decision is even more surprising given that the artist in question was once spotlighted by 500px when they featured him, labeling him a “Photoshop master.” Michal Karcz, of Poland, claims he has been being booted off the 500px community regardless of the fact he has previously been championed by the platform. A user of over 5…

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The Problem With Instagram and How It Undersells Your Photography – Photography Article

Nowadays, the majority of photographers have an Instagram account to showcase their work, while some even use it as their primary portfolio. But while the platform is certainly a great tool to get your work in front of the masses, it’s not perfect, and this thought-provoking video essay explores one of the subtler reasons why. Coming to you from Jamie Windsor, this great video explores why the Instagram format isn’t always ideal for presenting your work, namely how the scrolling,…

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Model Gigi Hadid Claims Fair Use of Photographer’s Image as She Contributed to It by Smiling – Photography Article

There seems to be endless lawsuits between celebrities and photographers at the moment. Most rulings seems to fall in the photographer’s favor, however, model Gigi Hadid is challenging the case against her by claiming the image was “fair use” because she contributed to it by smiling. Xclusive-Lee, Inc. filed a suit against her after the 24-year-old model posted a photo of herself on Instagram which they own the rights to. Now, Hadid has asked the court to throw the case…

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What I’ve Learned From My Wedding Photography Business – Photography Article

I got to thinking about a few things I wish I knew before starting my business. Yes, I wish I knew more about the technicality of photography (wait, so you’re telling me f-stop and aperture ARE THE SAME THINGS?!? Still asking yourself, ‘What is aperture?’ – check out the ultimate aperture guide), but I wish someone would’ve sat me down and had a real conversation about expectations. I envision this scene in my head like there’s this mafia-looking guy (hair…

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Model Suffers First Degree Burns in Fire Photoshoot That Went Wrong – Photography Article

A Canadian woman is warning other models of the dangers of risky shoots, after she was left with both 1st and 2nd degree burns across her body during a shoot that involved fire. The incident occurred after she responded to an online advert appealing for freelance models in the area. This article contains photos of burn injuries. Robyn-Lee Jansen, a 22-year-old student and part time model from Vancouver, Canada, was hospitalized with her injuries following the shoot. The shoot was scheduled…

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Four Quick Ways To Increase Work from Instagram – Photography Article

As much as the social media is about fun, for many of us it is about getting work to. Here are some quick tips to help you along the way. Who is Your Audience? This is where a lot of us (me included) go or have gone wrong in the past. It isn’t about how many followers you have. You need to make sure that your audience is engaged in your message and that they have a reason to follow…

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Dad Transformed Into Construction Worker Instagram Influencer, Revealed as Stunt to Promote Coffee Shop – Photography Article

A construction worker dad has shown how easy it is to become an Instagram star after racking up over half a million followers by posting pictures of himself mocking typical influencers on the platform. It has since been revealed the stunt was the result of a brainstorm for new promo tactics for a small coffee shop. Posting under the handle @justaconstructionguy, Omar, based in Austin, Texas, has been catapulted to online success. But it has now been revealed everything was…

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How to Spot an Instagram Account That’s Been Buying Followers (With Examples) – Photography Article

In today’s social media, followers have become currency with the most popular Instagrammers wielding a lot of power. It’s no surprise that many unscrupulous users have been tempted into buying their prominence rather than earning it. Fortunately, there are now quick and easy ways to spot those who are trying to cheat their way to social media success. A few months ago, Trey Ratcliff released his book detailing how easy it is to purchase influence, hopefully prompting more brands to…

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