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Hi Gang: Happy Monday, and I thought we’d kick this week off with a quick look at some social media stuff for photographers:

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(1) Twitter finally stops penalizing us for using photos
I wrote a post about this problem back in December — begging Twitter to step penalizing us for attaching a photo by taking away characters from our 140-character limit. Well, they recently announced that they are lifting that penalty and now we can add a photo and still have our full 140-character limit. They haven’t given a firm date for this yet, just that we should expect it “…over the coming months” (you can read their announcement here). Now, if we could just get one 10-character hashtag added on to that 140-character limit… ;-)

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(2) Instagram’s new algorithm goes live
So far, I haven’t noticed a difference as it’s only been live a few days now, but the order you’ll see things in your feed might be slightly different (here’s a good article on the new rollout this week from TechCrunch). So far I haven’t noticed a big difference, and I haven’t really talked to anyone who says there’s something noticeable under the new scheme, so….so far so good, but posts are no longer in the chronological order we’re used to seeing.

By the way — a big thanks to everyone following me over on Instagram — I’m coming up on 75,000 followers, and I’m really enjoying the very friendly community of sharing there (I think it’s the friendliest of the social sites by far).

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(3) You’re probably missing most of my posts on Facebook
Facebook picks and chooses which posts you see, even if you’ve chosen to follow someone — they choose whether you see that person’s posts or not. That’s especially true for people like me with a Facebook Brand page. I have nearly 190,000 people following me, but only a small percentage ever see my posts UNLESS I actually pay to have them boosted. Then Facebook shows them to more people.

Facebook uses a computer algorithm to sense if what a user is posting might possibly be an ad or promotion (right or wrong, and it’s often wrong), and instead of showing my post to the 190,000 people who have asked to follow me, instead it will literally show it to just 230 or so people. Ugh. That’s why so many people miss my calls for submissions for The Grid’s Blind Photo critiques, or when we do a free Webcast or if I give away free copies of my book, or free tickets to my seminars. They simply don’t ever see them. If I don’t pay to boost them, Facebook makes sure virtually nobody sees them. However, if you want to see these types of things from me, you can request to see all my (or any users) posts. Here’s how:

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On your Facebook page – go to your Newsfeed Preferences and choose which of the pages you follow that you want to see all their posts (as shown above). That’s it. :)

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Iconosquare (stats for Instagram) goes Pro!
I’ve been raving about the online service Iconosquare, which is a site that helps you grow your Instagram audience by helping you determine everything from the best day and time to post, to which type of posts get the most engagement, and so on. Really amazing stats and incredibly useful. Anyway, they’ve just upgraded their service to Iconosquare Pro, and if you haven’t looked at them in a while, it’s worth checking out. Here’s the link.

Hope you found that helpful.

I’m off to Orlando tomorrow…
…for my seminar. I hope I’ll be seeing you there! (it’s not too late if you want to come out and spend the day with me). Next stop, Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday.

Have a good one. :)

-Scott

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I was on the road all last week (flying from Tampa to San Francisco to New York and then back to Tampa all in just four days. Ugh!), and while I was on the road, I was asked on social media for my reaction to the recent developments at B&H Photo (I imagine it’s because I’ve had such a close relationship with them over the years).

My friends at B&H Photo are literally some of the finest people I’ve ever worked with, and if you knew them like I do, you’d know they are among the most caring, moral, and ethical business people in our industry, and I know this feeling is shared by so many people and companies that interact with them often. Taking care of people the way they do is what they do best, and why they’ve become such a success. So, today I was going to address the issue, but I could not have done a better job telling the other side of the story than respected educator Katrin Eismann who did address it on her Facebook page.

The folks at PhotoFocus.com graciously shared her post titled “A Visit to the B&H Photo warehouse” and for anyone with concerns, I think it’s so worth reading, especially as we are in an era where the “Internet” acts as instant judge and jury upon simply reading a headline or a short article not only without knowing the other side of the story, but without even caring to consider it.

Kudos to someone of Katrin’s stature in the community for taking the time and effort to visit B&H herself, see it with her own eyes, and share her thoughtful perspective on the other side of the story (the older I get, the more I’m reminded there’s always another side to every story).

Tomorrow I have a simple one-light lighting tutorial for you, and I hope you’ll check back then. Hope you have a better than average Monday. :)

All my best,

-Scott

 

 

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Hey gang, and Happy Monday. (Brrrrrrr!)

Here’s what’s up: Mylio is developing a pretty significant new version of their software designed to gather all your photos from your computer, phone and tablet into one library that you can edit and organize from any device (you can learn more about Mylio in general, at this link).

They’re looking for some Beta testers who will get to work with a pre-release version of this major update, and they’re looking for your feedback and input before it’s released to the public. They’re asking that beta testers use the software on their computer, phone, and a tablet for a few hours per week, and be willing to speak directly with a Mylio team member by phone once a week during the three-month testing period.

It’s a pretty cool opportunity — so if you’re interested in helping, send an email to usertest@mylio.com

I’m off to the frozen East Coast
Tomorrow I’m heading to Richmond for my seminar there Wednesday, and they I’ll be in Atlanta on Friday. Over 300 photographers are going to be joining me in each city – I hope you’re one of them. :)

Have a great Monday everybody, and try to stay warm :)

Best,

-Scott

It’s Friday. Here’s what’s up:

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How ’bout a quick tour of the KelbyOne Headquarters?

Mia McCormick takes you on a quick rollerblade tour of our Headquarters down in Florida (this is an excerpt from our members-only monthly podcast called “Backstage Pass.”

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New Years Resolutions For Better Photos in 2016

It was our first episode of the new year, and the feedback has been fantastic! If you want to start your photographic year off on the right foot, check this one out.

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Dog Photographer Kaylee Greer Gives Us Some Love

I love Kaylee’s story on so many levels, but helping people realize their dreams, and create the type of images they’ve always dreamed about is what we’re all about, and when someone goes from a student to a master, as educators, you can imagine how proud we are that we played a small role. If you’ve got a sec, you’ll dig this.

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My Seminar is Coming to Richmond and Atlanta in a few weeks!

..and I want you to come out and spend the day with me. The details about the seminar are in the video below, and the full day seminar is just $99 (well, it’s actually only $89 if you sign up right now). Here’s the link

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Tom Bol on Gear For Shooting Time-lapse With Your DSLR

Here’s a quick clip from one of the best teachers out there — adventure photographer Tom Bol — on the gear for shooting time lapse (it’s an excerpt from his KelbyOne class on it). It’s short, and very worth checking out.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday!

Best,

-Scott

 

First, I can’t believe I made this list!
OK, it looks like I Photoshop’d myself into this list (below), but I promise I didn’t (though I did add the red circle). Believe me, no one’s more surprised than I.

It’s based on social media reach and stuff like that and apparently the calculation has to do with everything from your Klout score to your Twitter presence, and a bunch of other stuff. Anyway, here’s the link to the full list: http://richtopia.com/people/500-ceos

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2. Get your whole year on Instagram analyzed immediately for free!
This is really pretty cool — you just go to this web site (called Siftr); enter your Instragram handle, and it prints out of a page of stats that is really helpful/awesome.

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It automatically calculates everything from which photos you posted had the most engagement to which hashtags you use the most, to which type of photos you post the most, and so much more. It’s a wealth of background knowledge delivered in just a few seconds right on-screen, and it’s presented in a really clean, clear layout. Definitely worth doing (I’ll be you’ll be surprised at some of what you learn). :)

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3.  I’ve got a cool tip if you use Lightroom Mobile!
This is one of those little-known tips, but man will you find it helpful. Here’s the link (we post stuff like this all the time over at LightroomKillerTips.com).

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4. The wifey got me a cool little amp for Christmas!
It’s a small, portable Fender Tube Amp (the Fender Super Champ 2X) — I had been wanting something really clean to use with my pedal board (my Marshall tube amps are awesome, but even when you’re using the “clean” channel they still sound “dirty”). So, I’ve been playing it quite a big and super digging it! Thanks sweetie!  (BTW: I’ll make you guys a tape when I get a chance). BTW: That’s a Snark Tuner on top — I talked about it in our 20-days of Christmas.

OK, I gotta run
By the way — what happened to the Giants last night? It was a weird week in the NFL this past week, with weird plays (like that Giant’s 3rd Quarter onside kick debacle, and the Redskins take a knee weirdness), but how ’bout those Flacons stopping the Panthers’ undefeated streak. Crazy right? I love the timing — I shooting with the Falcon’s next weekend. Time to bring out the remotes! #riseup

Have a great Monday everybody (and by everybody I mean only those folks who are actually at work — I know a lot of folks are off this week), but whether you’re taking time off for the holidays, or you’re bringing home the bacon, I wish you a very fun week. :)

Best,

-Scott 

 

Last night Adobe released a ton of new updates for users in the Adobe Creative Cloud and Photoshop was among the apps that got a good amount of changes to it.  These features were things that we got to see a sneak peek at Adobe Max – but it is so nice to see that they are out as fast as they could.

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We are excited about the new features – so much so that we have them all set up in our Photoshop CC 2015.1 Learning Center! Our own Corey Barker takes you through all of the features and gets you up to speed on all of the new additions in no time at all!  We also have all of the updates in one spot there.

I believe there is no better time to be an Adobe Creative Cloud user.  Whether using the Creative Cloud Photography Plan or the Full Creative Cloud subscription, the amount of features you’re getting from Adobe is wonderful.

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