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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Pack your bags – we’re going to Vegas (but you might as well save $100 by getting your tickets before June 10th, when the early-bird discount expires).

But before you do anything, watch this video (below), and then we’ll talk after (it’s two minutes – you’ll dig it).

https://youtu.be/1-v3_mwlJRo

OK, thanks for stayin’ with me. OK, here’s the deal:

It’s regularly $799 for a full conference pass BUT if you register in the next seven days, it’s only…

$699…BUT….

If you’re a KelbyOne member, you save another $100, so it’s only…

$599. Legit.

OK, call your friends – get a group together – pack your bags, and I’ll see you in Vegas July 19-21st. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) legendary (bet you thought I was going to say epic).

Have a great weekend every body. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. You can still get special discount room rates at our official host hotel for the conference, the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. 

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Transform Your Home into a Professional Photography Studio, Part 2
Join Rick Sammon for part 2 of his series on how to transform your home into a professional photography studio! Building on his previous class, Rick takes it to the next level by bringing in more advanced accessories, more advanced lighting techniques, and a professional model to show you a whole new set of tips and techniques that are easy to replicate. You’ll be surprised to see that without spending a lot of money or time, you can channel your energy and creativity into getting studio quality results in your own home. In each lesson Rick discusses the gear you’ll need, how to set it up, how to work with your subject, and then shows you how to get the shot.

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Build a Stunning Website in Minutes with Adobe Portfolio
Did you know you can have a beautiful, professionally-designed online portfolio up and running tonight for free, if you subscribe to any of Adobe’s Creative Cloud plans, including the Photographers Bundle plan? It’s called “Adobe Portfolio” and it’s included in your Creative Cloud subscription and this course, by Scott Kelby, is designed to take you, step-by-step through the simple process of getting your portfolio up and running right away. You’ll be amazed at how full featured Adobe Portfolio is, and how easy it is to pick your template, upload your images, customize your layout, and share it online. It’s way better than you’d think.

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Mentorship is Invaluable
I’ve known photographers who hold their cards very close to their chest for fear of showing their proverbial hand. I’m not sure why they’re fearful. After all, you can teach someone a technique and they will not produce the exact same picture implementing those techniques. You see the technique may be replicated, the art and vision cannot. That’s solely distinct from one individual photographer to another.

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On the other hand, I’ve met photographers who pass it on freely without any expectation of return. In fact, I’ve been the recipient of such mentorship. That’s why I’d say I fall into the latter group. In my mind, there’s no harm in it. Some may argue that I’m grooming competition that could take food from my table. That’s a valid point, but I’m unafraid. I’m secure enough in my abilities to share with others without fear they’ll overtake me. I am who I am. They are who they are. Besides, I’d be very proud if they became uber-successful. That’s just another form of accomplishment – to have impacted someone’s life so greatly would be an honor. There’s also the old adage that healthy competition brings out the best work in all of us!Pearsall_Image-004 Pearsall_Image-005

To that end, I don’t view it as creating competition. Rather, I’m giving back to my profession. That’s why mentoring others is so important to me, and I do it in many ways. I’m listed as a mentor with the National Press Photographers Association, and I’ve written books and blogs, and I do podcasts, webcasts and public speaking. I talk to middle school, high school and college level students and teach professional photography workshops. Any way I can help, I try.

Over the last 15 years, I’ve developed many fun, unique ways to mentor and teach. I’ve had middle and high school photography student internships, college internships, first assistant opportunities for newly graduated photographers and more. There’s something to be said about improving yourself by cultivating others.

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Most recently I’ve used my program, the Veterans Portrait Project, as a learning tool. With the support of Nikon Professional Services, we provided Nikon DSLR cameras to 66 Raritan High School digital photography students so they could learn how to take studio portraits. For two days, we taught the art of portrait photography, how to communicate with strangers, types of lighting techniques, posing and exposure fundamentals. On the third day, the class culminated with a Veterans Portrait Project event where the students stood shoulder-to-shoulder with me and took portraits of local-area veterans. It was amazing to see how much the young students flourished behind the camera, and in front of our eyes. It was a huge success. Check out some of students’ work. I think you’ll be equally impressed.


At this point, you may be asking what’s the purpose of this post. This is my attempt at inspiring you to take someone under your wing, and be a mentor too. It’s also my round-a-bout way of saying we’re all responsible for the future of photography and we should all be contributing to its success. Whether photography is old-hat to you or you’re new to the game, you’ve got something to offer someone. Let’s be open, ready to share and inspire each other. Let’s flourish in this art together. See you at Photoshop World 2016!

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You can see more of Stacy’s work at StacyPearsall.com, and follow her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also see her live at Photoshop World where she’ll be teaching her class Combat From Behind The Camera!

Happy Tuesday, everybody! It’s a happy Tuesday because I’m stickin’ a fork in this series because I think both of us (you, and me) have had about enough of this series. It sounded like a good idea at first, but after 7 posts and a combined total of just 10 comments between all of them (so, an average of 1.43 comments per post), I figured it’s time to bail on this fairly lame idea, so I put the final three all in this one video.

This last one is actually better than it sounds, ’cause I’ve got three good little things in there, but if history is an indication, it will raise a collective yawn, and perhaps 1.43 comments, so…..here’s the video.

https://youtu.be/FLlqKiO0SrM

OK, now we can put that behind us, and enjoy a wonderful Guest Blog Wednesday tomorrow from the awesome Stacy Pearsall.

Have a great Tuesday folks!

-Scott

P.S. Next week I’m in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale with my seminar. Ya’ll come out. :)

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Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died eight years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.

All my best,

-Scott

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