June is Pride Month, so I thought I would take this week to highlight some amazing LGBTQ+ photographers! I asked people on social media to share their favorites with me, and I loved looking through the work of these photographers to discover a lot of truly talented people. So here they are, in no particular order.
If there are others whose work you’d like to share, head to the comments and post their links!
Something we all look for on social media to help boost our performance and convert that performance into revenue, be that through sales or influence, is engagement. Engagement falls from several factors and one of those is likes. The problem that has come from this of late is the damage caused by likes on people’s mental health—feeling inadequate when a post doesn’t receive as many likes as they would perhaps like or in comparison with peers. Instagram, headed up by Facebook, has recognised this and has taken a bold step to relieve some of the pressure caused by the number of likes an image may attract.
Instagram now lets us hide the publicly visible like count on a post. Instagram said the reason behind this was to “depressurize people’s experience” on the platform, following a series of trials that have ended up with a global roll-out. The fact now stands that we no longer stand openly in comparison to other accounts and, therefore, perhaps the stigma associated with the feeling of under-performance can fade, giving people a better user experience when posting and leaving the metrics in place behind the scenes where, perhaps, they belong. The performance of a post is determined by those metrics, but there’s no real reason for them being on public display.
There are two ways to hide the like count of our posts: The first is to do it retrospectively, tapping the three dots in the top-right corner of a post and selecting Hide Like Count.
The second method relates to future posts, which we do in our settings by tapping on the three lines in the top right corner of your page, selecting Settings, then Privacy, and then Posts, and then turning on Hide Like and View Counts.
Our performance absolutely does affect our ability to monetise social media platforms but, as I’ve mentioned, this metric doesn’t necessarily need to be public, and if we take a step to reduce the negative aspects associated with engagement that result in detrimental effects on mental health, we can create a better platform for all. I, for one, have decided to hide my like counts.
So I’m off from work this week – Just finished writing another book (and it was a big thick one), and all my prep work is done for the upcoming iPhone Photography Conference, so I’m taking this off to do some important things, like (in no particular order):
Sleep very late
Play Call of Duty Warzone
Record music in my studio
Eat foods I should probably avoid
Complain that I ate foods I shouldn’t have eaten
Hang out with the family a ton
Order pizza delivery
Probably not shave for a few days so I look like an old sea captain
I’ll probably get my car washed but maybe not
I’m going to spend some Amazon gift cards I got yesterday
Things I will not being doing:
Attending Zoom meetings
Attending Microsoft Team meetings
Attending Google Meet meetings
Being on The Grid
Going on The Grid
Doing anything remotely work-related
Making any youtube videos
Tweeting (well, maybe just silly tweets)
Reading the daily news
I did massive loads of laundry yesterday (to celebrate Father’s Day), and so I have nothing left to do but chill, vibe, and relax this week, and I cannot wait to just do really nothing in particular, which is awesome.
Dave will still be here tomorrow, because as you know he does not deserve a vacation because he’s British. We will have a guest blogger on Wednesday and the new class announcement and Grid Episode on Thursday, and on Friday when I would be writing here, I won’t be, so it will just be an empty space that says “insert Scott’s post here” but no one will insert one ’cause I will not have written one, so unless an AI version of me is installed by then, look for me a week from today.
Until then, I wish you a wonderful week, working or not (pizza delivery or not) and good health and happiness throughout.
P.S. Did I mention I’m off this week? Well, it’s true (just high-fived myself).
Hello, my name is Kristi Odom. I am a wildlife photographer and filmmaker, who is often on the road photographing in remote locations or teaching workshops photographing bears, sharks or some exotic animal. I have always felt I had to go far to photograph wildlife. My camera would often stay in my closet until a big trip, sometimes it would just live in my Think Tank airport roller bag waiting for the next adventure.
I had a dream to have one of my stories published in National Geographic, so every chance I got, I was on a plane traveling to far off lands to photograph exotic animals.
Up until the end of last year I lived in the DC area, so photographing wildlife around home was challenging, or so I thought. In 2018, in a series of fortunate events (which I may not have felt so fortunate about it at the time), I needed some wildlife photos in a short period of time. My schedule was too crazy to go on the road, so I had to shift my mindset and look for photos I could take of wildlife close to home. I randomly got an email, on the right day, at the right time, about an insect survey group that was going out to count butterflies and dragonflies. I had no idea the can of worms that this would open (pun totally intended there).
Passion is contagious, and this quirky group of insect enthusiasts, at first had me scratching my head and wondering what in the world I had gotten myself into… but soon had me excited and curious. From the patterns in a dragonflies back to the question marks on a butterflies wings, there was exploration and discovery all around. Every time I was in town on a Friday (they meet every Friday and have been doing so for 27 years to count bugs), I would grab my camera and head down to the local parks.
I found myself in the middle of a big story about such little critters. With climate change, use of pesticide and land management, there have been all sorts of changes in insect populations that this group’s data had keys to understanding. They also had records of the depth of biodiversity, endangered species, first arrivals of the seasons….their data helped preserve lands and create awareness. This group, who I now consider my close friends, quickly became my heroes. They were making change while connecting with nature.
Happy Monday, everybody! The Print module in Lightroom Classic lets you create these really cool multi-photo layouts, and best of all — you don’t have to just print them — you can save these layouts as JPEGs and share them on social, email them, whatever. Check out the video below (you’ll be surprised at how easy this is).
Hope you found that helpful (and if you have any questions about these multi-photo layouts, drop them in the comments section below).
This is going to be a great week — let’s make the most of it!
This one is from wonderful portrait and fashion photographer, Mary Bel. Check it out:
Thanks, Mary Bel! :) (and that’s something I’ve been preaching for years — it can all the difference, because “less is more.”
Here’s the official trailer from Mary Bel’s KelbyOne Online Class where she shows you how to take everyday objects, and how to work on a super tight DIY budget to create some really creative portraits.
Here’s the link to watch her class right now (you will love it!).
Disney’s Cruella is a Must-See!!!
OK, a bunch of us who are all vaccinated (close friends and family members) rented an entire AMC movie theater for a private screening of Cruella (it was only $240 for the whole huge theater [we all split the cost], and we could have up to 20 guests, and it was even a Saturday night), so we chose Disney’s new Cruella (as in Cruella Devlle of the 101 Dalmatians) as our show and it was OUTSTANDING!!!
First, just the fact that we were in a movie theater again was awesome on its own, not to mention the whole private screening (and being able to talk at regular volume during the movie), but the movie itself was just so good — way better than I was expecting, with some great storytelling about how a sweet young girl wound up becoming Cruella. Emma Stone was fantastic in the role, and her co-star Emma Thompson was brilliant. If nothing else, they will take the Oscar for Best Costume Design (and the soundtrack is awesome!). Anyway, check it out if you have a chance (I put the trailer below).
OK, I’ve gotta get back to work — today is the deadline for the current book I’m finishing up, and well…not sure I’ll have it done today. I might need another day. Or two. But I’m really close. Anyway, back to work for me. Here’s wishing you a fantastic weekend! Go see Cruella and watch Mary Bel’s new class. :)
P.S.Don’t forget — at the end of this month it’s the iPhone Photography Conference. Two full days, two training tracks, and lots to learn from some incredible instructors. Here’s the link for tickets and more info.