Perhaps it is true that photo-sharing apps are responsible for millions of meaningless photos of people’s lunches and the interior of international airports.
However the smartphone photography has entered a second phase, where it is now adopted by professional photographers to connect instantaneously with their audience, in a way that could never be done by print and broadcast media before.
Traditionally lengthy post-production process is now cut short via the app’s ready-made filters.
In short, a professional image maker equipped with Instagram is a one-man or woman mobile studio and broadcast channel ready to report from anywhere (with 3G connectivity) on this planet.
We are now only a Tweet away from discovering the great stories that are happening every day.
Photo-sharing app is a your brand channel
Photographers can start cultivating loyal followers using their own photo-sharing app channels, instead of waiting for publishers to run their stories.
This would give photographers direct communication access to their audience, own their archives and shape their story content through their unique brand channels.
The photo-sharing channel concept is great, provided the Terms & Conditions and copyright ownership of the contents are clear from the start.
Story of Books has been publishing “5 Minutes With…” interviews since July 2011, a series of short conversations on the evolution of books, as a follow up to “Whatever is to become of books?” event at London Design Festival 2011. It is a collection of thoughts by those who are involved in books production and content creations; from academics, editors, technology innovators and authors, to designers, photographers and illustrators.
This month, Story of Books spoke to accomplished carpenter and web editor of Medicins Sans Frontierés, Pete Masters, about bookshelves. Follow other “5 Minutes With…” conversations here.
Professional Photographer Magazine today announced the shortlist for the Professional Photographer of the Year 2011 awards. Judges Dr Andy Gotts, Ben Duffy, Paul Sanders, Tom Catchesides and Professional Photographer Editor Adam Scorey sifted through over 6,000 entries for this year’s competition.
Winner, Reportage Weddings: Adam Riley
Below are the lists of winners and runners-up:
High Fashion – Chee Loon Jericho Soh
Street Photography – Mihail Kopychko
Wild World – Radek Vik
Commercial – James Neale
In the studio – Rossella Vanon
On Location – Marko Mestrovic
Sporting Action – Bjorn Stig Hansen
Reportage Weddings – Adam Riley
Still Life – Jen miles
Student of the Year – Luise Hannah Reichert
Editorial News – Fabio Bucciarelli
Breaking the Mould – Martin Stranka
Portfolio Award – John McMurtrie
Winner, Breaking the Mould: Martin Stranka
High Fashion – Maksym Finogeiev, Nikola Borissov & Marko Mestrovic
Street Photography – James Gourley, Paolo Inglese & Kate Passaro
Wild World – David Tyrer, Simon Ellingworth & Laura Jane Vest
Commercial – Rich Cooper, Irene van der Meijs & Al Veryard
In the studio – Florence Leung, Radu Carnaru & Luise Hannah Reichert
On Location – Florence Leung, Vladimir Tochanenko & Radek Vik
Sporting Action – Graeme Hutchison, Jeremy Rata & Craig Mitchell
Reportage Weddings – Mihail Kopychko, Mark Wallis & Andy Griffin
Still Life – Simon Ellingworth, Sebastian Schofield & Parth Sengupta
Student of the Year – Harley Jo Maloney, Diana Grigore & Martins Melecis
Editorial News – Jemima Marriott, Paul Hackett & John McMurtrie
Breaking the Mould – Jenny Brough, Julian Clune & Pavel Tereshkovets
Portfolio Award – Maksim Djackov, Rich Cooper & Tany Kely
Winner, Portfolio Award: John McMurtrie
The shortlisted photographers have been invited to the PPOTY awards night in London on 29 March 2012, where a winner and three runners up of each category will be announced. The magazine has also announced that there will be a “surprise award” on the night. Twenty tickets to the event, which will be held at theprintspace, London, are available to readers on a first-come-first-serve basis. For tickets, email: Kathrine.firstname.lastname@example.org with the message line entitled: PPOTY READER TICKETS.
Today is World Read Aloud Day (WRAD). And what more could we write on this auspicious day than to let you hear for yourself TS Eliot’s own reading of “The Naming of The Cats”, from his book, O’Possum’s Book of Practical Cats?
You can read more on social media’s celebration’s of children’s books on WRAD, which saw the participation of major authors, poets, publishers as well as Google in Education, on the Story Of Books website, published by Sojournposse Purpose. Chuck Follett, CEO and President, Follett, also contributed to WRAD by reading an illustrated book by Mo Willems on YouTube.
REPORT: “Whatever is to become of books?” at London Design Festival 2011. Ebook generates 15% of the revenues for some publishers, with the romance genre having a huge slice in the market share, says Angus Phillips, Director, Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes University.
Although digitality has turned the publishing world upside down, Phillips stressed that it is “an exciting time for everyone” as the ebook offer so many opportunities in terms of innovations. The talk, delivered at the London Design Festival event, “Whatever is to become of books?”, at University College London on 17 September 2011, also introduced us to the new classifications in books: ebook, pbook, vanilla book, mook, byook and so on.
In this video, Phillips presented the byook – a format of ebook which is deployed on the smartphone – to the audience.
The event was supported by UCL Anthropology and co-organised by MSc Digital Anthropology students of UCL.
To find out more about the event and to get involved with the 2012 book project by Sojournposse Purpose, visit the Story of Books, the official website, at www.storyofbooks.com.
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