The Types of People You Find in a NEW Photographer Facebook Group

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Lynn Cartia (AKA Missy Mwac) wrote this wonderful list and we are happy to share it with you.

The Expert: This is the photographer so eager to prove that they know all the things, that they jump into almost every thread with their advice. The advice is normally given with all the smoothness of sandpaper. The Expert is the end-all, be-all in his/her opinon and when questioned, will more than likely respond with, “You’re wrong. I’m pretty much always right.”

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A Free Photoshop Panel For Hassle Free Facebook Perfection

Many of us photographers are using Facebook on a daily basis. It is quite a brilliant tool both for sharing photos and doing some marketing. It is free(ish) and extremely widespread .

Sadly, facebook still has a major issue - especially for the ones who using it to showcase their work –  Image quality.

Facebook applies some heavy compression to uploaded pictures. Maybe it’s because over 90% of these images are cell phones snapshots of cats, babies and cars (or sometimes all combined).  I guess facebook does not really have a choice when it comes to managing such a big amount of “cute” images. They have to compress them. Sadly, they also do it with our pieces of art.

You can find a few tips to improve the quality online, some better than others. The topic “Facebook messing up images” is incredibly omnipresent.

A few days ago I discovered a new tool for managing the quality of facebook uploads and wanted to share it.

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Gawker Reporter Launches a Witch Hunt, Attacks a Photographer Allegedly Using Ferguson For Self-Promotion

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Over the past month, the events taking place in Ferguson have become a significant catalyst for rising tensions between the public and the media. With the emotional responses that issues of racism trigger across the political spectrum coupled with the response to police brutality that we’re already so familiar with, there’s an unsettling amount of conflict for the journalists and photographers involved.

Just recently, that crossfire hit 30-year-old freelance photographer Leo York, who was present in Ferguson during the riots. An Al Jazeera writer posted an article discussing his contempt for the media’s reaction to the events, and mentioned how an unnamed reporter asked him if he could take a picture of him and Anderson Cooper. That same reporter also mentioned how he was there for the “networking opportunities”.

“One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a ‘networking opportunity.’ He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper.”

- From Ryan Schuessler’s original article on Al Jazeera

After the post went viral, grabbing attention from multiple online blogs, Gawker reporter J.K. Trotter posted an article asking readers to find out who the people being referred to in the post were since the Al Jazeera writer, Ryan Schuessler, wouldn’t give out any names. Eventually, a few readers managed to deliver on the request, finding pictures of Leo York posing with Anderson Cooper on the former’s personal Twitter account.

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Slingshot: Facebook’s New App Takes Snapchat Head-On

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Facebook’s been expanding like no other social network before it for quite a while now; with the acquisition of apps like Instagram, or companies like Oculus, it’s clear that this is a website relentless in its business strategies. Just about a year back, Facebook attempted to purchase Snapchat for $3 billion, and Snapchat declined. After that, they successfully snagged WhatsApp in exchange for an unbelievable sum of $16 billion. And I’m not too much of an expert on the matter, but if a company’s paying four times what the Star Wars franchise was sold for for an app, it’s safe to say they’re not messing around when it comes to expansion.

Considering Snapchat turned down the company’s offers, Facebook decided to develop something of their own: a new app called Slingshot. Designed to be similar to Snapchat in terms of its basic concept, Slingshot has now officially been unveiled.

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New Study Highlights Just How Misleading One Profile Picture Can Be

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Back when social media was still something establishing its foundations, things were a bit different. People didn’t care what they typed as comments on MySpace, or how many seizures they’d cause others to have from their profile’s flashing black-and-white Fall Out Boy skin(face it: that was why we all learned HTML in the first place.) Where once profile pictures were something you’d only expect high school kids to worry about, things have changed today.

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How a Band Responded in the Most Immature Manner Possible After Stealing a Photographer’s Work

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It’s a sad reality for small business photographers that there will be times where their work is stolen by others. Most of the time they’ll barely be able to fight it, either, and they’ll drop charges just because they can’t go on with them.

But its not everyday that you hear about that work being stolen by other artists.

That’s what happened to Rohan Anderson, a photographer from Australia whose work was just recently posted on the Facebook page of a band called The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Featuring one of the band’s guitarists, the photo was cropped, filtered, and put up on the page with nothing other than the caption “SHREDDER.” [Read more...]

Mom Tries Teaching Daughter a Lesson, and 4Chan Gives a Demonstration

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It starts off with the mother posting a photo of her daughter holding a sign that says to ‘like and share this’ on Facebook because the young girl needs to learn some lessons on how many people can see her photo on the internet. Then 4Chan’s /b/ thread found it. If you’re familiar with them, just skip the rest of this article. You know exactly everything that happened next.

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Facebook Photo Shows Mischievous Moment – Wife Fired, Husband Only Told Off

By now you should probably know that photos you post on social media may come back to haunt you in your non-virtual life.

Laraine Cook, a (former) girls basketball coach for Pocatello High School re-discovered that truth when she was laid off for posting a personal photo of her and her husband. OK, he was touching her breast. (While her mom was peaking over her shoulder)

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Cook’s contract was terminated over that photo with the school district claiming that the photo was immoral.

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Weird T-Shirt Line Aims At Disrupting Facebook’s Auto Tagging

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Facebook wants to know all about you. Aside from using your statuses, tags and like Facebook is also using visual data found in pictures uploaded to the network to better map your relations, locations and patterns. They do this by recognizing your face and tagging them with your Facebook user name.

While not all that data is public, Facebook did not spend $55,000,000 to have a face recognition software sitting on a shelf. You can of course choose if you want to enable autotagging being public for yourself, but whatever your privacy choices are, there is a good chance that Facebook may know more about you than you think.

Amsterdam based designer Simone C. Niquille created a line of T-shirts designed at disrupting Facebook’s autotagging. The shirts, while hideous as a fashion statement, work by adding more faces to each picture. Each T-shirt from the Facial Recognition Dazzle line features multiple portraits of a known celebrity – Michael Jackson, Britney, Obama and Britt & Laura. [Read more...]