I interviewed Olympus Visionary and bird photographer Jari Peltomaki at Photokina 2018. I made the interview at Olympus Perspective Playground on friday the 29th of September.
I have lately heard people saying that digital photography is not real photography. Some also considers Instagram to be bad for photography. I made a video about this. After you have watched the video, read this article that was written by Alfred Stieglitz in 1897. You will find that over hundred years ago the arguments were not that different.
In my latest video I list the top 5 innovations in photography that has changed photography and the world.
Innovations are interesting and there has been a quite a few of them. Not all innovations has changed very much and some has changed everything.
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I have been using Flipboard for quite some time now. It is a great way to keep up with the news about almost anything. I have been using Flipboard mainly to keep up with the news about whats going on in the photographic industry.
Flipboard is platform for online content which are collected in to magazines. There are a lot magazines that are curated by Flipboard, but also magazines that are curated by the users. As I said I have been reading magazines about photography in Flipboard. Recenty I became a publisher, so I can have now started to curate some magazines of my own. You have top apply to be publisher and it took several months to get accepted. There must be a lot of applications in line or the workflow in Flipboard is not very efficient, I do not know.
I have 5 magazines that I just started. The way to get content to those magazines is easy. Just push the plus icon on any story in any magazine.
You can also get a button for your browser which makes it easy flip articles to your magazine even if you are not reading them in Flipboard.
I also have a private magazine where I flip articles that I will read later. It is also a very good way to collect articles that inspires me to blog about. It helps me to store ideas and inspirations for this blog and my vlog.
I also made a magazine where all my blog posts appear. So that also a great way to follow me.
I really recommend to check out Flipboard if its unfamiliar to you. If are already a user, please ,et me know in the comments how you use it.
And yes check out my magazines in Flipboard and subscribe them!
Links to my magazine: Video inspirations, Portrait Photography, Olympus Camera Related News,
Google Clips is small camera that uses AI to determine when to take pictures and in some cases about what. It is a small camera that can placed almost anywhere and it automatically takes photos of what it considers to be worth a photograph. Of course it does not move and it has to be placed. Clips then decide when to the photo. I understand that it likes movement. So if something moves in front of it, it snaps a photo. It also snaps a photo when a face comes close enough etc. It can recognise the faces that are those ones that are mostly saved on your smartphone from Clips. So it takes more photos of your kids than strangers. I have not used or seen Clip, but that is the basic concept I found out when I read about it.
The interesting question is: Can it replace a photographer? Without seeing the Clips in action I would say no. Even though AI is getting better and better it is not capable of making all the decisions that photographer makes when making photographs, yet. As photographer Ben Long said "The act of photography is the act of expression," (quote from CNN:s article about Clips). So it would be an act of expression of the one that wrote the algorithm, not the photographers.
Even though AI is not near? of getting to be on the level of a experienced photographer, it might be good enough for a common snapper. Clips might be able to take better photos than an average snapper. If placed correctly it can record images that might be good enough from a dinner party for example. Few Clips placed around the table might catch those images that can be used as memories from that party. Most likely it still cannot catch the decisive moment, but on the other hand how many snappers can?
The problem with AI for now is that it can most likely take photos that are taken by the common "rules" of photography. But that is just the start from where a photographer begins to make the image. Very seldom photographs that follow every rule of photography are interesting. The interesting and "a good" photographs are the ones where the "rules" have been broken. There is some creative element in the photograph that the photographer has put in the photo. So far AI cannot do that. But we never know when that is going to happen. Most likely the next step is collabaration between AI and photographers to get better images.
The link to the article from CNN that inspired me to blog about Clips and AI.
disclaimer. The link to Google Clips is a Amazon affiliate link. If you purchase Clips I will get a commision, but the price for you is the same.
Instagram has been very popular among photographers. It has been a very good place for photographers to be found. Its not one or two stories that I have heard that someone has been found from Instagram. I have also got a couple of assingnments from Instagram. A new client have liked my photos and have given me an assignment.
Instagram changed their algorithm sometime ago so that the feed you see is not chronical. Instagram has shown pictures that it thinks you will like. That has made some instagrammers accounts less visible. After the change my photos got more likes than before. For me the present algorithm has ben good. But I can understand if your feed is full of pictures of someones breakfast from a week ago, it might be a little odd.
I can understand that the chronicle timeline is better in many ways. The photos are more current and relevant in many ways. One part of Instagram is telling to your followers where you are right now.
Instagram has listened and they changed the algorithm to be more chronical, but not completely. This might be good news for the brands that use Instagram as their marketing platform.
At the same time Instagram has made possible for the brands to tag items and make Instagram a online store. More about that in Instagrams Business blog. Its very good for the brands, but personally I like to watch great photography.
What does this mean for photographers? Is Instagram becoming a online store? I dont know but it might. That could be bad news for photographers. It all depends on the algorithm and what Instagram shows you and what it does not. Of course it also matters who we follow. But will photographers be found in instagram or is it going to be just ads? We dont know yet.
It remains to be seen.
...and yes go check out my Instagram.
Eräs tuttuni oli yhteydessä minuun ja kyseli Fotoyks-liikkeen skannauspalveluiden laadusta. Tämä kuvausta harrastaja tuttuni oli skannauttanut vanhoja paperikuviaan Fotoyks-liikkeessä. Kyseessä oli heidän tarjoamansa sarjaskannauspalvelu. Kuvien värisävyt olivat mitä sattuu, rajaukset mitä sattuu jne. Tuttuni luonnollisesti reklamoi aiheesta, koska laatu hänen käsityksensä mukaan ei vastannut sitä mitä odotti.
Sinänsä tuntuu ihmeelliseltä, että sarjaskannaus toimii niin huonosti. Ei sen pitäisi olla yhtään sen hankalampaa kuin värinegojen tekeminen koneellisesti. Siitähän Fotoyks-ketjulla on kokemusta runsaasti. Muistan niiden 10-kuvien olleen varsin laadukkaita. Erona on varmaan se, että niitä 10-kuvien tekoa valvottiin ja se oli osin käsityötä. Sarjaskannaus ilmeisesti tehdään täysin automaattisesti ja kukaan ei valvo yhtään niiden laatua. Tuntuu erikoiselta tarjota tälläistä palvelua, jossa skannauksen lopputuloksella ei tee käytännössä mitään. Hinta ei toki ole korkea, mutta usean kuvan skannaus kuitenkin maksaa. Tästäkin mainitsemassani tapauksessa hintaa kertyi reippaasti yli 100€. Hinta per kuva on kuitenkin samaa luokkaa kun niiden 10-kuvien tekeminen.
Liikkeen vastaus reklaamaatioon oli lyhykäisyydessään ettei halvalla saa laatua. Toistan vielä, että on sinänsä erikoista tarjota sellaista palvelua josta jo liike itsekin tietää, että se ei ole laadukasta. Miksi koko sarjaskannaus on tarjolla tuolla kyseisellä laadulla? Jos sillä jollain kuvakoolla ja muodolla saa laadukasta jälkeä pitäisi se minusta kertoa asiakkaalle ennakkoon eli ketoa tiskillä kuvia viedessä ettemme saa näistä laadukkaita. Asiakkaalle jäisi ainakin mahdollisuus siinä päättää haluaako ottaa riskin vai ei. Nyt sitä mahdollisuutta ei ollut vaan reilun satasen lasku pitää joka tapauksessa maksaa. Sen verran onneksi olivat tulleet vastaan, että seassa olleet mustvalokuvat olivat asiakkaan pyynnöstä korjanneet kuvankäsittelyllä paremman sävyisiksi. Toisaalta myös aika jännä, että ne kuvat on säilötty, miksi? Tästäkään ei kerrottu saati kuinka pitkä tuo säilytysaika on?
On kovin sääli, että Fotoyks-liikkeen palvelu on mennyt tässä kohdassa näin alas. Aikoinaan kun vielä filmille kuvasin olin heidän ahkera asiakas ja siksi tämä asia kiinnosti minua.
Thumbnail: photo by Shirimasen, Wikipedia, CC-BY.3.0