Is digital photography real photography?

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. 

  

Top 5 innovations in photography

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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Why I use Flipboard!

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. 

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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.      

 A screenshot from my  Olympus related magazine . As you can see in the story about custom rear lens caps there is a plus button. By pressing that, you can choose in which magazine you want to flip the article. 

A screenshot from my Olympus related magazine. As you can see in the story about custom rear lens caps there is a plus button. By pressing that, you can choose in which magazine you want to flip the article. 

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

Can AI replace photographers?

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. 


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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.


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Is Instagram going to be ruined for photographers?

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 HQ, June 11, 2015

Instagram HQ, June 11, 2015

  

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.

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Erikoista skannaus"palvelua"!

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           

Are Instagrammers ruining photography?

In this weeks Wednesday Vlog I ask: Are instagrammers ruining photography?

Are Instagrammers Ruining Travel Photography? Social media and especially in the world of photography Instagram has changed the we behave and its for the worse. Is Instagram ruining photography? Comment and tell me what you think? Are we taking pictures for likes and not becouse of the subject?

Link to the article on National Geographic about the Lake Wanaka Tree. The video by Oliver KMIA I mention in the video has been taken down fron YouTUbe, but you can find it in Vimeo.


 

Visual Trends in 2018

I have had the habbit to write a blog post around New Years and predict things that will be trending in visual content creating. Well maybe its not a prediction, but rather some of my thoughts that comes to my mind reading about the trends.

Raw and ready, really?

In last years in my predictive blog post in December 2016 (in Finnish), I wrote a lot of about authentivity. That same trend seems to be the also the case in 2018. Article in Digital Art magazines websites says: ...photography involves subjects represented as they are – raw and ready." Of course this has to do with social media. It has changed photography, maybe for ever? We are more and more used to seeing straight photography again. Naturally there is still the question of image manipulation in its all forms. People still try to make expressions and for example "polish" their travel photos by shooting in places that gets a lot of likes in Instagram etc. 

People are heroes!

Another trends that seems to be rising, is that people are in the center. People become “the main heroes of their visual storytelling”. (source: Digital Arts). This trend is no surprise. We are, or should I say they, are taking more and more selfies. Those selfies are being shared in different social media platforms. Stories-feature in Facebook and Instagram are very popular. In those stories people are the heroes. This trend was already quite big last fall. Story telling is here to stay. People just love stories and social media platforms are made for story telling.  

Dead Pan is back, ou no!

Deposit photo listed photo trends for this year. Dead Pan photography has made a comeback. I think its because we want to made photography believable again. The truth of photography has been challenged by image manipulation. So its no wonder that deadpan aestetics is popular again. I have a mixed feeling about deadpan style. In portraiture its a no no for me, but in street photography and street portraits its very nice way. Dead Pan is usually described as "it is what it is". That refers to the subject. The photographer just documents the scene and do not get involved in it in any way. I am not sure if this is a megatrend. When people take selfies or photos of their friends everybody seems to pose or at least try to look good as possible. You see people taking their time to shoot selfies. They use selfie sticks to get better composition. They take a lot of different ones to choose from etc.

Harsh light is so 2017!

Natural light and environment is preferred over controlled studio environment. The trend is moody lighting and darker midtones. (source: SLRLounge). This means that the times of harsh light is over for now, until it comes back...    

Naturally video is still a big trend and its not going anywhere. It includes also moving images, cinemagraphs and gifs. I think livestreaming will come even more popular in 2018 compared to 2017. Equipment gets better and cheaper. It does not need any post production. When streamed you are ready to move on. Consumption of images has been a trend for a few years. We just scroll through images and the same will happen with videos, live and not-live. The time that people will watch a video is getting shorter. Its about 10 seconds and then we move on to the next video. I do not have statistics about live videos, but I would assume that its longer. 

Horisontal is also ok!

Another trend that was not mentioned in the articles that I read about visual trends was vertical video. All the main social media video platforms support vertical video. I think the reason for its popularity is mainly the way we hold our phone. Most just do not turn the phone horizontally when taking pictures or videos. For those who watches videos on laptop etc. its annoying. I do understand that there is a place for vertical videos. Street ad signs are often vertical especially in cities etc. In talking head -videos vertical is a good format just like in portraits. But vertically just because one does not think is just dumb.

Millenium pink is out.

Color are big part of visual trends. Pantone publishes The Color of the Year every year. This year its Ultra Violet (Pantone 18-3838). Millenium pink is out. Pantone also gives different color palettes to make differnet color combinations around Ultra Violet.

Why does all these trends matter to a photographer or a videogrpaher? Watch the video below to find out.