Mediatwits #46: Photography Special: Creative Commons, Cameraphones, Instagram, Google+

    by Mark Glaser
    April 27, 2012
    How can social media bring together photographers? Check out this gaggle of photogs who showed up for a recent Flickr Mission Street Art Photo Walk in San Francisco. Photo by "Thomas Hawk":https://plus.google.com/104987932455782713675/posts/gYzd795eUGH
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    One of Rafat Ali’s photos of the island of Moheli in Comoros; posted on Facebook

    Welcome to the 46th episode of the Mediatwits podcast, this time with Mark Glaser and the Rafat Ali as co-hosts. Rafat is celebrating his birthday, we’re not sure how old he is, but we know that he loves photography. So this week we are celebrating his birthday by doing a special show focused on photography in the digital age. Our roundtable includes crack professional photographer Gregor Halenda, photo and multimedia guru Brian Storm and social photographer extraordinaire Thomas Hawk in a wide-ranging discussion.

    "Quality is the answer. That's the way to separate yourself. You have to be amazing at what you do. And social media is gasoline on that fire. Social media is the new front page." -Brian Storm

    First is the debate over rights: Is it a good idea to post your photos on social media under a Creative Commons license? Or should you be more restrictive of your photos online? We also talk about the state of stock photography and the democratization of photography now that the tools are more accessible — and everyone has a potential global reach online. And what about the rise of amazing cameraphones, apps and filters? Now that Instagram has been bought by Facebook for $1 billion, what’s the implication about the future of photo-sharing and filters? Thomas Hawk also cites Google+ as being a hotbed of photography. How did it surpass Facebook?


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    Thomas Hawk

    Here are some highlighted topics from the show:


    0:20: Happy birthday to Rafat!

    2:15: Rafat got the photography bug in last two years

    4:00: Pro photographers threatened by rise of amateurs

    Creative Commons a good thing?

    6:00: Special guests Thomas Hawk, Brian Storm and Gregor Halenda

    8:30: Flickr has even started to innovate, along with newer players

    10:20: Halenda: I won’t post on Flickr or under Creative Commons, I want to be paid

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    Gregor Halenda

    13:20: Hawk: There are examples of pro photogs making a business from posting online

    What skills do photographers need now?

    15:00: Storm: Schools are teaching kids everything — photography, video and multimedia

    18:00: Halenda: Stock photography can’t support pros anymore

    20:10: Storm: Everyone has tools and distribution so now it’s all about quality

    22:10: Hawk: Google+ lets you share circles of photographers with all followers

    Cameraphones get ever more powerful

    25:30: High-end cameras are still selling well


    Brian Storm

    27:30: Hawk likes Camera Awesome as one of his favorite photo apps

    29:40: Halenda says knowing Photoshop is essential to pro photography

    32:30: Storm helped start “The Week in Pictures” at MSNBC.com in 1998 as pioneer; had 100 million page views last month

    More Reading

    Photojournalists Scramble to Video. Is it Worth It? at MediaShift

    Digital camera sales defy smartphone onslaught at the Globe and Mail

    Zuckerberg announces Instagram purchase on Facebook

    Camera Awesome app

    Thomas Hawk on Google+

    Gregor Halenda Photography


    The Week in Pictures at MSNBC.com

    The Big Picture at Boston.com

    Lens blog at NY Times

    Guardian Eyewitness app

    Flickr Creative Commons images

    Creative Commons’ Images blog

    Creative Commons + Flickr = 22 Million Sharable Photos at MediaShift

    The Digital Journalist

    Weekly Poll

    Don’t forget to vote in our weekly poll, this time about where you share photos:

    Mark Glaser is executive editor of MediaShift and Idea Lab. He also writes the bi-weekly OPA Intelligence Report email newsletter for the Online Publishers Association. He lives in San Francisco with his son Julian. You can follow him on Twitter @mediatwit. and Circle him on Google+

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