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Why Good Photos Turn Bad: Instagram and Photography ‘Groupthink’ – Photography Article

Landscape and travel photographer James Popsys has noticed a troubling habit lately: he’s posting things “for the dopamine hit,” and he doesn’t believe he’s the only one. The result, says Popsys, is a “photographic groupthink,” caused by social media, that encourages people to post the same thing over and over, just because it’s popular. Popsys identifies the problem, primarily, on Instagram. “In the past two or three months, my Explore tab on Instagram has been made up of one thing:…

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7 Tips to Improve Your Landscape and Travel Photography Marketing Skills – Photography Article

Landscape and travel photography marketing is one area that photographers often find particularly hard. But if you want your photography business to grow, you have to know how to market yourself and your work. When discussing work with my colleagues, a question that almost always comes up is: “How did he or she get that job?” In a word: marketing. I talk about two major points in my photography marketing workshops. Marketing in a Nutshell The first point is that…

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Social Media Influencer Woes – Photography Article

I had read this story about a social media influencer who posted professional photos of her accident on Instagram along with what appeared to be a product placement. I thought it unbelievable until… it happened to me. Editor’s Note: In case it’s not clear from the outset, this is a parody. Okay guys… the first thing you need to know is that I am okay. Seriously, I’m okay, but in the interest of self-promotion, here’s the scary, magical series of…

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Canon Drops Ambassador Barbara Davidson for ‘Racist’ Tweet – Photography Article

Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson has been booted from the Canon Explorers of Light program after an insensitive tweet aimed at Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro sparked outrage on social media. In the tweet that kicked off the controversy, Davidson mocked the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for not being able to speak Spanish. “You can’t even speak Spanish and you were born and raised in Texas,” read her initial Tweet. “That speaks volumes.” Castro responded,…

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Algorithms Replaced Gatekeepers and Lowered the Bar on Quality – Photography Article

The rise of social media has had a massive impact on the art we see, consume, and interact with on a daily basis. Some of that impact was positive, some negative, but one of the most radical changes has also been one of the most detrimental: the demise of the gatekeepers. Gatekeepers were the tastemakers of the past: the magazine editors, television produces, publishing executives, and gallery curators. In other words, the people who decided what work was seen and…

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Facebook Finally Launches Instagram Scheduling Through Creator Studio – Photography Article

A recent update to Facebook’s Creator Studio has added a highly requested feature for Instagram power users and marketers: the ability to natively schedule Instagram posts and IGTV broadcasts ahead of time. The news spread across social media marketing channels earlier this week, but has remained somewhat quiet on the rest of the Internet. Yet, this update is definitely a big deal, removing a major pain point for professional photographers who use Instagram to market their services and spread the…

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Hiding Like Counts Sparks Tears and Controversy – Photography Article

Instagram’s controversial experiment with hiding public like counts is only live in seven countries, but it’s already inspired some freakouts from influencers who claim the change is crippling their engagement and destroying their livelihood. The experiment began in May, when Instagram made likes private for Canadian users only. Two months later, the social network expanded the trial to six more countries, adding Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand to the list. And just like that, millions of users…

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New Bill Would Ban ‘Addictive’ Social Media Tricks, Alter Instagram Forever – Photography Article

Senator Josh Hawley has introduced a new bill designed to ban the “addictive” tricks used by social networking services to hook users and increase the amount of time they spend on their platforms. Hawley, a Republican senator for Missouri, says his new Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act (SMART) is meant “to prohibit social media companies from using practices that exploit human psychology or brain physiology to substantially impede freedom of choice” and to for the companies to take steps…

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Attorney Explains How Gigi Hadid Got Her Copyright Lawsuit Dismissed – Photography Article

Earlier this week, supermodel Gigi Hadid‘s lawyers successfully got a copyright case against her dismissed despite the fact that most people thought this was a clear cut case of infringement. The important question for photographers now is: how did her lawyers manage to pull this off? This original lawsuit was filed in January of this year after Hadid posted a photo of herself, taken by a photographer working for the agency Xclusive-Lee, Inc., to her Instagram without permission or payment.…

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Stop Being So D*mn Selfish and Disrespectful – Photography Article

What does it take to push a farmer to this point? The point where, fed up of thousands of disrespectful photographers, wannabe “influencers” and narcissistic tourists, they feel the only way to get them to stop damaging their business and property, is to damage those people’s photographs? I guess those visiting the lavender fields of Valensole, Provence, in the south of France, just found out. I write this, obviously, with a slight tinge of irony – after all, I am…

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Instagram Will Now Warn You Before it Disables Your Account – Photography Article

Yesterday, Instagram announced two changes to its “Account Disable Policy.” The first will enable Instagram to disable offending accounts more easily; the second means you’ll now get a warning before your account is shut down. Instagram’s previous “Account Disable Policy” kicked in only when an account had crossed some threshold of “violating content.” Once you crossed that percentage, your account would be disabled, no questions asked or warnings given. Over the years, we’ve seen photographers of all stripes fall on…

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Instagram is Now Hiding Like Counts for Users in Seven Countries – Photography Article

Instagram began testing the removal of “likes” from users’ photos back in May. Now, it’s expanding that test to six more countries, hiding like counts in the hopes that it will “benefit everyone’s experience on Instagram.” The announcement that the test was expanding happened, ironically, through Twitter. Until today, only users in Canada had had their likes and video views hidden from other users, but now IG is adding Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand to the list.…

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Popular #GatesofHeaven Instagram Spot is a Faked Photo Op with a Mirror – Photography Article

It should come as no surprise that everything on Instagram is not as it seems. And yet, the revelation that the famed #GatesofHeaven photo op in Bali, Indonesia is a fake photo op that will cost you one or two bucks has surprised many as the news rippled across the Internet this week. The instantly recognizable reflection photo is taken at the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple in Bali, but just like the fake holy men of Varanasi or picturesque travel…

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Instagram’s New Anti-Bullying Tools Let You Shadow Ban Rude Followers – Photography Article

Yesterday evening, Instagram announced two new anti-bullying features that it’s calling “two steps on a longer path” towards “leading the industry in the fight against online bullying.” The first feature—which has not been released to the public just yet—is the ability to shadow ban (AKA ghost ban) individual followers/accounts. Instagram is calling this feature “Restrict,” and it allows you to … well … restrict an account so that only you and that user will be able to see their comments…

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ZEISS Apologizes for Ariel Photoshoot After Social Media Backlash – Photography Article

ZEISS has issued an apology after a promotional photoshoot featuring its latest Otus lens struck a negative chord with a large number of the brand’s followers on Twitter, who accused the brand of being sexist. The offending photoshoot from Animefest 2019 featured model Katka Kavanova dressed up as Ariel from the classic Disney film The Little Mermaid holding the new ZEISS Otus 100mm f/1.4. Two end-result images and one behind the scenes shot were posted to the brand’s Twitter account…

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Wedding Photogs Berated for Refusing to Work with ‘Influencer’ for Free – Photography Article

UK-based wedding photographers Frankie Lowe and Laura Dunning of Betrothed & Co recently ran afoul of an Instagram “influencer,” whose PR person seemed flabbergasted that the pair would choose not to work for free, for two years, in exchange for exposure to her client’s 55,000 followers. The story begins with an email from someone named “Melissa” who claimed to represent “a well known social media influencer” who is planning to get married in 2021. In her email to Betrothed &…

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Is Instagram Altering Your Creative Vision? – Photography Article

UK-based photographer and YouTuber Jamie Windsor recently shared an interesting video about what he calls “The Instagram Problem for Photographers.” Namely: that Instagram has quickly become the default method for sharing your work with the world. On the face of it, this might not seem like a big deal. After all, as Windsor himself points out, it can be incredibly beneficial to “connect with potentially millions of people and instantly share your work with others.” The problem arises when Instagram…

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Fake Poolside Photo Shoot Inspires Touching Open Letter to Young Moms – Photography Article

“Social media isn’t always real. Sometimes and often it’s a complete set-up.” These are the words of Jen Flint, a Florida woman whose inspirational message to young mothers went viral after she witnessed a fake mother-daughter photo shoot at a local pool. Flint shared the story and message on Facebook, where she describes watching a mother stage several “perfect” photos of a “perfect” day at the pool with her little daughter. But as Flint explains, reality fell far short of…

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Has Social Media Turned Photography Into a Contest With No Closing Date? – Photography Article

Being a photographer used to be pretty simple. You had a camera, you had a subject you liked photographing, and you used to go out with your camera and photograph the subject you liked. And apart from perhaps showing off the occasional print at the local camera club to a group of like-minded tragics, that’s probably about as far as it went. Then social media arrived and, as with so many aspects of this modern connected life of ours, everything…

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Instagram is Designed to Make You Feel Bad, Madonna Says – Photography Article

Madonna has about 14 million followers on Instagram, so the American singer knows first-hand how powerful the photo-sharing social network is for “influencing.” But now she’s speaking out against Instagram and the darker side of using it. “You get caught up in comparing yourself to others,” the 60-year-old star tells The Sun in a new interview. “I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad.” She says it’s especially hard for artists to develop their art and as people…

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