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Tumblr for Photographers

August 29th, 2011

Tumblr for Photographers

I have a Tumblr photoblog for some time now: Far Away Glances...

I would like to talk about my experience in the most objective way, so I decided to make a list of pros and cons. Here they are:

Pros:

1. It's easy to post. - if you use Chrome, you can download a "Post to Tumblr" extension that allows you to post anything, specially pictures, literally in a question of seconds. What I do is to open the page of the work I want to post there here in FAA and use the extension button to have it posted to my Tumblr blog. It automatically links to the page and you can easily attach tags to it.

2. Lots of templates. - There are really dozens of beautiful templates on Tumblr and many can be used to create nice photoblogs. I never needed a template which was not free, as the free ones are good enough.

3. You can use with Disqus. - Disqus is a comments management web application that can be easily incorporate to virtually all Tumblr blogs. It centralizes comments, reactions on social networks and trackbacks in a very easy and convenient way to handle.

4. It's a social site. - You can follow people and people can follow you. This is great for visibility.

Cons:

1. The audience. - The big majority of Tumblr users are teenagers. It's not easy to contact adult photographers there.

2. No-flexibility. - Once you create your main blog, you cannot change the name. You can create others, but the name you chose for your first blog is your username forever. That can be annoying if you change your photoblog as there is no way to carry your followers with you. Also, if you decide to follow people, the name that will appear on their dashboards is your first username and cannot be changed.


Although it seems that ir has more pros than cons, the cons are very restrictive. I am pleased with the functionality, but I'm not very pleased with the visibility results. I'm actually thought many times about deleting my account and starting again. Does anyone have a Tumblr experience and is willing to share?

Hong Kong The Glass Forest

August 29th, 2011

Hong Kong The Glass Forest

I have published another photographic project on Behance:

Hong Kong: The Glass Forest

It is a photographic series that depicts the modern architecture of the central area of Hong Kong Island. All pictures are available for buying here at FineArt America and can be found in my gallery Hong Kong.

Koyo

August 28th, 2011

Koyo

I have just finished posting another photographic project on my Behance portfolio: Koyo.

Koyo is a collection of photos from Japan depicting the red leaves of the trees during the autumn. The word "koyo" is the Japanese word for the phenomenon, not for the leaves as explained to me by a friend when I was there. To maximize the impact of the colours on those who admire it, Japanese usually grow the threes in designed patterns and places. It's a fantastic sight which has as its rival only the flowering sakura (cherry blossom).

Memory Tilings

August 26th, 2011

Memory Tilings

I have just published online a project on Behance named Memory Tilings. Here is the link:

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Memory-Tilings/1988883


For those who are familiar with my work, the project shows 15 collages of photography I have taken on different places. I am posting a version of this project here as a separate gallery with the name Memory Tilings, but the works will also remain part of the gallery Collages where they could be found until now.

Many thanks for all the those who commented on those collages. They inspired me to put them together in on single page.

I hope you enjoy it.

Roberto.

Twitter

August 26th, 2011

Twitter

I have just created a Twitter profile to put together all the news about the many projects related to my photography. If anyone is interested to follow:


Copyright Issues

August 25th, 2011

Copyright Issues

I have received an email from a fellow FAA member asking me about the DISCLAIMER I used to have on my biography. I took it out now, but it used to state:

***DISCLAIMER: If you feel that any of the images in this profile is not being properly used, is infringing copyright laws or has any other problem, please contact me and I will remove it immediately.***

She asked me if there was any work on my galleries which were not mine. The answer is NO. All works on my galleries are mine.

As I explained to her, the reason of this disclaimer dates back to my first days on FAA when I posted a photo of the Eiffel Tower at night, with all the lights on. That was a great shot and it was so beautiful that I did not have to do any digital modification on it. Not even contrast. A couple of days later I received a shocking email saying that I could be in trouble for posting and selling photos of the Eiffel Tower by night. I discovered then that the lights of the Eiffel Tower are copyrighted and you really cannot post any pictures of it. You can check it here:

Copyright Claims for the Eiffel Tower

I tried to sort out the photography copyright laws, but after trying very hard, I realized that it's simply impossible. I wanted to post a document in the internet to help beginner photographers, but I still could not write it.

Finally, I erased the disclaimer because the email made me see that it can be very confusing. However, still, if anyone find any copyright issues in my photos, please let me know and I will consider it.

Photo Stories

August 22nd, 2011

Photo Stories

I am starting a blog where I am telling the stories behind the photos I am exhibiting here. It is called "Roberto Alamino's Photo Stories" and the address is http://alamino.org/photostories.

The first post is about the photo at the side, which is called "Reflections on Kobe". As it is in the very beginning, I would appreciate very much opinions, critics and suggestions from each one of you. Please, if you have some time, take a look and let me know what you think. Whatever it is. :)

Roberto.