This last week has been so crazy, that I am not sure I have a lot to tell you. I suppose there is always going to be weeks like that. I feel like I am just in a no go zone right now. It has been so quiet, with no classes and people not wanting to do any classes with me, I’m trying not to take it to heart, and am hoping it is more about the weather and as the weather improves the inquiries will start.
Planning Trips and Workshops
I am planning my next trip to Woomelang and am hoping to run another workshop there on night time photography. It would be great to actually do a class in Woomelang, perhaps around the shearing shed and silos. There are so many things around there that would be interesting, and of course we can also try some light painting as well, which would be great fun. I need to get some details put together and a poster. At this stage I’m thinking of Wednesday the 24th for the workshop. The cost will be $30 per person.
I will also be doing a workshop in Swan Hill, well the lakes between Swan Hill and Kerang. It is going to start in the afternoon, with some landscape photography, then onto the sunset, hopefully we will get one. Then off for dinner and back to take photos of the night skies and some more light paintings, should be fun. Ten places available, so if you live in the area, and want to do some photography with me, let me know. The cost will be $50 per person.
I love doing this blog, and I love where it has gone just lately and it has been great to hear how much everyone loves some of the posts. I do enjoy hearing how people are connecting with one another through MM, it is fantastic. However, on the other side of this, I find showing more artistic work is not really possible. I also find that I would like do more posts on frustrations and me learning what to do or how to do some things.
A decision had to be made and if you are interested in that sort of thing more, then I suggest you keep on eye out on the News Blog on my website, or maybe I should call it my art blog. I have done various posts on different things, such as today how I found it hard to photograph the rainforests that I visited in Apollo Bay. If you would like to check it out, here is the link.
Flickr and other Social Media
Last week I told you how I had started a Flickr account and a few of you stated how, though there were too many things, and I thought I might talk about what I do or what I use.
So, why did I start Flickr? Well because I have had so many people telling me how they have got work from it. It can’t hurt and it means that I also have a nice portfolio of images that I can send people to to look at if they want to see some of my work. It is one thing about the blog that I find is hard, there are images all over the place, so how do people actually see them? It seemed like a good way of doing it. So Flickr was started.
There are other sites like it, such at SmugMug where you have to pay to use it. I decided it wasn’t for me, as I have a photocart which I have already paid for, and I should update it and get it sorted to showcase my work as well. Though, the downside is that the only people who will look at it are those that know about my work.
Then there is also 500px, I started using it, but it is designed by photographers for photographers, which is great for showing off your work, but if you are trying to get attention from outside the photographic world, is it really of any use? There also seems to be something about having to put time in there, you have to like work to get people to like yours. There is only so much time to spend on social media and I am not sure 500px is for me. I might try it some more, but not right now.
Facebook is something that seems to be a must, I do use my page a lot, and use it to try out images, and make announcements, it is good for that. I also do Google+, though I have to admit my reasons for G+ is to help with my SEO. I have read, several times that putting images on G+ and using it, helps with your rating, so I want to improve that as much as I can. I actually quite enjoy it and find many of the images on it quite inspiring.
I will leave it there this week, hopefully more happens this coming week. I’ve been learning some new things and so I thought it would be nice to look at some old photos that I took in Harrietville last year. If you haven’t seen them before, I hope you enjoy them, and if you have seen them before, then I hope you enjoy seeing them again.