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What photographers should do when blocked in Facebook

What photographers should do when blocked in FacebookWhat photographers should do when blocked in Facebook

Yes, I am on yet another suspension/ban on Facebook for some of the pictures I posted from this weekend’s Steampunk Exhibition Ball.

Facebook is an amazing tool for getting the word out about your art, but it comes at a price. The ironic thing is that people can post pictures of abortions, abused and tortured animals, drugs, drinking, the night they were DUI, but post a little side boob, or god forbid a nipple no matter how accidental and that is a banning.

While there are humans that look over what is flagged and reported, this is the gallery that initially got me into trouble so you can check it out. It is also one of my favorite ones from the show, so of course I want to share it. I think it is awesome and wonderful, and some really good work on my part. Other banning events included a picture of the Freemont Summer Solstice Parade, really you had to blow the picture up 300% and you only had a 1 pixel nipple, but that is a banning.

First calm down, relax take a break, and then delete everything that is even remotely sanction able out of your data stream. When you are shut down you usually have read only access to your data stream, and you have read/write/delete out of your time line. You can do this only through the web browser; you cannot do this through the mobile interface. Once done, just sit back and wait out your suspension.

Ask yourself when you have calmed down a bit, gotten over the sense of “who reported that picture/gallery?” that feels like betrayal, and have everything cleaned up so that your Facebook page is PG 13 again, do I really need Facebook?

Take a look at your stats, when I am posting maybe 1% of all my picture views come from Facebook, the most come from Google, G+, and internal system searches at Flickr and Smugmug. If you look at your stats, how many people are really seeing your work, if you have a photographer page, you can see your stats through insights. The other thing to remember is that just because they saw it on Facebook does not mean they interacted with your gallery on other sites. The other thing you can do is simply remove the preview of the gallery if it seems that it might be over PG 13.

I take a lot of pictures of subcultures, because I believe they need to be documented. I also do a lot of modeling work lately, and usually I shoot Rated R or X pictures. They are not for children, but rarely full on nude pictures. I take pictures of burlesque dancers and punk rockers, the homeless and the destitute; I do a little urban exploration, and otherwise have a good time with my camera. The majority of the stuff I post can go on Facebook as links back to the gallery in question.

Sometimes you just have to think that your normal is not everyone else’s normal, and that can cost you down time with Facebook.

Think before you post, if there is a possibility that someone could be offended by your picture, not only are you doing photography right, but you face a high probability that Facebook will shut you down for a day or two.

Post to G+, post to Deviant Art, post to 500PX, post to Flickr and Smugmug, post everywhere but Facebook. G+ is a lot more photographer friendly, and they seem to be a little bit more ok with R rated pictures. God forbid Facebook ever opens up a search engine, because it will be a happy Disney wonderland of PG 13 material content. Stick with the places that work, and if in doubt, don’t post, and if you post, remove the preview of the link. Or just abandon Facebook altogether and go someplace more photographer friendly.

Facebook has banned or shut down a lot of famous photographers, internationally recognized, national geographic type photographers, we are small fry, and they won’t even hesitate to do it in the future as we march towards a plain vanilla experience over there.

 

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Steamcon IV in Bellevue 26 October 2012

Steamcon IV in Bellevue 26 October 2012
Steamcon IV in Bellevue 26 October 2012

 

Well Steamcon Four is coming along in two weeks, and the negotiations for being one of the Staff Photographers has finally been hammered together. If you have not been to anything Steamcon ever, Steamcon in Bellevue is a good place to get started, and learn a bit about the culture and see all the cool things that people come dressed as.

So how do you become a Staff Photographer at an event? Or how do you even get a press pass? It depends on the event, and both carry a lot of obligations for the photographer, so make sure you are up to what I think your obligations are. Of course depending on the event, those obligations will vary, but one of the most common things I have seen with a press pass or a staff badge is that no one talks about the show online in a meaningful way. They don’t post the pictures they took of the event anywhere, which kind of short circuits the reason for getting any kind of official credential at a show.

A press pass or a Staff badge obligates you to posting the pictures you took, even if was only one picture that came out ok. It obligates you talking about the show and helping out with some of the PR or publicity that a show is doing.

To get a pass, ask, seriously, just ask, show them some of your previous work, and see what they say. They might say “no” if you have never been to an event of theirs before which is also ok. But go anyways, pay for a pass, take pictures, then share the pictures you took with the world. Honestly that is how I got started, by going to Sakuracon in 2005 and just taking pictures of the awesome Cosplay. Seven years later most everyone who goes to anime or comic cons knows who I am, and people seek me out now to take pictures of them.

Always post your work on Flickr, smugmug, deviant art, 500PX, anywhere including Facebook and G+, people are generally really cool about seeing their pictures, and they will want copies. It is really cool when 1000’s of people look at and download your event pictures. Flickr is always your best bet, they have better integration with Google, Deviant Art is your next big bet for Cosplay as they have a huge community dedicated to Cosplay and costuming.

I have seen far too many people with credentials never ever say word one about the show they got the credentials for, and that is pretty not “ok”. I have yet to find a show that did not have a “Flickr pool” or other group photo sharing pool, and if you have credentials, you need to make sure your pictures of their show are up and running and good to go. Even if you only had one picture comes out awesome. You should always post your work; you are there to help them out by getting free access to the show. It is not enough to just show up nod your head, wander around a bit, and then walk out never saying anything about the show at all. They need your help, you are getting in free, and you need to do your work.

Yeah, I have seen this a lot, there are always people who want in free, but won’t talk about, post about, or share their impressions on the show that they got free access to, and that is a shame. Don’t be that photographer; odds are highly likely that the convention needs you to talk about them, especially the smaller ones.

Events are awesome, they are a great way of networking and meeting awesome people, but it is work, it is a job even if you got in free, so make sure you are posting and talking about the show. I have seen photographers, bloggers, and even news journalists not being able to acquire a press pass or staff badge because they have burned through their reputation by getting free stuff, then not paying back with a blog entry or a photograph, so don’t torch your event reputation before you even get started.

 

 

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Welcome to Studio 5 Graphics

Burlsque Dancer at Crypticon Seattle 2012
Burlesque Dancer at Crypticon Seattle 2012

Art, Dreams, Design, Reality. Who we are and what we do and how we go about it and what we think about what we are doing is all encapsulated in the art we produce, the dreams we have, the designs that we do, and how we bring them to reality and fruition. Welcome one and all.

This site is made up of multiple layers, the things we do, the things we want to do if we can find the time, space, and energy to do them on the side, and the ideas that we aspire to. There is so much that we can share with our unique vision of the places that we go, the people that we meet, and the ideas that come to us over coffee or drink of choice in the places that we exist in.

We read way too many existentialism books by the way.

Parts of this site might not be safe for work, so be careful – we will mark when and where something is not safe for work so that you don’t get busted up too badly if you are checking this out from work. We really recommend that if you are hitting this site from a corporate server that you back off and go someplace else. We should be blocked by most nanny/interception software as either being too adult for a company, or too awesome for the internet. Take your pick, it is all in how you see the world.

The surreal is a way of life, and no we are not a pile of dead hipsters, zombies, or generally weird people along the way. Weird is relative. Occasionally we tend to do something overly bizarre along the way, but then that is what makes life interesting.

So welcome, and welcome again. We hope you enjoy this site, and the things we do, the things we want to do, and the goals that we aspire to.

To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art – that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.

Charles Baudelaire

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Just remember, art is a way of looking at the world, it is not the only way, but one of the more wonderful ways of looking at the world.

 

 

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