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AMDEF 2013 Show Pictures – Angie and the Car Wrecks

AMDEF 2013 Show PicturesAMDEF 2013 Show Pictures – Angie and the Car Wrecks

It is going to take me a while to go through all the AMDEF pictures I took this month, so they will be coming slowly out of post processing. But have about 1/2 of them done, so time to talk about them. AMDEF rocked, and is something I am going to do as the event progresses and I can get access to the show. Lots of interesting things to go see, the combination of Art, Music, Dance, Entertainment and Fashion made for an awesome night out. Of course we had to leave early, but maybe next year I can hang out for the whole show and see it through to the end. It just seemed like the party would never stop and I had other things to do the following morning.

Overall though, AMDEF makes for an interesting look into the arts and music culture here in Seattle. I don’t know if any other towns do something similar to this, but they should. I can’t speak for the self esteem of those I took pictures of, but I also know that this set of pictures caused the most controversy that I have had with a photo shoot in a long time. From getting flagged for porn on Facebook, to general upset that “this makes me look fat” to misuse of tagging on Facebook, and then the general silence on G+ this obviously was something that people loved, hated, felt uncomfortable with, or otherwise caused an emotion of some sort.

This just leads me on to my continuing problems with facebook, and we decided to cut down on the pain on my regular person feed that I would start a new fan page for Studio 5 Graphics, as well as moving into my own studio so I get out of the house living room. I don’t know why something like AMDEF would cause problems on Facebook, but it sure did. Maybe that is what art and culture should be all about, making people uncomfortable. Maybe I scored a win here, and that is something that a photographer should be happy with, making people uncomfortable.

If I have not made you uncomfortable yet, give me some time, I’ll get to you eventually. In the mean time enjoy the best show of the night – Angie and the Car Wrecks, punk-a-billy was awesome. As I get more done, I’ll post them.

AMDEF 2013 Show Pictures – Angie and the Car Wrecks

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Unveiling the New Smugmug

Unveiling the New SmugmugUnveiling the New Smugmug

I have been a fan and user of Smugmug since 2005, and since then I have seen a lot of changes with the site, most of them have been under the hood, but this is the first time Smugmug has rolled out a new look and feel. Anytime any web site updates the User Interface (UI) you wonder what all is going to break along the way. This time though, no breaking, just good clean solid programming making things much more pretty, and a way to harmonize your Smugmug site with the other web sites that you use to showcase your pictures.

If you want to check out the changes – trot on over here.

It took about 5 hours to roll my 60,000 pictures over on the Smugmug site to the point where I could get to the new UI and then actually go tinker with it. There were a lot of people out there yesterday trying to do the same thing and while they say it might take a minute or two to do this, the more pictures you have the more time it will take to roll everything over to the new UI. I have some friends who had 150,000 pictures or more that are still waiting and we all tried to do this about the same time yesterday. So figure about an hour for every 10,000 pictures wait time for the roll over and that means you can go grab a cup of coffee or take a nap, or go do something useful along the way while you are waiting.

The wait is worth it.

Smugmug wait screen

The new UI is clean, pretty, and allows you to really customize a lot of what you do or how you want to showcase your stuff. I personally made a special gallery of my latest stuff or the stuff I really love and then used that as my main linkage point back into the rest of the site. You are going to see a drop off in traffic as people try to get used to the new Smugmug layout, and some of it is counter intuitive. For example, there is a browse link, I wanted to change the name over to Check out the other Galleries, but you can’t change the text on the default links. You can however finally make a link back to the other places you store stuff, so you can interlink your Smugmug with your web site, flickr, Deviant Art, and other places to build a route to the other places you share your stuff.

The wait was so worth it.

Honestly I really love what Smugmug has done here, I am generally not a foaming at the mouth rabid fan, and there were some hitches with Smugmug last year with the pricing model that they had proposed. But I also know that Smugmug will listen to people, so while I whine about the browse vs galleries link – if that is the only think I found lacking, then I consider myself very lucky. Smugmug is worth the cost, and the time, and the new UI roll out last night just hit on all the numbers. Thank you Smugmug, as always, you are awesome.


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