A new version of the “Birds for Words” iMessage sticker app is being released today and it includes one of my very first wildlife photos, an American Coot. I have always loved this photo even though it is rather unremarkable and not difficult to capture. Fittingly named as “Behind” it is included in version 1.5 of the application. Also included in this version are translations to Spanish, French, and Italian languages.
You can download your own copy of Birds for Words below. Just a reminder-it really does cost less than a cup of coffee!
The hottest issue of the day is how the American government handles its immigration issues and Seattle Stickies has two more stickers to let you be heard. Building a stable of political iMessage stickers the “Abolish ICE” and “Support ICE” images allow users to stick them to any message on the Apple iPhone or iPad.
You can pick up your own copy of Seattle Stickies at the link below.
I just want to mention that I have been seeing a few crashes in the Get it Straight application when users are trying to save their edited images to the Photos Library. I want to let everyone know that I have identified the problem and it has been fixed for the next update. The next update will come out when iOS 11.3 is publicly available which should be in about a week. Until then anyone who wants to save their edited masterpiece to the Photos Library can do that by using the Photo Editing extension right in the Photos app. Just hit the edit button then the circle with three dots inside it and you will see the Get it Straight icon where you can perform the same tasks and it will be saved to the Photos Library.
Thanks for your patience.
You can download a copy of Get it Straight at the link below.
A quick note to let everyone know that testing is going well for the inclusion of augmented reality for three of my applications. I have a few screenshots to share. Please allow me to apologize in advance for the quality. It turns out making the screenshots is more difficult than I had expected. Rest assured that it looks much better on your actual iPhone or iPad.
You can learn more and download my apps at the link below.
Hence forth known as G+, the social sharing service from Google has a slick interface and beautiful photo presentations that attract many a photographer but is it helpful to someone in selling his or hers photos? While it is picking up steam everyday it is also fair to say that G+ has for the most part been occupied by photographers and early adopter nerds. Google has in the past made attempts at social sites that all failed so there is a certain amount of uncertainty with G+. If it does not meet Google’s expectations will it be killed leaving users in the dark? For right now it appears that they are “all in” and making every effort to attract a broader user group. Even at that, the question is how will it help you sell a photo? Maybe it won’t.
Not too long ago when the digital photo market exploded and everyone and their brother set out to become a “pro” photographer, the really clever and experienced photographers turned away from selling prints to selling their knowledge to those who want to sell their pictures. They became instructors teaching at workshops, festivals, conventions, and tours. If you are going down that road G+ is your very best friend. Circles, communities, and hash tags all allow the wise user to organize and attract the vast database of photographers who are using the service. The great presentations will allow you to show your work in the best possible light. Years ago when I wanted to take my first workshop I searched for a long time and one of the top considerations I had was the images the instructor presented. If the instructor has a crappy low resolution website to display their work it was a certain turn off and I was unlikely to pursue their services further. G+ allows an instructor to reach out to potential customers in an elegant and interactive way.
If you are trying to sell photos, G+ is not going to be your best friend. Neither is any other social service either. Yeah I know there are plenty of stories from people about how Twitter or Facebook has revived their business. I tend not to believe most of that, reality is if you get off your ass and do some hard work your business will improve regardless of the medium you are using. When I was much younger I took a fair amount of training in relationship selling. At the time I thought it was kind of stupid (it did not have a lot to do with my job at the time) but as I get older I am glad that I remember much of it and saved all my seminar materials over the years. To sell photos you need to make relationships with clients, you need to service those clients, and you need to do it better than the competition. Social sharing really doesn’t lend it’s self to that, now does it? Please don’t confuse that with the internet. The internet and all things digital has revolutionized all business and that is an entirely different thing than Twitter, Facebook, or G+ as a whole.
But still, if you are a photographer of any kind you need to be on G+, you need to be on it more than any other service in my opinion. Not to sell but to learn, explore, discover, and network, and that is where Google shines. There is a whole world of photography related communities, places to stay in touch with people you meet on the trail, places to solve problems, read about other’s experiences and critique photographs. I am going to say that the vast majority of photographers don’t have a formal education in the subject so you can think of G+ as the world’s largest classroom. It is all out there just floating around, all you have to do is reach out and take it.
Thanks for reading everyone. Happy Trails, you can check me out at G+ here.