miércoles, 5 de septiembre de 2012

Google Fotos Canarias en los medios



Reportaje de Radio Televisión Canaria sobre el proyecto Google Fotos de Negocios emitido el Sábado 1 de Septiembre de 2012. Este reportaje fué llevado a cabo durante una de las sesiones para la cadena Spring Hoteles en Tenerife Sur, concretamente durante la sesión al Hotel Vulcano. Spring Hoteles ha sido una de las primeras cadenas hoteleras de Canarias en ver todo el potencial de esta nueva y espectacular forma de promover los productos y el destino turístico, llegando en 360º hasta los hogares, los ordenadores y los smartphones y tablets de todo el mundo.
Puedes contactar con Francis Ortiz en francis@francisortiz.biz tel: 615684195

Francis Ortiz es Fotógrafo de confianza de Google.

lunes, 3 de septiembre de 2012

Los Top 10 Blogs y webs de Fotógrafos en 2012


psychology for photographers

1. Psychology for Photographers

Psicología para los fotógrafos es un nuevo blog con un contenido increíble que te ayudará a conseguir más clientes y vender más a tus clientes, y Jenika, el autor del sitio, tiene un corazón de oro para ayudar a la gente. No me canso de leer sus posts.


photography web marketing guide

2. Photography Web Marketing Guide

Zach Prez hace un trabajo realmente genial al hablar acerca de cómo utilizar Internet para promocionar y hacer crecer su negocio de fotografía. Tiene algunos productos fabulosos como la Guía Fotografía de Web Marketing, Web Smart 55 Ideas para Fotógrafos, Fotografía y  Blog sobre fotografía y éxito. Ahñi van los enlaces: Photography Web Marketing Guide55 Smart Web Ideas for Photographers, and Photography Blog Success.

photography concentrate blog

3. Photography Concentrate

Rob & Lauren son increíbles en la creación de posts concentrados llenaos de información útil para los fotógrafos. Tenen un enorme talento enseñando, y la tutoría y sus productos son a la vez profundos y sin embargo, bien desglosados en fáciles pasos, haceindo que el aprendizaje sea un placer. Os recomiendo:  Awesome Album Design SkillsExtremely Essential Camera Skills, and their new e-book Simple Wedding Photography.
Photo Mint

4. PhotoMint

Lara White has a plethora of helpful posts on her blog, especially if you are a wedding photographer (although other professional photographers will still get much value out of her posts as well.) Her free “Get Published” guide is amazing for helping you gain exposure and publicity for free, and her new e-book “Get Connected: Build Relationships to Drive Your Business” tells you all her secrets for getting valuable referrals for your business.
Elizabeth Halford Blog

5. Elizabeth Halford

Elizabeth Halford is a portrait photographer in the UK who writes very helpful tips for photographers. She’s great at taking technical concepts like focal length and bit depth and making them easy to understand for us non-techy types.

Brand Camp Blog

6. Brand Camp Blog

Kristen Kalp makes me swoon with jealousy when I read her writing. Seriously, she knows writing, branding, business and how to bring it all together to make your photography business thrive like crazy. She also uses her super powers to hug orphans in India and make the world a better place.

tiffinbox

7. Tiffinbox

Seshu’s Tiffinbox is an incredible site that is full of resources and has input from photographers around the world on it. He’s not afraid to shake things up, such as with this post called “On Chasing Rainbows and Unicorns” (which was written by a local colleague of mine). Definitely a site worth following.

digital photography school darren rowse

8. Digital Photography School

While dPS is not primarily geared towards photography businesses, they have several posts that will help you grow your business as well as a comprehensive e-book called the “Going Pro Kit” that will walk you through what you need to do to finally start your business step by step (and it covers more than just portraits and wedding photography). There’s also tons of information to learn to be a better photographer and a thriving community to get involved in.
tofurious blog

9. Tofurious

Lawrence is downright brilliant for the amazing posts he publishes. He’s great at making you think (and making you hungry!) and I have made tons of extra money from what I learned in his Creative Pricing & Packagingebook that I bought and implemented into my wedding packages. He also published a physical book called “Social Media Marketing for Digital Photographers” that is available through Amazon.
A man to fish blog

10. A Man to Fish

Todd never ceases to make you think about why you are doing what you are doing, where the value is, and when to step outside of the box. He’s a great person to read to really think about why you do what you do in your business. While I don’t always agree with his opinions or thoughts, they get me thinking about my business in a new light and makes me really consider why i do things the way I do them.

Mark Jaworski Studios | Photography & Design

Traducido por Francis Ortiz

No estoy del todo seguro de cuantos años tiene Mark, pero imagino que estará en su primeros 20 años. Cuando en Expert Photography Le preguntaron en un foro cuales eran los mejores fotógrafos jóvenes del momento, su nombre surgió en la lista.  Creo que como la mayoría de los fotógrafos, lucha por encontrar un enfoque claro hacia donde dirigir su fotografía, pero veo un enorme potencial en el.Artículo original:
Mark Jaworski Studios | Photography & Design:

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miércoles, 21 de marzo de 2012

Mind Blowing Parallax Scrolling Sites

Mind Blowing Parallax Scrolling Sites:
Alucinantes ejemplos de tecnología Paralax en Websites. Iremos comentando en próximos posts

Nike Better World

Nike Better World is probably one of the early sites who started this parallax scrolling trend. Still looking good.
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Smart USA

As you scroll down the Smart USA site, the elements zoom to you. What is really impressive is they managed to maintain the similar look and feel in their mobile version. Most parallax scrolling designs don't play well on mobile devices. Having a separate version is a smart idea.
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Ben The Body Guard

Although the perspective seems very wrong (it doesn't feel like a bird's-eye view) onBen The Body Guard, but having a character and trian runs across the scene is pretty cool.
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Laurentius

I don't understand Dutch, but browsing on Laurentius site was very enjoyable. You can scroll through the slideshow with mouse scroll wheel, scrollbar, navigation buttons, or arrow keys. I particularly like the slide between 4 & 5 where the butterflies flew out the scene randomly.
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Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart site gives you the same kind of experience as if you were playing on the Wii. It is fun to see the carts move on the track. Notice when you try to scroll down on the last slide or scroll up on the first slide, the graphic elements shake to create the effect of braking.
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Moods of Norway

Moods of Norway truely depicts the beauty of a city line in a parallax scrolling tour. It takes you from the country side to the urban city in different lighting and season. I thought it is a travel site, but it turns they are a product site (LOL). Don't forget to check the site on your iPhone. It displays a sweet message when you are viewing in portrait mode. You can swipe through the scenes in landscape view.
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Art of Flight

Like the Mario Kart site, Art of Flight provides the same experience as if you were flying in a helicopter. It gave me a headache (in a positive way) from watching the elements flying around the scene. Very well done!
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Smokey Bones

Beside the parallax scrolling on Smokey Bones, I like the bottom of the site where you can break the balls and play pool (well, sort of).
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BeerCamp

BeerCamp doesn't have the stunning images like most of the parallax scrolling sites, but it is very well executed. Everything is laid on the screen. As you scroll, the design zoom in layer by layer.
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Beetle

Make sure you are on high speed connection to check the Beetle site because it is very graphic instense. The scrolling at the beginning is put together with image by image like keyframe animation.
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New Zealand

The scene design on the New Zealand site is breath taking — beautiful and high resolution imagery. However, this beauty costs some load time and graphic resources.
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Activate Drinks

Among all the sites on this list, I think Activate Drinks has the best pre-load idea. First it shows you a nice loading animation and then the cap on the bottle starts turning as you scroll.
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Gidsy - Making the Perfect Listing

This "Making the Perfect Listing" page is nicely put together with just basic color and shapes. Scroll and watch the shapes merge together.
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domingo, 8 de enero de 2012

6 buenos propósitos de un Fotógrafo para el 2012


6 New Year’s Resolutions Every Photographer Should Make in 2012

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del blog de Lisa Bettany is a photographer and iPhone App Developer (co-creator of Camera+). She enjoys zombie flicks, British tea, R2D2 & her 5DMKII.
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Happy New Year Everyone! Every year I vow to become a better photographer. Last year I set some pretty lofty New Year’s resolutions for myself. This year I have very different plans that involve a little bit of travel — watch for an exciting announcement coming very soon ;) In the meantime, here are a few photography and life resolutions that I hope will help you on your quest to becoming a great photographer!

1. I will learn how to use my gear.

15mm fisheye in Times Square. Photo by Scott Meinzer.
This is a resolution that everyone should commit to. If you don’t know how to use your gear, you will never get constant photos. Anyone can capture a happy accident on Auto, but a good photographer knows how take well-exposed, composed shots in any lighting situation. Moments happen so quickly that if you can’t react almost instantaneously, you’ll always be a few seconds behind that perfect shot.
Bay Bridge at Sunrise, San Francisco
Sunrise over the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.
If you are a beginner, I recommend reading your camera manual cover to cover. It’s tedious, but knowing the button to switch on live view or how to change your picture quality settings to RAW is important. Every time you get a new piece of gear, it’s wise to read the manual. I recently got a new flash and didn’t read the manual before doing a shoot. “How different could it be from my last flash,” I foolishly thought. Apparently, it was different enough that it made me delay a shoot for 30 minutes while I figured out how to detach my new flash from my camera. Fail.

2. I will practice my technical skills.

Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC
HDR of the Parliament buildings in Victoria, BC.
Once you’ve mastered how to use your camera, then it’s all about practising using it. Most of us start shooting without any previous knowledge about photography. Taking snap shots of your family vacation is very different from shooting a fashion shoot. I’ve taken photos since I was about 5 years old, but I didn’t become aware of composition and lighting until about 4 years ago when I got my first dSLR. I initially shunned spending time learning photographic technique, thinking that my natural ability would just carry me through until I magically learnt technical skills.
I was fine shooting random landscapes and some “casual” portrait sessions, but when I was hired to shoot someone’s wedding with rented gear I’d never used I was way out of my depth. I mistakenly thought that if I rented tons of professional gear, I’d just get great shots by pressing the shutter button. How very, very wrong I was. Firstly, I didn’t know how to use the gear and secondly, I had no clue how to deal with the extreme lighting conditions of shooting a wedding, like direct sun, dark banquet halls, and fluorescent change rooms. At the time, I didn’t even know how to identify different light.
Pink Rose.
Rose macro shot at f/2.8.
While you can learn a lot about how to take great shots by doing, there is no substitute for knowing the actual technical skills necessary to take consistent shots. I’m not saying you have to know the math behind different f-stops, but you should know what an f-number is and that f/2 gives you a shallower depth of field than f/8 and when you should use one versus the other. All of this information is available online. It’s just a few Google searches away.

3. I will take more pictures.

Epic clouds at Disneyland shot with an iPhone 4 & Camera+.
I take about 200 photos a day on average. These days, I spend most of my time shooting with my iPhone. Regardless of what I’m doing or how busy I am I take photos. I’ll take photos of my wait in the Starbucks line, or my morning bagel, or my feet at a dentist appointment. I annoy my friends and family taking pictures of them everyday. While these photos are a documentary of my daily life, I’d say that about 99% of these shots would be considered rubbish to the outside artistic world. But, the other 1% are actually considered good photos that people might want to buy and stick on their wall.
The simple fact that I take so many photos, gives me way better odds that one of my photos will be great. The one thing I notice most about beginner photographers is how few photos they take. I would say the ratio of crap to good shots is about 30:1. We live in a digital age, where data is cheap, so there is no limit on how many shots you can take. Fill up your memory card, take 20 shots of a single piece of grass making sure the focus is tack sharp and the exposure is perfect.

4. I will not be limited by the gear I own.

Times Square October Snow Storm
Times Square shot with an iPhone 4S using Camera+ CrossProcess FX.
Any camera can take a great picture. You can shoot a magazine cover with an iPhone or an award winning photo on a $10 plastic point and shoot. Never feel inferior to other photographers because they are sporting a $10,000 lens. When I first started shooting professionally, I shot with an entry-level Canon Rebel and one lens. Early on, I was invited to cover anature photography workshop in Jackson Hole. Everyone had a giant luggage bag full of the very best gear money could buy, and I was there with my tiny Rebel and a $19 tripod. The other photographers joked about my crappy tripod and the fact that I was shooting a dramatic landscape with a 50mm lens. “You really can’t get nature shots without spending a bajillion dollars on this camera and this lens and this Gitzo carbon fibre tripod. Feel how light it is!”
I felt horrible. I confided about how I felt to Steve Simon, a legendary documentary photographer and one of the mentors at the workshop without a ton of gear. During the workshop, Steve toted around his Nikon and one lens in a small canvas shoulder bag. He didn’t shoot the landscapes, but instead focused on the people taking the photos. He was interested in the faces and the moments, rather than the landscape that had been shot a million times by Ansel Adams. Steve taught me that you don’t have to be limited by your gear, but rather shift your focus to what your gear is best at capturing. If you really need that $2500 70-200mm IS L lens, you can always rent it for $30.

5. I will learn to edit my photos and critique my own photos.

I get a lot of emails from people asking me to critique their photos. I’m always happy to help guide new photographers in the right direction, but ultimately it’s up to you to learn how to critique your own photos. Photography is art and the judgement of art is relative. I prefer photographs that are “pretty” with bright colours, beautiful models, sunsets, magic hour light, and bokeh. If you presented me with a photo of a gorgeous model on a beach with warm glowing light and a pile of stunning bokeh, I’d totally fave it. But that is just me and what I like. Some people think my style of photography is trite and unrealistic, preferring raw, gritty black and white images of street scenes.
Almost anyone can tell you whether a photograph is composed and exposed well, but does it capture a meaningful moment, does it say something about the world, does it present a new concept or change the way I feel someone feels about a subject? It’s up to you to decide what your answers and and present them in your own personal photographic style.
Once you’ve decided on a style, don’t let anyone shake your vision. People will inevitably disagree with your style, say mean things about your photos, and tell you how your photos would be much better if you did things their way. I get feedback like this almost daily. Almost every photographer I know, even the amazing, Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs does. Unless someone I really respect gives me meaningful criticism, I ignore the noise.

6. I will not give up on a potentially great shot

Santa Monica Pier Sunset
Persistence was the key to this shot of the Santa Monica Pier.
Sometimes a great shot is snapped in seconds, other times it takes 4 long hours of freezing your butt off. I can relate to feeling tired, cold, sore, and frustrated as a photographer, but if there is anything I have learnt over the years, it’s never walk away from a potentially great shot. Odds are that if you just wait longer or try harder, you will get the shot, especially if you have right conditions for a great shot like billowing clouds, magic light, or a gorgeous subject.
Never say, “I’ll just come back tomorrow” or “I’ll get that shot later”. You never will. Persevere through your sore neck, cold feet, and frustration and get that shot now, especially if you are traveling. I have never regretted staying an extra two hours to get a magical shots. I have always painfully regretted not stopping to get a shot, but I never regret staying to the bitter end of a glorious sunset to get a perfect shot.
California Poppies shot with an iPhone 4S & Camera+’s Magic Hour FX.
Now I just shoot until I can’t shoot anymore. I stop the car and jump out and shoot when I see a rainbow. Always think, “this is my only opportunity to get this shot,” so make sure I nail it before I leave.
Whether you are taking your very first photo in 2012 or your 50,000th, I encourage everyone to keep taking photos and sharing them. Adventure out into the world more this year and don’t stop believing in yourself and your photography. Quick, grab your camera – there are amazing photos out there just waiting to be captured!

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