A super weak photography week. I almost opted not to post anything but figured this might motivate me to elevate my game this week. My excuse was a crazy 24hr run to Texas for consulting work mid-week with both my arrivals happening after midnight. I also tend not to photograph much when I’m doing consulting because I’m stressed out and cursing myself for agreeing to do consulting work.
I touched on this with a previous zombie pictures post. Essentially, metadata is awesome because it lets people find your stuff and it helps your stuff find its audience. Metadata is also absent more often than not because people don’t like to type in lots of tags and they especially don’t like to do it on phones. You see elements of this metadata addition becoming automatic- simple things like Instagram (or maybe IFTT) auto-tagging my images with instagram and (in my case) iPhone (like the image above). I’ve also seen auto-tagging of image filters and with exif data you get all sorts of interesting automated metadata details but they tend to be mechanical rather than social. IFTT, FeedWordPress, and others allow you to do some low level of automatic metadata association. What keeps coming back to me is that it would be relatively simple to enable people to associate calendars and specific calendar events with online media publishing workflows. This would add the socially relevant automated metadata so the audience could find the media. The end goal being audience rather than metadata.). This would work particularly well at institutions which have centralized calendars or in the case of Udell’s Elm City aggregated calendars. Take VCU’s calendar of events as an example. It has time, location, and categorical elements already. You […]
I am fully back on the stranger portrait path. This image is the one I like the best out of those I’ve taken recently. The others were all at a recent VSTE conference and I’m not sure I’m even going to “count” them in the progression towards the 100 total. Taking photographs at a conference feels substantially different than what I normally do with stranger photography. Additionally, I’m not thrilled with the quality of the images. I could get better about talking to the person and trying to get them into more interesting locations/lighting. That’s not something I do currently. It’s not something I tend to do even with people I know. I much prefer candid shots in almost all situations. This is one of those things that I haven’t fully decided on. It’d certainly make for better photographs. cc licensed ( BY SA ) flickr photo shared by Tom Woodward This gif is made of photographs, some of strangers and some of people I know, after the wireless failed at the VSTE conference. I put it forth as a mixture of art as therapy and gif magic.