Archives for May 2012

How Do You Sign Your Emails? Your Friend, Brenda

I have been corresponding with some business owners in Europe recently, in hopes of some work, some business or contracts. Whether I get the work or not has not even mattered. What has mattered is how they sign their emails.

I have never met these people before, we’ve not yet been on the phone yet together. They sign each email not with “Cheers” or “Thank you” or “Thanks” or “Sincerely” as we might in North America, which always seems so stiff to me.

They don’t have Facebook and Twitter and website links galore in their email footers. They don’t have logos and branding and visual headers throughout their emails to market and sell frome each email and each word that they speak and share. They are very successful, wealthy, actually. They don’t speak about their brand, and nowhere is their brand shown in an email.

No, none of that. Simply, they are polite, extremely respectful and kind and friendly and how do they sign their emails to strangers like me? In such a lovely way. They sign the bottom of each email with “Your friend, …” or “Thanks a lot, my friend” or “hear soon my friend” and “Hear you soon, Brenda, my friend” …

AND, THEY USE CAPS and !!! TO SHOW THEIR PASSION AND EXCITEMENT AND GRATITUDE WHEN WE ARE TOLD TO NEVER YELL OR  USE CAPS IN EMAILS AND CORRESPONDENCE.

Fingers crossed I get to work with these people, as I sure need the money and I need the work. However, more importantly, I need a friend. What’s your business and work life about anyway? Work? Or friends? I’d say, they’ve got this work thing right, in Europe, over there, in that small place, where we strangers are welcomed with open arms, as friends.

Business isn’t really work, is it? How do you sign your emails?

Your friend, Brenda

100 Cameras in 1 app Giveaways at Social Media Camp

Mobile Phone Photographers Participate and Win!

Trey Ratcliff is one incredible photographer. I love his photography and his iPhone app, 100 Cameras in 1 is in my top recommended apps at every speaking engagement on mobile photography. Trey is extremely popular on Google+ and I’d recommend joining in on some of his hangouts online and photo walks if you can get to see him in person.

So here’s the exciting news. I’ve instigated and am coordinating the *groundbreaking* iPhone and Mobile Phone Photography Exhibit (real time and online) for the social media conference, Social Media Camp, in Victoria, B.C.

100 cameras in 1 logoYou know what else is really exciting? Trey has agreed via his very famous Stuck in Customs Travel Photography Blog (published by his company SIC Media, LLC) to some cool Giveaways at Social Media Camp!

To date, all of my speaking engagements on iPhone photography have included Trey’s 100 Cameras in 1 app for iPhone. Conference participants will have a chance to win not only apps, but also eBooks and one HDR Tutorial, all by Trey Ratcliff. I want the HDR Tutorial giveaway myself! .lol. (guess that’s not going to happen 🙂 it’s an awesome prize for some lucky person.

You’ll have a chance to submit your mobile phone photos in order to win these giveaways. I’m seeing this not as a “contest” but as an exhibit, where photos are submitted real time, throughout the two days (details and basic submission guidelines to follow) with the goal being creativity and participation from as many people as possible. Full details will be online in an upcoming blog post right here.

** please note. these are not affiliate links. i have requested app giveaways on my own, for conference attendees, in order to encourage participation in the new mobile phone photo-art show/exhibit. this comes from my desire and belief that better images make for a more beautiful web, and if we have a few techniques and awesome apps to help out, let’s share the wealth of it for all of us to not only improve photography skills but also stretch our creative boundaries as there truly are no limits. my gift to you. i’m not getting paid to do this **

So, onto the giveaways.

Here’s what I will have to give away to some lucky photographers at Social Media Camp. I’ll be set up at Booth 24.

  • Photoshop eBook10 Essential Photoshop Skills Everyone Should Know (for beginners and just beyond)” by Trey Ratcliff (5 copies)
    Here’s a description about the book : “If you’re like most people you probably find Photoshop to be unnecessarily complex to learn and use. This eBook will help you to push past the initial learning curve. You’ll discover the power of Photoshop and begin to enjoy fine-tuning your photos for personal or commercial use. Trey takes the complex and breaks it down into simple, easy to understand, instructions with helpful before and after views at some of his most amazing photos.”
  • HDR Tutorial — Total Package with BONUS! (1 copy)
    • As per the Stuck in Customs website description, this “Complete HDR Video Tutorial package includes a “Free eBook, 10 Mistakes in HDR Processing eBook, Full access to private Clubhouse forums, Over 130 RAW Working Files, 11+ hours of video instruction across 9 classes”
  • 100 Cameras in 1 iPhone app (5 copies)
    Here are some of the features of this iPhone app that they describe on the website : “Fast, simple, and light; Designed for speed and ease-of-use; Take unique new photos or re-create existing photos; 100 different effects that use mixes of hardlight, overlay, and more with beautiful textures from around the world; A “new” kind of camera that lacks the confusing complexity of many other hard-to-use apps; Share your photos on email, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug, and DropBox!; Export to Instagram coming as soon as they contact us back!; Gamecenter support. Unlock fun achievements!”

I look forward to seeing you at the conference in Victoria, (I’m speaking on iPhone photography) and a big thank you to Trey Ratcliff and the awesome team at Stuck in Customs!

— Brenda Johima

iPhone photo inside restaurant at granville island

One example of an image post-processed using the 100 Cameras in 1 iPhone app

Macphun FX Photo Studio App Giveaways at Social Media Camp

Win some apps at Social Media Camp!

iPhone photographers are in for a treat at Social Media Camp this year. Bring your best iPhone photos that you already have taken, and also be prepared to take some new photos at the conference, June 8th and June 9th for a chance to win some really cool app downloads.

*NEW* to Social Media Camp this year is an iPhone and Mobile Phone Photo Exhibit (real time and online)

>>Details on how you can win will be all laid out for you in an upcoming separate blog post.<<

As both a social media consultant and also an artist and avid iPhone photographer I love to inspire and to encourage others to also get excited and passionate about mobile phone photography and having some cool apps in your photography toolkit, certainly helps. I’m absolutely thrilled what I have come up with, and you will not believe what I have got in store for you!

You’ll have a chance to submit your mobile phone photos in order to win these apps. I’m seeing this not as a “contest” but as an exhibit, where photos are submitted real time, throughout the two days (details and basic submission guidelines to follow) with the goal being creativity and participation from as many people as possible.

** please note. these are not affiliate links. i have requested app giveaways on my own, for conference attendees, in order to encourage participation in the new mobile phone photo-art show/exhibit. this comes from my desire and belief that better images make for a more beautiful web, and if we have a few techniques and awesome apps to help out, let’s share the wealth of it for all of us to not only improve photography skills but also stretch our creative boundaries as there truly are no limits. my gift to you. i’m not getting paid to do this **

The amazing folks at MacPhun Inspiring Software have very generously given me some codes (41) for FREE downloads of some apps for iPhone, MAC and iPad, including FX Photo Studio and Snapheal and Color Splash Studio

FX Photo Studio for iPhone Logo
1. FX Photo Studio for iPhone
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Here’s the developers description : “FX Photo Studio offers more bang for your buck than any other app on the App Store with its outstanding assortment of 194 filters. It is the most popular version of the FX Photo Studio brand and is a top photography application in over 50 different countries. FX Photo Studio for iPhone is utilized by both amateur and professional photographers who seek simple, but powerful image processing on-the-go. Users can turn their iPhone or iPod touch into a fantastic photo editing studio that allows them to mix and tune every single effect, mask effects, and share their photos via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Tumblr. Many would be surprised by the countless creative image editing possibilities that FX Photo Studio provides on-the-go.” Read about the FX Photo Studio app for MAC and iPad here >>

Snapheal for MAC
2. Snapheal

The developers website calls this app a “super hero for your photos” that “removes unwanted objects, can heal damaged photos, fix skin imperfections and “fixes photos in minutes” and it’s a “First-of-its-kind photo app for Mac that lets you perform professional image enhancements in minutes.”

Color Splash Studio for MAC

3. Color Splash Studio for MAC

This is an app for selective color photography. Here are some snippets from the developers website state that this app is : “iPhoto and Aperture friendly. You can import photos from those libraries and export back to iPhoto, Aperture and Photoshop. It has a toolbox that includes selection tools to make images with selective colors, including the ability to adjust parameters of the brush, a variety of monochrome layers, customize brightness, contrast, saturation, hues, vignettes and more.”

Here’s what I will have to give away to some lucky photographers. I’ll be set up at Booth 24.

Below, is one example of what can be done with FX Photo Studio for iPhone (which is one of my most used apps for iPhone) and the creative possibilities truly are endless. I’m happy to be able to share this all with you. It’s a win-win for the app developers and for some lucky social media conference attendees. In an upcoming blog post, I’ll list the categories for photo submissions, and here’s a hint for one *architecture and buildings* (Thanks to Katharine Holmes for suggesting an architecture category. Good idea!) You can be as traditional, or creative and abstract as you like. You can even start now, snapping photos before you get to the conference 🙂

iPhone Art called City on Fire by Brenda Johima

I’ll see you in Victoria, at Social Media Camp 2012 and please do join me at my speaking engagement if you want to learn some tips and tricks for iPhoneography and the basic elements of fine art and design that can be applied to almost any photograph, with any cell phone.

— Brenda Johima

Social Media Camp 2012 and iPhone Photography!

It’s time to GET SOCIAL.

To Social Media Camp, that is.

I’m super excited to be speaking at Social Media Camp 2012 in Victoria, B.C., once again!

I’m honored to say that this is my third year in a row as a speaker at this prestigious Social Media Conference in Canada. For the past two years, I’ve been both a featured speaker and also a session speaker, and for 2012 I’ll be presenting a Power Session, which for my session, will be my version of a hybrid between a speaking engagement and an interactive session where you can ask me lots of questions.

I will not be holding back any secrets as to exactly which apps I use, as well as any tips, tricks and techniques. That’s right, not holding any cards close to my chest. Why? Better images make for a more beautiful web, and in my opinion, increase your marketing power online. During my overflowing-with-content, action packed 45 minute session, you can ask me ‘almost’ anything to do with iPhone photography. (usually I hold a few cards close to my chest … but not this time … 🙂

What’s the biggest question that I get asked on a regular basis about iPhone Photography? (iPhoneography) “What app did you use? Which app is that?” I’ll answer those questions, AND explain why we need to find new questions to ask mobile photographers 🙂

Last year at Social Media Camp 2011, my session title was “I’ve got an iPhone, now what? Photography Apps and Social Media for Sharing Images” and it was standing room only!

Apparently for this year, there is limited space in the room for my Power Session, so please do arrive early because I’m eager to have FUN, share my passion with you for this exciting medium of mobile photography, and to share tips, tricks and techniques to inspire and encourage you to take even more great photos.

Photography and art make for a more beautiful web. Nowadays, cell phone cameras and iPhones are ‘one of’ the fastest way to create art and post to web, blogs and social networks.

SHOW. Like. Trust. Images sell.

iPhone Art and Photography for Social Media Marketing

Everything online is sold and marketed using text content and/or images.

iPhone and cell phone photography is growing at a rapid pace, not only as an artistic tool for creative expression, but as a viable tool to be used for business and marketing online via Social Media and image sharing.

  1. My creative tool of choice, and camera of choice for mobile photography is the iPhone (3G and 4s)
  2. I have 80+ art and photography apps. I’ll share my favorites.
  3. AND >> My session is open to ALL Mobile Phone Photographers. Although my session and demonstrations are based on using an iPhone, you Don’t have to have an iPhone to join in! If you are interested in creating cool images, please join me 🙂
  4. Top secret : Some people have even attended my session without even owning a cell phone. Shhhh. It’s all inclusive, everybody is welcome, it will be FUN.
  5. My presentation is loaded with iPhoneography examples from beginning to end, a visual display, with NO boring PowerPoint 🙂
  6. Get inspired, motivated and passionate about this exciting medium, to use it in your business (or for personal expression)
  7. As I also work as an ARTIST, I’m here to show you some techniques, that you can then apply to your own industry and images.

Here’s what you will learn:

  1. Brenda’s top 10 apps for improving iPhone images
  2. How you can use Brenda’s top 10 basic elements of fine art and design tips to improve your photos
  3. How to correct (or use for artistic effect) blurry and lifeless, “blah” photos
  4. How to use your mobile phone to create art-based marketing on the fly, real time, and where to share your images online
  5. How to create eye-catching cell phone photos that are even more creative, dramatic and that ‘pop’

So … GET SOCIAL.

iPhone Photograph of wine glass and chocolate cake by brenda johimaI’ll see you there! Please do come and say HI! on June 8-9th in Victoria, B.C. Here’s all the details :

CONFERENCE WEBSITE:
Social Media Camp 2012

TWITTER:
#Follow @SocMediaCamp on Twitter
#Follow @JOHIMA on Twitter (for everything SEO, design, social media and online marketing)
#Follow @brendajohima on Twitter

FACEBOOK:
Social Media Camp on Facebook
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing on Facebook
Brenda Johima Creative on Facebook

P.S. I’d like to extend my gratitude to Chris Burdge and Paul Holmes for giving me this opportunity to speak, and connect for two days at a stellar conference, with some of the brightest and best speakers, thinkers, online marketers, social media experts and eager learners. It’s going to be a good time!

— Brenda Johima

 

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