Social Media Camp : June 8-9, 2012 in Victoria, B.C. : Giveaways!

YAY to #SMPhotoArt Giveaways at #SMCamp of @SocMediaCamp

It’s a HAPPY Hashtag kind of day.

It’s the day I get to giveaway freebies to people who attended Social Media Camp in Victoria, June 8-9, 2012. All of these people  participated in the mobile photography show and/or came and chatted with me about iPhone photography and mobile photography and placed their business cards in the box at Booth 24.

If you missed the massively-long, lengthy and enormous, lots-of-vertical-scrolling-to-get-to-the-bottom-blog post that explains what this is all about, please read iPhoneography and Mobile Phone Photography Photo-Art Show at Social Media Camp

Thank you to some very generous app developers and online experts and kind business owners, I was able to acquire SIXTY-FIVE (65) Giveaways for Social Media Camp mobile phone photographers!

So, if you are one of the people on the list below, I’m sending you codes or contact information via email for downloads so you can get your giveaway, as long as you gave me your correct email address. If I cannot read your writing or if you have an incorrect email address, no download 🙂 Thanks for understanding.

  • Please download your gift ASAP as there is an expiry date on some downloads.
  • Please contact the developers directly for support, not me 🙂
  • If you’re Android and received a MAC giveaway, please pass it on to a friend. Best we can do this year with my volunteer time. Thanks.

Congratulations! See you next year!

Local Comox Valley photographer Barbara Legg had the stress and pleasure of selecting the winners for a couple of categories for me, fair and square. The categories of “the elements of fine art and design” and “creative self-portrait” were selected by Barbara Legg. Who selected the person from the friendly category? Brenda Johima (me) chose the “friendly helpful person” category. (“UN-Judges Kris Krug and Derek Ford were not available) All other giveaways were drawn out of a wicker box by random draw. Everyone who submitted photos during Social Media Camp via the CapsuleCam app got a giveaway (selected by random draw). The remaining were drawn from business cards left at Booth 24, again, as random draw. (By the way, I could have selected many, many, many people for the friendly category. Thank YOU everyone who popped by to chat with me at Booth 24! You were all awesome)

ONE.

1. You did focus on things like composition, line, pattern, shape, texture and the elements of fine art and design. Barbara Legg chose three people instead of only one. Lucky YOU! :

  1. Katharine Holmes
  2. Leo Tabibzadegan
  3. Tia Kelly
    You THREE lucky people receive one of EVERYTHING provided for this show by MacPhun, which includes one of all of these each :  FX Photo Studio for iPhone, FX Photo Studio for iPad, FX Photo Studio for MAC, Color Splash Studio for MAC and Snapheal for MAC.

TWO.

2. You did a Creative Self-Portrait. Barbara Legg chose one person, who opted to do something very different and unique. Lucky YOU! :

  1. Nicki Schell
    You receive a (one) 1-year SmugMug ‘Pro’ account and a Photoshop eBook (1 copy) by Trey Ratcliff

THREE.

3. You were the most friendly, and helpful, encouraging, motivating, supportive to others (including me)

  1. Catherine Novak (Catherine went out of her way to be kind and helpful and volunteered to help me set up and run Booth 24 at the conference. She’s an amazingly kind and helpful person, an awesome writer and creative, and I was fortunate to have her skilled help. Thanks Catherine!
    You receive a HDR Video Tutorial Total Package with BONUS! (1 copy) AND a Photoshop eBook — “10 Essential Photoshop Skills Everyone Should Know (for beginners and just beyond)” by Trey Ratcliff (1 copy)

Here’s a full list of all of the giveaways and recipients of each :

1-year SmugMug ‘Pro’ account :  (3) Courtesy of SmugMug you get (1) each:

  1. Nicki Schell
  2. *Another name will be selected
  3. Peter Papagiannis

FX Photo Studio for iPhone (11 copies) Courtesy of MacPhun you get (1) each:

  1. Katharine Holmes
  2. Leo Tabibzadegan
  3. Tia Kelly
  4. Bonnie Chomica
  5. Omri Cohen
  6. Ricky Munday
  7. Les Holmlund
  8. Donna Longley
  9. Jennifer M. Lang
  10. Jody Heavener
  11. Saira Waters

FX Photo Studio for MAC (6 copies) Courtesy of MacPhun you get (1) each:

  1. Katharine Holmes
  2. Leo Tabibzadegan
  3. Tia Kelly
  4. Kerry Broome
  5. Janet Stewart
  6. Mica Knibbs

FX Photo Studio for iPad (6 copies) Courtesy of MacPhun you get (1) each:

  1. Katharine Holmes
  2. Leo Tabibzadegan
  3. Tia Kelly
  4. Dustin Ray-Wilks
  5. Darrell Pacini
  6. Cheryl Alexander

Color Splash Studio for MAC (9 copies) Courtesy of MacPhun you get (1) each:

  1. Katharine Holmes
  2. Leo Tabibzadegan
  3. Tia Kelly
  4. Andrew Waring
  5. Doug Grant
  6. Nan Leather
  7. Joanie McCorry
  8. Lacey Geary
  9. Mary Katharine

Snapheal for MAC (9 copies) Courtesy of MacPhun you get (1) each:

  1. Katharine Holmes
  2. Leo Tabibzadegan
  3. Tia Kelly
  4. Victoria Klassen
  5. Kate Jones
  6. Nicole Stewart
  7. Tanya Thompson
  8. Tara Lynn
  9. Cheryl Wirch-Ryckman

Camera+ app for iPhone (10 copies) Courtesy of Lisa Bettany and TapTapTap you get (1) each:

  1. Joe Wozny
  2. Kathleen Burton
  3. Joanna Hesketh
  4. James Young
  5. Philip Hulme
  6. Kai Mundigler
  7. Lori Elder
  8. Janet Stewart
  9. Mat Wright
  10. Stephanie Slater

100 Cameras in 1 iPhone app  (5 copies) Courtesy of Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs you get (1) each:

  1. Sarah Tripper
  2. Shae Code
  3. Tara Coulter
  4. Ian Kopp
  5. Heather Tysowsld

HDR Video Tutorial Total Package with BONUS! (1 copy) Courtesy of Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs

  1. Catherine Novak

Photoshop eBook — “10 Essential Photoshop Skills Everyone Should Know (for beginners and just beyond)” by Trey Ratcliff (5 copies) Courtesy of Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs you get (1) each:

  1. Nicki Schell
  2. Catherine Novak
  3. David Cusack (David was also a very helpful volunteer for me, spreading the word at the conference about the mobile photo show. Thanks David!)
  4. Debra Morse
  5. Don B

P.S. Thank you to Ryan and Cyrus of CapsuleCam app, which is a mobile phone app for sharing images, for both Android and iPhone. There is also a web version at TryCapsule.com and let’s have some loud applause for these app developers for all their support in helping make this happen!

In closing, thank you to everyone for taking part and have FUN with your new toys. Just so you know, I’m Brenda Johima, and I’m a visual artist, avid and prolific iPhone Photographer and Social Media Consultant. I initiated and coordinated this Mobile Phone Photo-Art show for the conference, and I’ve done this all, by myself, to encourage participation and to inspire creativity by iPhone and mobile phone photographers at the conference … a few new tools in the kit bag always helps 🙂

See you next year! This is happening next year in a BIG way at Social Media Camp. Thank YOU to Paul Holmes and to Chris Burdge who saw my vision, said YES, and allowed me the space, time and support to make this all happen for YOU!

—Brenda Johima

beautiful self portrait

Copyright 2012 Brenda Johima. Self-Portrait.

 

iPhoneography and Mobile Phone Photo-Art : NEW to Social Media Camp 2012

Are You Ready to Make Your Photo-ART Social in YYJ?

brenda johima beautiful iPhone self-portrait

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

New to Social Media Camp this year is the Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show. This has been instigated and organized by the very talented visual artist and prolific iPhone Photographer, Brenda Johima. Brenda is a former Social Media Camp featured speaker and panelist, and is here for her third year in a row, this year as a Power Session presenter.

*** REVISED on June 7th for Simplicity and for this one solo Instigator of this project and for Simplicity of Ease of Use for conference attendees, the majority of giveaways will be drawn random from a box, at booth 24.**

The Social Media Camp Mobile Photo-Art Show (with Brenda Johima)

This groundbreaking (real time and online) mobile phone photo exhibit is a first on Vancouver Island! Open to both iPhone and Android mobile phone photographers who attend Social Media Camp in person, we’re excited to have this as part of the conference. It’s a mobile phone photo-art show, with a a few small UN-contests, a lot of random luck … and all social and visual FUN. It’s all about creating a positive vibe with images, encouraging and cheering each other on.

The two goals are 1.) participation from as many people as possible; and 2.) creativity.

My personal Goal 3.) Support all the incredible app developers and talent that create these awesome art and photography apps for us. Please visit their websites, blogs, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts

Rules. There is only one.

1. Respect. If people don’t want their photo taken, please choose someone else 🙂 Not everybody wants their photo posted to social networks. For the gregarious, photogenic and those who love to be in photos, go for it.

i am speaking at social media camp 2012

How will it work and how to participate:

  1. When you arrive, pick up an info. sheet at Booth 24.
  2. Drop your business card in the box if you want to win giveaways. We must have your email address for giveaways.
  3. Everyone needs to download the CapsuleCam app (Android and iPhone) below, you’ll be able to see the images uploaded real time on your mobile device, AND also on a flat panel screen that will be at Booth 24. Come and Say HI to me please, and if you can spare a free moment, I could use a little volunteer help 🙂
  4. Beginner iPhone photographers and anyone else who would like to, please download the Pinweel app if you want to give that a try also
  5. If you are a beginner iPhone user and only want to be part of a smaller group for image sharing, please download the Pinweel app
  6. It’s all inclusive. Anyone attending the conference in person, with Android or iPhone can participate. You must be registered as a conference attendee (or volunteer) or trade show exhibitor.
  7. Take mobile phone photos from the moment you arrive on Friday 8:30 a.m. until closing with the last speaker on Saturday at 5:00 p.m.. Winners will be announced and sent codes for download on Monday and Tuesday after the conference.***You will need to provide an email address at Booth 24 if you win and want the codes emailed so you can download your giveaway***
  8. >>Upload images all weekend, whenever you want. There is no limit.<< (Think Twitter but with pictures)
  9. *Images can be ones that you have taken before, or that you take during your time at the conference. You can upload from existing photo albums online if you choose.*
  10. You can post-process images using one or multiple photography and art apps, or use none at all.
  11. All photos must be taken and post-processed with a mobile phones only
  12. You can ‘like’ photos with a thumbs up from within Pinweel (we are NOT using the “thumbs down.” do not use it)
  13.  Both apps have a web version as well. There will be a URL you can get at the conference to follow the stream of images.

The hashtag for this mobile phone photo-art part of the conference on Twitter is #SMPhotoArt

What do you need to do to join in? It’s Super Simple!

  1. Download the FREE app Capsule (available for both Android and iPhone) This will be our primary social networking
  2. Download the FREE app Pinweel (if you want to try both, this one is for iPhone only)
  3. Try it out, get comfortable with the apps.
  4. You’ll upload your images to capsules created just for the conference or ones you have created previously. Use #SMPhotoArt and #SMCamp
  5. Beginners, we’re going to have an additional and separate stream of images. You can download Download the FREE app Pinweel (available for iPhone only) *Note there is Pinwheel, which is a different app, we are using Pinweel (without the “H”)
  • *Please note this is an experiment, a trial for this first year so let’s get “not serious” as there is only one me, Brenda Johima, running this, it’s for FUN!* (be nice 🙂

Categories and Suggestions for IDEAS to inspire you to take photos :

  • Just Make Art
  • It’s a Compliment. Geek, Nerd and Techie
  • I LOVE Victoria
  • People
  • Architecture and Buildings
  • “Almost” Anything Goes
  • Two elements of design. Line and/or Pattern
  • Inspired
  • Most Creative Self-Portrait
  • Newbies and Beginners (Anything Goes. Just Take Pictures)
  • Keeners and Pros (please see below, we have judges if you like to compete)

How can you win a Giveaway?

For 2012 it will be winning primarily by random draw out of a box, at booth 24 except for a couple of “UN-judged” categories. The main goal is to take photos and post them via the apps.

1. For those ‘competitive’ types out there who like to WIN because of skill:

We have a ‘contest’ we have one category, which will be judged. Winning photos will be selected first for creativity, and as well for excellent use of the basic elements of fine art and design that make for a great photo. UN-Judges are Brenda Johima, Kris Krug and Derek Ford.

  • Keeners and Pros (self-defined. if you think you are one, or want to be one, and want to excel to show off the best possible images at this conference, this is you. you would be one who focuses on things like composition, line, pattern, shape, texture and the elements of fine art and design)
  • Based on the final opinions of UN-Judges Brenda Johima, Kris Krug and Derek Ford
  • Post all your images via the CapsuleCamapp

2. For those who like a specific assignment and a challenge to WIN:

3. One more challenge and this is FUN:

  • Person who not only submits photos to participate, but who is the most friendly, and helpful, encouraging, motivating, supportive to others in your COMMENTS on other people’s photographs within Capsule and/or Pinweel wins a big package. So not only do you have to submit photos, but you have to encourage others in the process :

How else can you win a giveaway?

  • Random and Luck
  • Random draws made at Booth 24 : Put your business card or name in the box at the booth (MUST have an email address to win)
  • Best Self-Portrait (0r a photo with a new friend(s) you’d never met before Social Media Camp) (UN-judged by Brenda Johima, Kris Krug and Derek Ford)
  • Paper in a box voting at booth 24, for your favorite mobile phone photographer (There will be a box (yes, where you will put a piece of paper, real paper 🙂 at Booth 24 and into it with the name of your favorite mobile photographer at the conference. They don’t have to be the best, just your favorite, it could be somebody who inspired you, or helped you out, or who takes cool photos. Put their name in the box. They’ll get something cool as a surprise)
  • Try, participate, comment on others photos, inspire and encourage other people, help others who may need a hand. You’re being watched 🙂 You might win on kindness, helpfulness and giving, and by simply giving it a shot, which is one core value to successful social networking online. The most friendly, kind, encouraging, motivating, supportive person in their comments made to others within the apps will win a giveaway.

GIVEAWAYS:

SmugMug Pro logoWith gratitude, courtesy of Nick Wrzesinski from SmugMug

  •   1-year SmugMug ‘Pro’ account :  (3)
  • “Your Photos Look Better Here.®  Billions of happy photos. Millions of passionate customers.”

FX Photo Studio for MAC logoA HUGE thank you to Alex Tsepko and Veronica Melnikova at MacPhun who have given me codes to 41 giveaways for iPhone, iPad and MAC! Absolutely awesome-fantastic! These people are very generous, and friendly, kind people who have a brilliant app development company.

Camera+ logoThank you to Camera+ and Lisa Bettany

Thank you to 100 Cameras in 1 and Trey Ratcliff

The apps that will help make it happen, image sharing (real time and online) :

CapsuleCam appCapsuleCam

Thank you to Cyrus Farudi and Ryan Schmidt of CapsuleCam who have been incredibly supportive and helpful and will be available for your support questions via their website and from within the app. They are sending me some swag so if you come by Booth 24, it will be given out at random and by luck throughout the two days.

PinweelPinweel app logo

Thank you to James Tillinghast of Pinweel who provides superb support and he’s given me some swag if you come by Booth 24, it will be given out at random and by luck throughout the two days. He’s also available for support questions via their website.

HAVE FUN!

Questions?

Contact Brenda Johima
E: SMPhotoArt@Gmail.com
Twitter: @brendajohima and @johima
Facebook: JOHIMA and brenda.johima.creative

At the conference find Brenda JOHIMA at Booth 24

(and she’s also presenting a POWER Session on iPhone Photography, Friday June 8th at 9:20 a.m.)

 ** disclaimer. 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 by any of these app developers to do this **

Camera+ iPhone app Giveaway at Social Media Camp

Thanks to iPhone Photographer Lisa Bettany and tap tap tap, developers of an awesome iPhone photography app, Camera+ … I have kindly been given 10 copies copies of Camera+ to giveaway to mobile photographers attending the Social Media Camp conference.

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 including Camera+ !

Lisa Bettany (Mostly Lisa), who traveled around the world with her iPhone has graciously gifted me with copies

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

When people ask me which apps to buy, I always suggest that if they were to buy only one app, purchase Camera+ … and why? I think it is an amazing app for total beginner iPhone photographers to start with, AND it’s an excellent and fast way for amateur and pro photographers to work quickly. It’s still my main #1 “go-to” app for post-processing, or for starting out with an image, or for finishing it off after importing work from another app. It’s also considered a “camera replacement app” which means that unlike some other apps, it can (and often does) replace the camera in the phone.

Camera+ iPhone app logo
On the developer website they describe the Camera+ app like this :

“Amazing photos with virtually no effort…With just a few quick taps, you’re able to transform dull, lifeless photos into beautiful creations. Editing your photos with Camera+ is extremely simple and intuitive to use. You’ll quickly achieve professional-looking results with no fuss and absolutely no need to learn any complicated terminology and procedures. And best of all, it’s fun!”

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

You’ll have a chance to submit your mobile phone photos in order to win an app. 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 **

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

Granville Island Patio iPhone Photo

One example of a photo post-processed with Camera+

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
.

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

 

If There Isn’t Credit : Don’t Spread It

Copyright Symbol“If there isn’t credit, don’t spread it.”
— Brenda Johima

You wouldn’t think twice about walking into a retail store and stealing whatever you want and then saying that you created it? (unless you are a criminal or want to be one)

You wouldn’t think of walking into an art gallery and taking a piece of art off the wall, walking out the door and then proudly displaying it as your own, would you? (please say no)

I’m passionate about the arts, an advocate for artists, and the topic of intellectual copyright is about to get a lot HOTTER than it already is right now, and it is pretty HOT right now.

(p.s. When I say “arts” I mean art, photography, design, cartoons, images, graphics, writing, poetry, paintings, and any of the creative and expressive arts that we now use as marketing and sales tools online.)

What if you want an image that you see online?

  • Play safe. Ask permission. Get permission in writing. Pay for it. Feed an artist. Pay a Pro.
  • Read the T.O.S. (terms of service) as you may be able to use it, with some stipulations
  • Read and educate yourself on copyright law and creative commons and image licensing
  • On social networks, it’s simple. Before you click that “share” or “pin it” button, see if there is credit attached to the original content creator (artist/photographer) … if there isn’t and it’s still OK to share it and you want to … simply add it in. Re-pin and add credit, the full first and last name of the artist, and ideally, a link to their website. This is good karma, and keeps artists and photographers in business.
  • What if you don’t know who made it? Look it up. Find out. Be a research-aholic (like I am) … Google can be your friend to find out who the original creator of an image is. Or, ask on social networks. Ask a question in the comment threads, “who is the artist?” … or “who is the photographer?” … this enables you to add it into your post, and also wakes others up to be accountable in their image sharing as well.

Artists, Photographers, and Designers make for a more beautiful web. Can you imagine the internet filled with only text copy? (like it was in the olden days) … booooorrrinnngg.

Conscious and purposeful sharing of images online on social networks with credit to the original source gives credit where credit is due, and also is a reflection of you as a business owner. Make it a good one. Set an example for others. Do the right thing.

— Brenda Johima
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing

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I Spoke at WordCamp Victoria 2012

I'm Speaking at WordCamp Victoria 2012Whew! Now that was a LOT of FUN! (The speaking engagement, I mean. This blog post took some time to compile after the fact, but as they say, better late than never)

On Saturday, January 14th, 2012, I spoke at WordCamp Victoria 2012 in Victoria B.C., with my friend Janis LaCouvee. Our topic? Disclosures, Attribution, Copyright (and Moral Rights)

We had excellent feedback after our session, lots of Tweets and Retweets afterwards, and during the presentation there were many questions and a good deal of interaction with the audience, which for me, is always an indicator of success and safety within a large group. We simply ran out of time to engage fully and more deeply into what could have been a very lengthy and stimulating group discussion.

There was a fair amount of expertise and interest in the room. I do hope that this topic is discussed more at conferences.

Our audience included bloggers, web designers and web developers, WordPress experts and enthusiasts, photographers and individuals in a variety of industries, who were interested in the topic for their websites and blogging for business, personal and non-profit.

Brenda Johima is owner of JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing, based in the Comox Valley, on Vancouver Island.

As promised, below are some notes from my part of the session, which was all about copyright and moral rights as it specifically relates to art, photography and images online for bloggers and WordPress enthusiasts.

I’m noting the key points only and as promised, the links to articles and videos that I mentioned in my session, where you can go to find more information. This is a HUGE topic, and this only scratches the surface, of an ever-changing and complex, legal issue. And a heads up, this is an unusually long blog post, as I am trying to share as much as possible from the in-person, live audience session.

Please note that many of my comments below are abbreviated or in point form. If you’d like to know more, and to bring me into your group for the full presentation, you’ll get the works … It’s only possible here, to share a snippet in a long blog post, of a live presentation. I’d love to come and speak with your group and I have a feeling that if we ask Janis LaCouvee nicely, if she is available she might even join me too 🙂

** I am not a lawyer, and am not providing legal advice or any advice here actually. I’m simply sharing what I have studied on my own and learned over the years about a topic that I am very passionate about, and fascinated with. ** I hope that my information is of help to you. If in doubt with anything you see online, simply don’t take it, and/or consult with a copyright lawyer. **

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So here we go :

Copyright SymbolCopy. RIGHT.

My bias is that artists, photographers and creatives deserve to be paid for their time and at minimum, credited for their work, with a written request for permission for usage.

“If there were no copyright laws, no artist, musician, writer or creative would make a living by creating revenue from their craft.” — Brenda Johima

Copyright and Moral Rights laws really are there to protect many industries. Creative works are how artists survive, feed their families, pay the bills.

Here is what I covered: (in record time, 10 minutes! … plus Q&A)

  • Introduction
  • How do you copyright your own work? How do you protect your own work?
  • Why you can’t just take whatever you want from online. (Example of an expensive mistake) See below.
  • Moral Rights. Definition. (Examples)
  • Interesting stories. There is no guarantee if you put something online.
  • Resources and Links

It’s not rocket science. (Copyright is Actually Quite Simple if You Care About People)

  1. If it’s not yours, don’t take it.
  2. If you want it, as permission. (get it in writing)
  3. If you use it, put a note on it, crediting the author/content creator

I liken theft of images online to shoplifting. Would you go into a retail store, see something you like on a shelf, and go “I like that, I think I will take it” … Then you take it, walk out the door of the store, claim it as your own, and brag about it. ( do you not think you might be in trouble with the law? )

Why you can’t just take whatever you want from online : Here’s the example of a rather expensive mistake. I have to give this professional copywriting company credit for having the courage to publicly admit their error in order for others to learn from it, however … well … you fill in the blanks. These copywriters ended up paying $4000.00 for what could have been a $10.00 image. Will you think again before you lift an images from online?

The best and safest choice:

  1. Create Your Own.
  2. Ask Permission.
  3. Buy It. Pay For It. Purchase It. Feed an Artist. Pay a Pro.

T.O.S. (Terms of Service)

Every social network and image sharing site has a terms of service page. Read it. Believe it. Ask questions if in doubt.

How do I copyright my work? (presenter notes. hire me for the full explanation 🙂

  • You create it you own it. (with exceptions)
  • © Symbol
  • © = “Option” plus “G” on a MAC
  • Copyright plus © Symbol plus year plus artist name plus URL

How do I protect my work? (presenter notes. hire me for the full explanation 🙂

  • File names and categorizing your work so it is trackable /searchable online
  • TinEye.com (reverse image search)
  • Metadata (in Photoshop)
  • Watermark or not to watermark?
  • Deterrent vs. Protection

Why do people steal photos?

  • What do you think? I’m curious. There’s too much to put here in this blog post, plus I want to come and speak with your group 🙂

Moral Rights : What Are They?

  1. Examples of images were shown with permission of Fine Artist, Madeleine Wood‘s (M.F.A.) art works with manipulation of the images to demonstrate what possibly could be a breach of moral rights. My question to the audience was “What right do you have to take someone else’s work?” Madeleine estimated approximately a minimum of seven years training (52 weeks) x 60 hours per week = 21,840 hours of training to get her to the quality of work and calibre of gallery representations that she is at now.
  2. Consult a lawyer if you have questions. If in doubt, DON’T alter an artist/photographer’s work.
  3. Case Examples : Snow v. The Eaton Centre Ltd. : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snow_v._The_Eaton_Centre_Ltd.
    (by Gil Zvulony of Zvulony and Company, Toronto Lawyers)

These lawyers, Gil Zvulony of Zvulony and Company also write about:

  • Legal Rights in a Photograph (read this)
  • Copyright Law
  • Moral Rights
  • Rights of the Subject Privacy and Publicity Rights
  • The Right to Privacy
  • Publicity Rights
  • Rights of Models

Toronto Copyright Lawyer Discusses Author Rights and Moral Rights in Canada

(*not in my #wcv12 presentation, but this may be of interest to you as well : Publicity Rights in a Photograph, also by Zvulony and Co.)

http://zvulony.ca/2010/articles/internet-law/legal-rights-in-a-photograph/

“Netiquette Etiquette”

  1. Give credit where credit is due, for photos, cartoons, images, writing, music, graphics, anything you use or share online which is not yours
  2. Best: Take your own photos. If not : Credit photographers always by full name and with a link to their site (link to the page that the image is on)

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Resources and Links:

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Resources and Links : Associations in Canada:

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Canada’s Copyright Act:

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Two Tips to Take Away :

  • Create Your Own : Trust in your own creative abilities … You truly are unlimited in your own creativity and talent.
  • Stand Up For Yourself : You deserve acknowledgment and credit for your work.

THE END 🙂

This is a very basic synopsis of a very brief presentation I did on a very huge topic. Please contact me to come and speak to your group about this topic that I am so passionate about. The best way to get the most out of this is in person via group discussion and conversation. It’s a HOT topic, and I foresee that to be true for quite a few more years from here on.

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Do The Right Thing : Say NO To Spreading Work Without Credit

Copyright SymbolHere’s one more TIP on intellectual copyright. I’m an advocate for the arts, and 100% believe that artists, creatives and photographers must receive credit (and pay) for their work.

What can YOU do online to help protect the careers of artists, creatives and photographers? It’s plain good karma. The right thing to do is to not steal images online.

Here’s one thing that I do. If I see something posted online on a social network that does not have a photographer credit, I post a friendly question “Who is the photographer?” … right in the comment thread or post. It’s a simple way to bring attention to the issue without a big fuss. Sometimes people are not aware, and then I suggest that they add the artist/photographers name and link to their website. Many will happily apologize and do that. Others, shockingly, do not care.

Great images bring tremendous traffic to websites and Facebook pages and social networks.

Artists and photographers work hard to create that work.

Others do not have the right to use that work without permission, or to receive pay or credit from that work without going through the proper channels. Even if a business is “only” receiving extra traffic as a result of images used without permission, they are receiving profit from someone else’s hard work. (and livelihood)

Not OK.

Ask permission to use images, pay for images, and at minimum, credit the original source of the content creator with their full name and a link back to their website, and let them know that you did so.

Stand up for each other online. Let’s work together on this. Stand up for other artists and photographers. Demand that business owners and bloggers give credit where credit is due.

Do the right thing. Be An Advocate for the Arts.

Say NO to spreading work online which does not have credit included.

P.S. And that includes Pinterest. Say NO to spreading and creating pins and boards that do not credit the artist/photographer/designer who created the original work.

— Brenda Johima
JOHIMA Social Media + Marketing

Take Online, Offline. Call Me. 1.250.335.1195

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