iPhone Photography Speaking Engagement at Social Media Conference

i am speaking at social media camp 2013I am speaking at Social Media Camp 2013, May 6-8, in Victoria, B.C. This will be my fourth year in a row as a featured speaker.

I LOVE this conference and the quality of education and speakers, as well as the great friends I have made, who are with me still. I offer a BIG Thank You to the brains and talent behind instigating this conference, Paul Holmes and Chris Burdge. Thank you both for believing in me, and for giving me this opportunity to share what I LOVE to do, one more time.

What am I speaking on? My favorite topic! iPhone photography and iPhoneography of course, relate to the Apple iPhone camera. Cell phone photography, smart phone photography, and mobile photography are related, and sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, but it really boils down to the same thing. You are using a mobile device (your individual choice for a technology brand) to create photo-art on the fly, while making an impact and communicating a message and/or story.

Personally, I create photo-art on the fly using an iPhone. I’ve chosen to make my photographs with an iPhone camera since 2008, and can’t believe that it’s now been almost 5 years!

5 years with an iPhone lovingly glued to my hand. It’s not only me who loves the iPhone as a camera. Many claim that the iPhone is the most popular camera, and even Apple proudly claims that “Every day, more photos are taken with the iPhone than any other camera.”

Having said that, whether or not you own an iPhone, does not matter in my session. Please show up with ANY cell phone camera … or none. I have had people attend my sessions with no cell phone camera. Whether you have an iPod, iPad, Blackberry, SONY, Nokia, or other Android device does not matter, and you will find out why … when you hear me speak. (p.s. It’s not about the gear, and to show you how open minded I am about gear, please do not tell Apple, but I have a secret love affair in the makings with a Sony XPeria Z/ZL)

Here is the official conference session blurb, and I do hope to see you at this stellar social media conference, right in the heart of beautiful Victoria, B.C., Canada.

Session Title: Mobile Photography: Everlasting Ever-Changing

Session Extract: Mobile Photography : WOW Yourself! Turn Blah cell phone photos into WOW images with impact. Your OWN mobile photography and visual social media can transform lives, make business more fun, and make a lasting impact through social sharing.

The only one thing you can really count on is your own inherent creativity. With mobile technology changing at rapid speeds, those who embrace change and their own creativity will lead the way. Cell phone cameras have put creativity in our pockets, always accessible. Mobile photography is a brilliant creative tool for marketing, advertising, real time news and for personal artistic expression. The images we make are permanent memories online and in print. What are you communicating?

“Creativity is not only for arts and culture. Creativity, innovation, imagination, the ability to invent and to think creatively is crucial for business, science and technology, health, education, construction, for the development of new products and services, for employment and job creation and, for every day life. Creating the business, life and career we dream of and long for, requires imagination and creative thinking, combined with the courage to take the action required to get there and to reach our goals.” — Brenda Johima

Think about it, everything we purchase, has been touched by a creative, in order to market it, whether it be a photographer, visual artist, designer, writer, dancer, actor, videographer or singer. The arts are crucial not only to life, but to every business. Add now to this list, iPhoneography and mobile photography, it’s crucial.

You will take away:

  • Inspiration via a fast moving, never boring presentation
  • Brenda’s top 10 recommended apps (iPhone and Android) for creating mobile photo-art on the fly
  • Tips on how you can use mobile photography to your advantage
  • Brenda’s top 5 list of crucial elements of fine art and design
  • Stunning examples of iPhone photos turned into works of art
  • Brenda’s camera of choice is the iPhone but the session is applicable to all mobile photographers, no matter the camera (* you do not have to own a cell phone camera to attend this session *)

venice in italy iPhone photoAbout the Speaker:

Brenda Johima joins us for her fourth year in a row as a featured speaker at Social Media Camp. Impressive!

A passionate speaker, artist and prolific iPhoneographer, Brenda Johima IS Art, Creativity, Design and Social Media combined under one roof. Her own roof.

In 2002 Brenda Johima started her home based business, JOHIMA Designs, which provided graphic design for print and web. In order to provide clients with a one-stop shop for success, she later jumped into SEO, Internet Marketing, and Social Media and rebranded as simply, JOHIMA. During the entire time Brenda has also been very active as an visual artist (painter) and photographer creating images for personal and artistic expression.

Always remaining nimble to change with the times, Brenda has been making mobile phone art (iPhoneography) with her iPhone almost on a daily basis since 2008, and after literally thousands of images, is excited to share her expertise, tips, tricks and enthusiasm with you.

Brenda’s Twitter profile says it all; a Multi-Talented-Creative-Type, Designer, Visual Artist, Photographer: phoDOGrapher: Creativity Consultant for Business. And for Social Media Camp, we add iPhoneographer!

I will see you at Social Media Camp 2013, and there is still time to REGISTER HERE.

— Brenda Johima

P.S. All of my image samples and apps at the conference for demonstration purposes will be  for iPhone, however, the session is applicable to anyone, due to the crucial elements of fine art and design that are also covered. And, nowadays, more and more apps are available that are compatible with Android as well.

 

 

Mobile Photography at Social Media Camp 2013

(Revised April 11, 2013, I have scaled this event down to a smaller, more manageable size, within the conference, so please stay tuned for an updated blog post … and get ready to start to share cell phone images 😉

I’m thrilled to announce and to make public, that I will be once again coordinating the Mobile Phone Photo-Art Show for Social Media Camp 2013 in Victoria B.C.

To date, I’ve instigated, designed, implemented and coordinated 3 mobile phone photography shows. (two in Victoria, one in Courtenay) This will be my fourth, and is the second year in a row for this social media conference.

In past, I’ve called the displays “Mobile Phone Photo-Art Shows” in order to be inclusive of all cell phone camera phones, and not only iPhones. (even though personally, I’m an avid and prolific iPhoneographer) Also, I wanted to be reflective of  mobile photography not only as a powerful marketing tool, but also as an art form, where social media marketers, advertisers and business owners can showcase their very best. We also have now, more than ever before, an opportunity to take even more risk to get even more creative.

I've got an iPhone, Now What? (photo)

In brief, there will be several ways that you can participate at the conference, and for this year, not only at the conference, but also leading up to the conference. We’ll be making a difference with cell phone photography leading up to Social Media Camp 2013 and I’ll announce how you can start working towards that, very shortly. Very exciting! Two, Three, and Four … well, the rest of the details will be announced online shortly, right here.

In addition to this blog, which will be the hub for it all, I’ll also be contributor to the Social Media Camp Blog.

The power of mobile photography is in the hands of almost everyone nowadays. Yet we’ve only just begun to harness the power of photos for social media sharing of images, community building and for relationship building. It’s no longer only about marketing, it’s about posting quality images that connect mobile photographer to viewers and subject, in an emotional way that has impact. In essence, how I see it, the photos that are works of ART, will, more and more, stand out from the rest of the sea of images online.

“Better quality images make for a more beautiful web.”

Having said that … you also don’t need to be an artist or designer or photographer to create great images that have impact! There are tools, techniques and tips available to everyone via mobile photography that help celebrate creativity and build community. We’ll be doing just that.

See you in 2013 at Social Media Camp.

— Brenda Johima

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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