Changes Are Coming
I am changing things up, hopefully for the better!
Previously I used my Smugmug Site as a Gallery and place where my images can be purchased, but from a social perspective this was less than ideal. In the future my Smugmug site will strictly be a store front where images I select will be available for sale as Fine Art Prints.
I am very proud of my 1400+ Tumblr followers. I rarely post anything other than my personal work on this Tumblr, I have a personal Tumblr that is where I share other’s work that I like (http://fishphotogpersonal.tumblr.com), so my follower growth is very organic and I am assuming you all like my work regularly enough to click that follow button. This will continue to be my place to share new work, but I think I am going to change the format from a photo per day to a photo or two a week. Along with this I want to add more commentary to the images, so that you know what I was thinking when I took it, or processed it, or what I liked about it, hopefully this will be seen as added value and enjoyed. I know that sometimes people don’t like to “like” or reblog images that have a ton of commentary on them so I may post the image and the commentary in a separate post, we will see how that turns out.
While Tumblr is great for real time and current images, it is not the best as a gallery solution. For this I am going to redo my Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/people/ingrambw/) and 500px (http://500px.com/Fishphotog) accounts to leverage them to their full potential as beautiful ways to organize and display work in galleries. These sites also have very vibrant social communities, so it makes sense to take advantage of that aspect as well.
Some of you may have come to my Tumblr from Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. I have created a new Fishphotog Facebook page that will receive all my Tumblr posts, just as my personal FB used to, so you can check that out at (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fishphotog/122344791237405). I am not a huge fan of FaceBook, so it will likely remain a mirror of my Tumblr site, more convenient for those that are users of FB. Pretty much the same for my Twitter, it will continue to tweet links to my Tumblr page. Google+ is still a pretty closed network, and I have not been active on that network for quite some time, just too many social networks to keep up with, so until services like Tumblr can link into Google+, I will likely continue to have very limited activity there.
I have recently been doing some time lapse movie work, and hope to do some more in the future. For these movies, you can find Fishphotog on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com/fishphotog). These should also post to Twitter and I will see if I can get them to automatically go to FB as well. I also like many videos from here and those will be tweeted out as well.
My hope is that these changes will make it easier for me to get content out, produce content with more substance, and keep my galleries fresh and in places where they will get some attention as well.
DISCLAIMER!! I am as much a user of these social networks as I am a contributor, so I favorite works that I like, follow people that I like, and may even share some works from others. Art is subjective and personal, so in following me, you may come across something that offends you personally, it is not my intention to offend anyone, but it is also not my intention to cater to the masses with who I follow and what I like.
All images that I post will be my typical images and will be SFW, I will let everyone know ahead of time if that were to ever change, so if you stick to just what I post, you should be fine, but venture off into my followers, the people I follow, or the images I favorite, and you are on your own.