Why I’m On Twitter…And Other Thoughts

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

For years I avoided Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. But first, let’s go back 12-15 years to when I avoided email, pagers, and cellphones.

When I was in high school, in the mid 90′s, pagers were very popular. Cellphones were in existence, but they were typically used by doctors and others who could afford that technology. Pagers were the cellular of the masses.

I remember everyone, my age, jumping onto the pager bandwagon, and I tried to avoid it. My parents forced me to carry one because I started working and they needed a way to get ahold of me. Pager code was a popular way of communicating (an art form in itself), and it birthed text messaging. People were finding new and easier ways to communicate, and today we can thank them for the innovations we have.

Why did I usually avoid these innovations? Mostly because I did not understand nor value them. Email was one of those innovations. Most people I knew did not have email, so why should I have one? Would it not be easier to pick up the phone and call them?

Today, I have more email addresses than I really want, and I would not know what to do if I did not have them. I find myself still avoiding trends that pop up mainly because I have not found the value that will benefit me and my time.

This year I got a Twitter account, but I was unsure on how to use it. I did not want to be like many who would broadcast every waking moment of their lives (simply because I did not care – example: what they were eating and what their stool looked like afterwards), so I decided to limit it to photography.

I first started searching for photographers who’s podcasts I followed. I would read their articles and thoughts, and if I thought they were good, I would retweet them. If they asked questions, I would try and participate. This is a great way to learn from the best and enter into their community.

The second thing I did was find a way to contribute to twitter. Many people tweet or retweet interesting articles, blogs, and tips, but I wanted to be original, not a Johnny-Come-Lately. I search articles (about 600-800) all day long for content that I am interested in, and what I think others would be interested in also. The title needs to catch my attention first before I read it, and if it is worthy I will tweet it.

My latest step is to create my own content. As I learn and participate, I find it easier to contribute. I do not want my feed to be The-Stool-Sampling-Broadcast, but I do want to have valuable news, tips, and information. And, hopefully I will find new innovations to avoid and talk about.

How To Aviod Spam And Hackers

July 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

My blog gets spammed all the time, so I approve the comments before they are posted. Here are some simple tips to avoid being spammed or hacked, but first, let’s define what spamming and hacking is.

Spam is a term that is used to describe unsolicited email or comments. They are used to distribute hyperlinks of whatever they are selling or promoting to a large number of emails.

Hack is a term that is used to describe the action of someone or something that is trying to illegally break into a secured computer or account. The purpose is to steal personal information to sell, and or use the contact information to perpetuate the process throughout the contact list on the computer.

Hacking is very different than spamming because spam is usually not as destructive. Spam can be the vehicle that delivers the hacking software, but most are links to pharmaceutical or health products.

Who is being affected? Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Email, and other social media users. Let’s look at these for a minute.

I have seen many of my friends get hacked in their Facebook and email accounts. Facebook messages will be addressed to you as if they were specifically written for you, but you may not have spoken to your friend in a while and it seems out of the blue. The message will also seem a little too enthusiastic as if to try and catch you off guard.

Email is another medium that has been hacked. The symptoms usually include (no subject) in the subject line and one sentence accompanied by a hyperlink.

How do you avoid being hacked? Don’t click on links you are not familiar with! Before you click, (Facebook) check the senders wall. Did they only address you or did they send the same link to everyone on the planet?

If you are the victim (sender) of a hacker, the first thing you should do is change your login (if applicable) and password. The hacker has used that information to access your address book to spam others. The last option is to close the account.

Twitter and blogs are a little different. Twitter does not have email addresses that are hidden from view. Followers and those you follow are public knowledge. Most blogs do not have email lists contained in them unless they are sharing a database with a list messenger service.

I receive spam messages to my Twitter and blog accounts daily. You can view my Twitter messages (@ferreirajoseph) by searching the @ sign. The senders usually has no one following them and they are not following anyone. Their accounts are usually a couple hours old, and they already have sent hundreds of messages.

Most of what I am telling you is coming from experience. I personally have not been hacked, but I did have to clean up an account, that I was managing, who had. Use these simple suggestions and you can avoid being spammed and hacked.

Delightful Past

July 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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We took our daughter to the newly renovated Comporium Telephone Museum in Rock Hill, South Carolina. I work for Comporium, and I am proud to be a part of a company that gives back to it’s community.

My children will not know a day were the only form of telecommunications was a corded phone or payphone. I grew up with touchtone and rotary phones, but now my children have cordless (barely) and cellular phones. Gone are the days of party lines and operators who knew what everyone was saying on the telephone.

One day my children will look back and reminisce about iPhones and iPads. As for photography, I am planning on taking them through a similar journey.

Not only am I going to put a camera in their hand, but I am going to pass on my knowledge of the film process. New technologies will emerge, but the knowledge does not have to fall by the wayside. I look forward to that day.

What Are The Odds?

June 20th, 2011 § 2 comments § permalink

What Are The Odds?

Saturday was just the start of another day like all others. I am an amateur photographer, and everyday I try to go through hundreds of articles related to photography. This helps me personally so that I can learn, and I pass on information, that I feel is important, via Twitter and my blog.

One headline caught my attention, so I decided to read it. The photoessay was by a photographer, from the Netherlands, named Erikjan Koopmans. I usually do not go to articles that are about specific places, but this one about San Francisco was an exception. I was born in San Francisco, and it is one of my favorite places to visit when I go home to visit my family.

As I was scrolling down through the photo essay, I was pleasantly shocked to recognize two people I knew. It was my wife’s grandparents. I could not see there faces because they were shot from behind, but that did not stop me from fully recognizing them. I have often had to try and keep up with them whenever we were in the city.

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I was the only one up that morning, so I sent my father-in-law an email and my sister-in-law a text with the link of the website. I did not tell them what I saw, but asked them to let me know what they saw. They both, along with my wife, recognized them right away.

What are the odds that a photographer, from the Netherlands, would photograph my family in San Francisco, and that I would find the site?

I decided to contact Erikjan, and let him know what I found. I explained who I was and who he had captured in his photograph. I asked him for permission to repost the photo on my blog along with this story, and he agreed.

Check out Erikjan’s work:

Photoessay:
http://www.behance.net/gallery/San-Francisco-Street-Life/1166715

Website:
http://www.erikjankoopmans.nl/

iPhone Light Meter

June 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I recently found an app, for my iPhone, that was produced by Nuwaste Studios called Pocket Light Meter. This last weekend I went camping with a couple hundred Royal Rangers, and I took just as many photos as well.

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The first thing I noticed about the app was that it was not fancy or nice looking. I downloaded another app that was very visually appealing, but it did not seam to work right. So, you cannot judge an app by its cover.

Reflective metering is very important if you want to have properly exposed images, but the combination of reflective and incident lighting (metering the light falling on an object or scene) is better. I have been using in-camera metering, and I have a 1940′s Weston Master II reflective light meter. So, I think I have the hang of reflective metering.

The second thing I noticed was the price: free. I did pay for the other app because I wanted to see if it worked. It sometimes amazes me on how many free apps are superior to the paid ones. There are in-app purchases that give more options and remove the adds (which I do not pay attention to anyway).

Practical – I decided to test the app against the in-camera metering on my Canon 30D and the Weston Master II. The first test was outside using a Kodak Grey Card with a overcast sky. Set to ISO 100 and F11, I got a shutter speed of 1/50 for the camera, 1/40 for the meter, and 1/25 for the app. Not bad.

The app does have an adjustment feature that allows you to make some corrections if desired. I made a full stop adjustment, and then I tested it again.

After the adjustment, I put the grey card away and made a meter of the scene. They all fell within a tenth of each other.

Next, I took the experiment inside. I adjusted the F-Stop to 1.8 and the ISO to 400, and was quite pleased with the results. They all had a shutter speed of around 1/40 of a second.

I do have to say that I am very impressed with this app for the iPhone. Not only is it very accurate, but it is also very easy to use. Having an affordable meter will help give amateur and pro photographers an extra tool in there arsenal without carrying extra tools.

Off Camera Lighting

May 21st, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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I was playing around with off camera lighting. Here is a shot of my son with a great expression on his face.

Pinhole (35mm)

March 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

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Allison Creek Presbyterian (B&W 35mm)

February 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Monochrome (Black & White) has always been my favorite visual format in photography.  It has been around longer than the color format, so it is nostalgic and artistic.  This does not mean that color is not, but monochrome can simplify the visual noise color can present.

Lakewood Baptist Church (B&W 35mm)

February 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Greetings and Welcome to my Photo Blog!

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My name is Joseph Ferreira and I have been shooting on and off for 12 years.  I started shooting in 35mm Black and White, but lately I have jumped back in shooting with Digital.  Here is a photo that I took in college, and it has become my favorites.  I hope to add some encouragement and challenge the way photos are taken.

Thanks,

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