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Stephan Bollinger
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Photographer | Producer | Educator
Photographer | Producer | Educator

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Stay Connected…
As we all know, the sad reality is: G+ will go bye-bye's next year. Until then, I'll keep posting a few reminders here and there, in the hope you will re-connect over on the other side - where the grass is not greener, but at least it's still growing. The cool kids call it "Instagram" ;)

https://www.instagram.com/stephanbollinger
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RIP G+
Today is a sad day. The one (and only) place where photos looked brilliant, where no ads cluttered the stream, where screen realestate was smartly used, not to forget the only place where I managed to get the "official tick", has officially announced it will be shut down (at least to the "non business" parties) by mid next year.

Not to forget any fragile ego: mine will bleed a bit the moment I have to say good buy to my 1.6 million followers ;(

So, what's next? I guess we'll have to move over to those (of course only silently) enjoying this announcement - Facebook, Instagram and the likes.

I hope, we'll meet on the other side…

https://www.instagram.com/stephanbollinger
https://www.facebook.com/stephanbollinger

Thank you G+ for a good time, you were the beautiful, I might even say "sexy" social platform.
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Long time no see…
It has been a while, I feel as if I've been leaving my secret girlfriend socialmedia stranded for quite some time, while hanging out with my favourite girl: creating!

It's a struggle to keep both girls happy, a question of time management perhaps. Some people post so much, on all channels, it makes you wonder if their occupation is to share content, or if they have an actual job. Maybe they found the secret 25th hour in the day, who knows, I'm still looking for it. Or they found a potent sponsor. I'd be open to that one as well.

To be completely fair, it might just be a question of priorities. Mine are simple: Family first, nothing beats a nice Sunday afternoon Lego building marathon with my kids, or taking a day off work to sit in the sun watching (and supporting) my kids at their school sports carnival. Second in line is my passion, which is to create photographs, mostly for others, and I'm excited to see what they do with it. Likes and online high-fives are great, but nothing beats the feeling to see your image in a glossy magazine, on a poster in the streets or a billboard. You know, the real deal, in the real world, something you can touch.

Long story short - I still love you, my second girlfriend, and I'll come and see you whenever I can, I'll post, and comment, and share, and be with you, but you'll always be my "second", never my first ;)

Image of gorgeous Alina. Also on IG:
http://www.instagram.com/stephanbollinger
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1 WEEK TO GO!
Join me at the 2018 Ilford NZIPP Infocus Conference in Wellington, July 5-9, and on Saturday 7th July at the NZIPP Ilford Exposure Show for a live Dance Photoshoot!

Shed 6 Wellington, New Zealand

A few tickets for the Infocus conference are still available from www.infocus.org.nz (entry to the live shoot is FREE!)

#nzipp #irisawards2018 #wellingtonnz #creativephotography #landscapephotography #portraitphotography #fineartphotography #newbornphotography #streetphotography #weddingphotography #fashionphotography #nzphotographer #photographyawards #nikonnz
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Let's talk Photography…
Live "on air", well more like live on web, in just over an hour, on Scott Kelby's "The Grid", 4pm NY time. You can catch the stream on Scott's Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/SKelby/
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Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast
Last night, the Gold Coast games officially opened with a nice ceremony at Carrara stadium. Having been to many sporting events as an official photographer, it was great to be a spectator for once, enjoying the show together with my kids and my beautiful wife. Below are two snaps taken with my tiny little Sony RX100, I put the camera down pretty quickly, reminding myself that I'm not there to "work" (if you could ever call my job as "work"), but to sit back, relax and just enjoy the moment.

For such a huge event, 30,000 spectators, broadcast to hundreds of millions around the world, it was oh so relaxed, the crowd - typical Aussie - was smooth walking and talking, easy, calm, sitting in the grass around the stadium beforehand eating quite nice food from the many stalls, having a glass of wine, before heading inside the stadium.

The show itself - well - lengthy and not as impressive as I expected. I feel that most Olympic and CW games ceremonies lately are done by the same people for years and years, and lack a bit of fresh ideas. In parts, it felt stretched, to get to the 2 hours mark, while it could have been so much more.

Organisation: exceptionally well done. Show itself: Not so much.
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05/04/2018
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Here we go again - The Never Ending Story…
I start to believe it must be an unwritten rule, maybe even a secret pact within many companies, to only employ social media people who have absolutely no idea about copyrights and intellectual property. Or they simply don't give a damn. Let's be nice here and assume the first, even though it probably isn't.

It's nothing new, if it's online, it will be copied. Unless it's total rubbish, but even then, there's still a chance. Even worse however when these social media copy artists represent and work for – wait for it – other artists!

Sure, if a large company infringes your copyright, you collect as much evidence as you can, keep calm, make sure you registered your originals as you should, hand it all over to an IP lawyer, and you wait for a pay-check that pays off your mortgage. If a smaller company or organisation does so online, there's little to nothing to gain financially, and not worth the trouble (and initial legal fees).

Most of us could fill a book about how many times our images have been used, misused, cropped, republished, that's just the time we live in.

Why write about this one?
First of all, worse than republishing my image is when they crop it (badly) and then miss-represent the subject in the picture (and myself) with unauthorised "motivational quotes". To top it all off, they then post it on their account clearly promoting their business, even though the image was not created for them, nor does the subject have anything to do with them.

Let's get back to the poor intern that was forced to look after the social media feeds. Let's be nice to him/her, and assume the world is a gorgeous and beautiful place, let's write a nice email to the company in question, to inform them to please educate their employees. No "take down" notice, just a nice way of saying "we've seen it, we're not happy, at the very least add our copyright and credit, and don't do it again". You'd expect someone to be – or at least pretend to be – grateful, but so far no response. Ignorance is bliss.

Here's the details: I photographed a gorgeous young protégé ballet dancer, who (at the time) trained at my wife's dance academy. She's a huge talent and has recently joined the youth company of the Kirov Academy in Washington DC. Brilliant! I posted the image on Instagram a while back, with watermark, and have now found it on Facebook and Instagram of a completely different and unrelated dance academy. Not just "any" academy, oh no, the academy of a well known personality in the dance world, one of the judges of the TV series "So you think you can dance". You'd expect them to understand copyright, but – as we established – it was the intern.

Below is the changed (cropped and with text added) version they posted, as well as "the original".

What to do next - write some comment to their posts on IG and FB? I find that strange, a sign of desperation, just weird. I let the thought slip away, I don't think it's the way I (as the original creator) should be dealing with such issues. If - this little note below is probably what it would sound like, but instead, I'll move on to new and exciting things, energy better spent ;)

" this photo has been created by Stephan Bollinger @dancephotography.co - featuring the amazing @naae.k , currently with @kirovacademydc in Washington and former protégé student of the @amandabollinger.academy in Australia "

Found on IG: http://bit.ly/2u8bvxQ
Found on FB: http://bit.ly/2FZzNeM

Original (posted on my "dancephotography" account):
http://bit.ly/2GawdSf

I'll keep an eye on their posts, who knows, maybe they'll add my credits at some point. Wonders do happen every day.
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21/03/2018
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One month to go...
It has been what feels like a life time since I visited the Big Apple the last time, and I can’t wait. A few meetings with some awesome friends, a secret trip south (for now), a couple of photo shoots, and some serious shopping, eating and other touristy things!

Whenever I get the chance, I’ll create a few videos here and there, and share my trip with you.

Stay tuned!

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Confirmed: NYC in April…
It has been a long (very long) time since I was able to visit the Big Apple, and I can't wait. Since mentioning that I "might" be there a few weeks back on Instagram, many have already contacted me to collaborate, which is awesome! I am currently sorting through my booked assignments and my free time. Meeting a few friends, creating awesome images, eating pizza, exciting times ahead!

If you're a dancer, dance company, a drop dead gorgeous model or "simply" an awesome character in New York, let me know.

instagram.com/dancephotography.co

#dance #photography #NewYork #NYC #ballet #modern #contemporary #moderndance #ballerina #collaboration #modelling #newyorkdancer #excited
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Slowly but surely - my new website (focusing on dance) is coming alive. It's all "work in progress".

Feel free to check it out…
www.dancephotography.co

Enjoy!
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