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Last night was a marathon 4+ hour hangout -- It was fun meeting so many people and answering questions at the end. Here is a little bonus video that was recorded at the end of a recent Q&A.

It has +Thomas Hawk +Cliff Baise +Lotus Carroll (whose video was always a frozen with a strange photo of her sucking a golfball through a garden hose) +James Brandon +Erica Joy +Julie Jamieson +Dave Veffer +Keith Barrett +Jim Davis +Scott Jarvie ...

Some highlights: I show my Lightroom directory with 52,000 photos, how Thomas processes photos, my new Promise Pegasus drive....

Many many questions: How do you get popular on the internet? Can you enjoy a moment WHILE taking a photo? How do you print and correct color (I answer by invoking the great +Stu Maschwitz and +SmugMug ) ? How do you choose what photos you upload? eBooks from +FlatBooks ( +James Brandon +Joe Farace +Joseph Linaschke +Ron Martinsen and others are great g+ authors on there) and more, trip-planning, and more...
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Masterful, genius write-up by Trey. Must-read.
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Why I Don't Use Watermarks

I get this question a lot, and I know it came up in the live hangout last night. I know my opinion is different than many other photographers, and that is okay.

As you may know, my work is all Creative Commons Non-Commercial. That means people, as long as they give credit and link back to http://www.StuckInCustoms.com , can use my images on their blogs, wallpaper, personal use – anything – as long as it is not used commercially. Every day, I upload a HUGE 6000+ pixel max-resolution image to the Internet. I do not have any fear at all… Believe me, it’s quite liberating living in a world without internet-stealth-fear.

People that want to license our images regularly contact our licensing team – we get many of these every day of the week.

So why don’t I use watermarks? It’s a multi-part philosophy –

1) Watermarks look ugly. Whenever I look at a photo with a watermark, often times, ALL I can think about is that watermark! It's so distracting. Maybe this is just me.

2) Legitimate companies do not steal images to use commercially. So I don’t have any logical fear there.

3) There are other services, like Tineye (and Google) that can help my team easily find bottom-feeders.

4) We do register our images with the copyright office, so if someone uses an image commercially without a proper license, it is an easy lawsuit.

5) I don’t have to maintain two versions of each image – one with a watermark and one without.

6) NOT using watermarks and using creative commons helps more and more people to use your image freely for fun, which increases traffic and builds something I call “internet-trust."

7) As image search and image recognition get better and better, there will be no need to watermark things. In 1 year+, we'll be able to r-click an image and choose "Google-find the original creator" -- there is a bit trail to first-on-the-internet.

8) Yes, last, there will be bottom-feeders that steal your stuff. I call this the cost of doing business on the internet. These are the Tic-Tacs that are stolen from the 7-11. It is impossible to maintain 100% of your digital inventory, so wanting "perfection" in your online strategy is an illusion.

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This is analogous with how Microsoft and Adobe "barely protect" their software. It is better to have people using your stuff, than not. ....
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Great talk by +Trey Ratcliff!
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Artists and the Internet: Digitally Extending Your Natural Self
Just released! First here to Google+... Thanks again for all the shares.

Here is a talk I gave at Google just recently. After the speech, there is a lengthy and frank Q&A session. Not everyone will like my answers -- sorry in advance! Since we're all busy people, I listed out a timestamp set of shortcuts below.

3:05 - Short background on me, behind the scenes at StuckIncustoms.com

4:50 - The Internet infrastructure… grokking it

5:55 - It's not too late to get your art on the internet…just the beginning

8:20 - Common question: How do I get noticed n the internet? I show examples from +Elena Kalis and +Daniel Ibanez

11:45 - All new photos in the past year since the last Google talk… while I talk about various subjects (below).

12:25 - Creative Commons and why I use it. I give examples of how it can be used by great blogs Boing Boing with +Xeni Jardin and Cory Doctorow

14:45 - How I think about various groups on the internet

17:30 - Getting critiques -- watch out...

19:30 - A premises behind sharing for the sake of sharing

21:05 - Making yourself vulnerable - a counter-intuitive point

25:40 - Finding success and happiness… a few thoughts

Questions and Answers

28:10 - Q&A period starts… someone begins by asking me about one of the final photos that appeared.

29:10 - How did I transition into this as a business?

31:30 - I mention the flavors of the HDR Tutorial at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/hdr-tutorial/

33:10 - What is about HDR that helps you express your vision?

38:30 - How do you keep the photography fun? (how I don't have clients and stuff)

39:15 - How did you know that you are on the right path in regards to the openness?

40:00 - How often do you travel?

42:10 - How do you figure out where to go? AMAZING ANSWER!

43:30 - What do you think is going to happen in the next 50 years?

48:00 How do I keep myself inspired? I shared a bit about George Lucas and a discussion I had with +Stu Maschwitz . After, a few Googlers came up to me and said that +Marissa Mayer has said similar things to them, but she doesn't have the pleasure of knowing Stu

48:15 Are you a perfectionist?

50:18 Is there a best place to go photograph?

53:30 Why I don't like these 365 projects. (however, there was a good counter to my argument from +Kevin Kelly , who you will see in the video I post tomorrow of our hangout)

54:25 Can you pick a photo you like and talk us through the process?

56:30 Translating 3D into 2D -- I mention how +Thomas Hawk and I can both only see out of one eye.

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Thanks to +Cliff Redeker for helping out. And thanks to +Brian Rose for filming and editing this together (you wear so many hats!). Also thanks to +Anne Espiritu for coming to watch live and introducing me to your dad. That was great :)
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"By being open and vulnerable the world conspires to make you successful." Awesome.
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If you had a reasonable budget and about a dozen people to develop a 4K projector over the course of a year, and your goal was not simply to make money but actually to improve the sharpness of cinema presentation, you'd be better served sending those twelve people around the world for a year focussing the existing 2K projectors in every theater they could find.
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+ Tim

For the same reason why theatres screen on 35mm rather than 16, or 8...

As a direct answer to your question:

Film has a more limited lifespan. A 4K film will last a lot longer in showings whilst being a very similar resolution to (the grain of) s35 mm film.

Also, I am assuming that once mastering is done it would be far cheaper to copy/download 4K data to the theatres storage systems rather than to make 50,000 prints of the same movie.

Lastly (i am assuming) digital would be far more environmentally friendly than having to make all those prints...


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I'll be joining +Trey Ratcliff and many other badass photo peeps for a PhotoWalk this Thursday! More info here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/105237212888595777019/posts/buUtCnRTMiZ
Join me for a PhotoWalk! On Aug 11th after my new talk at Google entitled "Artists and the Internet: Digitally Extending Your Natural Self", I'll be…
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Great to meet you, Stu. Looking forward to seeing your shots. :-)
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OK, I'm getting ready to pull the trigger on updating to Lion. I now open the floor to your warning, recommendations, admonishments, etc. Have at it!
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Don't plan on using Nuke
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I am in everything that you are
under the pier at Coney Island, NYC
I am having fun in NIK Software 2 (I finally updated!) and Plastic Bullet
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if i saw that i would freak out. wait a minute-
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Great use of Plastic Bullet!
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Thanks +Dave Matthews!
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Testing out Plastic Bullet on the Mac, these are samples from Caonon 60d, 5dmk2 and Olympus XZ-1. Fun app, the hardest part is picking just one.
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This are looking really good. I can't wait to see the finished app.
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First round of pics from the very fun, and timed-exactly-when-my-Drobos-took-a-nose-dive Stanford Photowalk with +Trey Ratcliff!
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Cinemek Storyboard Composer HD is out, and on sale for $4.99 for one week only. This is a new app, not an update to the original Storyboard Composer. It's amazing how natural it feels to build detailed, animated storyboards on your iPad. Highly recommended.
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I have talked with Cocoa Box about this (makers of Penultimate) and I think if they hear this from enough people we have a chance at seeing it.
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