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New Photography Category ?

Hi all, i am slightly disillusioned with blipfoto these days due to the lack of what seems to be the interest in real photography whether its good or bad  . I used to find inspiration in many of the members shots but even the popular shots now mostly consist of what seems to me just "snaps" . It looks to me as if the photography is now secondary to the diary chat side of things. Would it be possible to have a new category for people whos main aim is to take a good photograph with critiques from each other to help inspire and learn ? Thanks Kindly Bruce

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Hello Bruce, I read this this morning and am sorry you feel disillusioned. Having a quick look at your journal you seem to be popular having a good number of followers and a lot of comments.

I'm kicking the answers off first, having been thinking about it during the day. Whe Blipfoto had paid staff, we did, indeed try Special Interest groups like Landscape, Pets, Gardening and Critique Welcome. I can't remember how well this worked but it was overseen by blippers proficient in the various fields.

Now, it's down to us! Do we say in our Bio that we would like critique? Do we ask other blippers how we could achieve a particular effect? Do we ask on a particular blip if there are ideas for improvement?

I teach photography and when I feel someone would like a suggestion I am more than pleased to help. We used to do that a lot when I began 11 years ago, and there is still one blipper I can rely on to pull me up when he thinks my blip has fallen short of the mark! I love it!

I think what we have to do is establish that sort of rapport with each other, make those who follow us regularly know we would value their opinion and critique.

Blip is a real and valuable support to so many in its various forms - make it work for you how you would like it to be.

Best wishes, clickychick

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Hi Bruce

I know what you mean.  I have been a regular followers of blip since 2009 when my daughter joined.  I started in 2013.

Blip usd to be, in my opinion, a photography site, it seems to be degenerating into purely a social media site.

However hang in there, there are still many blippers who post good shots, it is (again my opinion) a matter of viewing selectively and getting to know who puts up shots worth looking at.

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Hello Bruce 
I have been a Blipper for more than twelve years and now volunteer as a Marketing Ambassador. I would be happy to look further at this with you.
Would you mind emailing me at richard@blipfoto.com
Thanks
Richard

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Hi Richard Thanks for taking interest in my views, Im not keen on private emailing . I actually like the fact that there is a more friendly social feel about this site which drew me to it in the first place. I dont profess to be the greatest photographer but anytime I upload one to the site for me its mostly about photography rather than registering what I have done throughout the day etc Although I can see how that is a unique feature of blipfoto and welcoming I still feel photography has somewhat taken a back seat somewhere along the line. Regards

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Hi Bruce

Yes completely understand. If you visit my journal you will see that I write very little and always try to post my best image from the day (although some days you would question my ability). I was first attracted to the site because I wanted to learn more and improve. I didn't realise at the time how good the social side would be and have made a number of great friends here.

Blipfoto strives to be a friendly, inclusive community that welcomes photographers of all levels and like you say, the social side of Blipfoto is very special so above all it's important to protect that and try not to alienate anyone as the community evolves.

Having said that, my feeling is that we should be showcasing some of the best images and maintain a place where people feel confident learning and improving.

I think there is scope to develop this area. As an example, we could perhaps use a hashtag for blippers who welcome constructive critique of their work as ClickyChick has mentioned? I realise we cannot go about randomly leaving comments about wonky horizons or blown out skies but someone who has specifically asked for help will feel great when they look back and see how their images have improved over the years.

Alternatively we could offer more advice/workshops for members through the Community Blog or on the forum. We ran a series on resources for photographers during the lockdown but there's no harm in extending this to learning and development. 

Thanks 
Richard
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Hi Bruce

As I have said before, when I first discovered Blipfoto it was definitely a photography site.  Yes people wrote about their day often quite a lot but photography was the driving force.  IMO it has decayed greatly towards being just another social media site.

 

I will give an example over 11 years ago when I started reading Clickychick's journal there was a page called spot light.  When you went to that page it contained stunning shots.  Since it became "popular" that is no longer the case.   Yes there are stunning shots but equally there are shots of cups of coffee and meals.   The star system has decayed from being an award for a good shot to  an "I have looked at your shot indicator".  If you go round and click enough stars you get a lot back which gets almost any shot into popular.   The result is that on a page of popular you can have the same person regularly having 2 or 3 shots there no matter the photographic value.

I constantly hope for a wind of change.

I wouldn't decry the social side in that I go to blip meets and we have made some very good friends from them.  However that isn't the same IMO as galloping round lots of shots scattering stars.

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Jerra, I agree with your comments 100%  I certainly dont want the site to lose its more friendly personal community feel id just like a bit more emphasis on photography which I think its beginning to lose The diary side can be interesting sometimes particularly if users explain the history of the area, building, object,  etc but im not really interested in mundane life side of things although I appreciate it has an important role in many of the users and respect that 

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Hi Bruce

The diary is important IMO to the individual, after all I started blipping to record my recovery from a hip replacement, so I would be daft to say the writing wasn't important.  However as far as I am concerned the diary is for me, if others choose to read it I try to make it informative.

I visit journals because the thumbnail catches my eye.  Often I don't bother with the diary part at all.

It does seem to escape many peoples notice that in the early days of blip my daughter (who started early enough to be categories then as a founder member) had a shot removed for marking the place where the rescue helicopter picked her up with a cross.   You weren't allowed any text on shots, no collages etc.   The who ethos was a single image posted for the day it was taken.

There are plenty of social media sites, there is, again only my opinion, one site doing what blip used to do and to an extent still does.

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