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NY POST FREELANCER HARASSED

In the tragic story of Ki Suk Han being struck by a subway train is taking a turn for the (even) worse as a sort of blame falls upon the photographer who got a shot of the event. The focus, anger, and confusion have been taken from the killer and put on photographer Mr. Abbasi, a New York Post photographer. Countless stories are being published with headlines like, “Could the Photographer Have Saved Han?”, “Man is Stranded on Subway Tracks for 90 Seconds While Photographer Takes Pictures”, and my personal favorite, “What Would You Have Done?”

When Abbasi appears on the Today’s show (watch) he is told that 80% of the polled public believes he should have done more. There is an important distinction between the opinions from the general public and the opinions from other photojournalists as it relates to this situation. Read Gawkers article here for more information on that: Would You Have Taken the Post Subway Photo?: Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographers Respond.

 

PAINTING

Kapri Pitz posted an awesome painting on Facebook this week, modeled after one of my photos of Rachel. I thought it was so damn cool it had to be shared here as well. Enjoy.

BANKSY ON ADVERTISING

You may have already seen this, as it went pretty viral over the last couple of months, but it is worth a read if you haven’t. Or just read it again. I am less interested in the control of media and the misuse of advertising than I am about the way Banksy views trademark, copyright, and stealing as a necessary component of art. Check it out:

See some of his work here.

Also, tomorrow I will be posting photos from a shoot with some beautiful friends. Here is a sneak peak:

@ theFIX

Had an awesome time last Friday night at theFix with Jasmine Star in NYC. Check us out!

Photo by Richard B Flores

FACEBOOK TIMELINE COVER

The Facebook Timeline update is probably the first UI upgrade in their history that hasn’t been met with barbaric uproar across the internets. It is pretty slick, after all. The flow of information is much cleaner and more importantly, the photos displayed on the Timeline are now much bigger. They almost rival G+, almost. One of the new features that I really like is the Cover Photo. The way it is placed, overlapped by the Profile Picture, makes for some pretty interesting options.

It is not too difficult to take some screen shots of the Cover Photo layout and figure out the dimensions and crops needed to make an integrated Cover/Profile art. But I already figure it out when I did my own, so I might as well share. Click to download a Photoshop Action folder to create yours.

The file above will download as a group of actions. There are actually two separate actions. The first creates a PSD with the dimensions that you will need. After you add your own photo, the next action will create the two separate images that you will need. If you have never used Photoshop actions, check out this tutorial on how to load and use them.

Once you have the “Facebook Timeline” folder loaded into the actions panel just follow these steps:

1. Play the “FB TIMELINE CANVAS” action.

  • This action will create a canvas with the necessary dimensions for the next steps. The size of 1704 by 704 pixels is double the resolution I lifted off of a screen shot I took of a Facebook profile. I doubled the size of the canvas simply to insure enough resolution. It is still a small enough file, so the workflow and upload online shouldn’t stress your computer or your Facebook profile at all.

2. Open your the photo you want to use in another Photoshop window and drag it  into your new canvas. You can also copy and paste an image or use any other method of inserting your picture.

  • A note on the photo you choose: Keep in mind the wideness of the composition. It is way wider than anything I am used to working with. When I used my wake boarding photo I had to use Content Aware Scale to stretch the photo a bit so it would fit right. Also, remember where the profile picture will be located. The actions however make it simple enough for you to make multiple versions with different crops of your photos. Make a bunch and decide what works the best.

3. Once you have your photo positioned how you want it, play the “FB TIMELINE CROP” action.

  • Woohoo! Check out that automation! If all goes well, you now have two separate images. A square Profile Picture and the rectangular Cover Photo. The action does not save either file, so that is up to you. If you want to save them for a later edit save them first as PSD’s. If not, just save them as full quality jpegs.

4. Upload each picture to its proper place on your Facebook Profile.

  • All done! Go brag to all your friends because you have the coolest Facebook Profile!

Hope you enjoy, here’s some more inspiration: Get Creative With New Facebook Timeline Cover Ideas

2011 IN REVIEW

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,200 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

G+

I got started on Google Plus today. Gotta say, I may already like it better than Facebook. It is similar to moving to Mac OS from Windows; it is way cleaner and it really works.

I believe the social platform finally opened to the public. There shouldn’t be any more need for invitations or waiting lists but just in case, here is 150 invites for you: https://plus.google.com/i/TiMUm6U5hm4:zx3gnDkLHcU. Make sure to add me if you’re already on. As much fun as it is with three people in my circles over there, I sure could use some more friends 🙂 Here I am: https://plus.google.com/101613881857646646084/posts

The most notable thing I’ve enjoyed so far is photo sharing. Photos are way bigger. You don’t have to squint to see one that has just been posted in your feed, and upon clicking on a picture an even larger view with meta data or commentary information is instantly available. One thing I would like to be able to do is reorder the photos within an album, but maybe I just haven’t figured it out yet.

Another perk is that it works in school, at least so far. Its integration with other Google services seems to trick the filters into thinking its an iGoogle page or something. Hooray.