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Taking, sharing & storing photos

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, photography, social networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

I love photography. Most excellent wife J. is a great photographer:

Me? Not so much. I dabble; and sepia and black & white are my friends:

I used to really, really like flickr, but due to the new overhaul, I can barely view my own photos over our slowish home connection. I still use it a bit though, especially for the awesome Commons – check it out for your next blog post image. I tweet photos and take a fair few with my phone. I rely on google to store them for me as I have an android. However, I admit I don’t know enough about how these photos are being stored, I just access any I want on the desktop via google plus, or on my phone. Since scoring a work iPad I am taking some with that too and I post to work Facebook and twitter accounts. We also have a work flickr account that I set-up, but only occasionally use, mainly because it’s a convoluted system to upload via our system, and it takes so long it often times out! Consequently, any work photo flickr uploads I do at home. (But I’m trying not to work from home too much lately…)

As part of my learning/playing, I’ve just joined Instagram and am enjoying exploring. I’m dpgreen_net; come say hi!

My library uses photos to promote events and activities. But now that I think about it, this is usually after the fact. Sometimes I post anticipation photos to gee-up people, and my new workmate posts some in real time – awesome! However, we mostly post photos to Facebook, twitter and flickr chronicling event highlights, rather than in the lead-up. (Note to self: post more pre-event photos.) We have a form which parents/carers and adults need to sign if we’re going to publish photos of them or their minors. This can be a hassle; to the point where we sometimes don’t take photos, or we just post shots with backs of heads. Sometimes I wonder if we could ask for permission when people sign up for their membership…

Last year I ran a Zombie Photo Competition for National Youth Week. It was a great success, and something different for my library! There were maybe 30 entries and they were so creative. Given the prevalence of mobile devices, I encouraged young people to use a zombify-ing app on their phone/tablet photos – this boosted entry numbers. I displayed all the entries and young people got a kick out of seeing their work in the library. Perhaps the best aspect was engaging some non-library users. I recommend a photo comp for teens, and really should try it again at my work.

Speaking of zombies, let me pick your braaaains!

  • Does your library have a great idea for gaining photo permissions?
  • How do you store your photos taken on mobile devices?
  • Are you on Instagram? Leave your handle in the comments :)

Happy 365 :)

Posted: June 14th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, project | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

I am really enjoying being involved in another flickr project which sees me taking photos with mobile devices most days. This is a great use of skills I’m learning by playing with Thing 2 things for #ANZ23mthings. In 2011 I was involved in a Daily Image project. This year I am doing the Happy 365 project, both of which were dreamed up by @libsmatter (Thank you!). Info from her blog:

Very simple idea – from 1 January 2013 post an image each day showing something that has made me happy. I would like to know what makes other people happy too, so I have invited a number of Flickr contacts and am very happy for anyone else to join in.

Due to silly me not fixing zero packet data connectivity situation on my phone for months, I am very behind on updating my Happy 365 set and then adding to the Happy 365 group. I have also missed taking photos on quite a few days. But that’s okay, I’m getting there, and enjoying the memories as I do.
Follow the action on twitter @Happy365Flickr and by searching #happy365 on twitter & elsewhere.

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Are you playing Happy 365? Or are you involved in another photo project? :)


Mobile tech: photo taking & sharing

Posted: June 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, libraries, marketing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

As I mentioned, I have only just scored an iPad for work, so I am new to iPad photography. The few iPad photos I have taken have been okay quality & I’m keen to keep practising. I do take many photos with my phone though. I love the convenience of having a camera in your pocket, and being able to share pics instantly. Up until yesterday I have been having serious troubles using packet data on my phone for nearly 3 months. I have been too lazy to investigate, and have just used wifi at home & work. However, this has meant I’ve nearly stopped sharing phone pics. The problem is now fixed; I hadn’t updated the software. D’oh!

Here’s a phone photo I’m quite happy with:

Sunrise. View from our balcony at home.

Sunrise. View from our balcony at home.

I use phone and iPad photos posted to work twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts to promote library events & engage customers. This works! Of course, taking photos then posting in real time is the bonus of mobile tech. For example, I tweeted a cute teddy photo to amp people up for our recent Teddy Bears’ Picnic. I also take quick snaps of new anime & manga as they hit my desk, then upload to work social media accounts. And sometimes to my own if I’m especially excited about new things :)

How do you use mobile tech photography in your life? And at your work?


ANZ 23 Mobile Things

Posted: May 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: anz23mthings, learning, librarian, professional development, twitter | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

I have jumped into a great professional development course called ANZ 23 Mobile Things. It’s for people in Australia and New Zealand doing Jan, Mylee & Kathryn‘s ultra cool 23 Mobile Things course. We’re going to learn all that is vital to know about how mobile devices can awesome-ise library people, library programs and spaces. The major reason I signed up for the course is because about 2 weeks ago I was ‘given’ an iPad for work. My daughter has one which I have barely used, and I have always wanted to start. This course seemed like the perfect starting point! The other reasons I have signed up are: group-learning is awesome, the price is right (FREE!), and professional development is very important to me.

In the past I started CPD23 but never finished. Twice! I’m ok with that; self-paced learning is about dipping in and dipping out. I played with a few of the things, but never got into a pattern. I absolutely learnt stuff and still follow hashtags and people from the course. Perhaps the biggest thing I did learn was, I did not set aside enough time to play and learn. Of course I hope to remedy this, and will do this by allotting work-time to complete the course. I can always go back and finish CPD23, and the other cool thing is, ANZ 23 Mobile Things is different because it is about using mobile devices.

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Thing 1 was all about Twitter – excellent! I totally love twitter. In 2011 I declared Twitter & RSS to be the best things on the Internet. I still think this is true. Here’s what I tweeted last week: “Top reasons I <3 @twitter: real-time searching, quick advice, virtually attend events, link sharing, short, sharp convos, stay up-2-date, democratising the web (can ask any1 anything), it’s a community!”. Currently I use the official twitter app on my Galaxy (android) phone and on my iPad. My desktop preference is the old Tweetdeck. I also sometimes use Hootsuite on my desktop at work. If you can recommend a great mobile app, please leave me a comment :)
Heaps of the learning for the course will take place on twitter; so get amongst it. Search for and tweet using the hashtag #anz23mthings. To get news from the source follow @anz23mthings. Oh and make sure you grab the RSS feeds from the course site.

I’m very excited to be actively learning, sharing and playing again.
I’m certain the course will remind me how the words learning, sharing and playing are wonderful tautologies!