Social photography

Social photography is a subcategory of photography focusing upon the technology, interaction and activities of individuals who take photographs. Digital cameras, photo sharing websites and the Internet have enabled new tools and methods of social networking[1] while consumer trends such as flashpacking and adventure travel have led to a worldwide increase in socially connected photographers.[2]

The proliferation of easy-to-use open source blogging methods, inexpensively-priced equipment and content management system applications has led to an increase in photography for social change[3] and amateur photojournalism.[4]

Some extensions of social photography include geotagging and online mapping, while online social networking destinations like Facebook have led to an increase in the popularity of technology employing the real-time transfer of images. Where Facebook allows for users to instantly upload a picture from their mobile phone to their profile, there have recently been a number of services sprouting up that allows users to create real time photo streams.

A wireless digital camera enables photographers to connect to cellular networks or other hotspots to share photos, print wirelessly and save photos directly to an image hosting website.[5] Geographic areas serviced by outdoor WiFi networks permit extended applications for geocaching which can include the use of Global Positioning Systems and smartphones.

Some news networks and online broadcasters encourage viewers to send in photographs of live, breaking and current events, enabling citizen journalists and amateur photographers to participate in the news gathering process.

Some business companies started to look for individuals who can take images opposed to stock-photos that would help evolve their brand and this is typically done through social photography. [6]

See also

External links


  1. ^ Writing Project - Social Photography, January 21, 2008, last accessed May 8, 2008
  2. ^ "The Flashpacker: A New Breed of Traveler". Hotel Travel News. 2006-03-24. Retrieved 2007-11-07.
  3. ^ "Social Change Photography",, last accessed May 8, 2008
  4. ^ "Wireless Digital Camera Guide",, last accessed May 9, 2008
  5. ^ "The professionals, the media and the people", The Democratic Image Archived 2008-07-19 at the Wayback Machine, Hughes Leglise, April 21st, 2007, last accessed May 8, 2008
  6. ^ "The importance of great photography in social media". Advertising, Marketing and Design Agency In Leeds. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
Abedin Mahdavi

Abedin Mahdavi (born October 30, 1981, in Tehran) is Freelance Photojournalism, International Reporter subjecting war children and crisis, Director and a Human rights activist regarding international Peace. He is the leader and founder of an international artists group called "Holy Children Group".

He has been at the scene in most war-torn areas and internationally critical places as a photojournalist and children-HIV/AIDS activist since 2001 and the main subject of his cultural-artistic activities are war children, poverty, and crisis. From the money he makes out of these activities, he provides these children with artistic and cultural supports in all over the world.


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GyPSii is a provider of geosocial networking applications and services for the iPhone, iPod, iPad, BlackBerry OS, Android and Java-based phones, Symbian S60 and S40, Windows Mobile and MID notebooks. The company is headquartered in Amsterdam, Netherlands, with offices in Asia and the United States.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd (Born 1926) is an American photographer and the leading figure in the "Breaking the Light" abstract expressionist photographic movement. He is well known for both his realistic and abstract photography. Lloyd trained under the legendary Alexey Brodovitch and his photography spans a range of realistic styles from advertising to aerial photography to nature photography, and social photography; as well as, more recently, abstract styles. Lloyd uses his abstract work to inform his realistic work.

Hitchball 4000

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The competition is organized by HitchPro ry, an association aiming at spreading the hitchhiking culture and values. The aim of the event is to promote hitchhiking as a legitimate means of transportation and to spread values such as trust, sustainability and open-mindedness, as well as to demonstrate the safety of the Northern European societies. Hitchball 4000 has managed to raise awareness about hitchhiking in the Finnish mainstream media, with for instance leading newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and commercial TV channel MTV3 filming the start of the race and leading radio channel YleX broadcasting live reports of the 2016 edition of the race. General public awareness about the race and orange race bibs worn by participants may influence drivers to stop easier. Hitchball 4000 aims thus at generating hundreds of first experiences about hitchhiking every year, both from the hitchhiker and the driver point of views, which over time would make hitchhiking more commonplace.Hitchball 4000 was organized for the first time in 2013. The popularity of the race has steadily increased every year and the 2016 edition gathered over 100 participants. During the first four editions, participants have reached places as distant from Helsinki as Stryków, Warsaw, Nordkjosbotn, Stockholm, Inari and Muonio.In 2017 a special edition was held to celebrate the 100 years of independence of Finland and to pay tribute to the country's most famous board game, Afrikan tähti. Over 150 participants had to hitchhike to 55 different locations of historical, cultural, industrial or natural importance and complete various challenges that were documented through dedicated Facebook pages. The race was part of the official programme of the Finland 100 anniversary.


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Itinerants have also used hitchhiking as a primary mode of travel for the better part of the last century, and continue to do so today.

Irena Blühová

Irena Blühová (2 March 1904 – 30 November 1991) was one of the first women Slovak photographers and one of the first photographers in Czechoslovakia to utilize photography as a means of documentary study and social commentary. During World War II she was a communist dissident, working in the underground to disseminate literature and help refugees fleeing persecution. After the war, she helped establish the State Pedagogical Institute and founded the Slovak Pedagogic Library. Late in life she returned to the pursuit of photography and participated in many international exhibitions.

Jo Ractliffe

Jo Ractliffe born 9 March 1961, is a South African photographer and teacher working in both Cape Town, where she was born, and Johannesburg, South Africa. She is considered among the most influential South African "social photographers."

Karen Knorr

Karen Knorr HonFRPS is a German-born American photographer who lives in London.In 2018 she received an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society.

Ken Grant

Ken Grant is a photographer who since the 1980s has concentrated on working class life in the Liverpool area. He is a lecturer in the MFA photography course at the University of Ulster.


Lumix is Panasonic's brand of digital cameras, ranging from pocket point-and-shoot models to digital SLRs.

Compact digital cameras DMC-LC5 and DMC-F7 were the first products of the Lumix series, released in 2001.

Most Lumix cameras use differing releases of the Panasonic Venus Engine for digital image processing; the original version (2002) was followed by II (2004), Plus (2005), III (2006), IV (2008), HD, V (2009) and VI, HD II, FHD (2010).

Some Lumix models are branded with Leica lenses (e.g. Nocticron or Elmarit lenses), although Leica does not manufacture the lenses. Others are rebranded as Leica cameras with different cosmetic stylings. Leica had a similar relationship with Minolta in the past, where late model Leica SLRs (and some 35 mm point-and-shoot models) were strongly based on Minolta bodies.

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Nina Kuo

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Outline of photography

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to photography:

Photography – process of making pictures by the action of recording light patterns, reflected or emitted from objects, on a photosensitive medium or an image sensor through a timed exposure. The process is done through mechanical, chemical, or electronic devices known as cameras.

Paul Reas

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Reas has produced the books I Can Help (1988), Flogging a Dead Horse: Heritage Culture and Its Role in Post-industrial Britain (1993) and Fables of Faubus (2018). He has had solo exhibitions at The Photographers' Gallery and London College of Communication, London; Cornerhouse, Manchester; and Impressions Gallery, Bradford. His work is held in the collection of the British Council.

Portrait photography

Portrait photography or portraiture in photography is a photograph of a person or group of people that captures the personality of the subject by using effective lighting, backdrops, and poses. A portrait picture might be artistic, or it might be clinical, as part of a medical study. Frequently, portraits are commissioned for special occasions, such as weddings or school events. Portraits can serve many purposes, from usage on a personal Web site to display in the lobby of a business.

Tom Hooper

Thomas George Hooper (born 5 October 1972) is a British-Australian film and television director. Hooper began making short films as a teenager, and had his first professional short, Painted Faces, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1992. At Oxford University Hooper directed plays and television commercials. After graduating, he directed episodes of Quayside, Byker Grove, EastEnders and Cold Feet on British television.

In the 2000s, Hooper directed the major BBC costume dramas Love in a Cold Climate (2001) and Daniel Deronda (2002), and was selected to helm the 2003 revival of ITV's Prime Suspect series, starring Helen Mirren. Hooper made his feature film debut with Red Dust (2004), a British drama starring Hilary Swank and Chiwetel Ejiofor, before directing Helen Mirren again in the Company Pictures/HBO Films historical drama Elizabeth I (2005). He continued working for HBO on the television film Longford (2006) and in John Adams (2008), a seven-part serial on the life of the American president. Hooper returned to features with The Damned United (2009), a fact-based film about the English football manager Brian Clough (played by Michael Sheen). The following year saw the release of the historical drama The King's Speech (2010), starring Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, which was met with critical acclaim. Hooper's next film was Les Misérables (2012), which featured an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman. His 2015 film, The Danish Girl, was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best British Film.

Hooper's work was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Prime Suspect and John Adams, won one for Elizabeth I, and was nominated for the British Academy (BAFTA) TV Craft Award for Best Director for Longford. The King's Speech won multiple awards, including Best Director wins for Hooper from the Directors Guild of America and the Academy Awards, and a Best Director nomination from BAFTA.

Urban exploration

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The nature of this activity presents various risks, including both physical danger and, if done illegally and/or without permission, the possibility of arrest and punishment. Some activities associated with urban exploration violate local or regional laws and certain broadly interpreted anti-terrorism laws, or can be considered trespassing or invasion of privacy.

Valens, Ontario

Valens is a community in Ontario, located in the city of Hamilton. It is the location of the Valens Conservation Area, built around the Valens Reservoir.

It is located about 35 km from downtown Hamilton. You reach there by traveling north on highway 6 and then west on highway 97.

Valens Lake is a water reservoir managed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority and offers facilities for camping, hiking, swimming, boating and fishing. It was stocked with fish before, but now it has a sustained natural fish population that has among others, carp, catfish, small and largemouth bass, pike, perch, an assorted varieties of pan fish and the odd turtles.

A dam controls water flow from the basin; water level may fluctuate throughout the year.


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