RESOLVE

RESOLVE is the name of our new company blog, which finally went live yesterday. Yay!

RESOLVE screen shot

From our official marketing lingo, “The RESOLVE blog is a place for photographers and photo industry professionals from every corner of the industry to share knowledge and expertise. Social Media Editor Miki Johnson has collaborated closely with contributors, including photographers, editors, curators, and reps, to create focused posts that will inform photographers at any level about the issues their colleagues face and how they have succeeded in spite of these obstacles. More than just providing inspiration and advice, however, the blog brings together professionals from different photo markets (fine-art, editorial, fashion, commercial, photojournalism, wedding and more) to discuss photography’s most pressing issues and encourages them to find innovative solutions by focusing on the positive aspects of this difficult time.

Check it out and let me know what you think about it. Comments, questions, and ideas from photographers (or anyone who’s passionate about photography) around the world are welcome. And, of course, as my friend and reader, you are encouraged to give me your thoughts. This is my first time as an editor of a corporate blog, I need all the feedback I can get. Please tell your photographer friends about RESOLVE!

(This should also explain the lack of posting around here lately…)

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6 thoughts on “RESOLVE

  1. Hongkei, 本來想細看了那網內容才留言的,不過這個週末應該也沒有時間慢慢看了。初步的感覺,是有很多很多的資料,不知從那裡開始讀起,哈哈。

    起初不太明白網旨,今天再看主頁 (是不是改了網面?) ,看到 ‘phone number for consultation’, ‘help you to get more work’, 和幾項 get to know liveBooks… 好像又清楚了點… 會再去看的。 謝謝, and bravo !

    Sorry i’ve replied in Chinese… seems i’m getting more and more comfortable with my chinese writing (typing) hehe 🙂

    • michelle,

      thanks for your kind words. i guess the layout of the blog is a little confusing – the blog is part of our corporate website (our company designs websites & provides web support for pro photographers). if you click on any tabs on the top of the page, it’ll take you out of the blog & into other pages on our website. but if you just look at the page i link to, and navigate primarily with the different items on the left column, then you’ll be staying within the blog territory. this actually might be something i need to talk to our management about…

      and, of course, no problem with replying in chinese! i love to read (& write!) chinese – just too lazy to type! glad that you’re getting better at your chinese typing 🙂

  2. Hongkei, “if you click on any tabs on the top of the page, it’ll take you out of the blog & into other pages on our website….” perhaps that is what confusing me… I have a feeling going to different directions and different themes… end up not knowing what the site’s for…

  3. Dear hongkieatlarge,

    Just a brief business comment. May be I am biased, but I think “traditional professional” photographers are shrinking rapidly. And more and more stock photographers are becoming pro. Just curious, does your company’s business model translate to the stock photography business?

    In 2006, I co-authored a case study on the success of iStockphoto, you can read more here,
    http://kempton.wordpress.com/2006/11/26/istockphoto-case-study-extras/

    • With all the new emerging technology and closing down of newspapers & magazines, no doubt professional photography is evolving. I don’t want to use the word “shrinking” because I don’t want to make it sound too gloomy. Pro photographers really need to be good at his trade AND have a strong business sense in order to survive in this climate. It’s not easy. But then again, it’s a great opportunity for those who are truly great.

      The “micro stock” has opened up a whole new path for amateur photographers to become pros. But there’re also people who are now saying the low-price strategy of these micro stock companies is digging a grave for themselves. I guess we’ll see very soon if this new trend is for the better or worst.

      The service my company provides doesn’t directly translate into stock photography. Our main service is to provide professionally designed and SEO friendly websites for pro photographers (or any visual artists) so they can grow their business effectively. We also provide online transaction capabilities so they can sell their work online.

      This is all fairly new to me & I have so much to learn. But I’m getting there!

  4. > Our main service is to provide professionally designed and SEO friendly websites for pro photographers (or any visual artists) so they can grow their business effectively.

    I see. Thanks for explaining.

    Like “free” news, I think “low-price strategy of these micro stock companies” are here to stay. A lot of photographers are going to start from sites like iStock.

    P.S. When big guys like Getty Images paid $50m for iStockphoto in 2006, I think the game is played differently now.
    Disclaimer: I haven’t followed the photography industry since I did the business case study.

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