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Terminal Terms of Service

There has been lots of bad news lately, a bummer of a week to say the least.  Of all the planetary dysfunction, the hot topic in photo land is the shocking new “terms of service” from the folks at Instagram, or whomever is at the helm over there at the moment.  It’s more than a social network scandal, it’s a downright invasion of our rights as photographers, an assault on our images.  And so there has been a great uprising, my twitter feed has many a disdainful departure notice. #deletemyaccount and the obligatory black screen shot ,not to mention the  “terms of service’ screenshot. BTW, I’m starting to hate screen shots, even my own.  Yes, I’ve read the small print and the big print and call me unprincipled, but I don’t really care. To me Instagram is a novelty, and I still love it for it’s social component, and for the motivation it provides me to use my REAL CAMERA.  I don’t think anyone anticipated that some actual photographers could make something special from a phone, so really it’s you guys who have made the problem by being talented.

If Big Brother wants my photos that’s fine by me, if there was a way I could know about, that would be nice, do I deserve compensation?  Am I taking away from the livelihood of real photographers? Is Chevron really going to use my Golden Gate Bridge photo?  Lots of questions.  Folks you have signed up for a image sharing site that includes the likes of Jamie Oliver and Shaq, so I am a bit surprised that so many people are bailing out so quickly.

God Bless Flickr for the most brilliant launch timing in history, a great new app filled with all kinds of protections against the evils of corporate piracy.  Flickr, remember those guys?  So, I get the reason behind all the fuss, and it appears the voices are being heard, but I think we need to take a #chillpill before deleting all the fun.  I would miss the fun, and these days it’s about all we got left.


baby please don't go

baby please don’t go

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Drugstore Film Developing is Cool

Yeah I’m bitter, but this really annoys me!  There is a growing contingent of people here and mainly online via discussions who have flocked to drugstores, walgreens, costco, target, and various other crap ass discount chains to get film processed.  I get why, cause we are all penniless now.  Believe me I understand.  They charge 2.00 bucks or 02 cents, or free, I charge more.

My problem is not with people needing a more affordable situation.  I do have a problem with this dork on a certain popular photo sharing site who has devoted his life to seeking out cheap places to process film.  He has an on going thread about “keeping it affordable.”  Like he’s some super sleuth, the capped crusader of film developing because he has found that if he asks for JimBob at the Wallmart in Peoria that he will get his film developed cheap and without scratches.

Why do I hate this so much?? Because if enough people go this route, there will be no more photo labs, and when Walgreens decides they can’t make enough money developing film for .99 cents then it’s over for all of us.  I like to consider myself a high end place, so many drugstore film developers are not my customers anyway, but I do need the students and hobbyists.  So if you are looking to save a few bucks, why not take advantage of my student discount, or better yet try negotiating with me or other lab owners, maybe gather your film in bulk for a better price.  Hey if you’re really hurtin’ then you gotta go where you it’s affordable for you, but please don’t go around broadcasting the fact like you are consumer advocate out to save us, you’re just making it worse for guys like me.

dh (selfish and bitter photo lab owner)

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The Beauty Of Not Knowing

I like my film cameras for many reasons, but most of all I like being surprised by my results (good or bad).  If we could put aside for a moment the economics of shooting digital and remember some of the great things about film; like picking up a roll of prints, opening the package and laughing at someone’s facial expression.  Or being proud of yourself for getting a “great shot” something you didn’t think would work, but does work even better than you imagined.  I also like the passage of time that happens from the time you shoot frame one until the time you finish the roll and get it developed.   All this is now gone with digital.   There’s no anticipation, no surprise, it’s all a calculated risk at best.  Photography needs mystique, otherwise it’s just You Tube.

I see a lot of photos on sites like flickr.  And most of the digital stuff is contrived and staged, whereas the film people seem to be more out there on a limb.  I just hope Kodak keeps making film so I don’t have to jump off.

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Rejected on Flickr

We might think that flickr is just a photo sharing site, and aside from some casual networking to promote Photoworks, I mainly use the site for artistic reasons.  I guess if I was young and single I might use flickr to try and meet chicks, which apparently is fairly common.

I’ve been working on my “contacts” list lately, trying to meet more people, make some photo friends, and generally broaden my photo horizons.  A few weeks back I stumbled upon some really cool film images by an LA based photographer.  I soon became a bit of a fan of this person’s work, they use some techniques that I’m trying to master, so I did what is customary, I made them a “contact.”  I have maybe 150 or so contacts, friends and strangers who’s photos I enjoy.  Now usually if I make someone a contact, the custom is to return the favor, or make me one of their contacts as well (reciprocate if you will).   So, some time goes by and I realize that this new contact never replied back so I checked out their profile and saw that she is a woman living in the LA area.  We will call her “photolisa” to protect her flickr identity.  It seems Lisa has been posting photos and comments regularly so it’s not like she is out town.  No big deal.

Ok, so now a month has gone by and photolisa has not made me a contact.  Why the hell not?  Am I not worthy?  She has 200 other contacts so why can’t I be one?  I’m hurt, I’m pissed off, shit I feel rejected.  Lisa, what have I done?  So now I”m desperate and I guess crossed the line.  I sent photolisa a flickr email saying I admire her work and it would be cool if she could look at my work and maybe we could exchange ideas.   So, I finally get a reply saying, “for privacy and safety reasons I do not share my ideas with unfamilair men.”  OUCH!  Do I feel like a loser now.  I’m married with a kid, and another coming, I think I have better things to do then hit on women on a photo sharing website. Look at my profile, it says MALE AND TAKEN.  Now i guess if you are a woman or man for that matter you never know what kind of low life’s are out there.  But, i said “exchange ideas” not fluids!

So I guess I need to get over it, move on, lesson learned.  There are boundaries here and people are entitled to their own space……………………I hate you photolisa, I hate your pretentious photos, and you’re not one of my contacts anymore.  So there.

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Friends of Photoworks

About Friends Of Photoworks

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be inside a busy photo lab? Smell the chemicals, watch the prints come out of the machines, talk to customers about their imaging needs?

Photoworks is a Photo Lab In San Francisco, Ca. We’ve been around 20 years and have survived many changes in our industry. We develop and print film, and we make prints from digital files. We try to take quality photographs and appreciate other people who do the same.

If you’re a fan of our photo lab then we’d like you to join this group. If you’re curious about how things work ( how we scan, how we print, what films are best, etc…) then this group is for you too. Feel free to post any photos you like, we’ll comment and offer advice. Don’t hesitate to use this space to offer feedback and suggestions. We’ve been around a while, but we still have a lot to learn.


What is this?  Well it’s my new flickr group celebrating photoworks the lab, and all of our great customers.  Please join and get in on the action.  Post photos, start a topic, all the good flickr stuff.  Thanks.

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