Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Instagram deleting Inauthentic likes, follows and comments

Announced in a press release, Instagram shared that some accounts have been using third-party software to “artificially grow their audience.” As this tactic takes away from the “real” and “genuine” experiences that the company believes users are looking for, it will begin deleting inauthentic content.



Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity. This type of behavior is bad for the community, and third-party apps that generate inauthentic likes, follows and comments violate our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.


Instagram says that it will send messages to accounts as it deletes content and also advises users that may have unintentionally started using such a third-party service to change their password to revoke further access.

We’re taking a number of steps to limit this kind of unwelcome behavior. Accounts we identify using these services will receive an in-app message alerting them that we have removed the inauthentic likes, follows and comments given by their account to others. We will also ask them to secure their account by changing their password.

The press release also states that, 


Recently, we’ve seen accounts use third-party apps to artificially grow their audience. Every day people come to Instagram to have real experiences, including genuine interactions. It is our responsibility to ensure these experiences aren’t disrupted by inauthentic activity. Starting today, we will begin removing inauthentic likes, follows and comments from accounts that use third-party apps to boost their popularity. We’ve built machine learning tools to help identify accounts that use these services and remove the inauthentic activity. This type of behavior is bad for the community, and third-party apps that generate inauthentic likes follows and comments violate our Community Guidelines and Terms of Use.


We’re taking a number of steps to limit this kind of unwelcome behavior. Accounts we identify using these services will receive an in-app message alerting them that we have removed the inauthentic likes, follows and comments given by their account to others. We will also ask them to secure their account by changing their password. People who use these types of apps share their username and password, and their accounts are sometimes used by third-party apps for inauthentic likes, follows and comments. Not only does this introduce bad behavior into the Instagram community, but it also makes these accounts less secure.

We also know some people may have unknowingly shared their login credentials with a third-party app. If you receive an in-app message, simply change your password to revoke their access to your account. These new measures will be ongoing, and accounts that continue to use third-party apps to grow their audience may see their Instagram experience impacted.





To all the bloggers and so-called influencers with a ton of fake follows, 
- Devendra Kulkarni


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Monday, November 12, 2018

How bloggers are using photographers for FREE

It's been quite a while since I am coming across photographers who've been facing similar issues but no one took the initiative to speak or to share their thoughts on what's really happening in Fashion Photography sector in Pune. 

Why all those who really have the passion and skills to capture the best out of nothing fail to showcase their talent. Over the course of 2 years into fashion photography and combined over 10 years into photography, I've seen many come and go and for most of them the reason to leave fashion photography. 


Prelude:

Photography is not just grabbing the fancy camera, lenses and capturing photos. It's about skills, technical knowledge, and passion to capture something unique than other photographers are doing and as they said
"One Picture Worth Ten Thousand Words"
while looking for the perfect picture we often shift our focus on something which leads to many photographers to make the shift from fashion photography to something else. 

But today, the same picture is worth nothing, due to higher supply & willing to get everything for free, because 
"Nothing is cheaper than free!"


Shooting for FREE:

FREE...a word which attracts everyone and it's a new trend in Pune which is also called or referred as "Collaboration", where female bloggers (most of the time) asks photographers for collaboration shoots which attracts many new young guys to jump into this field. 

However, these shoots works as the bloggers gets their photographed captured from a photographer for free which he can use on his/her profile so that he can show his portfolio to the public. However, these shoots often are loss-making shoots for the photographers only gets photos to post on their profile and nothing more than that.

Shooting for bloggers usually takes around 2-3 hours where they didn't even ask for water; all the blogger wants is good photos for her profile so that new brands can also collaborate with them.

These shoots usually include product shoots and in-return bloggers usually get paid by brands and gets their products for free. Products ranging from makeup accessories, clothing, shoes to electronics, etc.

The Problem:

Many of the photographers who are doing these shoots for free or under the name of collaboration should understand the value of their equipment and their time which they're putting to shoot content for someone else who has no care about who you are, how you capture photos, what equipments you use. All they want is free photos from you.

For all those who are not aware of this fact, "EACH SHUTTERS COUNTS!"
Check this article out: Click Here 
So giving out free shoot where we (photographers) do all the efforts, spends our own money to get equipment, traveling and sometimes arranging shoot location and in return we get all the raw photos from the shoot which are mostly featuring other brand products, and picture credits by the uploader that too at the end of the post.

For most of the time, watermarks are removed while posting the photos on their profiles, sometimes photos are even posted without credits and that's what makes passionate photographers unhappy. 

So by doing such shoots, bloggers get free photos, free products, free content, more followers, more collaborations with brands & it's really beneficial for brands to give away their products to bloggers as they do free advertisement of their products and therefore they save thousands or lakhs on marketing. Which means both the bloggers and companies are in great benefit while its only photographers and videographers who use their equipment for free of charge and gets nothing out of it as the end of the day, you cannot earn anything out of those photos. They're just sitting duck on your hard drive.




What We Can Do:

Unite Photographers - 
Firstly, we (photographers) should understand the issue and think on it as we spend thousands or lakhs on the camera and equipment like flashes, reflectors, etc.

While doing research for this article, I discovered that there is blogger engagement group of Pune based fashion/lifestyle blogger where all the internal communication takes place, while on another side; photographers are in a race to make their feed looking good by capturing whomever they came across.

Hence there is no unity among photographers and bloggers are taking really great advantage of this and we need to realize this before its too late for you. 


Charge for photos/shoot - 
Until & unless we won't start charging for photoshoots, they'll not understand the value of photographer and photography which they assume its just a hobby while our hobby is used for someone else's profit. We've recently asked several bloggers to pay at least 1000/- bucks for the shoot, and most of them replied: "I'll let you know in a while".

We all have to say no to free shoot, together we can change the current situation which is currently only limited to Pune.

I've been doing such shoots for long period of time and spending money from my pocket and later I realize that we've only been used for someone's good, to make someone's feed look great.

Conclusion:

If you're doing the same and thinking that you're getting good content for your profile, then think on the above one time! Your profile isn't worth anything if you don't have your camera with you which has its own life and maintenance.

If you really wanted to help someone with your skills then help those who really deserve it, help those who cannot afford to get their portfolio done and not helping someone who does not care about your passion, hobby, and work. They can have parties & dinner at one of the finest hotels in town or have foreign trips but can't pay for photoshoots, just because they don't value our work, they have plenty of photographers lined up who are willing to shoot for free. 

Alongside there are some really great fashion bloggers who support always keep supporting photographers & always remember they'll call you, message you until you have their photos, next day they'll message someone else for the shoot.

 The decision is yours! 


If you agree with me, leave a comment down below what do you think on this and don't forget to share this article. I also invite you to join our WhatsApp group - simply DM us on Instagram (@pixelpune)

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” - Dorothea Lange

Thank you & Warm Regards,
- Devendra Kulkarni

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

CloudSeeders are here

It's July 2018 - A typical monsoon season for India, which is a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation. The term was first used in English in British India and neighboring countries to refer to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea in the southwest bringing heavy rainfall to the area.

In Maharashtra State - The Deccan plateau constitutes 50 percent of the drought-prone area of the state. 12 percent of the population lives in drought-prone areas. Once in 5 years, deficient rainfall is reported. Severe drought conditions occur once every 8-9  years.  

The state government on April 8, 2018 - has declared drought in 8 talukas from three districts. The drought has been declared following in a drop in agriculture production in the recently concluded Rabi season. The central government has changed the drought declaration norms which gives four impact indicators and then there are 13 sub-indices called the trigger indicators. Some of the several parameters that were considered before declaring the drought. Rainfall, green index, soils moisture, groundwater index. 

To further study this issue Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) An Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Govt. of India has come up with a possible solution for the drought-prone areas, by creating artificial rain using state of the art equipment such as aircraft. 




On 1st July 2018 - I had the chance to visit these 2 special aircraft at Baramati Airport, Maharashtra. The primary objective of these aircraft is to collect data, analyze weather conditions & cloud seeding. These aircraft are specially modified Beechcraft KingAir C90 | N6111V Beechcraft KingAir B200 | N267CB owned and operated by WeatherModification INC.

These 2 sister planes operate together to study and collect data from clouds and find a potential place for cloud seeding. These aircraft also constantly send data to a local station in the region of operation where experts can analyze the data.



Beechcraft KingAir C90 | N6111V









Beechcraft KingAir B200 | N267CB













Cloud seeding is a form of weather modification that changes the amount or type of precipitation that falls from clouds, by dispersing substances into the air that serve as cloud condensation or ice nuclei, which alter the microphysical processes within the cloud. Spreading either dry ice, or more commonly, silver iodide aerosols, into the upper part of clouds to try to stimulate the precipitation process and form rain. 

By implementing this technique they expect to increase rainfall by 15-20% in drought-prone areas. 
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Friday, June 29, 2018

Asteroid Day 2018

Asteroid Day takes place each year on 30 June, commemorating the 1908 Tunguska airburst over Siberia, the biggest impact event in recorded history. Since its inception, European Space Agency (ESA) has long supported the Asteroid Day initiative and plays a leading role in the global hunt for risky near-Earth objects that might one day cross our path.

To celebrate this day - The world’s first 48-hour webcast about asteroids and their place in space will begin at 12:00 CEST, on Friday, 29 June 2018. Kicking off this exciting event, physicist, science advocate and former rock star Brian Cox will host the first 6-hour segment live from Luxembourg.

The webcast will have inputs from asteroid scientists, astronauts, rock stars and experts from around the world all in the name of Asteroid Day – the annual UN-endorsed global campaign to raise awareness about asteroids, and the risks and opportunities that they bring.





LIVE EVENT 


The entire Asteroid Day webcast can be viewed live via asteroidday.org/live, or via the Asteroid Day Youtube channel. The ESA/ESO segment will run starting at 13:00 CEST on Saturday, 30 June; this will also be available at esa.int/asteroidday.


For more information, including the full list of experts and celebrity guests, visit the Asteroid Day website.
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