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Its a merry old Xmas...

Well, hello there!…

Its been a pretty good year so far. Sold 22 items this year, 4x t-shirts in the last month alone.


I quite like the way this one came out, and its funny, Its a fairly narrow market for this one, since only serious Trekkies are gonna get the joke, but who cares, I get it, I like it…

But the most popular item ever has been this cute little sticker… which again, being a lover of obscure pop-culture references… will probably only appeal to people who really love Pink Floyd… I’ve sold 13 of these darned things… I shoulda put a serious profit margin on them…. oh well

Views are up, of course, and as always my Journals get more views than my artwork… who knew that angry/funny/sarcastic, or helpfull was more popular than grainy arty B&W photos?

Geez Louise!!, fuck me sideways

Welcome to RedBubble!

Welcome to RedBubble!

You’re just gonna love this place [everyone does!] Its full of amazing artists, and even more amazing artwork.

To get noticed and to get people viewing your work, … you have to let people know you are here. The best way is to jump into the community/social world of RedBubble. Join Groups that you like and be an active Group Member, checkout other people’s work and leave comments, Favourite images that you like [the artist will be told that you have Favourited their work], add your favourite artists to your Watchlist [again, those artists will be told that you are “watching” them to see any new work they upload].

And of course… keep uploading your best work!

To really be noticed in RedBubble takes time and effort, there are a LOT of members here, so you have to be ac

THE NEW REDBUBBLE EXPLAINED - THE BUYER'S BOOTH

This is the second Tutorial about finding and doing stuff in the New Shiny RedBubble!

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HOW TO FIND THE “BUYER’S BOOTH”

 

I admit this one had me stumped for a while, until someone explained it to me…

At the top right of any page you will see the word SHOP with a little down arrow next to it. Logic tells you that this is a drop-down menu… but just like the ACTIVITY drop-down menu on our Homepage – it is also a text link.

  1. yeah go on, you know you wanna… click on it.
    1. This will take you to a very cool new page that kinda replaces the old EXPLORE & COMMUNITY pages.
  2. You can do all sorts of stuff in this new SHOP Page, but for now, scroll down towards the bottom of this new page.
  3. Near the end of the left column you will see the heading BUYER’S BOOTH, just click on the GO TO BUYER’S BOOTH link…

THE NEW REDBUBBLE EXPLAINED - THE ACTIVITY PAGE

Mostly because I am getting tired of writing the same thing over and over, here is the first in a series of “how to” tutorials about ummm … errr… how to find your way around the shiny new RedBubble Site.

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Number 1 with a bullet seems to be Finding the Activity Page!

 


 

FIND YOUR ACTIVITY PAGES

 

  1. Click on the shiny new red logo in the top left of any page.
    1. This will take you to the new-look Homepage / MyBubble Page.
  2. Down a bit on the right side you will see three text-links:
    1. FOUND
    2. FOLLOWING
    3. ACTIVITY
  3. ACTIVITY has two functions… it is a text-link and it activates a drop-down menu.
  4. Move your mouse over ACTIVITY and the drop-down menu appears [its magic!]
  5. From this drop-down menu you can select what sort of activity you want to view.

 


 

SET-UP YOUR DEFAULT ACTIVITY PAGE

 

As I said ealier, ACTIVIT

Things you may have missed...

Because I generally write very late at night, I know that many of you may miss my Tutorials and stuff.…

It is currently 2pm [who gets out of bed at 2pm, huh?] so I thought I would just post this little “catch-up” of recent Tutorials that you might enjoy reading.

Cheers,
-Byron

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA – Part 1

  1. Copyright, Artist’s Rights, Derivative Works & Fan Art, and the “Fair Use” exemptions to copyright.
  2. Now with special extra bonus information on Derivative Works and Fan Art!!!

 

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA – Part 2

  1. A look at the history of DMCA and what it means for artists and the websites that host their work.

 

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA – Part 3

  1. How to file a DMCA Takedown Notice.

 

THE BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA – Part 4

  1. How to fi

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA - Part 4

THIS TUTORIAL IS INTENDED AS AN EXPLANATION OF THE CONCEPTS SURROUNDING “COPYRIGHT”.

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THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.

 

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUES OF COPYRIGHT THAT MAY RELATE TO YOURSELF, THEN YOU SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF A QUALIFIED LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE.

 

The Final Frontier…

 

Captain’s log, Stardate 9534.5… I think we have been in the Alpha Quadrant for too long now, that Vulcan is beginning to look rather cute in those tight black pants…

Oh, hello there, you’ve come back for more of this copyright stuff?

Oh well, so much for my Captain Kirk reverie…

Ok, let’s see now…
… where was I?

bread, cheese, milk, coffee, laundry powder and toilet paper…

ooops, sorry. – wrong list… oh yeah – Copyright and stuff

So, in Part-1 we covered what Copyright a

WHY HOLLYWOOD GIVES ME THE SHITS...

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Sometimes you see some really dumb shit in movies… like cars exploding when they fall more than 6 feet, Colt 1911 handguns that fire 11 rounds in a row… [the extended magazine only allows for “9+1”]

Sometimes you see stuff that just doesn’t make sense…

Countdown displays on TimeBombs.

 

Why? I’m guessing that the person who activated the bomb already knows that he set it for 5 minutes, and its not like he is gonna come back to check how long he has left until the bomb goes off.

It Is the ultimate in alarm clocks…. You don’t even need to be in the same room to hear the “alarm” go off.

Hell, you don’t even need to be in the same suburb to hear this alarm!!!

If it hasn’t gone “bang” in about 5 minutes, then the mad-bomber will know it hasn’t worked.

Perhaps the digital countdown is for any

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA - Part 3

THIS TUTORIAL IS INTENDED AS AN EXPLANATION OF THE CONCEPTS SURROUNDING “COPYRIGHT”.

 …

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.

 

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUES OF COPYRIGHT THAT MAY RELATE TO YOURSELF, THEN YOU SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF A QUALIFIED LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE.

 

TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF! TAKE IT OFF!

 

Ok, as promised, here is the exciting bit that you have all been waiting for. So come up to the lab, and see what’s on the slab. I see you shiver with an…tissa…a…payshun!

The things I do to make things interesting for you all, … I am such a sell out…

THE DMCA TAKEDOWN NOTICE

 

If you find that some other person [aka thief, scum-of-the-earth, turd, talentless hack…] has stolen your work and is publishing it and/or offering it for sale without your permi

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA - Part 2

THIS TUTORIAL IS INTENDED AS AN EXPLANATION OF THE CONCEPTS SURROUNDING “COPYRIGHT”.

 …

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.

 

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUES OF COPYRIGHT THAT MAY RELATE TO YOURSELF, THEN YOU SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF A QUALIFIED LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE.

 

Its a four-letter word… DMCA.

 

DMCA or “Digital Millenium Copyright Act” is a piece of United States Copyright Legislation.

This legislation covers 5 specific areas, but the section that effects 99.9% of us is called “DMCA Title II: Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act” or simply “OCILLA”

Here is what WIKIPEDIA has to say about OCILLA:

The Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA) is United States federal law that creates a conditional safe harbor for

THE BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO COPYRIGHT & DMCA - Part 1

THIS TUTORIAL IS INTENDED AS AN EXPLANATION OF THE CONCEPTS SURROUNDING “COPYRIGHT”.

 …

THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BELOW DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.

 

IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT ISSUES OF COPYRIGHT THAT MAY RELATE TO YOURSELF, THEN YOU SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF A QUALIFIED LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE.

 

In the beginning was the word ….

 

and the word was…

was….

… was…

COPYRIGHT !!!

 

This one little word goes to the core of any artist’s soul, yet it causes so much consternation, confusion and calamity…

 

So what is Copyright?…

 

  1. WIKIPEDIA defines Copyright as:

Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. WIKIPEDIA

It is an intellectual property form applicable to any expressible form of an

SELLING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY - THE REALITY CHEQUE

I have said it before, and I will say it again…

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It is a common misconception that just because you joined RedBubble – your work is automatically going to sell.

On this site alone, you have an aweful lot of competition… there are several hundred thousand members, and millions of images on this site.

And… RedBubble is not in the business of Selling or Marketing your work.

RedBubble exists as a place that will:

  1. Display your work online,
  2. Manufacture your customer’s orders,
  3. Despatch those orders, and
  4. Handle all financial matters for you.

… But RedBubble do not Market your work.

How committed ARE you?

 

If you want to make money from your photography, then YOU have to do the Marketing… just like you would if you owned an actual photographic shop.

If you want to make money from your photography,

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY & YOUR RIGHTS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY & YOUR RIGHTS AS A PHOTOGRAPHER

 

[ IMAGE USED FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY. NO INVITATION TO CRITIQUE THIS IMAGE SHOULD BE INFERRED BY ITS INCLUSION HERE ] MONTREAL DIE-IN by KREDIBBLE TROUT

This is a topic that confuses people all the time, and you probably wont easily find any definitive “written-down-in-law” documentation about this subject because it is something which is a conglomeration of many different legal concepts and international treaties. While things vary from country to country, for 99.999% of the population the following information is everything you need to know about your Rights as a Photographer…

Please note that this information does not constitute Legal Advice.

 

This is simply the basic condensed information that will be adequate for most Amateur Ph

I just made the MAGIC $100 mark...

Well sales this year have been crazy, crazy for me anyway.

This week I sold 2x stickers and another shirt, which brings me to the Magic $100 mark, which means that soon I will be getting my first ever cheque from RedBubble!

… Not bad for 4 years, huh!

AND THE SALES AVALANCHE CONTINUES...

Well…. if this keeps on going I could quit my day-job … in about 40 years!

This year I have sold three shirts already… while its not a lot by some standards, it is a big monthly increase for me.

January:

February:
Two of these:

another couple of sales and I wil reach the magic $100 mark, and RB will send me my first ever cheque!

Hoorayfulness!

UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOUR SHUTTER SPEED & YOUR APERTURE

In another attempt to make everyone’s head explode with maths, I am going to try to explain the relationship between your Shutter Speed and your Aperture.…

One of the things that a lot of photographers enjoy is taking pictures of water so that it looks all smooth and silky.

To do this you need long shutter speeds, especially if you are photographing a waterfall or the ocean.

You need, of course a good solid tripod.

Ok, assuming you have a good tripod …

Take a metered reading of the scene, probably use Average Metering. This reading may for example come out something like:

ISO400 – f1 – 1/500sec

 

Now clearly 1/500sec is not going to make your water all soft and blurry. You will need a shutter speed much much slower than that. The longer the shutter is open – the more silky smooth the wate

You should put them into daily use, y'know...

We all get them… funny emails.…

Where would the world be without these freely delivered daily delights of dialectic disco-dancing…


 

Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.

The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n), olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. F

Holy crap on a Canape Batman! - I just sold another shirt!

Only a few hours into 2012 and I’ve sold another shirt.

This is starting to get boring.

… No its not!

This sale now catapults my “I’m a Photographer” shirt into the high stratosphere of first place as my highest-selling design … 5x shirts, and 2x stickers!

This must be how the artists on this page feel everyday!

Other h-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-g-e selling items from my portfolio include:

“Question Everything” 4x shirts:

“No Shit Sherlock” 3x shirts:

“Eat Sleep Breathe Basketball” [Distressed version] 2x shirts:

I can’t wait to see how many things I sell in 2012!

Cheers,
-Byron
almost rich enough now to quit work, but not quite!

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