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Photographers Rights Indiegogo campaign last days

More than one month ago I started an indiegogo campaign for Photographers Rights.
Just 5 days left and the results are really bad. This is a niche app, it’s useful and I think it’s important for a photographer to have it and it’s free! I’m making almost no money with this app, I just want to have a useful tool for those situations when a photographer needs instantaneous legal advice. Today photography is a target of many stupid regulations made by myope politicians that don’t understand the difference from a camera and a bomb. Many see street photographers as potential terrorists or criminals, which I have no need to even explain how absurd this could go. Photography, in all its variants, is extremely important as a way to keep our memories for the future. Photography is history in real time.

I wonder what went wrong with this campaign. I first created a video talking about the app. It was quite long, almost 3 minutes where I explained every detail of the app. The video had very few views, people didn’t even bother to watch it. So, I decided to change it. I made it shorter and faster, with some self-made animations but it didn’t change the statistics.

I posted about the app everywhere, in Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Linkedin. Many friends and followers shared this campaign in their own social networks as well. I wrote to many photography blogs, with no response. At some point it seems like nobody really cares about this app and yet, more than 20,000 people downloaded the app and the reviews are good! I got, and I’m still getting, emails from people asking me for an Android version and suggestions for improvements. That’s why I started the campaign, I thought that there were people interested and, in fact, I think there is a lot of people interested in this app. So what happened??

This is what I thought that would happen. People would share it. Photographers would share it too. Some of those people’s friends would share it as well and some of them would contribute with the project.

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What really happened is that I reached the limits of my influence. No matter how many times I posted and reposted the same content, it would not reach anybody beyond that limit. Those photographers, potentially interested to participate in the campaign, were never reached by this information at all. They just don’t know that this campaign even exists.

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This is just what I think that happened. But, I really have no idea what really happened. The only thing I know is that with no marketing, no advertisement, not having thousands of followers, a pretty interesting number of people downloaded the app in the last 2 years. But for some reason, I wasn’t able to reach a similar amount of people using social networks, blogs, direct emails, retweets, re-shares and so forth…

For now, Photographers Rights remains as it is, with no English proof reading and no Android version. Thank you for the few people that contributed. You will get your perks soon.

Photographers Rights App Stats

Since I released Photographers Rights I didn’t think too much about download numbers. I spent some time to compiling some charts and pies to show you how the app did since the beginning of time. In total the app was downloaded since november 2011, 25,820 times until today (July 12, 2013).
I released a new version in June 21st 2013 and 6,918 people downloaded the update. That’s just 26% of all users. This is not an app that you will use daily, but you will love to have it when you need it.

The app was downloaded from all over the world but I just added the main downloading countries. Thailand downloaded a lot, that was quite a surprise, thanks Thailand! :)

Actually there is an Indiegogo campaign to improve this app. You can help me a lot by sharing this campaign in your social networks. It’s a good app for photographers and it’s free but it really needs some of the improvements I listed in the campaign: http://igg.me/at/photorights/x/3186601

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Learning photography in a unique place

Lonely Girl
I was always interested in photography, but it was in Tokyo where I really got myself into it. Tokyo is a special city and Japan, in general, is an amazing country. Not the amazingness that you can expect from a merely touristic point of view. Japan is special in so many ways: culture, architecture, language, food, design… The list can run endlessly.

I matured my photography mainly in Tokyo, using the environment, the streets, the night. I did this so many times per week during so many years. I trained my mind to dig into the landscape in front of me and find those particular details that inspired me to take a picture and tell a story.

After spending a couple of months in Europe I realized that I’m not trained, I’m quite lost. My brain searches using a pattern that doesn’t work in EU. Why? Well, the only conclusion I came out with is that I matured my skills and experience in photography in an environment that is unique. I didn’t start photography traveling, working on assignments or for money. I just started doing it as a hobby and it became a passion.

Why Japan is so special for photography:

  1. Security!! This is the most unique characteristic. It’s safe to go everywhere, at any time. It doesn’t matter if the streets are dark, empty or crowded. People don’t bother you, everybody ignores everybody in the streets. Even if you are surrounded by people, you can feel perfectly alone.
    Security let me total freedom carrying the equipment I wanted. I could go beyond what I really needed. It is very important to learn what you really need and what you really use. I moved from carrying a huge bag to just a couple of selected lenses. I didn’t have to hide my equipment, I didn’t have to cover the camera maker or serial number to avoid calling attention. I didn’t have to choose a bag that is hard to be stolen. I could choose a bag thinking in my convenience first.
  2. You can find 24h convenience stores or drink selling machines in every corner, which makes it so easy to eat or take a refreshment in a photowalk. I didn’t have to bring any food or bottle with me
  3. It’s so easy to buy any kind of photo gear ever made on earth. Second hand shops are amazing and electronic department stores let you play with every new camera. It’s possible to experiment with almost everything!
  4. Architecture in Tokyo is so disruptive at every corner. You can find a huge modern building followed by an old wooden one. There is no architecture order which I find fascinating, specially for an European point of view. We are so used to “normalization”, that the architecture landscape in Europe looks the same at every corner. There is no freedom to build whatever the heck you want, everything has to “conform” with that cylon-like-“perfect”-architectural design that, sooner or later, becomes tremendously boring. I find architecture in Tokyo amazing, like many other mayor cities in Japan, and it shows the difference between Japanese gardens and European ones. In Europe we have beautiful gardens but they are obviously fake. I mean, everyone can understand that the garden didn’t grow in that way naturally. Everything is perfectly shaped, ordered and geometrical. Japanese gardens, on the other hand, express their beauty while keeping a natural design. The line between artificial and natural is so blur. The same happens with architecture. Even if many Japanese friends of mine say that Tokyo is an ugly city, I find it fascinating because the concrete jungle evolves as a living being, with disruptions, discrepancies, and lack of order and geometry, typical of natural environments.
  5. I can find a lot of old things which are not ancient ones. There are ancient constructions that survived the pass of time, but they are few and located in specific areas. Cities renew themselves very quickly, so you won’t find a stone building from the XIV century still in use. Anyway, in Europe you can not really travel in time. You can realize that an ancient building is from another era, but just that building, not the whole atmosphere around. In Japan people wait until something really breaks before trashing it out. So it’s very easy to find places frozen in the 50’s or 70’s. That contrast gives a lot of opportunities to get interesting photographs. You can literally travel in time. Some restaurants or some areas in old train stations, didn’t change during the last 30 or 40 years while others are just ahead in the future.
  6. The night in Tokyo is magic. The lights, colors, specially after the rain, are awesome. The lights reflected in the streets, or those that appear through those transparent umbrellas, or the taxis, or the small ambulant shops selling ramen… or the infinite other fantastic places that inspire you out to take a picture, those are Tokyo’s magic.
  7. Districts in Tokyo change so much in terms of atmosphere, people, ages, style. It’s totally different walking in Shimokitazawa or in Shinjuku, Shibuya or Shinbashi. Each zone has its own different urban culture.

These are the main reasons I think enjoying photography in Japan is so different and unique respect other countries. Security and a strong civic sense are the main ones by the way.