About

TheCameraForum.Com®

is a place where we can all be bozos on the learning bus.  It is also evolving as a league of extraordinary ladies and gentlemen, you who read our articles and participate together with us in creating them. 

Still photography isn’t easy.  Video filming isn’t easy.  Learning hybrid storytelling takes a willingness to learn both, and to learn you must plan to make many mistakes along the way.  Photography is hard enough to learn without distractions from well meaning speculators or worse, deliberate slight-of-hand for hidden marketing purpose.  

Online “journalism” and forums, as well as the professions of Photography and Videography are all high dollar, highly competitive businesses.  We all need to be aware there are those providing information who are not independent journalists, and who have a vested financial interest in bending your opinion to that which they are paid to represent. That is the capitalist way, and perfectly legal, provided there is disclosure of the interconnected relationships.  Its the form of the disclosure that sometimes troubles me. With the demise of many of the photography magazines and the rapid rise of “blogs” and “forums” that have taken their place, journalistic standards and ethics have both taken one on the chin.

Here at The Camera Forum, we highlight and feature articles that are timely and relevant for you. We gather and analyze information directly from those most familiar with it, the photographers in the field using it in their daily business, and with the designers and manufacturers who make the gear possible.  If you like what we are doing, please tell your friends.  If you don’t, please tell us.  We’re always open to critique and love to hear suggestions and ideas from our readers.  The editors can always be reached through the Contact button on the main menu above.  The content on TheCameraForum.Com® is work from artists in the fields of photography, video, and cinema, or features products and techniques that artists use to create their art.

We welcome and thank you for your support as we try to grow TheCameraForum.Com® as a primary information repository community for the Art, Science, & Technology of creating today’s Hybrid Storytelling.  Mirrorless Madness, YES!  I like to think of TheCameraForum.Com® as a continuing, never ending community workshop.  Please join us in supporting the work of our contributors.  We also invite you to contribute your knowledge and views as well.  So here’s to our mutual continued efforts learning the highways and the byways of Hybrid Storytelling and Mirrorless Madness.


Background

TheCameraForum.Com is always in what may seem like a continuing state of Public Beta.  This means things change frequently as features are added and bugs squashed.  Please excuse any unusual or tragic behavior in your particular browser.  We would appreciate hearing anything you have to say, the good, the bad, the ugly, and especially the beautiful.  The world needs to see more of the beautiful.  

Welcome aboard, and have a GREAT day!

Chuck Jones

Managing Editor

TheCameraForum.Com

June, 2015

 

Write For Us!

TheCameraForum.Com aims to provide useful information that is relevant and helpful to photographers and videographers looking to get going with good hybrid storytelling content creation.  We do this with inspiring articles written by or about those who are already doing it.  In other words, many of you! With this in mind, we are keen to encourage those who create good content to share their tips and experiences on TheCameraForum.Com.  We want writers who define “the box,” and those who know how to think “outside the box” and can photograph or write about those trips.  We’re looking for people that are competent at their craft skills, but not constrained by them.  We particularly encourage differing artistic opinions, as these always make for lively forum discussions, but opinions backed up by strong, directly relevant visual examples.  In other words, the picture is worth a thousand words, but we need both to fully understand your point!

We are now accepting guest posts.  NO “pixel peeping” articles, thank you, unless they directly relate to a specific camera or topic of otherwise artistic interest.  What we want are actual hands on, first person accounts of using the technology in telling stories.  It’s about the meat, not the bones…. Those are the things our readers want more of, and so do I.  If you have an interesting story you feel could be of interest to our readers, please get in touch.

Guidelines

Here are some basic guidelines to follow. (Or not, story rules are anything goes that moves your story forward!)

  • The post should be 300 – 2000 words, with photos and/or video.
  • We only accept guest posts that contain first hand personal experience, or are stories about first hand personal experiences.  We do not promote rumors, speculations unless clearly stated as such, or innuendoes.  The difficult reality is photography is hard enough to learn when you have the facts, and almost impossible with only someone’s speculations about the facts.
  • The post should be relevant to TheCameraForum.Com and fit in with our blog subject matter – Mirrorless Cameras and Hybrid Storytelling, mixing video, stills, audio, graphics, and great stories resulting from this use.
  • All content must be original (we do not accept spun content) and you agree not to post it somewhere else save on your own website for a minimum of 60 days.
  • We do not accept posts which include affiliate links.
  • If the images being used are under a certain license other than CC, then you should give it an Image credit by linking it to the source.
  • You can include your Bio/Facebook/Twitter/Website/etc. with not more than 2 links.

Many thanks for all of your interest in our project, and may you always have GREAT light!