Toronto Google+ Anniversary Photowalk

World wide photowalks to celebrate G+ 1 year anniversary

OVER 110 cities participated WORLDWIDE WOW!!!! I am very new to Google+, but what I have learned has intrigued me to learn more. Last month I attended the Google+ Photographer's Conference and fell in LOVE with G+. I'm still learning, but it has made an astronomical impact to my social network for business. I LOVE Photography and I am connected immediately with events, people and their work. I found out about the Google+ Anniversary Toronto Photowalk the night before the event. I was thrilled to communicate with Ron Clifford who welcomed me into the group the next morning. G+ is responsive, focused and engaging. I have yet to experience it's full power. I have posted about my experiences on G+ and photos. Heres the link should you have time to comment,   Toronto Google+ Anniversary Photowalk: Nathan Phillips Square, Queen St.-Yonge St.-Front St., St. Lawrence Market, Wellington St., Berczy Park, Scott St., Victoria St. Church St., St. James Cathedral, Bay St., Financial District, King St., University Ave., Osgoode Hall, Spadina Ave., Kensington Market, China Town, Dundas St., Yonge/Dundas Square...12 hours of FUN FOTO TIME! Google+ Toronto Album [cincopa AICA_4KeJ_nM] Here is a recent article "Why Google Plus isn't dead -- well, yet" by John D Sutter, CNN [#gplusanniversary  #GplusAnniversaryToronto  #photowalk  #torontophotowalk]  

Mention-Stuck in Customs with Trey Ratcliff

Trey's Variety Hour #37: Google+ Conference Photowalk Recap

Catherine Hall was kind enough to acknowledge three images that I submitted from our photowalk at Fisherman's Wharf. I am thrilled for the Top Model Release give away, but most of all, the recognition on Trey Ratcliff's show was more rewarding than anyone could ask for. The video is full of wonderful reviews from some of the best photographers in the world. The entire Google+ hangout video is great and I hope you enjoy it! (Robin Leworthy Wilson photography/mentions are at 35 min & 1:02 mark)

Please Acknowledge: Content & Video is copied from "Treys Variety Hour" on YouTube 

Streamed live on May 28, 2012 by 

Catherine Hall, Karen Hutton, RC Concepcion, Lotus Carroll, Alex Koloskov, and Eden Brackstone join me for this discussion about all the photowalks that happened during the Google+ Photographers Conference. We all share a ton of photos and stories from our walks.

Here are some of the people whose work was shared during the show:

Eric James Leffler, Michael Frye, Joseph Fanvu, Alan Morris, Alex Shamis, Almus Null, Beverly Anderson Sanchez, Darlene Hildebrandt, Dave Bell, Jamie Zartman, Joe Ercoli, Joette A. Wangsgard, Joseph Ip, Keith Cuddeback, Kimberly Hayworth, Logan Barrier, Omar AlQabandi, Paul Hurley, Peter Adams, Pradeep Das, Richard Camp, Shola Oderinde, Sly Vegas, Toby Harriman, Tom Hierl, Elizabeth Hahn, Curt Nordling, Sean Cawley, Richard Hay, Robin Leworthy Wilson, Angie Smith, Lisa Duncan, Jess Newcomb, Dennis Lodes, Kimberly Tweed, Noah Katz, Amy Heiden, Brian Rose, Sandeep Patil, Joel Horwath, Chris Chabot, Christianna Pierce, Juan Gonzalez, and Shawn Clover.

As always we close out the show with our Google+ Photographer Discoveries: Amanda Recker, Alex Stepanov, Teri Lou Dantzler, Danny Tan, G Dan Mitchell, and Ian Thomas. Thanks to Leo Laporte, Tony Wang, and Dave Veffer for helping out with the whole production! Podcast Options - Great ones! Get it first via... Option 1: Subscribe for free in iTunes: Option 2: It's not in "podcast" form, but you can subscribe to My YouTube channel. Option 3: There are other subscription options avail on the TWIT page at

San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf

Google+ Photographers Conference Photowalk with Catherine Hall I began the afternoon with a hilly cab ride to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to Fisherman's Wharf. I joined a very dynamic group of people from all around the world. Pro photographer, Catherine Hall [website] led our group with the help of Elizabeth Hahn, Michael Bonocore, Doug Kaye & Lighting Guru Ryan.

The photowalk began at Powell & Hyde St. Cable Car Turnaround where our group photographed the street/cable cars. A lesson in portraiture was given as we all worked with Google's very own Vincent Mo's best angles. We then made our way down to Hyde Street Pier (Pier 47-45) where we enjoyed the schooners, tugs, ships, submarines and street life.

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Part 1-Reflecting Google+ for Photographers

Reflecting on my personal experience at the +Google+ Photographers Conference in San Francisco, California May 21-23, 2012 [View Part 2]

I liked the last minute NAPP exclusivity to be a part of a history-making event. The fact is companies may find it difficult to budget and plan for an event on such short notice. At the time, little did I know Mr. Google himself; +Surgey Brin would share ground breaking announcements. The all-star line up seemed to grow more elite each day. Most of all the attendees were warm and welcoming.

People came from all around the world.  I met the hobbyist, extreme techies and many professional photographers.  MY main objective for attending the conference was to gain more insight about social media workflow for my photographs.

Google+ is very new to me and confusing. I found that many other people had the same frustration. Because the conference timing was quick, the learning curve was drastic. Thanks to +Guy Kawasaki’s Ebook, I was able to prep a bit more. Terms like API’s and other foreign technical aspects keep Google+ in it’s own world. It becomes difficult to interact with other conventional social media.

What I was hoping to gain is insight about how to integrate Google+ into my already established workflow.  In January, I attended the first ever DX3 Social Media Conference in Canada. I learned to personalize and connect with our audience and to build relationships. We don’t need to be as mechanical as the “colded” process. Individually we should develop our own experience to engage and make it real. Great Job Google+ PC on accomplishing a face to face approach at this social marketing event.

I have chosen to embrace social media to expand my work environment. My system is like that song, “Dem Bones”, leg bone connected to the knee bones…. Let me break it down for you: Wordpress-create & post to my blog Pinterest-pinit image with content and link to my post (Twitter-Tweets the Pin | Facebook-Posts on personal wall and Business Fan Page | Linkedin-Announces the post on my profile)

I then use Youtube to put together some video of my images, ViewBug & 500pixels to show portfolio work. Meeting the SmugMug people at the conference will get me moving in their direction…they were so NICE!  Note: Thanks for letting me use your power bar-The venue officers were not so nice!

In order to take advantage of the large image power in Google+, I create my post separately. However +Matt Kosklowski, +Brian Matiash and +Jim Goldstein were kind enough to answer my question about how to integrate Google+ into my workflow with a plugin tip "googleplusblog". (Note: Any other tips will sure help...THX)

I need to say, there were so many OUTSTANDING professionals that I want to talk to, but am grateful for those who had time and DID…THANK YOU! (More to come about +Catherine Hall photowalk (Ryan), +Scott Kelby Portfolio Review, +Peter Hurley Portfolio Review. I am disappointed that I couldn’t personally meet +Trey Ratcliff or +RC Concepcion. It wasn’t from lack of trying and they were adored by all…perhaps next year?)

In the meantime, “Engagement” was the buzzword at the conference and let me tell you from personal experience…IT WORKS!  My next post will be all about my portfolio review experience. How social media engagement helped me take a brutal knockout punch. To get back up, keep standing and understand to be a better photographer you need to subject yourself to professional judgment.

Catherine Hall Photo Walk

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