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Photographer

Sand Angel Photography

Posts: 569

Phoenix, Arizona, US

KA Style wrote:
I remember if you posted a thread it would be pages deep by the end of the day, even within hours.

It still will if you post yet another thread about escorts, tfp, or people who don't respond to you. Apparently seven years of opinions hasn't been enough.

Jan 13 13 08:11 am Link

Photographer

The Anthony Hall

Posts: 170

Richmond, Virginia, US

idollphamine wrote:
i have had some photos up for over 1 month - and no one has looked at them? has this site died? - or does no one like photography ?

The real question: Was it ever alive?

Jan 13 13 08:11 am Link

Photographer

KA Style

Posts: 1583

Syracuse, New York, US

Sand Angel Photography wrote:
It still will if you post yet another thread about escorts, tfp, or people who don't respond to you. Apparently seven years of opinions hasn't been enough.

Ha ha freaking whiners! People who start those threads are whiners in real life with their knickers in a twist. Put some big girl pants on or how about some cheese with that whine!


I meant you'd have to go 5 pages back to find the thread.

Jan 13 13 10:02 am Link

Photographer

udor

Posts: 22390

New York, New York, US

Neil Snape wrote:
^^

I think things are slowing down, almost crawling these days.

From what I hear, ANTM is losing slightly traction... I haven't seen the reality/game show in several years, but was told that it's slowing down in popularity...

That could be the reason why we have less of an influx of wanna be models, and landscape photographers being inspired to become fashion photographers (not knocking landscape, just pointing at shooters new to fashion)...

Not sure if there is a correlation... but ANTM was definitely a reason we had so many new people and active fora in the early years of MM...

Jan 13 13 11:02 am Link

Photographer

Patrick Walberg

Posts: 42754

Salinas, California, US

udor wrote:
From what I hear, ANTM is losing slightly traction... I haven't seen the reality/game show in several years, but was told that it's slowing down in popularity...

That could be the reason why we have less of an influx of wanna be models, and landscape photographers being inspired to become fashion photographers (not knocking landscape, just pointing at shooters new to fashion)...

Not sure if there is a correlation... but ANTM was definitely a reason we had so many new people and active fora in the early years of MM...

Oh man!  hmm   ... you just burst my bubble!  Here I thought it was because Tyler knew hundreds of thousands of really cool people from off of OMP?   Couldn't a lack of innovative ideas or changes from the new ownership have something to do with it?

Really though, most every website has a growth ceiling that once reached, it hard to keep people interested.   I guess that is why Facebook, Youtube, Myspace and other major social networking websites constantly change things.  I am not a fan of constant change, as I liked those sites just the way they were, yet I am still using them.   For example, I am fine with using Windows XP, but new versions are being pushed on me. Same goes for redesigns of websites.   So what new changes would bring more activity to the website?

If it's not about increasing members usage or making changes, then perhaps it's simply a natural cycle in the lifespan of websites?  It's peaked out and this is where it's going to be from now on.  Like it or leave it.

Jan 13 13 11:23 am Link

Photographer

Solas

Posts: 9537

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

maybe it could benefit from a thread like "which lens for fashion photography?"

get the serious, hard-hitting discussions going

Jan 13 13 11:24 am Link

Model

Schoetze

Posts: 212

New York, New York, US

I think your portfolio is really great and very diversified!!!  Promote, Promote, Promote!!

Jan 13 13 11:44 am Link

Photographer

Section 008

Posts: 98

Chicago, Illinois, US

idollphamine wrote:
i have had some photos up for over 1 month - and no one has looked at them? has this site died? - or does no one like photography ?

is that what this site is about, photography?

Jan 13 13 12:18 pm Link

Photographer

Yan Tan Tethera

Posts: 4184

Biggleswade, England, United Kingdom

KA Style wrote:
I remember if you posted a thread it would be pages deep by the end of the day, even within hours.. Now the same thread sits there for a week on first page. (Started here as a MUA/model back in 2005)

Just like Id post a casting and have 40-60 replies in 72 hours now maybe I get a few.. I browse profiles and more than 3/4 are dead or just total profiles filled with phone pictures and haven't logged on for 6 months.. I remember the days where you had to have pro photos to get approved

I still enjoy putt-sing around here and I can still post a casting but its not the same at all..

Jeh, I cammed a port four months ago for having one image. Mods said they'd get onto it . Guess what. Today it still has only one image. The Mods here have a lot to answer for.

I used to love this site.

Jan 13 13 12:22 pm Link

Photographer

Darren Brade

Posts: 2834

London, England, United Kingdom

idollphamine wrote:
thank you all for taking the time and trouble to comment - i really hadent realised how important the networking part was - im clear on this now. Many of the comments have been really positive and i thank you for that - i cant do it personally as i have reached my 5 email limit:)
i will take on board the positive comments received, enjoy the funny and creative ones, and feel a little sorry for the ones who tried to belittle me - and failed.!
i now have the answer i sought  - thank you all
idoll

Yes,network, network, network.

Purestorm is more UK centric, but there are still a lot of UK people on here too.

Jan 13 13 02:33 pm Link

Photographer

Jason Haven

Posts: 38336

Washington, District of Columbia, US

My work has historically gotten little attention as well, I mark it up to not spamming myself enough and simply not being as talented as some of my peers. The only person I have to blame is myself, if I want more praise, I gotta earn it. smile

Jan 13 13 02:36 pm Link

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Photographer

Robb Mann

Posts: 10687

Baltimore, Maryland, US

Photographers never get as much portfolio love as models.

Jan 13 13 05:05 pm Link

Model

Abby Hawkins

Posts: 2004

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Now, has this site already seen its heyday?  I'd say so.  I'd say 07 - 09 was its best time so far.  You couldn't throw a stone in the casting area without finding amazing talent looking to collaborate, or actual paid gigs with clients who didn't want to go through agencies.

However, just putting your stuff out there isn't enough.  It's the same with blogs, YouTube, Twitter: having it there won't do much.  You have to participate, get your name out there, post in casting calls, etc.

Jan 13 13 05:11 pm Link

Photographer

Hai Thi

Posts: 62

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

It is very competitive and fast moving , you need to make yourself to be seen smile

Jan 13 13 05:18 pm Link

Photographer

Leon Bailey

Posts: 523

Orlando, Florida, US

Gotta post the nude photos to get love! lol

Jan 13 13 06:15 pm Link

Photographer

Section 008

Posts: 98

Chicago, Illinois, US

idollphamine wrote:
i have had some photos up for over 1 month - and no one has looked at them? has this site died? - or does no one like photography ?

its been dead, where have you been?

Jan 14 13 11:08 am Link

Photographer

Angelfactory

Posts: 1559

Foley, Minnesota, US

No matter what site your on or if you have a studio or not things always slow down to a crawl in the winter months. People have other jobs or school more often in the winter and when they see chilly on the weather channel hard to think about skimpy outfits or nude shoots indoors or not. Even Facebook has seemed dead the past couple of months.

Jan 15 13 11:29 am Link

Photographer

Ecklipse

Posts: 86

Los Angeles, California, US

Yes, it died and resurrected as a zombie web site, for the zombie apocalypse

Jan 16 13 02:01 pm Link

Photographer

Drew Smith Photography

Posts: 5210

Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Ecklipse wrote:
Yes, it died and resurrected as a zombie web site, for the zombie apocalypse

Do you have a 'MM Zombie Apocalypse' survival plan?

Or do you intend to just hide in the Brig? smile

Jan 17 13 08:26 am Link

Photographer

Ecklipse

Posts: 86

Los Angeles, California, US

Drew Smith Photography wrote:

Do you have a 'MM Zombie Apocalypse' survival plan?

Or do you intend to just hide in the Brig? smile

My survival plan for a zombie apocalypse involves to curl into the fetal position and cry big_smile

Jan 17 13 10:05 pm Link

Photographer

DG at studio47

Posts: 2365

East Ridge, Tennessee, US

Gryph wrote:
Yes.

If you want people to see your pic, either participate in the forums, or in shout wink

Use your networking skills.

Post on other peoples work, tag them, friend them.  Do something to make yourself seen.

this. its like,....."work"........

Jan 17 13 10:21 pm Link

Photographer

DG at studio47

Posts: 2365

East Ridge, Tennessee, US

well, now everything in your portfolio in viewed and commented on. That was easy.

Jan 17 13 10:23 pm Link

Photographer

EdwardKristopher

Posts: 3377

Tempe, Arizona, US

Gryph wrote:
Yes.

If you want people to see your pic, either participate in the forums, or in shout wink

Use your networking skills.

Post on other peoples work, tag them, friend them.  Do something to make yourself seen.

+1

Jan 18 13 11:50 pm Link

Photographer

JOEL McDONALD

Posts: 608

Portland, Oregon, US

Russian Katarina wrote:

I see dead profiles.

http://www.nordinho.net/vbull/attachments/image-games/51668d1311322157-spot-similarity-movie_i_see_dead_people.jpg

Seriously though, only 160.000 out of the 730.000 active profiles here have been online in the last two weeks - what I'd count as bare minimum "active". That's just little over 20 %. Given that new # IDs are almost up to a 3 million figure, this means only 6 % of the people who signed up for this site since its inception are active anymore.

It's primary a "FREE" specialized, professional networking site.

Basically, no investment no involvement.

Maybe, MM needs to implement some sort of draw down feature for those that have been in active for 3, 6, 12 and 24+ months. Or some sort of bonus feature for those that are more active. A Carrot and Stick is sometimes needed.

Jan 25 13 10:26 am Link

Photographer

LUKOMSKI

Posts: 19

London, England, United Kingdom

Check me out

Jan 25 13 10:49 am Link

Photographer

PocketChangeProductions

Posts: 87

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, US

What they said - be social etc. I just looked at your images because you said something, very nice port btw.

Jan 25 13 11:31 am Link

Photographer

Yan Tan Tethera

Posts: 4184

Biggleswade, England, United Kingdom

PocketChangeProductions wrote:
What they said - be social etc. I just looked at your images because you said something, very nice port btw.

And that will benefit anyone, mankind, how ?

Jan 25 13 11:47 am Link

Makeup Artist

Cynna Stylz MUA

Posts: 217

New York, New York, US

I'm so sorry Sir. Last month I was so busy with....life. Do I stop and smell the roses or do I  visit Sephora and look for a blush the same color as the rose. Why didn't you check out my pic Mister?


How do you lead a horse to water again?

smile

Jan 25 13 04:36 pm Link

Photographer

SPV Photo

Posts: 789

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Yan Tan Tethera wrote:

And that will benefit anyone, mankind, how ?

Is that why we're here?

Jan 25 13 04:47 pm Link

Photographer

Coyote Creations NW

Posts: 131

Vancouver, Washington, US

if dead means no longer responding as expected, maybe.  I joined this site primarily to find models as I changed/developed my digital photography skills.  I pay models when I am trying out new lighting equipment, a new camera back or otherwise just experimenting.  I do tf* often.  I looked back at my last 10 shoots.  One model came from a MM casting call, one from a casting call on another site, eight were models I met in local workshops or were suggested by models I met in local workshops.  Especially for a paid shoot, I can contact one model, get a response from her/him by the next day.  If they don't fit, I usually hear from a friend or associate within another day or two.  I'm not a high level photographer and I don't pay much ($20 to $25/hr and a MUA) but I have no trouble finding reliable models.  My personal belief, modeling is a local business that thrives on local connections.  The Internet is not the most efficient way to locate models, but it can work.  CL has been useless for me though.  90% of my preliminary model communication is Facebook PMs.  All detailed communication is text or voice calls.  My opinion, not dead but increasingly irrelevant.

Jan 26 13 06:26 am Link

Model

eroticgirl

Posts: 5

Bridport, England, United Kingdom

In this part of England, (The West Country) it is always the same Models and any new ones do Not do nude but still expect top dollar.  MM is going the same way. Maybe the whole industry is changing but "Things aint wot they used to be" that is certain.

Jan 26 13 10:02 am Link

Photographer

Boho Hobo

Posts: 25351

Portland, Oregon, US

udor wrote:

From what I hear, ANTM is losing slightly traction... I haven't seen the reality/game show in several years, but was told that it's slowing down in popularity...

That could be the reason why we have less of an influx of wanna be models, and landscape photographers being inspired to become fashion photographers (not knocking landscape, just pointing at shooters new to fashion)...

Not sure if there is a correlation... but ANTM was definitely a reason we had so many new people and active fora in the early years of MM...

the explosion of MM perhaps coincided with the mass influx of digital cameras that can easily capture images.


everyone is now a photographer so the excited rush towards the new has died back a bit(so it seems).


What's the next "it" hobby or web gold mine?

Jan 26 13 10:08 am Link

Photographer

C Mirene

Posts: 1610

Toledo, Ohio, US

All I have are nudes, but I don't get much views or interest from this site.  Used to, but I can't even get models to reply to messages around here, these days...

Network, network, network on MM! 


Nah...

Jan 26 13 10:09 am Link

Hair Stylist

Platform Artist

Posts: 157

Chicago, Illinois, US

C Mirene wrote:
All I have are nudes, but I don't get much views or interest from this site.  Used to, but I can't even get models to reply to messages around here, these days...

Network, network, network on MM! 


Nah...

+1

Jan 27 13 07:04 pm Link

Photographer

Patrick Walberg

Posts: 42754

Salinas, California, US

Did the programmers fix this site so that when someone deletes their profile, they are no long on your "friends" list?   Because my number of "friends" goes up and then down again.  It used to be that I would go thought my friends list and delete those avatars that were still showing even though the model or photographer had left.

This site wont die!  Not as long as there are people who post threads on llama herders, flakes, and why MM is dead!  wink

Jan 28 13 12:39 pm Link