Look backward to look forward. Or something.
With December moving by at full speed, I figured a look back at some of the highlights from 2019 was in order.
- With social media and algorithmic social network feeds continuing to dominate our online worlds, we often try to blame the algorithm when we don’t feel like we’re being seen or recognized. Everyone loves to hate the algorithm. But what about when the algorithm blesses us? I wrote about it in We Hate the Algorithm Until We Don’t. Social media is evolving, and a couple months back I interpreted some research and wrote about photography social media trends for 2020.
- I left Facebook in March. Life has gone on.
- For folks who are smart and realizing they shouldn’t leave key parts of their business to be at the whim of other companies’ algorithms, email continues to be an important vector to connect with our fans and clients. One company really gets folks like photographers. Here’s Why ConvertKit.
- The biggest theme this year has been artificial intelligence. My most substantial work in that area was starting my book on Artificial Intelligence and Photography which should publish in early 2020. I’ve written about various AI topics from the specific (such as how there are changing thoughts on the eyes in portraiture due to advancements in artificial intelligence) to the broader issues. Photographers are dealing with another big industry shift as AI changes our world. Some are concerned. I wrote about who should be concerned in You’re Replaceable When You Stop Being Human
I’ll likely do another post in a couple weeks with photo highlights of my year, as there were definitely several of those as well.