After a short (and unexpected) break from blogging yesterday, here’s a Friday Free-For-All for you!

Here’s where reader input is going to be what makes or breaks the content – that’s right, I am putting it all on the reading audience.  You can link to your own site in the comments, and the “Comment Luv” plugin will show the most recent post for fellow bloggers too.  Here’s what the content topics are to chose from (you can pick one, two, three, or all of the topics to address in your comment):

  1. What are your favorite iPhone/iTouch applications (for photography)?
  2. Who would you like to see guest-write here on the blog (you can include yourself too)?
  3. If Canon Blogger were to start a monthly newsletter, what would you like to see in said newsletter?
  4. If Canon Blogger were to start publishing eBooks for download, what topics would you like to see addressed?
  5. What one photo tip would you share with others above all else to help improve their photography (and “Take off the lenscap” is not allowed! LOL)

The best part of this?  Some lucky commenter will win a $25 gift card to B&H Photo from yours truly!  Yup, no sponsors, no tricks, no gimmicks, no nothin’ but free moolah to the best photo store on the planet!  All out of my pocket!  What am I looking for?  Useful content and ideas that will help me generate more resources to share with everyone.  So, get your thinking caps on and get to commenting.  If you post a comment and think of something later, feel free to add it – but your name can only be “entered” in the Comment Contest once!

When does it end?  Midnight Sunday!  (August 30, 2009 – so if you are reading through archives and this is like March 15th, 2035, sorry, the contest is over…)

And speaking of contests, you also only have three days left to get your shots into the Flickr thread for the “Win a Wacom” contest!  The contest pool of entries has increased a tad bit, but you can’t win if you don’t play, so get a shot or two in over the weekend – as they say at the Lotto – “Hey, ya never know!”

Finally, on this last Friday of August, I’d like to share yet again, an absolutely hysterical strip from What The Duck (I shared it earlier this week), but this  just floored me, so had to give another shout out for those that haven’t picked up WTD in your readers yet (and you should!).  So, have a laugh, then have some fun and share your thoughts – the sky is the limit.  Have a great weekend everyone and we’ll see you back here on Monday!

17 thoughts on “The first ever Comment Contest!

  1. Thanks all for the comments and feedback – a winner has been picked and will be announced on the blog tomorrow morning! Thanks again for all the ideas and we’ll see what happens to future content, both from interviews, possible newsletters, and the like! The sky’s the limit!

  2. 1. OnOne DSLR remote!
    2. Matt Saville, Jasmine *, Becker, Moose Peterson, Me
    3. Tips, tricks, featured photographers, new gear
    4. Lighting, composition, EOS flash tips, Canon Pro Photographer’s tips
    5. Always carry a camera, you never know what you might see out there…
    .-= Dean´s last blog ..IMG_2087 =-.

  3. What are your favorite iPhone/iTouch applications (for photography)? PhotoCalc

    Who would you like to see guest-write here on the blog (you can include yourself too)? well me! lol!

    If Canon Blogger were to start a monthly newsletter, what would you like to see in said newsletter? featured images, featured photographers, tips

    If Canon Blogger were to start publishing eBooks for download, what topics would you like to see addressed? mmmmm

    What one photo tip would you share with others above all else to help improve their photography (and “Take off the lenscap” is not allowed! LOL) Learn your gear!!!! (aka read the flippin manual)

  4. One tip…..

    Just try shooting in Manual….it’ll be okay really.

    Just turn the dial and pay attention…….and leave it that way for at least a week.

    You’ll be hooked…..Promise!
    .-= Tami Weingartner´s last blog ..Day 12 – Big Boy =-.

  5. My tip is to take lots of photos. My brother gave me a challenge to take 100 photos a day of subjects I have not taken before. This has opened my eyes to new possibilities. I also am part of the RedBubble site where groups have periodic challenges. These directed challenges have also expanded my view of the possibilities.

    Another tip is to really read your camera manual. I have had my camera for several years now and am still finding settings that are adding positivity to my outcome.

  6. 5. My tip would be this: study the gear, know the rules, and think about all of that while you’re not shooting. When you are shooting, forget. Do what comes naturally, what seems right in the situation. If you’ve studied enough, you’ll have internalized what matters and you won’t need to think about it. Trust your intuition.
    .-= Jessica S.´s last blog ..Day 170 (August 28) – Reflection =-.

  7. 1.What’s and iphone?

    2. Moose Peterson, Love that guy. Rick Sammon,

    3. Lens Tips (how to find it sweet spot) What lens is good for what even the cheap ones, Canon camera tips, Outdoor tips, macro tips, lighting tips,

    4. Really don’t know about this one.

    5. As someone one starting out the 1 thing I have found that helps me a lot is putting my images out there and asking for feed back from other photographers not friends and family! Even if the photographers are your friends, they won’t go “oh yeah that is a great shot” Instead if they do like it, they tell you why, if it needs work, they tell you why. Best of all they will try to help you get the image that you saw in your minds eye but didn’t appear in the view finder. Books are great I have several, but nothing beats real feed back and suggestions from people who do this all the time. 🙂
    .-= mitzs´s last blog ..Pursuing Photoshop is going on vacation. =-.

  8. What one photo tip would you share with others above all else to help improve their photography (and “Take off the lenscap” is not allowed! LOL)

    Use different perspectives. Just because you think it may be a funky picture, it may be a great shot.
    .-= Mrs. Money´s last blog ..Preserving Garden Bounty =-.

  9. I’m always interested in other photog’s workflow, so that would be something I’d love to see – either as an ebook or guest post, whatever.

    My biggest tip that I keep trying to stick to right now is stop comparing yourself to others. It’s wonderful to browse and get inspiration, but comparison won’t get you anywhere but low. You have to have determination to do better come from within! As for a technical tip – backup, backup, backup. 🙂
    .-= Trude´s last blog ..Happy National Dog Day! =-.

  10. I love my iPhone camera simply because it is always with me. My favorite app so far (favorite setting of favorite app, to be specific, is the Helga setting of Camera bag. Love the color saturation, the contrast and the heavy vignetting. Example:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/dust_14lb/3212200267/

    As for guest bloggers, newsletters and future posts, definitely keep it Canon-centric. Going into flash, more advanced functions of the camera, etc.

    It also would be nice to get more in-depth on actually “working” with the camera. Weddings, model shoots, portrait sessions, etc. This might be another good fit for guest bloggers.

    Thanks and keep up the good work

  11. Matt Beckmann says:

    I am using my iphone more and more for photography, it’s really a great tool. A couple of my favorites:

    Light – Allows you to apply ambient lighting changes to a photo realistically. There are tons of different patterns, types, and styles of light you can add!
    Photobuddy-reference app for photography
    dSLRemote – allows remote viewing, shooting, and adjusting of your dSLR that is hooked up to a computer and network. Really cool using the live view mode, great for capturing candid pet shots or night shots.
    photogene – photo editing on the iphone

    I would love to see some guides, guests, tutorials, etc. on using specifically Canon flash. It can be anything from on to off camera, wireless, groups, etc. but there really is no good reference out there for learning to use the flash and get the most out of it. This would be good for guest posters, a newsletter, ebooks, or all three!

  12. 5. My quick photo tip. When shooting candids on a sunny day outside, put the sun at your back.

    My most popular photos.

  13. 1) Going to skip it. Haven’t been using my Touch for my shooting (yet), so can’t comment.

    2) Guest blogger? Hey, let’s get a Canon guy in here. How about Ben Wilmore, PixSylated…… some heavy Canon tips for sure.

    3) Newletter? Ah, I’ve been thinking about how to fashion my video podcasts lately, and I think I know the formula now. A shoot location, an equipment review, a Canon tip, and some type of tutorial. That’s how I’ll be breaking podcasts up now, and I bet that would be a cool newsletter format.

    4) I’d like to see some Canon E-Books. There are some BIG names shooting and training with Nikons. I’d love to see the equivalent content for Canon equipment. How about a 5D Mark II e-book? Well, I’ve already figured out my 5d Mark II, but it took months.

    5) Enjoy where you are first. Don’t start looking through the view finder. Just start by looking!
    .-= Rich C´s last blog ..“We don’t share trade secrets,” and other such nonsense =-.

  14. 1.What are your favorite iPhone/iTouch applications (for photography)? – iLevel

    2.Who would you like to see guest-write here on the blog (you can include yourself too)? Me, me….but also Crash Taylor, Jason D Moore, Rob Jones & Michael Palmer

    3.If Canon Blogger were to start a monthly newsletter, what would you like to see in said newsletter? – a summary of all the posts over the month.

    4.If Canon Blogger were to start publishing eBooks for download, what topics would you like to see addressed? – technical stuff like HDR, Data Storage etc.

    5.What one photo tip would you share with others above all else to help improve their photography (and “Take off the lenscap” is not allowed! LOL) – if shooting under pressure, just relaxm breathe and remember photography IS fun.
    .-= Kevin Mullins´s last blog ..Newport, South Wales =-.

  15. 1. Camera Genius is probably my current favorite iPhone app but AutoStitch is a close second!
    2. Would love to see Andy Ihnatko do a guest post!

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