Colin Franks

Colin Franks

Lives in Canada Victoria, BC, Canada
Works as a Sign designer & maker / Logo Design
Joined on May 18, 2011

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On article Instagram reaches 1 billion active users (73 comments in total)
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Colin Franks: What concerns me is that Instagram is now owned by Facebook, and the FB experience has been horrible for those of us with a separate "business Page" or what ever you want to call it. I created a separate page for my photography, and while initially (a few years ago) it was great with the "organic reach" where everyone who had liked/followed your page would see whatever you posted, FB decidedly took away that organic reach and started to reduce the number of followers who saw your posts, and in addition, demanded that we pay to reach the very people who had followed the page!

It is now so bad that about only 1% of all followers actually ever see what we post. One percent! I'm not sure why they bother to create such a platform, then ruin it for users. I've read that the "reach" on IG has dropped to about 15%, but not sure how accurate that is. It seems a strange norm for these platforms to initially be great (like 500PX or Flickr once were) only to then have user experience ruined.

Yes, corporate greed at its finest.

Link | Posted on Jul 11, 2018 at 13:55 UTC
On article Instagram reaches 1 billion active users (73 comments in total)

What concerns me is that Instagram is now owned by Facebook, and the FB experience has been horrible for those of us with a separate "business Page" or what ever you want to call it. I created a separate page for my photography, and while initially (a few years ago) it was great with the "organic reach" where everyone who had liked/followed your page would see whatever you posted, FB decidedly took away that organic reach and started to reduce the number of followers who saw your posts, and in addition, demanded that we pay to reach the very people who had followed the page!

It is now so bad that about only 1% of all followers actually ever see what we post. One percent! I'm not sure why they bother to create such a platform, then ruin it for users. I've read that the "reach" on IG has dropped to about 15%, but not sure how accurate that is. It seems a strange norm for these platforms to initially be great (like 500PX or Flickr once were) only to then have user experience ruined.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2018 at 04:23 UTC as 10th comment | 2 replies

I hope someone creates one of those Hitler Rant Parody videos on this release.

Link | Posted on Jun 8, 2018 at 16:47 UTC as 15th comment
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Colin Franks: I have the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 (version previous to the recent G2), and when I heard of this new one from Canon, I thought that if there were enough improvements over the "II", I would sell the Tammy and get the Canon III. Looks like I will be keeping the Tamron.

I attempted to sell my lens several months ago to get the G2, but couldn't find a buyer. The other problem with the G2 is the VC & AF switches; they are very poorly designed, in that they are easily switched when carrying on a sling-strap. I experienced that with the 150-600 G2, and it was infuriating, so that's one significant negative with the G2 lenses. I am not alone in that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76hUt5HCaMQ&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVwk5XA2EDU

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 17:41 UTC

I have the Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 (version previous to the recent G2), and when I heard of this new one from Canon, I thought that if there were enough improvements over the "II", I would sell the Tammy and get the Canon III. Looks like I will be keeping the Tamron.

Link | Posted on Jun 7, 2018 at 16:42 UTC as 45th comment | 3 replies
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Colin Franks: I know it's a different camp, but it makes the Canon 100-400 II look like a better bang for the buck. How many of us shoot in -20 Arctic expedition conditions?

A very good lens no doubt, just not a good value.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 17:41 UTC

Just checked, it's $15,000.00 in Canada. Pfft.

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 15:22 UTC as 17th comment | 2 replies

I know it's a different camp, but it makes the Canon 100-400 II look like a better bang for the buck. How many of us shoot in -20 Arctic expedition conditions?

Link | Posted on May 11, 2018 at 14:49 UTC as 18th comment | 8 replies
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Mike CH: Why do such letters always, always have to try and put a positive spin on it? "Proud of...", "... never been a better time...", "Demand ... has increased", "Our talented team", "to make ImageBrief a success" etc ad nauseam.

Don't they realize that it makes it look more like a failure than it already is?

Do they believe people wont realize that they are closing down in the midst of all that empty positiveness?

I'm surprised they didn't use the now-ubiquitous "Moving Forward". Drives me bonkers.

Link | Posted on Mar 5, 2018 at 17:03 UTC

Same thing happened with Flickr years ago, and 500px a couple years ago. It's as though they had a committee meeting and said: "Hey, everything is working really well, let's change it!" (Which is why I bailed on Flickr and 500px).

Link | Posted on Sep 19, 2017 at 22:42 UTC as 39th comment

They way they did this (and the amount they're demanding) is the epitome of corporate greed. I was going to now set up a Flickr account, but I have to wonder if this sort of thing is going to happen there too in the near future.

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 16:42 UTC as 3rd comment

What I don't understand is how the Explore feature offers & suggests many photos that I've already "liked" in the past. What's the point of that?

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2017 at 16:28 UTC as 3rd comment
On article Handy tool helps you say no to work for 'exposure' (86 comments in total)

Matt Granger did a good video on this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8WfwCT0i7Y

Link | Posted on Dec 19, 2016 at 00:23 UTC as 8th comment
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Colin Franks: Something to be said for the LowePro Flipside packs. No need to take it off while standing in line at a coffee shop, just wear it, and its contents are only accessible from the side against your back.

If they pull a knife, you just utilize the optional jet pack built-in to the Flipside.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 21:56 UTC
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Colin Franks: Something to be said for the LowePro Flipside packs. No need to take it off while standing in line at a coffee shop, just wear it, and its contents are only accessible from the side against your back.

That would take some doing. Wouldn't go unnoticed.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 20:14 UTC

Something to be said for the LowePro Flipside packs. No need to take it off while standing in line at a coffee shop, just wear it, and its contents are only accessible from the side against your back.

Link | Posted on Aug 5, 2016 at 20:07 UTC as 134th comment | 10 replies
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Colin Franks: I was a late-comer to IG (1 year ago), and have come to understand that those with huge numbers of followers simply cannot reply/respond to all of the comments, there simply isn't enough time given the tedious requirement of typing in @username every time on a miniscule smartphone keypad. There needs to be a quicker way to comment directly to an individual, and they should possibly add a way to simply "like" or appreciate a comment.

One thing that drives me bonkers though is when you're going through your long list of people who have liked or commented, you get catapulted to the top of the list every time someone new likes or comments. You then have to scroll down to bottom of the list again to find where you were, and if someone likes or comments while you're doing this, you're hurled back to the top again! Gah!

Hmmm, I tried that but it doesn't work for me (Samsung S3).

Link | Posted on Jul 2, 2016 at 01:34 UTC

Part 2:

I do however find the engagement level much better than Facebook, and that is due largely to the limitations that FB intentionally places on business pages. It used to be that everyone who liked a page would see what's posted, but FB stole that "organic reach", and now only about 5-10% of my followers see my posts. But, out of the goodness of their hearts (insert sarcasm here) FB gives me the opportunity to "boost" my posts (for a hefty fee) in order to reach those people who would & should normally see my posts anyway! Greed defined.

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 17:03 UTC as 3rd comment

I was a late-comer to IG (1 year ago), and have come to understand that those with huge numbers of followers simply cannot reply/respond to all of the comments, there simply isn't enough time given the tedious requirement of typing in @username every time on a miniscule smartphone keypad. There needs to be a quicker way to comment directly to an individual, and they should possibly add a way to simply "like" or appreciate a comment.

One thing that drives me bonkers though is when you're going through your long list of people who have liked or commented, you get catapulted to the top of the list every time someone new likes or comments. You then have to scroll down to bottom of the list again to find where you were, and if someone likes or comments while you're doing this, you're hurled back to the top again! Gah!

Link | Posted on Jun 22, 2016 at 17:03 UTC as 4th comment | 3 replies
On article Beta: try out our new 'light' color scheme (722 comments in total)

Yes, please change it. Bodies of white text on a black field are avoided by design professionals, as it is hard on the eyes and difficult to read.

Link | Posted on May 22, 2016 at 20:39 UTC as 57th comment
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