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Flying into 2024

By |2024-01-01T22:40:24+00:00January 1st, 2024|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Out with 2023

Another year has flown by and in comes the New Year. 2023 was a good year for creating images after a rather poor end to 2022. Last year had some surprises though with several online services either changing terms of service or just altering beyond recognition. After many years of using Twitter, it finally reached a point of no return. The account still exists but has been mothballed with no activity. Even the Tweetdeck tools I used were put behind a paywall which just added to the reluctance to use Twitter again.

The end of the year did end with a great highlight as I was able to get on the footplate of the legendary steam locomotive ‘The Flying Scotsman’. The light was nothing to write home about but several images were shot while trying to dodge the people wanting selfies and family photos with the iconic loco.

New for 2024

As for 2024, the year ahead will focus on changing some aspects of Richard Flint Photography online. Recently a new Richard Flint Photography store was opened over at Teepublic which, like the Redbubble store, sells clothing, and home goods including wall art, mugs, etc. More work will be added to that website and Redbubble over the next few weeks.

A service that is being expanded to include international orders is the copying, repair, and retouching service. More news on that coming very soon.

Finally, I wish to thank everyone who used Richard Flint Photography over the past year. All that’s left to do is wish everyone a very happy and prosperous 2024.

RFP RedBubble Store reaches 500 Designs

By |2023-08-05T15:31:33+01:00August 5th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

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500 Designs

I’m happy to announce that the RedBubble store has reached 500 images this week. It has taken just over a year to upload a further 100 more images from the last milestone of 400 reached in July 2022.

A great range of photographs is now available to buy as wall art, clothing, phone cases etc via the online shop. Recent image additions to the store include photographs from Northumberland, the 2015 Two Towns project and archive photographs dating back to the mid-1990s.

The work doesn’t stop there though. More images will be added over the next few months with the plan to hit 600 by early 2024.

If you are looking for new artwork or just a unique gift then take a look at the Richard Flint Photography RedBubble store visit https://richflintphoto.redbubble.com/

Twitter Blues

By |2023-07-26T20:36:51+01:00July 9th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

Where did the feed go?

Easy come, easy go. If you have visited the website over the last few days you’ll have noticed that the Tweets no longer appear on the website. It seems that the API restrictions implemented by Twitter have finally caught up with the WordPress Twitter widget. This new escalation of restriction, along with the stopping of automatic tweeting of new WordPress Posts, Instagram images and more, just adds another nail in the coffin for the platform.

Twitter Blues

I’ve mentioned on the podcast a number of times my growing dissatisfaction with Twitter. It used to be great for finding new photography and photographers. Over the past few weeks and months, the feed has become less and less relevant. The platform also seems to be much more negative, a place of arguments, political fighting and just plain abuse. It’s now far removed from the exciting platform it was some ten or more years ago.

Will I stay or will I go now?

So will I delete my account with Twitter? The quick answer is NO…. for now, the level of engagement I have with the platform will;l be greatly reduced. Maintenance mode only unless something changes to improve things. With the introduction of the new platform Threads which is connected to Instagram, there are now at least options. I cannot see the Twitter API restrictions disappearing soon, and although it is very early days for Threads, I will probably move the website over to using the Threads feed, once that becomes available, rather than Twitter – assuming the Twitter API is ever opened up again!

Moving On

It’s a sad moment. I’ve been tweeting since 2008 and I have to admit that I’m rather reluctant to say goodbye to that history. That said, recent changes have only taken away the relevancy of using the platform. Maybe it is time to move on to something new and just remember the good, exciting times with Twitter many years ago. The decision to stay really all depends on Twitter’s next moves. More restrictions or not, the ball is firmly in their court.

The Podcast changes Hosting

By |2021-11-25T12:04:35+00:00November 25th, 2021|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

Moving Audio

The past few weeks have seen large changes take place with regard to the Richard Flint Photography podcast. After ten years at the same podcast hosting company, a decision was made to move to anchor.fm which is part of Spotify.

The new host provides better distribution options including making the podcast newly available on Spotify as well as mobile tools for recording while out and about. The process of running and maintaining the podcast has been made much easier.

Avaailable on Spotify

The transition over to new hosting took place a couple of weeks ago with the minimum amount of disruption to subscribers. However, the raw RSS feed on the previous host Jellycast.com has now been shut down and will no longer deliver new episodes of the podcast. The recommended podcast feed to receive new episodes of the podcast can be found at https://feeds.feedburner.com/TheRichardFlintPhotographyPodcast.

More options to subscribe to the podcast can be found on the podcast page at https://www.richardflintphoto.com/podcast/

The Podcast

If you haven’t come across the podcast it’s released monthly, and looks at photo news, photographers, exhibitions plus links to photography, videos and multimedia and lots more. A number of additional bonus podcasts are also recorded each year on location or focus on specific photography related topics.

Podcast Links: Elliot Erwitt The Richard Flint Photography Podcast

Podcast links look at the diverse work work of legendary Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt who died back in November 2023. A big influence to many photographers, his ability to capture iconic images of events, portraits, and even dogs showed the broad range of his skills. Magnum Profile – https://www.magnumphotos.com/photographer/elliott-erwitt/ Guardian Obituary – https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/dec/21/elliott-erwitt-obituaryhttps://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2023/dec/21/elliott-erwitt-obituary View the podcast links page at darkerskies.wordpress.com/podcast
  1. Podcast Links: Elliot Erwitt
  2. RFP Podcast: Looking Back
  3. Bonus Podcast: Arran and Campbeltown
  4. RFP Podcast: Back to the Blogs
  5. Bonus Podcast: Favourite Northumberland Photograph Pt2

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