How to Become an Even Better Photographer

Jim Miotke

Jim Miotke 8/13/2014 1:27:24 AM

Hope you enjoy your day... enter some great pics... let me know what you think about focusing, giving your fellow photographers a lot of love, playing full out... and mastering the mindset of outstanding creative photography. #1582646

Jim Miotke 8/13/2014 2:40:44 AM

P.S. Some of you mentioned you were not saying Logged In... I am 99% sure I just found that bug. Try it out today and let me know if you stay logged in. Thanks! #11106887

Mayra Pau 8/13/2014 5:53:30 AM

I am learning the site and I think it is great. Looking for the next video. #11107034

Leslie Carson Wolfe 8/13/2014 7:52:48 AM

I enjoyed the video, Jim. Thanks for taking the time to help us get to know you and what you have in mind for BetterPhoto customers. I'm wondering what happens to the "pancake" menu when I go to my gallery. It just disappears. I either have to hit the back button on my browser or click the logo at the top of the page. When I click the logo, I (still) have to sign in again. Thanks for working on the bugs. (I'm a basic gallery member.) #11107083

Frederick P. Brown 8/13/2014 9:41:25 AM

This was a very inspiring and motivating video! I am still learning the new site and looking forward for the next video to come out! #11107148

Jill Odice 8/13/2014 9:54:05 AM

I do not take to change well, but after seeing how nice things are looking as the bugs are being worked out, I am impressed. Looking forward to the next video :-) Nice seeing you too Jim :-) Thank you for making all these improvements. #11107162

Dalne M. Dola 8/13/2014 10:10:14 AM

Thank you, Jim! The site is super nice! I love the black background. You are so positive. WORK describes me and I do hold back. Thank you for the direction you have provided in this video. Love and mindset will win! #11107191

Rita Hill 8/13/2014 11:47:28 AM

I find it to be so wonderful that Better Photo is looking into getting it's members excited into it's website galleries. I'm sure it's overwhelming to get hundreds of questions a day from all of us. Some good some confused. I appreciate all you all do and know I am so happy for this site. I met my best friend Merna and others on this site. Thank you for all you do. #11107240

Kalena Randall 8/13/2014 1:09:13 PM

Informative video. The sound and Jim didn't match up so I just listened. Still navigating and learning the site. Looking toward to,next video. :-) #11107263

Kalena Randall 8/13/2014 1:22:51 PM

I was watching on my iPad so maybe that's the issue with the video not matching. Worked great on my P. #11107266

Linda D. Lester 8/13/2014 2:03:21 PM

Nice Video Jim! Love the way the site is looking. Looking forward to seeing the 2nd video on learning your way! Thanks! #11107298

Katherine Kuhn 8/13/2014 2:26:59 PM

I would like to be able to get to my gallery more easily. It doesn't appear I can do so under the "pancakes" or after I upload an image. Feels a bit hit & miss finding a page where I can get to it. Otherwise, visual changes look good. #11107321

Mal Collins 8/13/2014 3:34:52 PM

Some lovely shots,but to me photography should be straight from camera,no Photoshop or HDR #11107355

Amalia Sylvia Ms Arriaga Salinas 8/13/2014 4:51:41 PM

Thank you for the video and the new site Jim. I will expecting the new video soon!,
Amalia #11107406

Ken Smith 8/13/2014 7:08:48 PM

Jim, thanks for the's obvious you have the passion for the site..and I thank you for bringing BetterPhoto to me back in 2005, as it's been the foundation for me wanting to improve my photography, and to see all the great scenery across the United States. I've met a lot of great friends because of BP. Good luck with BP 2.0. And it's great you are accessible to all of us. I hope to be associated with BP for many more years to come!

Michelle Alton 8/14/2014 3:53:38 AM

I am agreeing with folks that already commented. Daily, I see bugs being "killed" and I appreciate getting quick responses my questions as I acclimate. So things are looking good and of course it IS a big improvement. I sent you a personal message that includes my opinion on the new policy about multiple contest entries in a day. That is my only concern and I hope it is addressed too. Let's hope this brings folks back to BP. Looking forward seeing old friends here again. #11107773

Michelle Alton 8/14/2014 3:56:18 AM

By the way, the VIDEO link on your email sends me HERE, so I haven't seen the video yet. Where can I find it now? #11107775

Michelle Alton 8/14/2014 3:57:09 AM

Oops...never mind. I see that clicking on your photo runs the video. #11107776

Hernan Vanegas 8/15/2014 7:10:24 AM

Many thanks Jim, we are getting there with all the new things. Good luck !!!! #11108686

Usman M. Bajwa 8/15/2014 7:33:48 AM

Wow, this has been a great hearing. Hearing you speak with such passion and doing the amazing improvements on the site. thanks you. Well its really cool that we can now see videos at betterphoto and not on third party sites and that painting behind you looks beautiful. Looking forward to hearing more from you in the next video. My interest in photography has basically been due to my association with Bteerphoto for the last few years and I have learned so much here at BetterPhoto for which I am very grateful.

Wishing you lots of success always ;)

UB. #11108697

Jim Miotke 8/15/2014 9:35:56 AM

That painting was made by my wife! :)

Thank you all for your awesome comments - what a way to start the day! #11108771

Connie K. Korbay 8/15/2014 10:07:30 AM

I just registered and I'm excited to get started #11108790

Tammy M. Anderson 8/15/2014 11:37:12 AM

Just now had a chance to watch your video. Great to see and hear so much passion for photography that is seen and felt in this video. I think we all need some motivation now and then. Looking forward to the next video. Also love the new site and hope to see some new and old photographers in the future. Keep up the great work. #11108845

Joan M. Reuben 8/15/2014 11:39:46 AM

Interesting! I look forward to your next video-sounds like you are making some great changes. #11108846

Beth OMeara 8/15/2014 11:15:02 PM

Each time I log in something new seems to be back, or added. Great job on the new site and for all continuing work you are still doing on it. Fun to log in each time and see something new each time. #11109292

Rodolfo B. Ornelas 8/17/2014 8:44:47 PM

Very, very helpful! I no longer fear my gallery and will be up loading more often. thanks #11110379

Jim Miotke 8/17/2014 11:00:47 PM

Thank you all for your comments. I really appreciate your kind words. #11110405

Jim Miotke 8/18/2014 12:06:11 AM

And Rodolfo, that is awesome to hear! #11110413

Rodolfo B. Ornelas 8/18/2014 8:13:19 AM

thank you sir. I get it! #11110647

Dale M. Garvey 8/18/2014 9:58:40 AM

Long intro is a killer (bad). No arrow to start video #11110702

Tammy M. Anderson 8/18/2014 10:35:20 AM

Really enjoyed this video also. Very informative. Learned what the little I was for on each picture. Was also pleasantly surprised to see one of my pictures at the start of the video. So cool and thanks for another great video. #11110718

Jim Miotke 8/18/2014 10:38:58 AM

It was great photo. Could not pass it up :)

Thanks very much, Tammy! #11110721

Tammy M. Anderson 8/18/2014 3:17:04 PM

Thank-you, Jim. #11110872

Ken Smith 8/18/2014 4:26:38 PM

Super tutorial, Jim and thanks for doing it. I recommend adding it to the front page of BP, with text like "How to Navigate the Site" or something like that. #11110913

Carol Eade 8/19/2014 7:07:39 AM

The new site looks great, Jim. Thank you for making the videos. They were very helpful and inspiring. #11111272

Frederick P. Brown 8/19/2014 7:08:02 AM

I love the baby bird! The second video was great also. A lot of my questions were answered. Looking forward to the Surprise. Thanks Jim #11111273

8/19/2014 8:25:53 AM

Fortunately, I am able to understand you in spite of my very severe hearing loss. I have read many of your books last year and they were a big help! Now that you may be using more videos, would there ever be a subtitle I can use? I would feel more comfortable. Yours was easy - you were facing the camera the whole time so I could read your lips and facial expressions to fill in the words I was missing. Your consideration will be much appreciated. #11111326

Jim Miotke 8/19/2014 9:07:53 PM

Hi Frederick. Absolutely, I am in the process of transcribing the videos. I don't (yet) know how to make true captions, on the video itself, but at least you'll see a rough transcription off to the side. In fact, I've finished a few... check them out at #11111835

Mayra Pau 8/21/2014 1:06:24 PM

Second video is great. Now I understand the numbers, heart, etc. Thank you Jim #11112967

Beth W. DeBor 8/22/2014 6:52:56 AM

I just had a chance to watch the second video and it was very helpful. Thanks for the tutorial about the new site. #11113553

Tammy M. Anderson 8/22/2014 7:29:03 AM

Just watched the third video and it was my favorite so far. Love the encouragement you presented with this one for me. Also I learned about the tag game and of course what the score was about. Its exciting to think about the possibility of winning a camera every 90 days. This was a great idea. Thanks for another great video, Jim. #11113568

Melinda F. Schneider 8/22/2014 7:40:57 AM

Since the change, I've noticed that my images upload with a lack of sharp focus. I have to sharpen considerably for them to be acceptable. Why is this? I don't like it! #11113573

Dalne M. Dola 8/22/2014 7:54:13 AM

Great pep talk for me and others who may need it! Love the methods that you are initiating to encourage participation! Let the "addiction"begin! #11113583

isabel C. Zepeda 8/22/2014 8:43:24 AM

Thanks great video,have a wonderful day #11113613

isabel C. Zepeda 8/22/2014 9:08:04 AM

This two videos help me a lot thank you so much #11113637

isabel C. Zepeda 8/22/2014 9:08:08 AM

This two videos help me a lot thank you so much #11113638

Frederick P. Brown 8/22/2014 10:37:28 AM

The 3rd video was great! I really like how the score is going to work and a chance for a camera and courses that can be awarded. This is great! Love it! #11113685

Joannie M. Bertucci 8/22/2014 1:24:35 PM

Thank you Jim for being more available here at BP with these great videos! You are a good motivational speaker when it comes to photography with all of your positiveness! The scoring system looks very appealing and "addictive" :-) Keep up the great work!

Susan Williams 8/22/2014 9:49:39 PM

Great video, Jim. I love your energy! #11114044

Nadia Paul 8/22/2014 11:37:29 PM

Wonderfully motivational Jim - thank you :) #11114126

Laura L. Gonzales 8/23/2014 12:02:58 AM

Thank you so much Jim, for these fantastic videos! You truly inspire and motivate me to keep presssing on! Thank you for your hard work to make our experience fun! Really like the New BP! :) #11114154

Dena Musantry 8/24/2014 5:16:01 AM

Very Zen Jim. I enjoyed it all. Thank you for explaining the score system. #11114953

Dena Musantry 8/24/2014 5:35:17 AM

Solid intro for video 1. I really appreciated the new site look and feel. #11114958

Phyllis Burchett 8/25/2014 7:03:13 AM

Jim, could you please fix the STOP NOTIFICATIONS link....thank you! (this is the one you go to in the email should you forget to uncheck notify me of future comments) #11115973

Jim Miotke 8/25/2014 5:40:47 PM

Hi Phyllis - thanks for bringing that to my attention. It's all fixed now! #11116395

Dalne M. Dola 8/26/2014 5:27:29 AM

Wow! What a terrific opportunity! Thank you! #11116626

John D. Roach 8/26/2014 5:29:11 AM

Awesome promotion. #11116630

Muriel Jackson 8/26/2014 7:31:35 AM

I don't want to sit through this long video. I just want to see what the offer is without having to watch a video

Jill Odice 8/26/2014 10:31:35 AM

I have a question. Will the option to upload images in the discussion area of an image be restored? When I post something in the Digital Darkroom category, I like to post what the original image looked like before I did anything to it and tell what steps I used to get the end result. I don't seem to be able to do that now. Also in the Photo Sort area, it would be cool if we could be able to choose whether it could be seen or not. Sometimes I decide I do not want an image in my gallery and if it's at the last pages, I have to go page by page in the Photo manage area to get to it to make it unseen.
Love the way things are looking...all the work you have done is appreciated! #11116883

Jim Miotke 8/26/2014 1:04:41 PM

Thanks Jill.

You will find the Photo Sort near the bottom of the main "Gallery Settings" page - all in one easy-to-remember place :)

For attaching images to a discussion response, use the Photo Discussion part of the Forum. We won't be doing the image uploading under the photo on the enlargement page (dynoGallDetail) but you can do that if you use the alternate discussion page. Go to Community - Photo Discussions and use the particular thread there. Or you can go into My Profile - My Forum Activity... Thanks very much - I appreciate your appreciation :) #11116990

Jill Odice 8/26/2014 5:10:20 PM

I came across another little bug...I have been trying to send BP mail to a couple of members who have the newer style of gallery only to have the link go to the error page. No problem with members using the old style galleries... #11117159

Evynn Smith 8/27/2014 2:35:15 PM

I can't seem to get to my administration page any longer. Can you tell me how? #11117716

Frederick P. Brown 8/27/2014 4:13:39 PM

The 4th video was great just like the other three! The promotion is outstanding! Thank you! #11117778

Amanda D. Austwick 8/30/2014 12:00:46 PM

I like the look of the site as well.

Mary Lou Johnson 9/2/2014 2:49:42 PM

There's no sound!

Henry Moultrie Jr 12/26/2014 8:07:06 PM

Jim, I enjoyed the video. Thanks for reminding me of a few things that I pushed to the side for sometime now. I must reset some of my priorities. #11213080

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