Should I Concern on Personal Branding More?

Should I Concern on Personal Branding More?

Since I jump into photography in late of 2013, I watch many famous photographers YouTube channel and I found interesting things they do to their branding, I’ll give one of the examples, Matt Granger with “ThatNikonGuy” branding. If you watch his channel quite a while, then you’ll find this video that declares the branding is dead.

The question is, why would he do that? Even after the branding established and used anywhere including his community (forum) domain. I wonder why he is willing to take the risk to lose his audience by changing the brand? Well, I may experience his consideration today since I’m trying to do a kind of similar thing last year.

I bought few internet domains and focus on different content to serve difference audience. But what happens is that, if I’m the only one who maintains all of this domains, actually I couldn’t focus on any one of it. And I give more confusion to my audience about why suddenly I stop posting about my photography stuff because I posted on another channel for my photography audience.

At first, I thought it’s better to split my audience, i.e. those who are following my blog since 2008, they might know this blog as IT related stuff. But for those who know me since I’m doing photography as my hobby, and those who met me in photography session and discover my websites, they may expect my post related to photography stuff. I thought maybe it would be genius to split my audience to give them the convenience to follow my articles, and I was wrong …

It’s so difficult to maintain what I consider as a “corporate branding” (even though not a corporate yet :-)). I feel that I couldn’t manage all of those brands, and it’s better to focus on personal branding first. I think this is what Matt Granger is doing, instead of keeping his old brand as “ThatNikonGuy”, he is using his personal brand as “Matt Granger” because when the brand succeeds, that is his name. The name sticks to the person and the brand.

As part of 10th Years Anniversary of this blog, I would suspend my other branding and focus back on my personal branding. I would suspend my “Journey Performed” and “Candid of Strangers” project so I can focus on this blog or channel and to concentrate back my audience into one channel. If you’re my follower on that channel, I would slowly move all of those content to one of the section in this blog.

Wish me luck this year and hopefully, I can share more of my experience in the future through this channel.

Shoot With A7R and Helios 44m(-1)

Shoot With A7R and Helios 44m(-1)

Two years ago, I was accidentally bump into an antique camera store while doing street photography near Pasar Seni bus terminal in Kuala Lumpur (KL). The owner of the camera store is an old Chinese guy and by the moment we met, I have no issue at all with the guy, until … let me finished my story first. 🙂

Meanwhile, I was asking for the price of Helios 44m displayed in the window and he give me the price XXX RM for the lens. There were two copies of the lens that time, so he was asking which one do I want. So I pointed to one of them (since they both at the same price), and then he offer me to get the lens with original classic UV filter that comes with the lens but I need to top up for another XX RM.

I ask him that can he give me the filter for the same price (for free)? Here’s comes the funny part, he give me the filter and he took out the lens rear cap and then I like, what?! Wait a minute, why do you took the rear cap? He answered, so what do you want? do you want the rear cap or the filter? I feel that he’s a bit rude that time, so I told him that, let me get the initial offer, XXX RM for the lens (and all the cap) without UV filter. No more words, after transaction complete, I immediately get out of his store.

Anyway, the lens has been with me more that two years. I was using this lens with micro four thirds adapter for my Olympus E-M1 and when I switch from micro four thirds system to Fujifilm X-T1 I still keep the lens and I bought conversion adapter from X-Mount to M42. Fast forward to this week, I just received my conversion adapter for M42 to Sony E Mount, because I have switched (again) to A7R. (my first journey in digital full frame format).

A7R and Helios 44m

Yesterday, I was joined a photoshoot event in KL (although, it’s been long time I didn’t do this) to see how my A7R and this Helios 44m lens combined and I’m quite satisfied. Yes, I completely aware that the lens is a bit tricky to get really sharp focus on f/2 but you may consider that whoever buy this lens is not for sharpness, but it’s for artistic effect that this lens delivered.

I was blown-out, with the result from the event and give me more confident that this lens is really capable to produce interesting portrait image. The lens “bokeh” characteristic is interesting but for some people they might found it a little bit disturbing.

The lens is soft in the corner and not really sharp in the center, but minimal adjustment can be done in post processing to increase the sharpness. All image you see here is (minimum) edited using Capture One.

Is it swirly or simply disturbing? Well, the famous copy of this lens is Helios 44m-2 and mine is the first generation (without -2). But I’m lucky enough to test both of them (my colleague in the office bought the second generation) and I found out that the color rendering for the first generation is more saturated and the second generation is sharper. It’s a matter of taste but I prefer the first generation.

When I used the lens with micro four thirds body, it’s more difficult to get the swirly effect because crop factor (x2) of the sensor. Micro four thirds sensor could only accept light from the center of the lens, so the swirly effect from the side or corner of the lens not rendered. The good thing about that is, the image will look sharper because only the center of the lens that being used by crop sensor. The bad thing, no swirly bokeh because the corner is cropped.

I would recommend this to anyone that looking for “cheap” budget and artistic lens. In my case, the sharpness of the lens improve because the sensor megapixels in my camera is 36 MP, that is affecting the overall Perpetual-Mega Pixel of the lens.

Last but not least, big thanks to Harris Daniel for your invitation to the event. Thank you Thalia (sorry I don’t have her profile link) for talent and Kartini Ishak for make up artist. Feel free to ask me on comment form below if you have any question regarding my experience in using A7R and Helios 44m. Thank you guys and see you soon …

How To Sell Your Self

How To Sell Your Self

Pada hari Sabtu, 4 Juli 2009, saya menjadi pembicara misterius pada acara seminar Linux di Politeknik Negeri Samarinda. Misterius karena sebenarnya nama saya tidak tercantum dalam agenda acara tersebut. Bahkan di spanduk yang terpampang hanya tercetak dua nama pembicara, tetapi saya bukan salah satunya :D.

Saya memberikan presentasi yang intinya menerangkan bahwa “Linux bukan OS alternatif, tetapi OS pilihan!”. Dan dampak dari acara ini pada akhirnya ada beberapa audience yang bertanya pada saya baik pada acara maupun melalui email dan messenger setelah acara tersebut mengenai banyak hal.

Beberapa hal yang banyak ditanyakan adalah pilihan distro dan development tools untuk programmer di Linux. Kebanyakan dari mereka bertanya mengenai pilihan distro dan IDE yang paling baik digunakan jika mereka beralih ke Linux.

Saya menekankan bahwa baik distro ataupun IDE tersebut, itu hanya sarana untuk mencapai tujuan kita. Saya lebih menyarankan agar mereka mencoba sendiri distro-distro tersebut dan pilihlah yang menurut mereka paling nyaman digunakan. Sedangkan untuk IDE dan development language, saya juga menyarankan mereka untuk mempelajari semua dan pilih yang paling produktif untuk mereka.

Saya juga memberikan penjelasan bahwa, jika kita ingin profesional di bidang yang kita pilih, berarti kita harus fokus. Saya mengkategorikan ada dua kategori pengguna komputer, hobbyst dengan professionalist. Pengkategorian tersebut didasari oleh penilaian saya terhadap dua perilaku pengguna komputer, terutama pengguna Linux.

Contohnya begini, ada beberapa pengguna Linux yang selalu melakukan update OS nya setiap 6 bulan (sesuai dengan jadual release distro). Dalam kurun waktu tersebut, dia selalu melakukan hal yang serupa, mendownload, menginstall, melakukan konfigurasi atau memperbaiki bug yang dia temukan, dsb. Hal ini dia lakukan karena hobi, dia selalu senang untuk mencoba hal-hal yang baru.

Contoh lain, ada pengguna Linux yang menggunakan PC nya untuk produksi. Seperti membuat program, ketikan, desain, dsb. Untuk dia, PC berfungsi sebagai mesin “pencetak uang”, ini yang saya sebut sebagai profesionalist. Lalu apa kaitannya dengan judul artikel ini? Begini, jika anda memilih untuk menjadi pengguna yang kedua (profesionalist), maka hal utama yang harus anda miliki adalah komitmen.

Saya masih ingat dalam proses installasi salah satu distro Linux, saya menemukan line seperti ini “We’re committed to success with Linux”. Hal ini sangat menarik, dan saya sangat setuju. Bahwa untuk sukses dalam bidang ini, modal dasarnya adalah komitmen.

Pemilihan distro dan teknologi bisa menjadi modal kita untuk menjual diri kita. Kita lihat fenomena penjual air mineral berkemasan. Seluruh produsen memiliki modal dasar yang sama, yaitu air. Yang (mungkin) membedakan dari setiap produsen adalah pemilihan teknologi dalam mengolah dan mengemas air tersebut.

Saya pribadi memilih salah satu distro dan teknologi software development tertentu. Dan saya komit dengan pilihan saya. Inilah spesifikasi yang saya miliki untuk menjual diri saya :D.

Ketika saya diberi tawaran untuk mengembangkan sistem di kantor saya sekarang, saya langsung berbicara mengenai hal ini. Saya memberikan penjelasan bahwa, dengan memilih saya, maka saya akan menerapkan teknologi seperti ini.

Ingat, adakalanya apa yang kita tawarkan tidak sesuai dengan kebutuhan konsumen. Untuk hal ini, dikembalikan pada diri kita sendiri. Apakah kita akan menjual semua “barang/jasa” yang dibutuhkan konsumen atau kita mau fokus untuk hanya menjual “barang/jasa” tersebut.

VideoBank | Video Management System

VideoBank | Video Management System

Akhir-akhir ini blog jadi kurang diperhatiin gara-gara sibuk research bikin Video Server. Dan setelah seluruh referensi terkumpul, dua hari kemaren istri dan anak sedikit dicuekin di rumah gara-gara melototin komputer terus. Alhasil, jadilah prototipe the next project after Restobiz.

VideoBank | Video Management System

Sesuai dengan judulnya, aplikasi ini dikembangkan untuk memanage koleksi video anda secara lokal. Lokal? tetep sih aplikasi ini jalan di Webserver, cuma maksudnya bisa dipake di jaringan internal seperti di kantor atau di perusahaan yang butuh menyimpan koleksi videonya.

Aplikasi ini dikembangkan dengan bahasa HTML, CSS dan PHP menggunakan Aptana IDE. Kedepannya akan digunakan juga database MySQL untuk fasilitas penyimpanan informasi video (rating, recomended video by viewers, etc.) serta penelusuran katalog.

Cara kerja prototipe aplikasi ini adalah mengupload video anda ke server, kemudian mengkonversi ke format FLV secara otomatis dan memberikan link untuk menonton video yang telah anda upload untuk dibagikan ke orang lain.

Untuk sementara format video yang didukung oleh aplikasi ini adalah: WMV, MPG, AVI dan FLV. Jika anda berminat untuk mendapatkan aplikasi ini, anda dapat menghubungi saya via email.