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  • in reply to: Candidate Statement – Tanja Barnes (2018) #18664

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    That’s a plan Tanja!

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: IVRPA 2018 Board of Directors Election: Announcement #18601

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Resume is useless. For 3 years, I realized that many “stars” who occupied a seat had an impressive resume but unfortunately, they had no vision to grow a professional association. I also realized that they could not spell the word TEAM.

    Please, tell us what is your agenda.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17765

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    The name makes sense because, IVRPA has to promote professional work. Related to the huge applause from the members assisting the member’s meeting in Tokyo, it remembered me the one during Vienna when all members seemed interested by an accreditation process. I recently talked to the CEO of PPOC and he told me the for the members, these accreditation reinforce their professional status.

    I know that it has been tried before. I have been part of the accreditation process for PPOC (2012) and it’s still working. Certainly a good way to add value to our membership.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17763

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    It is certainly a good move and not having to change the logo is great.

    Thank you for your answer.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17762

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    You are right I used MANY channels to ask the same important questions about the finance of IVRPA. But why?

    Keep in mind that I organized Prague 2015 for which I have been compensated with $6K, this conference generated a profit of $45. Keep in mind that I was also the organizer of Québec 2016 for which I have been compensated with $6K, and generated a profit of $15. Altogether it’s an additional $60K in the bank account. A nice pile of money to invest in projects. I care about how the finance is evolving. As a member, it’s my right, I care.

    I started by sending one email, which remained without an answer, about the finance of Vienna 2017 to the organizer. Only one person because? Well, I asked myself, why should I bother the other BoD members or alert the crowd for a simple question. I then realized that I might have sent it to the wrong person. I open the bylaws and check who was responsible for answers on my request. It is one of the secretary’s duty written in the Bylaws so I went by the book and I sent the same question to the organizer, again, so he does not work on an answer and the secretary. This email also remained silent. I then post it here. After 3 weeks or so, I finally got an answer.

    If the first person who received my private email had dared to answer me, we are not here to talk about communication problems. Because to me, the numbers speak.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17760

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    One quick question.

    Why did the BoD changed the name of the association to International Virtual Reality Photography Association (IVRPA)? What is the plan?

    Thank you

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17753

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Sam, please check the title of this thread, “Improving member communications”. I don’t understand where you want to go with this? Please come back to Improving the communications.

    The assertion that “IVRPA does not communicate with its members” is totally false and purposefully misleading

    PURPOSELY Misleading? Really? That’s a quite bold accusation, who said such thing? But sorry, we are out of order Sam.

    Can our communications be improved? – YES!

    So… We agree on this. Right? And for 3 years, we worked together, among other tasks, on this specific problem. Right? A new web site, links between the membership and Mailchimp ti get an up to date list of members. It’s so easy to use. I used it as many times, and the main reason was  to be sure that all members had the same information.

    I once did an error while communicating important information to members. I publish on FB that the early bird ticket for Prague 2015 were available. They have been sold within 24 hours. I got mails from people who told me I go on FB twice a week during the weekend! On that day, I reported to the board that I did a mistake and advise that I would find a solution. On the next day, I issue another bunch of tickets and announced it using Mailchimp and never did the error again.

    Lately, the name of IVRPA has been changed to International Virtual Reality Professional Association. I would have liked to get a newsletter to know what was the mindset behind this renaming? Was there a plan or just a change to look better? I don’t know.

    Maybe the information was available somewhere on the web site but I learned it from another member. Did I missed something?

    As a member, I agree with Brian Richards who started this post, Improving member communication should be a real concern.

    We have the tool, Mailchimp.
    IVRPA needs a Communication Director.

    The best thing that could happened would be to get a monthly Newsletter. Simple.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17699

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    But when the member click on subscribe, he acknowledge the reception of these communications. No?

    It can also be a double approval process like for our newsletter.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17696

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    I see that some reports, for 2018 started to appear in the section with the documents requested by IVRPA Bylaw. Great!

    I don’t know how many times, this subject has been discussed and unsolved by the BoD.

    Is there a way we can get an automated email when new documents, financial or minutes are uploaded in this sections?

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17673

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    A monthly newsletter would certainly help.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Improving member communications #17672

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Please explain what makes this issue suddenly important?
    And what do you think is it that keeps members from starting a communication with us, should they feel they need or want to have one?

    Communication has always been very important. It is not something new.

    When I was the owner of a printing company, we had a monthly meeting to let all employees know where was the market, new clients, awards, etc.

    Even though most employees would never show up in the president’s office, to know where the development was in a particular sector, everyone appreciated the monthly information. There was, in this operation of communication, a HUGE benefit because suddenly very good ideas were emerging from the base, from those who do not have the nose stuck on the glass.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17592

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Keith,

    Thank you for your answer. I am very happy to collaborate to solve a problem that persists in 2018.

    This problem appears in 2015 when Carlos left. I didn’t create it, but like you, I inherit from it. Now I suffer from it because I don’t know what’s going on at IVRPA and I can’t figure out the points that hold the attention of the Board.

    One of the first point at the agenda of a Board meeting is Approval of the minutes of the last meeting. Right? How can someone approve the minutes if they haven’t been written? This document also helps for the follow up on each tasks.

    2014-2016
    Willy Kaemena used to record all BoD meetings I attend as a BoD member. So we are “safe” for 2014-2016, no matter if I was the President or just a plain but sweet vanilla director.

    During this period, I remember that Sam Rohn proposed a solution, a web site which allows you to publish the summary of a meeting very easily. Sam and I had a discussion on this matter and within a few minutes Both were sold. Unfortunately, it has never been adopted by the former Secretary and at that time, there was no volunteer for this task.

    Again, Sam has the solution for the future but for the 2017-2018 period, does the secretary has recordings and notes?

    I thank you for your trust,

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Financial reports and BoD minutes #17570

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Thank you Brian for your support.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Panorama Pole Question #15207

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    gianluca milasi, there is a video from Jürgen and Markus Matern. it is available for IVRPA members in our video archive for Vienna 2017 conference.

    http://ivrpa.org/ivrpa-conference-video-archive/

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Kyle Giesbrecht (2017) #14990

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Good statement Kyle, education is very important and there is a lot to do.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Sam Rohn (2017) #14988

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Thank you Sam, for the work you did in the past and the future.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate Statement – Al Caudullo (2017) #14958

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Al,
    Thank you for your Candidate Statement, I am sure you would be an asset for IVRPA.

    I know that you like to share your knowledge. This is certainly the most important mission of IVRPA.

    Go for it.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: IVRPA 2017 Board of Directors Election: Announcement #14955

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi everyone,
    Even if Keith wrote that it’s a serious commitment, I want to insist on this commitment.

    First of all, being a board member can be fun. You have great ideas? GO FOR IT! Keep in mind that you have to give some of your time to IVRPA outside the online meetings.

    Someone on the board is only one piece of the IVRPA engine. There are 6 other Board members. YOU HAVE TO WORK AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. If you are not a good teammate, forget it. If you can’t spell respect without 3 typos, forget it.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Candidate statement – Keith Martin (2017) #14954

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Keith,
    I am happy to see that you want to continue for another 2 years. Any specific projects that you want to take care of?

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: What camera to buy to freelance? #12927

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    You might look in the right direction. Check your output device.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: What camera to buy to freelance? #12926

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    You might look in the right direction. Check your output device.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Best camera 360 paragliding sport #11648

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi William,

    Start with a Theta S.

    You land and 30 minutes later your video could be online. Is it the best the 360° industry could offer? Certainly not, but you have to start somewhere.

    Have fun!

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Next Conference? #11372

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    It’s in Vienna June 3-6

    The web site is not online yet.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Looking for VR photographer in St. Louis, Missouri, USA #11325

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Tan,

    We do not have any member listed for Missouri. Feel free to find a professional member in our member list.

    D a search for members in surrounding states like Illinois. http://ivrpa.org/members/

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Introduction & Hello #11250

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Welcome aboard!

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Desktop recommendations? #11241

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Emily,

    I have a MacBook Pro but it’s only for when I am on the road. I stick small panos from a 10,5mm lens but when I do serious work, I use a MacPro. The latest ones are really great.

    If you are producing large panos, go for the fastest you can afford. As much memory as you can. Most applications will be much faster with a lot of memory.

    If you use PTGui, check this link for compatible video cards. http://www.ptgui.com/support.html#7_1

    I had a 2010 MacPro and switched to the latest MacPro and a job that took 4 hours to stitch now stitches within 20 minutes… It was for a 105 shots pano (36 megapixels).

    Good shopping!

    Luc

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Stitchless creative 360 VR panoramas – PanoMoments #11235

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Dustin,

    Of course it is a self-promotion post but sometimes we see great new products.

    I wanted to give it a try but I got an error message that says Safari is incompatible, Google Chrome required. I launch Google Chrome but I got another error message. You need to update your version of chrome! I didn’t update my Chrome and left your site. Bad user experience.

     

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: What camera to buy to freelance? #11226

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    Hi Daniel,

    First of all, buying some gear will not make you a media producer, I hope that you already have experience in filmmaking.

    I never start an analysis with a price. You should list the features you need. Here is a good article to start your exploration.

    https://www.cnet.com/how-to/360-cameras-comparison-video-things-to-know-before-you-buy/

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Editing centerpoint of panorama #10935

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    The cost of our membership is very low. $25 for students and $50 for others.

    http://ivrpa.org/members/join-ivrpa/

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

    in reply to: Editing centerpoint of panorama #10933

    Luc Villeneuve
    IVRPA Professional Member

    And by the way, we have a tutorial from Joost Nieuwenhuijse (PTGui) accessible to paying members which explains how to do that in PTGui.

    There is also another video from GardenGnome (Pano2VR) which shows how easy it is.

    Luc Villeneuve
    Professional Photographer

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