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REVIEW: “Very Funny Ads” TV show and online website

About a week ago, I saw a program on TV highlighting funny TV ads from around the world. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from these with regard to how ads are made for products across the globe, and how products are marketed in different countries. Only a handful of these select ads really made me laugh, but the cinematography and overall production value of the spots is fantastic. If nothing else, the site is worth a look as an example of how major networks are putting video content online. In this case, with little to no advertising. (Oh yes, of course, it’s all advertising, but you know what I mean.)

The show is hosted by Kevin Nealon, who many will know from his 9 seasons on Saturday Night Live (1986-1995).

Here’s the link to the site: https://veryfunnyads.com

My favorites are the videos for Hansaplast, Leo’s Sports Club, and Comviq mobile. K-Fee is very unique too.

Click on the index link on the bottom right of the very funny ads site to see a complete index of all the ads. If you have a chance, please let me know which are your favorites, and how they might have had an effect on your work as an audio, photo or video pro. You can drop me a line at imaging@andrewdarlow.com . I love hearing the sound quality in these commercials (try watching with and without sound to see the difference). For the most part, the audio is cinematic and crystal clear.

For some reason, Geico.com was absent. In my opinion they have had the best TV and radio spots for the last few years in the USA. Everyone knows the gecko (I love the employee of the month one with the gecko driving a convertible). One of their radio commercials has soothing classical music with a guy speaking in a raspy voice about motorcycle insurance. Throughout the commercial, he basically says, I don’t think this music is quite right. Pure genius. Here is a direct link to some of Geico’s videos. A Google search will find others which I believe are “not authorized.” Even Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett is featured in some of the videos.

The funniest ads of the year will air on TBS in December, so feel free to vote for the little Gecko, or your favorite ad. The ads made for markets outside of the US are often much more liberal than those made for the USA. I think you’ll see what I mean very quickly.

Here’s the link again: https://www.veryfunnyads.com/

All the best,

Andrew Darlow

Two Articles Now Available Online (Podcasting & Inkjet-Related)

Hello everyone. I’d like to announce that I recently wrote an article on podcasting and audio, and contributed an image and testimonial about how I use a number of HP’s papers and printers. Both were published in Studio Photography magazine’s August issue.

This is the image I contributed to the inkjet article photographed in my favorite “city that never sleeps”:

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Photograph © Andrew Darlow, All Rights Reserved

And here are the links to the articles online:

For a direct link to the audio and podcasting article: https://www.imaginginfo.com/publication/article.jsp?pubId=3&id=1791
Link to the Inkjet Printer and Paper Article (also includes comments about a wide range of products from many other photographers):

https://www.imaginginfo.com/publication/article.jsp?pubId=3&id=1809

I encourage all professional photographers based in the USA who like the online articles to request a free subscription to Studio Photography magazine. You’ll find a link to request a subscription on their home page. I think they do a fantastic job, and the articles are filled with great images and tips. If you live in Canada or Mexico, the free subscription option may also be available to you, but I’m not sure about that.

I am not an employee of the parent company, Cygnus Business Media, but I served as Editorial Director of a magazine called Digital Imaging Techniques (another Cygnus publication) for two years. You can find many previous online articles from Digital Imaging Techniques here. And to subscribe to my personal Inkjet & Imaging Tips Newsletter, just enter your e-mail address in the box in the top right corner of the home page.

Bye for now…

Announcement: Center For Fine-Art Photography’s Member’s Exhibition

I recently had a wonderful experience judging the Center For Fine Art Photography’s show, “People, Places, Things”. There was so much inspiring work, and choosing the winners was more challenging than I had expected.

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The Center also announced its 3rd Annual Members’ International Exhibition. For non-members, membership is available during registration. The show’s juror will be Sue Brisk, Editorial Director at Magnum Photos, New York.

The deadline is midnight, August 8, 2006.

Approximately 30 works from the Center’s gallery exhibition will be selected for a post-exhibition traveling show to the Denver International Airport’s Bridge Gallery January 10 through March 26, 2007 and you can find out more at https://www.c4fap.org.

On the topic of Magnum Photos, on a recent trip to the Arles Photo Festival in France, I had an opportunity to meet a number of current Magnum photographers. Magnum was founded in 1948 by Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger, and David “Chim” Seymour. I encourage you to read the history of the organization at their web site, and see how its member photographers are still making history across the globe.