Social media and the Internet have had a huge impact on photography and Street photography is no exception. So how can we get the most out of social media for street photography and what are the dangers we should avoid? Well Yuri, Brooke and I sat down to discuss this on Blab recently.
Social Media helps to discover inspiration
One of the greatest things about social media for photographers is we can come across great inspiration from all over the world. This is basically free as we have paid for electricity and Internet unlike photobooks and gallery exhibitions which we have to pay to enter.
Social media gives us a worldwide voice
Social Media means we can share our images and messages across the world in an instant.
Social Media encourage more sharing
Social media makes it really easy to share images we take and helps us with things like 365 projects which would be much harder in an analogue world. When you add in the psychological tools used to get you on and sharing, that makes social media encourage us to share more photos.
Social media feels less rewarding than other responses
Because sharing photos and “likes” are so easy, it doesn’t feel as rewarding or powerful as printing images and exhibiting in a gallery.
Sticking to a theme is a good idea for social media success
The most popular Instagram accounts and similar all stick to a single theme or style. Maybe this isn’t so important for Twitter accounts as they seem more temporary.
Feedback from one person you respect is better than a load of likes
If one person you respect tells you they like a photo, it is better than getting hundreds of likes. Seek out people to give you their real opinion.
Critiquing groups (like streettogs) are great
We discussed how critiquing groups are difficult
- you often have to participate a lot
- some people don’t like receiving real critiques,
- it can feel painful to get a critique
- You are not your photos
- small critiquing groups are often easier
- if you are looking for a group, join in with our challenges.
Keep your portfolio and blog separate
Yuri pointed out the advantages of keeping a portfolio and blog separate from each other.
Instagram is too business-y
The best reason to use Instagram is because everyone is there, which means more likes. But none of us really enjoyed using Instagram as there are so many adverts and businesses there.
Maybe VSCO is a good alternative?
We talked about some alternatives like Flickr and perhaps VSCO? Their business model centers around selling films simulations and filters so they have photographers interests at heart rather than selling other people’s products (as long as their business model works) the interface is nice and clean but brook mentioned it is quite there.
Our street photographer recommendations
Our two streettogs to check out are.
Street Challenge: 500 photos in one day
This week’s Challenge is to take 500 photos in ONE day and then select three images to share on the Streettogs Facebook page.
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