Networking with Photographers
The only time you can see through another person’s eyes and have the opportunity to see exactly what they saw, when, and how they saw it is with photography. Even with Photoshop, photography is believable and shows you the inner workings of an artist/photographer’s mind. It’s something to savor and embrace openly. Your homework previously was to read your camera manual and take LOTS and LOTS of pictures. Practice makes perfect, right? Well, your next homework assignment is to get a free account on Flickr.
Why, you ask? This allows you to…
Share Your Photography
It’s really important for you to get your work out there and share it with people (including me). I want to see what you’ve been up to! You get to upload a terabyte of photos for free which will suit you for a very, very long time. You can trust them with your cherished images by choosing whether you want a Creative Commons License for your work or All Rights Reserved. You can check out their FAQ if you have particular questions and concerns.
Connect With Other Photographers
Viewing other people’s photography is the first way to improve your own! You see what you like and what you don’t like and then you learn how to adapt that style into your own work. There’s a good chance you’ll notice some particular techniques that I’ll be touching on in future posts. The other thing is your photography will be open to critique to help encourage you and improve your creative process. You might even make some new friends!
Besides just looking on Flickr, check out some famous photographers and see what kind of photography they became famous for. Leave me a comment letting me know who your favorite photographer is and a link to your new Flickr account so I can check it out. You can connect with me on mine here.
I know there are some photographers who hate Instagram, but I think that’s another great social media site for people because it gets them in the habit of taking pictures on a regular every day basis. I’d definitely recommend that App if you don’t already have it and I hope it gets you to think about pictures before you take them. Something to think about when uploading pictures to Flickr or even Instagram for that matter, consider what images you’re going to display and make those images your absolute best.
I can’t wait to see all everyone has been up to and taking pictures of!