Over the years, photography has come to be a key feature of social media.
With every good-quality or interesting photograph that you post come many likes and even new followers.
This is down to the attractive and engaging nature of photographs which makes them a perfect medium for people to develop an online presence and have an influence on their followers.
Whether it’s simple filters, frames and retouching or specialist software including Adobe photoshop Lightroom, there are countless tools for improving the appearance of photographs – so it’s not that difficult to create the illusion that you have the artistic skill of a professional photographer.
However, if anyone can at least pretend to have mastered the art of photography, how do you stand out from the crowd when it comes to your own photography skills?
The secret is to learn photography on a photography course taught by a professional instructor.
Signing up for expert instruction in photography will teach you everthing you need to know to take your photography skills to the next level. In photography workshops and tutorials, whether they’re beginner or advanced photography, you can expect to learn how to use your camera to its full potential by first mastering the fundamentals then perfecting your practical skills.
“Passion is the essence of social media”, Jay Baer
If you don’t have your own digital camera, the camera integrated into your smartphone will be good enough to get started! However, it is recommended that you invest in a high-quality camera if you develop a serious interest in photography.
As technology evolves, more and more cameras are becoming compatible with Wifi and Bluetooth, so not only will your photographs look more impressive, but you will be able to share them more easily.
Some of Instagram’s most popular shots are taken on smartphones ¦ source: Visualhunt
By using a professional digital camera, the photographs you produce will be of higher quality and you will be able to capture more of the scene in front of you.
Using high-quality equipment, coupled with real photographic know-how from your photography classes will make your Instagram or Facebook page more interesting to look at and the followers will come flooding in!
Here are some more useful digital photography tips to stand out from the crowd when it comes to sharing your talent for photography on social media.
Harmonious photographs are taken when a photographer bears their composition in mind.
Having a well-composed photograph means that it has a balanced structure and is pleasant to look at.
So, how do you achieve this?
In photography, the composition is about the way in which the elements of a photograph are arranged. These elements can include colours, lines, shapes and objects.
This technique has been a feature of arts such as painting and drawing since long before the invention of the camera.
There are many rules to follow if you want to produce a photograph with a satisfying composition. Here are just a few of them:
“If your photographs are not good enough, you are not close enough”, Robert Capa
Posting interesting or quirky pictures will make you stand out ¦ source: Visualhunt – jesse.millan
There are many other photography techniques which can be used to achieve a good composition for your photographs, but getting a good grasp of the basics is the key to taking your photography to the next level later on.
If the term ‘flat lay’ doesn’t mean anything to you, here’s a quick run-down of what it involves.
Flat laying is all about photographing from above several related items which have been arranged on a carefully selected background.
This style of photography is especially popular among those who run lifestyle, food and travel accounts.
Flat laying is a method of presenting essential items for a particular outing or event to your followers. For instance, travel blog flat lays may include a tourist guide, rucksack, camera, sunglasses, passport, sun block and a bikini.
For food accounts, flat lays are used for displaying all of the ingredients required for a particular recipe.
The flat lay has popularised the high-angle shot across social media and even in day-to-day life. Taking pictures of restaurant meals when eating out to be later posted on social media is now incredibly poular.
This is an example of a flat lay you may find on a beauty account ¦ source: Piixabay – summa
Here are some tips for taking beautiful flat lay photos:
Among the multitude of social networks that are available, there are some designed specifically for the sharing of photography.
Here are just some of them:
Now you know how to really make your photographs shine and develop an online presence, you will hopefully start to see results very soon.
So, find a photography school, sign up to online photography courses, work on your composition, consider your lighting techniques, exposure, lens aperture, white balance, ISO, shutter speed, then stand on a chair and post your pictures on your favourite social network!