Getting your work on social media sites like facebook and instagram is essential for any budding photographers who want to get their work seen. There’s a few things to ge your head round, like hashtags and how to upload from a laptop or PC (I use a program called Flume, which is well work the few dollars it costs and allows you to directly upload from your laptop or PC). The other thing you need to consider is making comments about your photo.
I recently took a decision not to add comments to my photos unless there was a story that needed telling and the photo would be enhanced by it. There is no right or wrong here, it’s a very personal thing.
I noticed that when reading people’s comments about their photos, the comments often take the magic away, almost like when you’re told how a trick is done. The photo suddenly lost some life and mystery, which for me is one of the magical things about a photo – that you don’t know anything about what was happening to cause that situation or expression, when you are told how it happened, it becomes stale and boring. So I have decided for now to just label the name of the place where the photo was taken until someone can convince me otherwise.
I have seen various ways of commenting or labelling photos – some literal, about what is happening or how the photographer came across the scene, some more poetic (which i tend to prefer) that offer a verbal accompaniment to the photo, and sometimes famous quotes. I personally am not keen on any of these ways of trying to influence the viewer’s opinion of the photo. However, it seems that people connect with these stories and alot of people do seem to like them, but as the old saying goes ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ so why the need?
Does it really help our work to get seen and appreciated more, or do our comments dilute the impact of our photos?
What do you think?
I would love to hear your comments and opinions!