Discussion in 'Photographic Discussions' started by nerwin, Sep 25, 2017.
Just delete this stupid thread. I give up.
Umm, what's an Instagram ? Honest ... I have never paid attention to a lot of these things ... and Pinterest ?
I never understood Pinterest.
I've asked clients to setup a pintrest board with pictures they like, so I get an idea of what they are after with a shoot.
Thats a pretty good idea.
To me it never was about photography, really. It seemed like it was about sharing 'fun' pictures with filters to make them look like, well, I don't know what exactly! lol I say fun because it seemed like it was just for people to post pictures of whatever stuff they ate or saw or whatever... just daily run of the mill stuff.
I heard people starting selling stuff on there.
I looked at it, then as usual I had to go and look at the Terms... so that was it, I never set up an account, I'm not putting my hard work on that site on their terms, and it looked mediocre at best to me anyway. I see a photo occasionally that's a friend (someone I actually know in real life) who posted it just for fun and put it on their Facebook (or Twitter) too where I saw it.
Can't you connect with the people you actually like and have gotten to know in other ways? like friend each other on Facebook or something? It's ridiculous for people to get mad if you don't friend them back or don't give your camera settings (honestly, who does that kind of thing??). I don't think you need people like that in your life. Let them go be miserable on their own.
For what's it's worth, I like your work. Pretty much everything I've seen you post. What's your handle?I'll follow you.
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I'm single. So go figure.
It's just Instagram seems to take a lot out of me because you gotta post certain times, use special hashtags and you gotta like and comment on other people's photos. It's a lot of work when you have other things you wanna do. It does take a lot of time. Is it worth it? I really don't know.
IG has always been for social media. Always. I don't think I've ever considered it to be for photographers, except those who want to advertise and make money off of number of followers.
FWIW, and absolutely no offense meant with this because my IG account is the exact same way, but our IG accounts don't lend themselves well to increasing followers. We have a variety of photos, different processing styles for each photo, and we post what WE like. Whether its a car, mountain, chipmunk, those are three distinct categories, of which you could have three different IG accounts.
I have a friend who is a very big food Instagrammer/food blogger. She regularly gets 1000+ likes per photo, nearly 50K followers, etc. She posts the same types of shots, from the same angles, with the same lighting, of mostly the same type of food.
She's constantly following the changing hashtags, she tags lots of restaurants, and other food IG accounts.
If you're in it for companies to give you free stuff, you'll need to get famous fast.
Otherwise, it's a rat race you won't win.
I was ecstatic when Canon shared my one photo. All that brought me was feelings of being a decent-enough photographer. I didn't see a bump in followers or likes. I didn't see any new (free) gear. Just free emotions.
You make a good point, we do use our Instagram accounts different and that's okay. I'd get bored posting landscapes all the time, I like to post what I want as well. I'm thinking about doing something else and using it as another way to view my photos and I'm probably just going to share my best work on it or atleast what I think is my best work. If people wanna follow me, cool..if not..so be it. I don't generally follow people who post the same exact photos everyday, I like to see different stuff.
Today I was browsing my IG account and went all the way from the beginning and I've actually noticed how much I improved over the years. So that gave me a bit of motivation to just keep on going.
However, I don't plan on posting photos all the the time. I usually posted 1-2 photos a day and it was just hard to keep up. I've also followed many accounts and what's the point when you can't see them all? So I culled through them and unfollowed people who I have no interest in, accounts that post 10 photos in a row and abandoned accounts. I should follow WHO I WANT and not people who ask me to follow so they can follow me.
It's my IG account at the end of the day, I'm going to do what I please!
Are you getting refferals from Instagram? Getting paid work from Instagram? If not it sounds to me like Instagram is using its users by mandating so much "work" to be done. It gurantees them so many hits, so THEY can collect advertising money. If your not getting anything in return but "kudos" and self satisfaction. I think you need a new social media provider! It's like a simple business accounting sheet. Do you get a return that is more than your investment? If you don't, you need to cut ties! You will be in the red and stay in the red!
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