I was so thankful to be able to attend Blissdom (a blogger conference in Nashville, Tennessee) this past weekend.
My family went with me and we had a wonderful time!
While there, I was able to sit and learn from some amazing photographers (I’ll tell you more about them and what they shared soon).
I thought I’d take a moment to share my notes from that class (as written on a complimentary GaylordHotels.com conference room notepad). :)
From Jason and Ryan….
- People follow because they like your taste and want to see the world through your eyes.
- Set up a tumblr for your instagram feed.
- Don’t tweet, FB, or tumble (is that a word?) all of your photos. Keep your audience at each social media location in mind.
- Instagram is a form of micro blogging – another platform. It’s all about telling stories!
- Approach instagram like a blog post.
- Ask how you want it to represent you.
- Establish a look.
- Know what you want to be telling.
- Pick a storyline, be disciplined, stick with it.
- Explore other sides of your brand.
- It’s ok to delete pictures that don’t look good in your grid (the boxes of photos that appear in your profile page… the above image is a screenshot of my grid).
- Pick one or two filters and use them. Be consistent. It might be good to choose an inside filter and outside filter. Decide which filter is going to represent your “brand” – you.
- Anything you put online is up for grabs. Know that your photos might be used by others without your permission.
- The number of likes in a certain amount of time seems to be the key to getting a photo on the popular page.
- Use the camera+ app for setting exposure when taking photos (or use this tip for taking better iPhone photos, which is what I like to do)
- Use the app PSexpress to straighten a photo.
- Other apps recommended were:
- fotoframe, diptic, picframe, grid lens (collage makers)
- Phoster – to add text
- Vintage camera for cool old style filters
- Toy Camera
- (My personal referrals are snapseed, which I heard is this week’s free app at Starbucks to brighten photos, and Photogene 2 to resize photos for blog posts)
(NOTE: I’ve not checked out the following users, I’m just sharing what Jason and Ryan shared with us)
- @annariflebond – showing and promoting her business
- @tonydetroit – living in and documenting the slow death of Detroit
- @bexfinch – bits of her life
- @fosterhuntington – world wide surf trip
- @tu_ly – personal/professional shots
- @timrobisonjr – beautiful light
- @fieldoffice – exploring the west (each picture in her stream helps the next – very strong compliment of photos)
- @foodfaceash – behind the scenes shots
- @trishpapadakos – food only
And that’s that…
Hope you enjoy some of these tips and find them helpful!