One of the biggest issues with starting out photography is that simple idea: who sees this? Do we create albums and simply post them to our personal Facebook or Instagram accounts? Do we use sites like 500px and Flickr only? Who uses these sites, and are they broad enough to garner the attention we want? All these questions I’m asking myself, and honestly it’s overwhelming at first. I’ve (of course) Googled this ad nauseam, and while most people have different methods of “getting yourself out there”, there’s one thing that’s practically universal.
If you want to succeed, move up in your craft or simply get the recognition you might be doing this for…you have to take the risks of putting yourself out there.
Simply stated: share it. Just put it out there, fire and forget…whatever you have to do in order to get people to notice your work. And that is what it is, right? It’s work. You are putting effort into this, you’re framing shots and putting work into editing those photos later. Singly managing your social media presence is just as much work as actually taking the photo…and so on. It’s hard though. It’s hard to think that just as much as people could love your work, they could just as easily ignore it and not care. Or worse, they could…not like it! Gasp! Oh no!
That’s not why you’re doing this though, is it? You’re not doing it to be liked. You’re doing this because you love to take pictures, you have a unique perspective on the world and you want to show that to people. The fun part is, what you do now isn’t what you will do in years to come. You’ll improve and get better, you’ll buy different equipment to fit niches that you want to fill. I’ve taken the perspective that (because I’m still very new at this) if 1/7,000,000,000 doesn’t like your photos, so what? Even if your entire Facebook friend list goes “Ew.” and blocks you, that’s still a fraction of a fraction of the world that’s waiting to see your work.
Get yourself out there. I just did it. Honestly, the results are pending…but again, that’s not why I shoot. I shoot because I love the sound of the shutter, because I love the results (usually) of the picture…I love going back and reviewing my work in Lightroom and tweaking where necessary. I love the whole process, and in the end I love taking pictures. These stills of time that represent a view, or infatuation, or a world of art.
I’ll make another post in the coming weeks about what I’ve used for social media, and how I created a workflow that makes sense so I’m not posting to like…four different places and trying to keep each album updated.