When Instagram first came out I was not a fan. I didn’t (and still somewhat don’t) understand why I needed to take a photo of every little detail in my life. Snap a photo of my food, snap a photo of me eating the food…oh and don’t forget to tag where you’re eating and who you’re eating with. It’s a littlllleeeee much. As bloggers we walk the fine line of vanity; are we self-absorbed or are we just good at what we do? Nowadays the world is filled with bloggers who are talking about anything and everything and it’s hard to stand out. You really have to put yourself out there. One tweet a week or 3 photos on Instagram is not going to cut it, no matter how private of a person you may be. I, as well as many other beginning bloggers want my blog to be successful but my fear is that I won’t be able to compete on the level of my fellow bloggers. There is something just a tad too stalker-ish about posting my every moment on social media, and I feel like such a diva snapping 80 selfies, but since this is the world we live, best to embrace it and make each experience your own.
Social Media: I have this standing rule with my boyfriend that when we go out to dinner or are spending any sort of quality time together, phones are put away. We should be enjoying eachother, instead of reading the comments on his Facebook post about us enjoying eachother! (sound familiar?) When it comes to blogging I have given myself this same rule. I take random photos throughout the week but instead of editing and uploading them, I save them and reedit everything over the weekend. I then upload them per day in conjunction with my posts, or you can easily do a roundup of photos from your weekend on your blog.
- Twitter: I recommend this as the easiest way to communicate with your readers in real time. It’s as quick as shooting a text and its less time consuming then trying to take the perfect photo, and then find the right filter etc.
Blogging photography: This is something I haven’t quite conquered yet (still trying to get my tripod), but I did get a whiff of it while trying to take some photos during my Birthday. If your anything like me, you have a phobia of people staring at you whether it’s for a good reason or not. What I’ve learned is to take my outfit photos in a desolate area, OR take them with somebody else. I once had a friend come with me, just because it felt comforting having her there. She wasn’t in a single photo, but in a sea of strangers it was nice to focus on a familiar face and it helped kick my nerves.
Selfie-Nation: So my tip n trick may only work for me, but I prefer to take all my photos without my glasses, because without those babies I’m dang near blind. While I’m snapping a million photos of myself I can’t see anything but the phone in front of me. Literally! To be honest some of my best photos are the ones that I took myself. If your camera shy, it’s going to take a little bit here and there, but photography is a good blogging habit to master. For now no glasses has given me a little courage!
Hope these tips n tricks help you as much as they help me! I would love to hear what little things you all do to curve your photo phobia.