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Instagram vs. Reality: How People Lie About Their Lives with Photos

Here’s a 3-minute video that shows the reality behind many picture-perfect Instagram photos. It was created by Ditch the Label, an anti-bullying organization working in the USA, UK, and Mexico. The video highlights how the “perfect” lives seen in social media photos are often faked and completely different from the person’s reality. Users can appear to […]

The Other 50%: Creating and Sharing Your Photos is Only Half the Work

Creating and sharing your work is just the beginning, as Chase Jarvis explains in this 6-minute ‘tough love’ video for his RAW series. Building a community is the long game. Sure, it’s hard work, but it pays off. “How do I network?” is a question Jarvis frequently receives from photographers who are frustrated that people are […]

Instagram is the Worst App for Young People’s Mental Health

Instagram is the most likely social media platform to cause teenagers to feel depressed, anxious, lonely, and with low body confidence. That’s according to a newly published study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK. The report, titled #StatusOfMind, surveyed 1,500 young people includes some troubling statistics on social media and […]

The Real Behind My ‘Pretty’ Instagram Feed

Today, while casually scrolling through someone’s perfectly curated Instagram feed (#FeedGoals for sure), I all of a sudden had to fight the urge to hurl my phone against the wall. I wasn’t annoyed at the Instagrammer with perfect hair (although why mine never falls remotely like hers is infuriating). I was annoyed at the cultural […]

How NOT to Approach a Photograper If You’re an ‘Influencer’

I really dislike it when photographers aren’t treated with respect for their time and talent. Sadly, it happens way too often. Photographer Justin Rosenberg recently fell into this situation. He was recently approached by a media personality that wanted to take advantage of her position. The funny part is that she had less online engagement […]

Copyright & Censorship on Instagram: How Marie Claire Stole My Photo

Yesterday I found out that one of my photos was misused, stolen if you ask me, by a major international company. Sadly this type of thing is so common that it’s almost not worth writing about. However, it’s what happened during my quest to call-out the company that really captured my attention. I was contacted […]

People are Forming Instagram ‘Pods’ to Try and Beat the Big Bad Algorithm

There’s a new Instagram fad in town, and it promises to bring you more followers, likes, comments, and exposure for your work. No, we’re not talking about botting—that’s already on its way out. We’re talking about exclusive groups called “pods.” As anyone who has ever spent time on a photo sharing platform knows, bots, like-for-like, […]

How to Start Crushing Your Instagram Game

If you use your Instagram account as a main online portfolio for your photography, it’s important to make sure you’re presenting your work and skills well. Here’s a 14-minute video in which photographer Peter McKinnon shares tips for taking your Instagram to the next level. “Learning to leverage your social media to work for you […]

4 Lessons for Photographers from the Story of Desiree Genera

On Wednesday night, a developing story kept popping up on my feed featuring Katrina Ortiz (a photo client) and Desiree Genera (a photographer). Initially, Katrina posted positive feedback regarding her hired photographer after receiving an edited image in digital format. Like most clients excited about their most recent professional photography session, she made it her […]

Instagram for Photographers: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Instagram has become one of the most powerful tools for modern photographers. The platform empowers photographers across the world to have their work viewed thousands, if not millions, of times over. The community behind the social network cannot be underestimated either, openly sharing a wealth of knowledge and inspiring their like-minded peers to take their […]

Study Finds People Like Taking Selfies, but Not Looking at Them

A small study out of Europe is confirming what many of us probably knew intuitively already: while plenty of people love taking their own selfies, most people have no interest in looking at anybody else’s. The findings were published in a paper titled The Selfie Paradox: Nobody Seems to Like Them Yet Everyone Has Reasons […]

A Social Media Cheat Sheet for 2017

Want to win at social media in 2017? The folks over at On Blast Blog did some research on tips, tricks, and best practices, and they’ve created a helpful cheat sheet infographic with all kinds of helpful nuggets of wisdom. In addition to an image sizing guide for best photo resolutions you should be uploading […]

The Paradox of Instagram

Without a doubt, Instagram is one of the most exciting social media platforms anywhere. It is now ranked the number two most active social media platform by number of users (just behind Facebook) with over 600 million participants. As a photographer who has been slowing building a following on Instagram over the last three years, […]

Unfiltered Advice: What is ‘Work that Matters’ and How Do You Create It?

In something of a followup to his explosive video “Nobody Cares About Your Photography,” the always inspirational Ted Forbes is tackling a question that we’ve all probably asked: What is “work that matters” and how do you make sure your photography measures up? The question is so multi-faceted that, as Forbes admits at the very […]

Unfiltered Advice: What is ‘Work that Matters’ and How Do You Create It?

In something of a followup to his explosive video “Nobody Cares About Your Photography,” the always inspirational Ted Forbes is tackling a question that we’ve all probably asked: What is “work that matters” and how do you make sure your photography measures up? The question is so multi-faceted that, as Forbes admits at the very […]

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