Tips for Photography for Social Media
- – Take current / timely photos – it is best to go beyond press kit head shots of artists posing to draw in your audience. Also: taking images of audience members enjoying themselves in your space can work well.
- – Rule of thirds – enable grid lines on your smart phone and centre on the intersection of lines (not dead centre)
- – Choose a single clear subject
- – Symmetry elevates images
- – Crop instead of zoom – the quality will be higher (unless you have pro camera)
- – To avoid the slight shake that reduces your image quality on hand held photos, get a tripod and mount your phone
- – Use natural frames
- – Leverage reflections in water, windows
- – Repeating patterns (similar to symmetry)
- – Introduce a new / unusual perspective
- – Use abstraction
- – Candid shots – faces draw attention and we follow their gaze
- – Show your humour – in good taste
- – No longer forced into squares on Instagram = a good thing
- – Use your phone’s camera functions (panorama, select focus, food) and image editing
- – Take many pics and select the best to edit and post – try editing on a larger screen if you can, for instance a tablet.
- – #nofilter – use this hashtag when its accurate.
- – To protect your own copyright, don’t post complete images of final visual art pieces that can be reproduced/printed easily
I often browse around the Internet for latest and best tips. Some of these tips were inspired by this blogpost: 12 Tips for Taking Better Marketing Photos for Your Social Media Campaigns posted on Quicksprout.com
It’s worth looking at what the Pros do, too. I often look at the free articles on specialized sites, like this one: Professional Photographer Magazine