Before we get started, you should be aware this document is directed at those using SLR cameras. Photographers who use SLR cameras have the greatest scope in creativity and quality images.
When starting out in photography you are on a learning curve in 3 areas; understanding your camera, processing your photos and unleashing your creativity. Posting photos to the internet and getting feedback and likes is one of the best ways of getting a general idea of what works and what doesn’t.
Don’t spend money uploading and sharing your photos online in the early stages. You can set yourself up very easily online completely free, save your money for your next favourite lens and any courses you choose to do. The following steps will show you how to get started o your Internet Photo Showcase Journey.
I recommend you perform each task in the sequence listed to avoid confusion and allow you to practice. You do not want to distract yourself from your photography.
I have broken the steps in bite-size pieces to help you pace yourself. There is no requirement to do everything all at once, this should be a fun and creative learning journey. Take your time. The idea is to concentrate on your new skill.
Before you begin:
- You should be taking your photos in RAW format. If you are not doing so please set up your camera be photographing in RAW.
The advantages of RAW format is basically your photo is uncompressed and you can adjust it if you wish much easier prior to converting to jpeg.
- I highly recommend you use a program like Lightroom to catalogue and adjust your photos. Adobe Lightroom is the only money you should be spending at this point. And in my opinion, it is a very tiny cost.
Adobe Lightroom is quite easy to get started with and you can convert your RAW images quickly.
There are some free options available but do not be tempted to use them. Adobe Lightroom has the longevity experience and there is a lot more on offer for you as your skills improve.
- Sign up for a free trial to Adobe Lightroom: Click Here and choose the Photography package.
It costs less monthly than a week of take-out coffee. I pay A$14.29/month and it is really worth the money.
Start Your Internet Photo Showcase Journey:
Week One Part 1:
- Flickr is the best place to store your photos for free, share them with friends and relatives and promote to get likes. An easy to use starting point. Do not be tempted to pay for a subscription! You are not there yet.
Get your Free Flickr account: Click Here
- Create a Facebook Page dedicated to your photography. Click here for instructions on how to do this.
- Create an Instagram Account dedicated to your photography. Click here for instructions on how to do this.
- Optional: Create a Twitter account, it does not need to be a dedicated account. You could use a Twitter account you already have if you choose, this is a good idea if you already have a lot of followers. Click here for instructions on how to create a Twitter account.
Week One Part 2:
- Upload 1-10 photos to your Flickr account. You will find the guides on the site comprehensive and easy to follow. Click here for instructions.
- Share these 10 photos with Instagram and Facebook using the tools provided in Flickr. Remember to use hashtags in both accounts so you get the most of your visitors. To learn and understand more about hashtags (#) Click here.
Learn how to share to your social media accounts from Flickr click here.
- For practice repeat Week One Part 2.
- In Flickr learn how to organise your photos. Click here.
You are becoming quite the expert now at uploading your photos, organising and posting to social media.
Let’s add one more free and fun thing to your Photo Showcase Journey.
GuruShots, it is fun and free and gives you the opportunity to really see how good your photos are.
GuruShots is addictive and challenging. Practice, be creative and most of all have fun.