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Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:46:13 PM »
Just a question that popped into my mind. Why do people post photos on social websites?

Today I removed most of my photos off FB because I'm no longer sure why I share them.

Thoughts ...

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Why do people post photos on the social websites?
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2014, 01:17:57 PM »
Today I post them on FB because I don't have a personal webpage (yet). And I want to share some good photos.
Good photos: it's relative term. I mean good for my current abilities.

Few years ago I posted everything, no matter of quality, but now I'm not doing that anymore. Also I was not so "addicted" with photography, as I am now. A little bit of joke here. ;)

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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2014, 01:23:56 PM »
I mostly post links  to my work (versus actual photos) because I'm not too trusting of the social networks who remove my metadata including copyright, but will occasionally share a low res photo to promote myself, especially upon request.  For example, the horse competition I covered the other day asked for a photo to use as their Facebook "cover" photo, so I gave them a 850x315 version of the photo and they gave me credit.  Yes, I could have asked for payment, but I've already been paid for this shoot and it's a fun photo that's worth more as a promotional tool.  You can see it here at the top of their page: Red Hills Horse Trials Facebook Page

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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2014, 01:36:03 PM »
I mostly post links  to my work (versus actual photos) because I'm not too trusting of the social networks who remove my metadata including copyright, but will occasionally share a low res photo to promote myself, especially upon request.  For example, the horse competition I covered the other day asked for a photo to use as their Facebook "cover" photo, so I gave them a 850x315 version of the photo and they gave me credit.  Yes, I could have asked for payment, but I've already been paid for this shoot and it's a fun photo that's worth more as a promotional tool.  You can see it here at the top of their page: Red Hills Horse Trials Facebook Page
So I guess than makes you Lou. Nice to meet you ;)
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2014, 01:40:16 PM »
I mostly post links  to my work (versus actual photos) because I'm not too trusting of the social networks who remove my metadata including copyright, but will occasionally share a low res photo to promote myself, especially upon request.  For example, the horse competition I covered the other day asked for a photo to use as their Facebook "cover" photo, so I gave them a 850x315 version of the photo and they gave me credit.  Yes, I could have asked for payment, but I've already been paid for this shoot and it's a fun photo that's worth more as a promotional tool.  You can see it here at the top of their page: Red Hills Horse Trials Facebook Page
So I guess than makes you Lou. Nice to meet you ;)
Nope, not that photo - the one at the TOP - the sequence photo - here's the link the enlarged version:
https://www.facebook.com/115683211789568/photos/a.375049229186297.91533.115683211789568/759900324034517/?type=1&theater

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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2014, 01:45:25 PM »
I mostly post links  to my work (versus actual photos) because I'm not too trusting of the social networks who remove my metadata including copyright, but will occasionally share a low res photo to promote myself, especially upon request.  For example, the horse competition I covered the other day asked for a photo to use as their Facebook "cover" photo, so I gave them a 850x315 version of the photo and they gave me credit.  Yes, I could have asked for payment, but I've already been paid for this shoot and it's a fun photo that's worth more as a promotional tool.  You can see it here at the top of their page: Red Hills Horse Trials Facebook Page
So I guess than makes you Lou. Nice to meet you ;)
Nope, not that photo - the one at the TOP - the sequence photo - here's the link the enlarged version:
https://www.facebook.com/115683211789568/photos/a.375049229186297.91533.115683211789568/759900324034517/?type=1&theater
Ian Anderson, even better! You play flute and sing for Jethro Tull!! I knew you were one of the good guys ;)
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2014, 02:18:27 PM »
Because I want my friends, or my friends' friends to see the photos.

E.g. I've seen a band playing jazz music in a street with half a dozen people dancing, took photos, and posted some on my web page to share a bit of the experience with my friends. Shared it on the band's FB feed, and the people who danced (apparently fans of the band) tagged each other. Apparently they wanted to share the "been there, enjoyed that" story with their friends as well.

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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2014, 02:26:32 PM »
Generally, I post personal photos on my Facebook page. Pictures of family mostly, but some vacation pictures to share the experience. Only occasionally do a post my "serious" work on Facebook. I reserve that for my website.

I've thought about trying to better coordinate the two and use Facebook to drive more people to my website. I may do that eventually, but haven't found the time for it yet.
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #8 on: March 11, 2014, 02:47:43 PM »
why not? we are taught at a young age that sharing is a good thing.
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #9 on: March 11, 2014, 03:20:15 PM »
simple: that's where my friends and aquaintances see them. I do watermark & downsize them beforehand, though.
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #10 on: March 11, 2014, 03:27:48 PM »
It depends on your business model.  I actively shoot functions that are attended by my friends or acquaintances and posting on FB gives me the opportunity to literally put my work in front of them on a reguluar basis.  It's free advertising and allows me to show the full breadth of my work to an audience that may only have a limited understanding of what types of things I shoot or the quality of my work.  I post highlights of almost everything I shoot to FB instead of having my own blog-type of site.  It's easy and has a wider audience.  I also post everything under a separate photography page that isn't my own personal page.

If you have concerns about your images getting taken and reused, you can post lower res and watermarked shots or just opt out all together.

I just did shoot this weekend based on someone on the other side of the country who briefly met me at an event and later saw my photos on FB that were tagged and shared.  This client is likely to turn into a long-term customer, too.  That means a $0 advertising investement is turning into cash in my pocket.
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #11 on: March 11, 2014, 03:31:24 PM »
Ian Anderson, even better! You play flute and sing for Jethro Tull!! I knew you were one of the good guys ;)
Yep, that's me - the secret's out!  Fortunately I have aged very well, but I have completely lost all of my musical ability and lost my British accent altogether.  Wait, I'm not that guy - but I try to be one of the good guys :)

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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2014, 04:00:00 PM »
Easiest way to share pictures with friends and family. Gets kind of boring discussing photos with myself.

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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2014, 04:24:57 PM »
Just a question that popped into my mind. Why do people post photos on social websites?

Today I removed most of my photos off FB because I'm no longer sure why I share them.

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Simple answer: because they want other people to see and enjoy them. To me that's what photographs are for. I've been following some of the media hype (especially in Europe where I'm from originally) around privacy, safety and copyright concerns. Fair enough.
But I see no value (apply any meaning here) in keeping my photos private and locked up. Yes, you want to think twice what you post and who you give access to what. But I must admit I enjoy social media - and often for the pictures especially. Despite the occasional over-sharing I like seeing what friends and acquaintances are up to. Especially those who I otherwise don't get to see or hear from much.

And sometimes between all the kids, pets and travel pics (including the "look what's on my plate" variety) there are photographic gems that I wouldn't have seen otherwise. I try to return the favor in limited and (I hope) reasonable way. And that's just Facebook. I also like Flickr and 500px to just go browsing through some incredible work.

And I'm in my mid forties and not some Gen Y kid who doesn't know any different. 
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Re: Why do people post photos on the social websites?
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2014, 06:03:57 PM »
I get a good amount of business just from Instagramming..

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