before you read expect some of my quirky sense of humor. earlier this year i was listening to a brilliant lecturer tal ben shahar, who stated that humans view virtual reality as an extension of their own reality. i believe this to be true, so within that intellectual frame work, here is some tips for presenting your photographs on social networks for non photographers.
- take fun photographs when you go to fun places, post and share.
- do not post a photograph from every event attended; you and your friends are not the cash money millionaires
- when you take photographs envision your best self because it will show in your face
- practice a handful of your most flattering poses and smiles in the mirror and do it over and over and over and over in your photographs
- men look best when they have strong manly poses: legs apart, shoulders square
- women look best when they have feminine poses: body turned slightly to the camera (not square shoulders) elongated neck, crossed legs, smile with your eyes (smize a la tyra banks) etc…
- limit posting photographs every day, you will wear out people’s attention
- absolutely no blurry or dark photographs...
- ask whosoever is taking the photo to avoid sticking you directly in the middle of the photograph, a little bit left or a little bit right.
- do not name you album “just me” that’s the most mentally lazy thing you can do! you went to grade school right? you took a creative writing class right?
- choose 1 or 2 , or 3 max photographs from any outing and post only the best ones. only the best ones! nobody wants the see an album/photographic essay on how to do duck face
- a bathroom mirror is not a photo studio, restrain yourself. lol!
- consolidate your albums by topics, people have a short attention spans, stay away from having 87++ albums
- you are probably the only person that cares that you bronzed your baby’s first pamper.
- narrow down your profile pictures to your best current ones, these are the first photographs people reach for, your potential mate is bored by photograph ten :-)
- your social networking site is personal but if you don’t celebrate your friends and family in your photographs, what does that say about you?
- celebrate your partners; love is and always will be a beautiful thing, you will be respected for it. hiding them does not protect them from anyone except your insecurities
- avoid posting photos from the hospital, or of something terrible happening to you. most people don’t care if you lost a tooth, just put it under your pillow and be rid of it, already
- if you must post pics of your food, i suggest you create a separate album for your food pics, so everybody can skip that album
- the title of the photograph is almost as important as the visual message you are trying to communicate in the photograph. “just me” “me and my babe” is mentally lazy titles. think of something kewl that’s consistent with your personality
- posting rachet photos, exposing other people, says that you are just as rachet, avoid that at all cost. [see urban dictionary: rachet]
- just like in real life, if someone pays you a complement or comments on your photo, don’t ignore them, you aren’t the artist formerly known as prince, starring in purple rain, you are on a social network, social networking with other humans
- reciprocate complements, comments and likes, don't be a closet hater lol!
- stay away from negativity, ignore it
- don't try to impress others, trust me you are kewl enough, be your best self and people will like your photographs that demonstrates your already kewl self
- have fun