Sharing photos with the world, or your social media following can be quite scary. The question becomes to share or not to share? It is a big decision. What can you get out of it when you do it? There are a few things to consider.
To share or not to share is a big decision
I have shared nearly every image I have ever worked on. Obviously not every image I’ve ever taken. Wow, that would be an overload on a major scale. Still, I have worked on a lot and then shared them on Social Media. Whether that was here or somewhere else.
It has been good doing that. Mainly because it is nice to do images that others see. There doesn’t seem a lot of point to just do them and leave them sitting in a folder that no one sees.
However, saying that, there are always two sides to the benefits.
You open yourself up to a lot of criticism when you share your photos. Everyone has an opinion, there is no doubt about that. Not a lot you can do about it, but still, that criticism can hurt at times.
Over the years I have got a lot better at taking it. No, that’s not true, I still hate getting it. I don’t mind if it is from people that I respect or know, but when it comes from random people that I don’t know, well, that drives me nuts. I don’t know who they are, so how do they have the right to tell me how I should be doing my images. Really!
Getting a thick skin
You do have to get a thick skin or appear to have one. I have things that I have learned to say to people over the years that usually stops them in their tracks. There is no point being nasty. You just invited it back if you do that. Still, you have to be firm. I own my images if that makes sense. When I put an image out there I try to say, this is mine and I like it. Hopefully, people get the idea and leave it at that.
You can’t stop all the nastiness, but being able to block people so they can’t see what you do is great. Over the years I haven’t had to do it to many people, thankfully. Nice to have the feature though.
That is really the only negative I can think of.
For me, the positives far outweigh the negatives. Sharing my images has given me so much joy over the years. I have met so many new people because of it. There is almost a kindred spirit or something like that among photographers. I love it.
Of course, it is great to see if people like images and I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy that. I do. Though, you can also get a sense of what images are well received and which aren’t by the responses. The number of likes an image gets is always a good indicator. I know on Instagram that my landscape/seascape images are far better liked than my city ones. That doesn’t mean I will stop doing the latter, but I know when I put up one of those images that I will have deal with it not being as popular.
If I am getting images together for a competition or exhibition I often look back on my photos to see which ones will probably be good choices.
Seeing images constantly
Perhaps the best benefit for me is just seeing the image constantly. When you are seeing it all the time you can decide if you like it or not. I’m talking about myself here, not others. I decide if an image worked or not. Sometimes I will think, nope, hate it. Then other times I might think, I need to do more to it, that I missed something in the first edit. Occasionally, very much so, I find I’m really happy with an image and wouldn’t change a thing.
Of course, I know some are absolute disasters and I have no idea why I thought it was a good idea to put them up. You just have to have a go at times.
Now I’m going to show you an image that I really haven’t wanted to share. I took it last year and edited it a couple of months ago. I was trying some new things and I spent hours on it. Actually, I have no idea how long, but I worked on it and off for over a month. A few minutes here, and there.
I was trying out some things in Photoshop. It is dark, but I love dark images. So I am showing it to you for the first time. The image is done, I believe.
So, as I said I love it. It is a direction I want to go in. The editing that is, not necessarily on images such as this. When summer is finally done, I am going to spend more time getting images so I can do this sort of thing to them. Plans are being made.
We are having such a hot summer this year. It is horrible. It feels like the heat will never end.
The first image is something new for me too. I was inspired by my friend Steve. The image was taken with the Fujifilm X-T20. I’m loving it so much. I love how easy it is to carry around and use. My back loves it as well.
Why do you like sharing images?