What’s the first thing most women do when someone takes their photo? Stand right in front of the photographer, facing him/her, arms at side, feet together. Pretty boring, right? Not to mention unflattering. Years ago I heard actress Sharon Stone offer this tip to women posing for the camera. Stand SIDEWAYS to the camera. Extend your right leg, toe pointed, or extend your leg with knee bent. Then turn your head and shoulders ONLY to face the camera. Not only does this create a slimmer body image, it helps give your chin and jawline a sleeker appearance. Okay, so maybe if you’re Sharon Stone you don’t need to do all this but most of us can use a little help. Here are two photos of Ms. Stone, along with a before and after of a normal woman showing the benefits of this pose. You’re welcome! Photos courtesy of various.
So one of the things I’m pondering lately is whether to enter competitions and contests. For most camera clubs, competition is the backbone of their programming. Additionally, there are contests sponsored by publications — Photo of the Week, Travel Photo Competitions — as well as prestigious competitions sponsored by National Geographic and the like. Then there are the hundreds of contests promoted via social media. I’ve entered contests from time to time, but not many and not with any consistency. I’m realizing all that’s involved in selecting photos, preparing photos, uploading them, paying entry fees, and then monitoring the entries waiting for results. To me that’s a whole other part of my workflow and I haven’t quite decided if it’s worth it. I came across the following post recently, though, and thought it offered excellent tips if you’re considering entering a street photography competition.
If you know me even a little you know that I am a huge social media fan. LinkedIn was the first network I joined, back in 2007. Though I had no strategy in mind at the time, the site has become a key part of my marketing as a photographer, and it helped establish my reputation as a corporate marketer over the years. One of my pet peeves, then, is seeing profiles with no photos, or bad photos. For heavens’ sake, get a decent photo. Though I understand being self conscious or camera shy, people need to get over their particular quirks and behave like professionals. What makes you so special that you think you don’t need a profile photo, or that you don’t need to take the time to get a decent headshot? Good thing that most of the millions of LinkedIn users don’t feel the same way, otherwise what a boring experience that would be. This article from Business Insider echoes my sentiments. http://tinyurl.com/z4yl5bv
Recently I gave a presentation on “Using Social Media to Promote Your Photography” to the Baltimore Camera Club. The presentation focused on three platforms: Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. My audience was attentive and asked detailed questions. I learned a lot from the experience. BCC is kind enough to feature an interview on all the club presenters, so I’m sharing here if you want to take a read — it’s only one page.pages-from-bcc_focal_point_september_2016-final