With the ever growing popularity of instantly sharing of images with friends and family, coupled with the global emergence of social tools like Facebook (now with 600 Million users), Flickr, Animoto, and new kids on the block – like Clixtr and Instagram - has created a whole new category of modern photography, called ‘Social Photography‘.
8 times out of 10, we find that our clients that are here in Wilmington, NC, for Oceanfront Weddings, they always ask about Facebook, which we are, as well as Twitter. We have found this so powerful for opening our sessions up to our clients and sharing the whole experience collectively, it has enriched our relationships and taken them to a whole new level. Oh yea, along with helping our business four-fold!
Throw in the fact that so much of this can be done with a mobile device with HD camers, 5-8MP cameras built right in, we are seeing an explosion in ‘Social Photography‘, and it’s just getting started. It goes without saying, that we are daily, actively looking for ways to become even more Social in sharing and engaging the experience with our fans and clients, to take the “I” out of Internet, and put the “WE” in to the Social Web.
What are some of your favorite ‘Social Photography‘ tools or tips? We’d love to hear your creative ideas!!
Social photography is a subcategory of photography focusing upon the technology, interaction and activities of individuals who take photographs. Digital cameras, photo sharing websites and the Internet have enabled new tools and methods of social networking while consumer trends such as flashpacking and adventure travel have led to a worldwide increase in socially connected photographers.
Some extensions of social photography include geotagging and online mapping, while online social networking destinations like Facebook have led to an increase in the popularity of technology employing the real-time transfer of images. Where Facebook allows for users to instantly upload a picture from their mobile phone to their profile, there have recently been a number of services sprouting up that allows users to create real time photo streams. Clixtr is one such service allowing their users to create geo-tagged events, then upload photos through their mobile phone and write comments within that event, thus creating a photo stream.
Where Clixtr allows users to upload photos to an event stream through their mobile phone, a wireless digital camera enables photographers to connect to cellular networks or other hotspots to share photos, print wirelessly and save photos directly to an image hosting website. Geographic areas serviced by outdoor WiFi networks permit extended applications for geocaching which can include the use of Global Positioning Systems and smartphones.
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