Each month, NPR issues listeners an Instagram photo assignment that has them documenting some small part of their day. The most recent assignment asked participants to document their commute, “that perfectly average and ordinary part of the day that many of us share.”
But this month’s assignment turned into something extra special, when a photo of a mother reading to her son on the subway went viral, touching the lives of many readers and, it turns out, the mother herself.
Today was the day of the mystery Instagram event that had many a tech site speculating about what the Facebook-owned image sharing giant would announce. A couple of sources were close, but there’s no longer any need to speculate because Instagram has let the cat out of the bag, and that cat’s name is Instagram Direct.
Already live as I write this, Instagram Direct is a new service that will allow users to send direct messages complete with text and either photos or videos to a select group of people, rather than sharing them with your entire follower base. Read more…
Who says you need to travel to exotic locations to capture the aurora borealis in action? Sometimes, all you need is a window seat on a trans-Atlantic flight from London to NYC — at least that’s what happened for one lucky amateur photographer recently when he was treated to one heck of an ‘in-flight movie‘ right outside his airplane window. Read more…
The tech world is full of ‘wars,’ all of them over the attention of that flighty creature known as ‘the consumer.’ And one of the wars being raged most furiously is between the major social networks: the established behemoths Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; that stubborn network loved by photogs, Google+; and the new kid on the block that has everybody’s undergarments in a bunch: Snapchat.
Light-painting, like time-lapse, is a genre of photography that is packed full of talent, making it really hard to pick quality work to feature (if you haven’t already, check out this list of 10 amazing light-painting photogs you should follow right away).
Are you using Facebook to get people excited about your photography? In The Photographer’s Guide to Facebook, we break down tactics to help you use this platform to attract, engage, and get referrals from your audience.
Plus, you’ll get loads of examples of pages from photographers who have successfully used Facebook to market their own business — each doing things like simply posting regularly, asking interesting questions, showcasing compelling images and providing an excellent sense of their personality.