I originally posted my images on the Internet so family and friends could view my images. Being a person that takes so many pictures, I didn’t want to email my family and friends every time I have a collection to share.
I created a Smugmug account two years ago as my online gallery. It worked well. Whenever I created photos, I’d send an email and people had access to my images. As a matter of fact, some even purchased my photos since I had the pro account. I began to grow as a photographer taking classes and improving my craft. The results were manifested in the responses to my images and, most importantly, my own personal satisfaction in the images I created. As I read books and articles from other photographers, I learned the importance of sharing the story behind the image. However, I typically did that in my emails and I didn’t send emails very often.
The next step was to create my personal blog and share my thoughts as they relate to photography. The main challenge was getting out the message. I could have the greatest stories. However, if no one knows about them, what value is it. That is where Facebook enters the picture. I created an account to begin networking with other individuals. It has been a work in progress. However, I enjoy connecting with family and friends. It has brought an instant connection to individuals I lost contact with some time ago.
Yet, my original purpose is still left wanting–increase my photographic exposure. During this time, I created a Flickr account for my images as well. I originally considered this the website for the casual photographer taking snapshots with their Point ‘n Shot camera–not meeting this sophisticated criteria I sought. However, I got off my pompous high horse and realized there were great images at this site. Now, I’ve joined two groups (Night Images and Washington DC/Metro Area) and added my images to them as well.
Will this be the avenue for greater exposure? Only time will tell. However, I look forward to the reviews. With that said, I know greater exposure opens myself to greater criticism. The generous reviews from family and friends will not be readily provided by a larger viewing public. In conclusion, I must be careful of what I wish for because I just might get it.