New to G+? The Best Google+ Tips For Photographers
September 10, 2013
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With social media apps inundating our smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices, people check their networking sites daily. (Some people do it hourly.) So if you want your photography to be seen, you should connect with one of the Internet's most popular social media apps, Google+. It's a photographer's oasis; if you haven't tested the waters yet, jump in! Here are a few Google+ tips to get you started.
- Use the cover photo. Each time someone searches for your name and pops in to peek at your public Google+ profile, they'll see a huge full-screen cover photo. Use this public space to display one of your signature styles or favorite captures. And update it often—you never know who is checking your public profile, so keep the content fresh.
- Create albums for applications or clients. Are you doing a little freelance work on the side to pay for school? Or does that internship application require a link to an online gallery of your work? Try out the Google+ album features. You can upload your images by topic into individual albums and make them viewable to the public, to a circle of friends or to one specific individual. This feature is great for quick viewing on a universal platform, and it doesn't require any subscriptions or special passwords.
- Join a Google+ Community. No photographer is perfect. Join a photography-enthusiasts community on Google+ to get honest critiques and helpful tips on how to improve your work. Not only will you meet people who share your interest, but you'll learn a lot by seeing how others approach subjects and use their equipment—and when they get new toys, they'll show them off!
- Get the shooting details. When you view a photo on Google+ you get much more than just the image. Click on the "Photo details" down arrow on the right side of the screen. You'll see basic information about the image (the pros call it exif data, short for exchangeable image file format), including what type of camera was used, details about the exposure and even the time the photo was created. If you see an image you love, this information can help you create something similar.
Do you have some great Google+ tips that will help other photographers get started with this social media network? Please share them in the comments below.
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