There’s a lot of talk on the web these days about what to post on Facebook, how to create the perfect post, and how important visual posts are to improving things like reach and virality. (Yes, a lot of that talk is coming from this blog.)
But just because you are convinced of the importance of posting images and other types of visuals on Facebook and other platforms does not mean that you know where to get them. Well, the cheapest solution is to create them yourself.
Not a photographer? No worries, you don’t have to be a pro to post your own images on social media. However, a little instruction can go a long way toward making your photos more evocative, visually pleasing, and share-worthy.
Assuming you don’t have time to drop everything and go take photography classes right now, we’ve put together a handy offering of online tutorials for you to peruse:
1. Collecting the gear
With all the advancements in mobile phone technology, you can certainly get back with your iPhone or Android in a lot of situations. But if you want high-quality, crisp photos that really employ your creativity, you might be interested in getting some real photo gear. As a freelance photographer myself, I can tell you that a great place to get comprehensive reviews and explanations of a wide range of gear types is KenRockwell.com. Full disclosure, he has a bit of a Nikon bent, but I don’t have a problem with that since I’m a Nikon user myself (and they’re the best anyway).
2. Learning the basics
If you are looking for a comprehensive overview and clarification on a variety of photography topics, a great resource is Photo.TutsPlus.com. Not only do they cover beginner techniques, they also provide great disambiguation on topics that are a bit confusing like JPEG vs RAW image capture.
3. Turning on the lights
Lighting is not really necessary for a lot of situations, and you can get by just find without adding artificial light as an amateur. However, if you really want to step up your game and get into artificial lighting, my favorite place for advice on that topic is Strobist.Blogspot.com. This blog site focuses on using inexpensive off-camera lighting in creative ways, and there is a TON of information to be found here.
Have a great tutorial site to add? Post it in the comments below!