Recently I got an email asking me about sharing work online. It's a great question, and one I have struggled with for a long time. It can feel like “giving away” your work with all the opportunities for people to use your art without permission.
And there are different ways to share your work online … it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. So if you've already decided you will share consider how you might share. For example, you can share detail shots, in progress shots, or photos of your work in context (a distance shot of your work on a table or easel, etc.). Additionally, sizing the digital file small enough will also help protect her work (I recommend 150 DPI at 72 quality) and embedding the digital file with your copyright info (name, email, and year of creation) will help protect your image as well.
On the topic I also recommend the book, "Show Your Work," by Austin Kleon.
Ultimately though, the most question may be: What are your goals with your creative output? That can define how and what you share. But that's a big question. You may not know the answer yet. Here are four additional questions you can ask yourself to begin to uncover your answer:
How does this land on you today? Share in the comments; I'd love to hear what you have to say.
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One of the most common questions I get while teaching my photography students after they conquer the basics is: How do I manage all these photos? It can feel like a daunting challenge for new photographers, or seasoned, alike navigating the potentially hundreds and thousands of image files you collect and create.
While starting my wedding and portrait business in 2006 I quickly realized I needed a system to keep everything (and everyone) strait. Thankfully I found one I love and have consistently used throughout the years. And now it's the system I teach all my students. As I wind up my year and transfer my final sessions on to my drive, I thought some of you may benefit from learning this simple but effective categorization system. It works great for all photographers, at all levels, with any type of digital camera.
Before we jump in, do yourself a favor that will make your photo-organization life easier: get a portable hard drive (I love G-Tech for large amounts of data and Western Digital for temporary storage). Your computer does a lot for you - it thinks, finds, holds your most precious and sensitive data. Don't also make it store all your photo memories, too. It gets overloaded easily with data (like photo files) that just sit there for long periods of time. It slows things down to a halt quickly; especially the large our digital camera MP (megapixel) counts get.
Once you have your drive, plug it in and start transferring your files. Here's how I organize mine (see image above, working left to right):
The keys to success are: using the system, and not waiting months and months to sort out your events. Do it within a day or two, and you'll keep control of your photo library without it taking over your computer!
Feel free to post your questions in the comments.