Recently, the CBC Radio Program “Q” had an episode regarding those endless vacation photos people always post on their social media sites. While for some people, it’s a way to keep their collection of photos in one place so that they can look back on them five years from now and reminisce. But for those of us who are logging in to check our Facebook or Instagram feeds for five minutes, getting sucked into mediocre or over-filtered photos that go on and on, can be annoying.
Henry Alford, author of WOULD IT KILL YOU TO STOP DOING THAT? : A MODERN GUIDE TO MANNERS, says that to stay within proper social etiquette and not annoy your friends and followers, you should only post a MAXIMUM of three vacation photos, stay away from those filters, and don’t try too hard to make your life appear “special”.
The nice weather has everyone outside (finally!). And you’ve probably noticed a lot of people taking pictures, either with their phones, or a real camera. If you’re serious about photography, you might be trying to improve your photos, and improvement begins with knowledge.
We have plenty of great books in the library on both digital photography, and traditional SLR photography (or both). There are many great online resources as well, and if you don’t use Instagram, you might want to start an account. It’s a wonderful resource for inspiring photos, especially when you start following photographers you admire.
But what if you’re just starting out and you don’t know anything about photo jargon? All those words can be confusing….aperture, bokeh, field of vision? I came across a great website recently that breaks down the basics for you in a really easy way. I can almost guarantee your photos will improve just knowing these things. Not Dressed As A Lamb is a fashion blogger, but she makes this idea simple for anyone. Spend a few minutes on the link, and bookmark it to come back later…..you’ll learn as you go, and might need a refresher.
Most of all, have fun out there taking photos! It’ll show in your work.
Here we are, a few days into the New Year……and it feels like a non-starter. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have the whole week off, you might feel like 2015 doesn’t even begin until Monday when you go back to work. And if you are working, this is the weekend of nothingness. Everyone is still in holiday-ish mode, and now we’re all busy cleaning up, putting away, getting back into schedules. It’s four days of “what do I do now?”.
If you’re like us, you’ll be spending a little bit of time browsing the web to catch those last minute Boxing Week sales, or dreading the line-ups in stores for returns. Why not take a few minutes to do something fun? How about visiting this fascinating Instagram page “We Never Met”, and reading through some of the stories? This is a genius idea….a person who photographs people without them looking at the camera, and makes up a story about their life or where they’re off to at that moment.
For our Frivolous Friday post, we’re visiting a fun site called “What Was There?” It allows readers to upload their own photos of specific buildings that used to be in places that might now be built up, or changed in some way. It’s fun, even if you don’t know any of the places. The old photos layered over a Google map image is fascinating!
If you have a few minutes this weekend, spend time either uploading your own photos, or looking through some of the ones that are already posted. It will help you see your world with new eyes! (Hint: try some of the countries other than the US.!)
For our Frivolous Friday post, if you’ve ever wasted precious minutes looking at Grumpy Cat on the internet:
…you might like a few new outlets for your visual interests. But you could spend a lot of time following links on Facebook, running through Tumblr feeds and flipping through Instagram posts to find the best images on the web right now. So when I came across Oublio, I was hooked! It organizes the most popular images on the web right now into one easy format. Just click the type of social media you’re most interested in, and up pops the image receiving the most views at any particular moment.
Keep in mind, sometimes the images are not for everyone, but they change often. And usually, they’re really fascinating! So, if you have a minute to pop to the site, that’s all it takes. You’ll definitely want to bookmark this page to come back to later. It’ll be your new instant web crush!
In August, we’re doing something fun on Instagram.
We want all of our patrons to take photos of yourselves–or people you love–reading! Is your favourite spot at the end of the dock? Or do you like to read in a hammock? Wherever you spend your time flipping through the pages on a lazy summer afternoon, we’d love to know about it. All you need is your camera and Instagram. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #cplibrary…..and the NEW hashtag…. #thisiswhereiread