Do you want to gain recognition for your photography and get your photos noticed?
If the answer is yes, then you’re in the right place.
However, it’s becoming increasingly hard to make your photography stand out as photography has become much more accessible to the masses.
So you need to do things that will make your photos stand out from the crowd (or even break into the crowd in the first place).
This post is all about the techniques you can try, to get your photos noticed, in an effort to help build a profile for yourself as a photographer.
First though, I need to get something out of the way…
Be Good at Photography
This kind of goes without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway, just to get it out of the way.
You want to get noticed for the right reasons so the better you are at photography, the more likely you are to get noticed.
That being said though, even if your photography is average, there ways to get noticed, so long as you…
Create Something Unique
If you think outside of the box with your photography, and create something that’s both impressive and interesting, then there’s a good chance that you will gain a good amount of exposure.
There’s a lot of photography and tech websites such as PetaPixel, Gizmondo, and SLRLounge, which (along with providing excellent content) aggregate news and interesting blog articles, and then share them with their following.
These articles are ultimately picked up because the photographer has produced interesting work, where they’ve thought outside the box.
That can range anywhere from the time I taught everyone how to create a hidden camera mirror photo, or the time Ian Ruhter turned his truck into a tintype camera.
The photos he created were awesome, but had they been shot on a digital camera, they simply would not have received as much attention. It was the process and results that everyone was talking about.
The reason they’re famous is because he turned a whole truck into a camera, and then used it to take wet-plate photos. The results were astounding.
I’ve seen countless examples of interesting photography, shared because of their methods, or subject.
Think outside the box more, and you will soon start to become noticed too.
Run a Photography Blog
My photos, whether you like them or not, have been seen by millions of people through this blog. This is the kind of exposure you could get for your photos, if you run a successful photography blog.
I’m not expecting you to all go out and create photography blogs which take over your life, but it’s become really easy to add a blog to your own portfolio website, and I show you how to do it here.
This will help you to earn more exposure for your work, and if you post anything particularly interesting/excellent, then people have a way of finding you/linking to you.
Enter Photography Contests
There are countless photo competitions to be found on the internet, and this is a really easy way to both get noticed for your photography, and potentially win prizes.
You can see a whole range of competitons here, and receive an update every time a new one starts.
I will say that you should be careful to read the terms and conditions before entering though, as the competition may state that they have the right to use your photo, without payment to yourself.
Get Your Photos Published
Talk with your local newspapers and magazines. Even talk to your local promoters.
They all need photos, and if you can provide them for them, you can get paid, and get your name out there.
You’d be surprised how easy it is to get a press pass for local events, I’ve done it before and people haven’t even asked to see a portfolio, or who I work for.
You can then take these photos to local papers and start to earn money (always charge them, they have a budget for this sort of thing), and get published.
Pick up the phone and call your local paper today. In my experience, a phone call is a lot harder to ignore than an email.
If you’re just getting started, then forums are a great place to get noticed. I remember reading about what Eric Kim said about getting started in street photography.
He posted some of his photos in a street photography forum and that got him a lot of attention. He knew to pursue it, and went onto greater things.
There’s a forum on this website if you would like to share some of your photos.
Simply sharing your own photos on your social network is a great way to build a small following. And it’s even better if you have your own fan page.
I remember really early on with ExpertPhotography when pages like Adobe Lightroom would share something I had written, and my website crashed because it couldn’t handle the amount of visitors they were sending me.
This was all down to posting on Facebook.
Photo Sharing Networks
Websites like Flickr and 500px are great for getting yourself noticed as a photographer, but this is also where a large amount of skill is going to be required.
Photos of flowers in your back garden aren’t going to send any real recognition your way, or get your photos noticed.
If you like sharing your photos, receiving feedback (sometime unsolicited), networking with other photographers, and potentially being seen by thousands, then you should really join a photo sharing website like this.
I personally don’t use them anymore because I have enough social networks on my plate, but if I did, I would use 500px. I think Flickr is on it’s way out.
Reddit is a fantastic example of how a regular person can gain a huge amount of exposure with just a single photo.
One of EP’s Top 20 Young Photographers 2012, Mark Jaworski recently posted the photo below to Reddit, in the pics section. With over 1500 upvotes, it would have been seen by tens of thousands of people, if not hundreds of thousands.
With a very active comment section on Reddit, linking to both his website, and another online portfolio, this proved to be a great way for Mark to get his photos noticed.
Mark Jaworski – www.markjstudios.com
In my personal experience, it’s not that hard to get your photos hung in small, local galleries. I’m not talking about exhibitions here, just local galleries, selling local photos.
The standard of photos tend to be lower than most galleries, so they’re not that hard to get into.
You will find that you may have to rent wall space, or put in some time, but if your photos sell, then it will more than pay for itself.
Galleries are a really easy way to earn a little bit more money and get your photos noticed. If you’ll excuse the pun, it’s all about exposure.
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