Shot It Doesn't Mean Upload It

Upload Worthy Shot of Vera, Leah and Audrey
Upload Worthy Shot of Vera, Leah and Audrey

I shot hundreds of photos while at BlogHer’11, but that doesn’t mean I will upload, share and tag ALL those photos.

Digital cameras are glorious for trigger-happy folks like me. We can shoot away like crazy to ensure we get THE shot, but then the tough part comes in… sorting through all those photos.

We come home from an event exhausted and desperate to get our photos uploaded quickly while our friends are still looking forward to seeing themselves in event pictures.

Many people will just grab the entire contents of their photo card, upload to Facebook, tag and share.

Fantastic… quick and easy and all the photos are there to be shared and enjoyed.

But wait… is it really fantastic?

Does anyone like to open their laptop to see they’ve been tagged in Facebook with a photo that makes them look hideous? Even an unfortunate angle that makes you look overweight can put a damper on your day as you rush to “untag” it, curse your friend for posting it, and then start a mini chocolate binge to emotionally recover.

I’m often guilty of taking too long to get my photos published, but I believe it’s better to take a bit of time to sort through the photos, fix the lighting and tweak a few settings if necessary, and then publish a non-repetitive set of photos that are flattering to everyone in them.

If I think I look decent in a shot, but the light hit my friend’s belly at an angle that suggested it was larger than it is, I do NOT share the picture online.

When you are photo sharing online, you want to consider two things:

  • Does everyone in the photo look good enough that they would be pleased to be tagged? Think to yourself, “It if were me, would I want that picture published?”
  • Is the photo basically a repeat of a similar photo? We often shoot a few pictures at a time to ensure we get everyone smiling etc. Just pick the best shot(s) from the sequence and publish one or two.

Then once you have published your photos on you blog or Facebook, Flickr, Photo Gallery or wherever else, try to take some time to tag people and share the blog post in link ups such as our BogHer’11 link up post.

Remember… just because you shot it, doesn’t mean you have to upload it.

ps. I’m still in the process of sorting and editing my BlogHer’11 photos. They will be on Flickr, Facebook and 5 Minutes for Mom tomorrow.

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