Part of the love of photography for me is sharing my images, which in days past was Flickr but I’ve since dumped it for Instagram. The more serious photographers might laugh at this thought but I really do think that Flickr isn’t a good place for social, it’s great if you want back up but I just don’t see much engagement on there - at least in the last few years.
I use Instagram to share anything I take on my iPhone or DSLR (more on this process in another post) and have found some great communities that I follow or am actively engaged in.
The first thing to understand is that communities are based on hashtags e.g. #avgeek is one that I use a lot for aviation images, I also use this when I post my own. This step gets you in the habit of searching for and using hashtags to get more engagement on your own images and find users that share your passion.
Next up are users created specifically to share posts that they like that use a particular hashtag E.g. a user is called BESTAVIATION (I’ve just made this up) that looks for hashtag #bestaviation - the ones that they like they repost on their account. This keeps their feed active and gives you some exposure (and hopefully more engagement), it’s a good thing - as long as they mention you. If you find your images shared without a mention then add a comment that this image is yours or report the image.
So, in a nutshell here are my tips
- Search for hashtags E.g. #avgeek for aviation
- Create a new note with all of your favourites for each photo type E.g. I have a note called INSTAGRAM - AVIATION that contains a list of my hashtags that I use for all my aviation photos that I post
- When you post an image use these tags
Hopefully you will start to see more engagement with your images using this method. When I started to post using hashtags I found that I had more comments on my images encouraging me to post more and give me feedback, I was also invited to join a community via my newly discovered images.
I hope this has helped, please let me know if it has in the comments.