5 Reasons Photographers Should Use Twitter
Written 7 years ago by Lee Milthorpe
Many of you will already be familiar with Twitter but for those who aren’t, it’s a service that allows you to post short messages (tweets) to your network of followers. It’s grown massively in the last year and has become a useful tool to people in all areas of life, including photographers.
For example, we have a Twitter account where we publish our updates, post tidbits of information and pretty much keep our followers up to date with whatever we’re doing behind the scenes. We don’t have a massive amount of followers but the great thing is, we don’t need to.
When you publish a tweet, if one of your followers finds it interesting they might retweet it, meaning not only your followers get to see it, but all their followers too. Maybe one of their followers will also retweet it, taking it even further. I’m sure you get the idea.
What does Twitter have to do with photography? Here are 5 ways photographers can use it to their benefit:
1. Get Exposure
You’ve been out with the camera, have taken a wonderful shot and you want to show it to as many people as possible. If you’ve published it online somewhere like Flickr, or maybe your own website, you can publish a tweet about it and instantly let your followers know it’s there. Even if you only have a few followers, 1 of those followers could have thousands of their own. If they retweet your link, you’re instantly exposed to thousands of people.
2. Stay Updated
You can also keep up to date with the latest work from the photography community. If you follow accounts that you’re interested in, you are notified on your Twitter homepage of their tweets. For example, if you follow us, you’ll get a tweet telling you that we have a new article or photo published, as soon as we publish it.
3. Quick Tips
Sometimes we’ll share a quick photography tip. Twitter limits posts to 140 characters so it’s perfect for short, quick advice that wouldn’t be enough to justify a blog post. There are many other people on Twitter that ONLY publish these quick tip type tweets, so if you don’t want to be bombarded with links and updates, just want the quick tips then just follow them and you’re sorted!
4. Get Your Questions Answered
Maybe you’re struggling with something and want some quick advice. Publish a tweet asking a question and hopefully 1 of your followers will be able to answer it for you. People can reply to your tweets by using the @ symbol before your account name. For example: @smashandpeas
5. Instant Feedback
Rather than asking for advice, you could ask for feedback. You’ve published a tweet about your latest photo but you know it isn’t perfect. You could ask what others would have done differently, then as above, they can reply and tell you straight away what they would have done to improve the shot.
Final Word (Almost)
I’ve promoted our own Twitter account several times in this article but the best way to use Twitter is to build your own community and build relationships with your followers, rather than just using it to promote yourself (something we’ve been a bit guilty of…)
I’d like to change that right now, so if you’re using Twitter, use the comment form below to post your Twitter address and a short message telling us what you normally tweet about. It would also be good if you read through the comments and follow anyone you think you might be of interest.
To get you started, anyone interested in photography should follow LightStalking. Not only do they have an awesome blog, they also have the most interesting Twitter account I’ve seen, by publishing pretty much everything that’s of interest to photographers.
They’ve also just published a post telling you how you can get mentioned in their tweets and with almost 30,000 followers at the time of writing, it’s definitely worth doing.
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