Well , today I’m in a mood . Not bad , just a bit confused . Last year I think I talked about this here in WordPress , but , I’ll do it again because it came up in conversation with a fellow photographer.
Now , I’m not claiming to be a great or good photographer, but , I work at getting better almost every day. But , websites / apps such as Instagram and FB do nothing to promote photographers . Unless you pay for followers or likes . Now there are other sites , EyeEm , FOAP , 20twenty etc, where you can post photos and have the potential of selling them or you can pay Instagram and FB to get more likes .
So , using the same hashtags as someone else should yield the same results if the person your comparing to has the same amount of followers ? Not so fast , you have to think at what time you post and algorithms . I will not try to explain algorithms because I have no idea . But, on top of that I have heard people say that when they use hashtags , their photos don’t show up under that tag . I do not know that to be true or not , but there are hashtags that I use that seem to be so good for others and nothing for me .
In the end , if you’ve read this far you’ve learned nothing , but , as a photographer it’s a bit frustrating that there are road blocks to showing your work or promoting yourself. The bottom line, I do not know how to play the game or just refuse to pay for it .
But here are a few examples of what my frustration is .
The first example is a male dancer I shot in Rome , Italy vs. a male dancer selfie .
Now keep in mind that we both have about the same amount of followers between 1650-1750
His photo . 1400 likes with 1700 followers . The photo been up about 4hrs
My photo has been posted for 2 weeks and 74 likes for 1650 followers .
My next example is a ballerina who has a little less followers then me , compared to a female dancer I shot.
Her photo 1100 likes
My photo 121 likes .
And my last example is comparing a photo I posted in Instagram as well as 500px .
Now keep in mind , I have about 1650 followers in Instagram and 120 followers in 500px : the results 88 likes in Instagram, 376 in 500px
The results Instagram you could do just as well or better posting a photo of a garbage can with your phone compared to being in the safari in Africa shooting wildlife with a $5,000-10,000 camera . If your interested in photography, visit apps such as 500px / Flickr where you find the real photographers.
And to answer the question , why do you post in Instagram Steve , if you feel this way . Well truth is , because I choose to do photoshoots with dancers and to find them you need to show them your work and most people I want to photograph are on Instagram . If I was looking for photographer then I go to the other sites .