Photos, Social Media and Galleries.
First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for their input last week on what images I should use to help advertise my One on One photography session. The response was phenomenal and I have now put together a gallery of images on my website, so you can check it our by clicking here. I am happy with the gallery and I think it shows a great variety of images.
Leading on from yesterdays post, and my black and white image of the Rialto Towers, I thought today I would show you the colour version, and a version that is almost monotone, but not quite. I just desaturated this one. I wanted there to be a hint of colour, but not too much. I wanted that reflection above the doorway and I wanted it to stand out.
I love the reflection and all the blues. I like that reflection, I like the symbolism of it. The idea of the old being reflected in the new. The building that is being reflected is about 100 years old, which as this building is no where near that age, maybe 20 or 30 years old. The angle I picked was to get that reflection.
I thought this image would work better in black and white, but I like the colour one so much more.
Here are the images in a gallery so you can look at them better.
The image is made up of several images of the same thing, and was quite an interesting image to do. I am starting to realise I need to spend more time taking photos and processing them.
I have been hearing so much about Google+ recently and apparently it is the social media platform we should be on right now, especially if you are into photography. I am slowly working my way around it and work out how to use it. I used to hate it, I couldn’t figure it out, but the more I use it, the more I like it. It is like it has taken all the things we hate about Facebook and made them better in Google+.
So I have been spending more time on it, going through and +1ing stuff that I like. I like that you can see work by lots of people and not just those that are “friends”. The more you +1 others work, the more you get them back and the more people see your work. The images I have been putting up in the last week are slowly getting more and more of them. There are lots of communities to join as well.
The other thing I like is that you can categorise people you add to your circles. You can have your close friends in one group, strangers in another, whatever, then when you post stuff you decide who will get that information. I think that is a massive bonus.
The notifications give you more options, and you can reply to comments in them, accept people into circles, all sorts of things. You don’t have to go to the actual post or status to do it.
If you use gmail, or google, the little bell for notifications in on all of them, so you can always see when the little red thing pops up letting you know how many notifications you have.
Of course, one of the biggest bonuses is that if you have a link to google+ on your site then apparently that favours well with Google, and you could get a higher ranking. It can’t hurt, that is the way I look at it.
I have started a Leanne Cole Photography Google+ page and the link above should take you to it, I hope.
Just quickly, I wanted to warn you about the SEO ranking that I keep getting emails about. I have been getting a lot of emails from people telling that I don’t high on google and if I want to get a higher ranking, then these people can help me. It is, of course, a scam, so don’t do it. My husband is a programmer and he said if you do it, then your ranking could end up a lot worse. Google doesn’t like them. What they do is make your site like spam. You really don’t want that.
On a final note, I wanted to apologise to anyone who got a twitter invite from me. I was installing it on my phone, pressed the wrong thing, and then everyone got invites. It was a mistake, so please just ignore it.