So, you’ve got a huge collection of photographs, and you become very excited to share them with your friends and family when they visit you. They praise you at that moment and the story ends there. Is it the case with you?
This is the right time to start a photo blog and share your work there. Your passion for photography should reach the right people, and nobody should miss it while you’re busy showing your photographs to the ones who have visited your home.
Showcase the talent worldwide
Showcasing the masterpieces on various social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, and even Tumblr will help you in marketing your skills.
Don’t compete here, try to refine your skill as a photographer!
But, if these are the only places where you have your photographs, it’ll still remain unprofessional. It’ll give you a good followership but when a social media profile has its own website representation, it adds to the confidence of your viewers about your talent. Also, it can help you make money.
Then, why blog?
When you add a blog in support of your photographs, the meaning and your additional talents comes out to scream and tell everyone what exactly the viewers are supposed to think of the photographs.
When there’s a story to tell along with a compelling photograph, it’s a cherry on the fresh-baked cake.
Keep some editing softwares or websites handy, so that the final touch to the capture can be given without making it look awkward and artificial.
Let me tell you how you can proceed further to create a blog specially for your photographs. But, do not display all of the photographs you’ve ever taken, choose wisely.
Have a niche
Don’t confuse your audience by making the blog jump from food to landscapes and events to architectures. You might be super talented to be able to click different types of photographs, but on your blog grab just one that you’re best at. Put up your high definition masterpieces in that niche only.
The benefit of doing so is that if some prospective employers happen to land on your blog, they’ll want your blog to display pictures only from the field they work in. They’ll prefer people who specialize in their domain over you if you’ll confuse them with a mixed fruit jam.
Choose a domain name for this blog
Choosing a domain name might happen in a blink or you can sit for an hour over deciding this one. It should be creative or you can even use your own name with some synonym from your niche. Experiment and finalize one catchy name. Details can be seen here.
Buy a hosting
Try buying the packages where you’ll get the domain name for free if you buy the hosting from the same place.
The process is same for all kinds of blogs, you can see it for yourself here.
Get onto a blogging platform
As I keep saying, WordPress is the best. Although you have other options as well, like Tumblr and Blogger. Since you’ll be viewed as a photo blogger now, which demands more attention towards your writing and presentation skills, always be ready with your writing material. You can feel like putting your thoughts down in words anywhere while you’re out on a shoot.
Get a theme, free or paid
Choose the best theme for your blog. People won’t like a million dollar photograph if the webpage it’s posted is not looking good and pleasant.
Don’t restrict yourself to free WordsPress themes because the paid ones for $39 to $59 are actually beautiful and professional.
If you want to make your blog more flexible in terms of experience your viewers should get, add plugins that can enhance the experience.
Promote your blog
For promoting your photo blog go over to places like Instagram and Facebook page. People with similar interest will join you if you’ll have a niche.
Finally, if you think that you are an awesome photographer but cannot write a word to explain anything, give it another thought. If you can afford a freelance writer, or have a team of your own, get this job done by someone who writes well. Moreover, if you still want to do it by yourself, I’ve listed out some tricks and ways that you can manipulate and use in your photo blog.
The content of blogging can include:
- Photography tips & tricks (explained)
- Story behind any photograph (should be frequently done)
- Camera and other photography equipments reviews (don’t miss out any updates)
- Famous photographers (with their famous photography works)
- Types of photography styles (share your styles)
A final note. . .
If you already have your own photo blog, share your views too so that others who are over their toes to start one, can enrich themselves.