A Mobiographer’s Journey From Analog to iPhone
A couple of years ago, mobiographer Erica “Spin” Simas moved…
Many bloggers are used to searching for stock photos on the web. But today, most bloggers can take mobile photos of their own. Between stock and mobile photos, not all photos are created equal. While stock photos make for easy access, mobile photography can easily be leveraged for excellent blog content. If you’re a blogger, mobile photography can help you to…
Bloggers put a lot of time into developing a unique blogger personality. Conversely, it takes a couple of seconds to surf the web in search of a stock photo. If you want your photos to be just as original as your content, you can try getting creative with mobile photography. Chances are that your photos will reflect your unique personality in the strongest way possible. For example, if you have a formal writing style, and you want this to reflect on your blog consistently, taking clean and classy photos should help your case. Or if you’re a very expressive writer, your photos might include lots of color.
As a blogger, you care about creating unique content, but you’re also putting effort into revealing something about yourself. When you write, you’re not just passing on information – you’re telling a story, too. Adding a generic stock photo to your writing makes it hard for readers to get to know who you are. On the other hand, complementing your text with mobile photography allows the readers to get a feel for how you see things, sometimes literally through your phone camera. If you want to talk about shopping for home décor, for example, then show which items you look for in home décor shops or shoot what trendy items you have in your bedroom, and don’t only write about them.
At times, we want to blog about things because it brings us back to a memorable time. Many students like to blog about their study exchanges to foreign countries, for example. Imagine the power of your own phone camera capturing the Eiffel tower while it’s snowing, as opposed to downloading a public image of the Eiffel tower at random. Talking about your winter trip to Paris without an image of you sightseeing, all bundled up under gray skies, doesn’t fully include readers in your experience.
Stock photos don’t always correspond well with content, simply because people haven’t taken photos of everything that’s on our minds. Product reviews, for example, are highly specialized as each product reviewer writes about a specific experience with the product. If I’m reviewing the latest netbook, I wouldn’t necessarily want to download a stock photo provided by a retailer. Instead, I can take mobile action photos of my friends tinkering with the netbook. In this way, when I write that the netbook is too large for an average-sized backpack, I have mobile photos as proof of my product review.
Photos matter, so why not give them more thought? Over time, we’ve possibly stored many great shots on our mobile phones, some of which can serve as inspiring material. You could also pick up your phone to take new photos – they may turn out to be perfect for your next blog post. Remember that mobile photography can get experimental, so even if you’ve created an abstract photo it can stand for a written concept.
With mobile photography for blog content, the key is to explore possibilities. Once you’re confidently taking quality mobile photos, there’s no holding back from putting stock photos aside.