Each week you submit your work to the hundreds of photography pages you find on Facebook hoping to get your image featured. Sometimes you do and sometimes you don’t. Here are a few tips on getting featured. I’ll start you off on the positive note before I destroy your innocent daydreams ;P
1. Make sure your image fits the theme. Some pages are VERY specific about that and won’t even give a second look at an image that doesn’t fit their theme.
2. Make sure it fits the pages’ genre. I have a page called “Stand Alone Magazine” and there are many amazing submissions. What I am looking for is more conceptual artistic pieces. Outside the box type stuff. A new look on everyday things. So I may not pick many images each week if they do not fit what I am looking for. If you notice a page only features bright airy happy photos, don’t go posting your angry moody black and white there.
3. KEEP POSTING! Check out the “Maven Flier” each week over at the Snap Maven blog. Submit to as many pages as you can.
Now to destroy your innocent daydreams. Some pages are biased. Yes. When all it takes is a few messages to the admins to get you featured, then its not REAL. It’s like paying the teacher for your A. That never feels good deep down in an artist’s heart. My advice is this:
1. Check WHO they feature each week. If its the same people over and over…. maybe try another page.
2. Check the work featured. If you look at it and you think OMFG were they smoking crack!!! Then they probably are just a group of people who thought running a photo page would be fun and have no actual clue what they are doing. There are many of these pages. I advise looking for pages run by people who have experience and know how.
Think of it this way, you wouldn’t go to a dentist for heart surgery now would you? Why would you accept the opinion of a “photographer” who has no real appreciation for the craft?
HAVE FUN! Its great being featured. Frankly though, it wont pay your bills. Your clients probably don’t care BUT here are some amazing benefits:
Recognition: you can become a household name and establish yourself in the community which always leads to bill paying :)
Opportunities: Blogs and magazine writers will see you!!! Its a great chance to be published!!!
It Just Feels Good: It’s nice to know that people REALLY like your work.
Remember 500 REAL fans is better than 10,000 that you had to buy or trick into “liking” you because those 10k will never look at your page again. ;)
Tip: If you are constantly seeing shit in your feed thats pissing you off i.e. a page that features nothing but “friend” photos. UNLIKE the page and UNFOLLOW. What you don’t see feels so much better than getting your panties in a bunch when you log in each day :D