Every second, 6,000 new tweets hit the Twittersphere – and you can bet there’s a lot of bad photography in them. But let’s focus on the good stuff. Check out these six Twitter accounts photographers should follow and see what they can offer your business.
B&H Photo Video is a first-in-class site and Twitter account for gear-minded photographers. While primarily an e-commerce site, B&H also has videos for everything ranging from virtual reality and time-lapse photography to product reviews for newly released lenses.
PetaPixel is the uber popular photography blog that keeps you current on up-and-coming photographers, offers business tips for freelance photographers, and of course, takes deep dives into gear.
It doesn't hurt that PetaPixel included us in a roundup of photography insurance options. Thanks for the hat tip, PetaPixel!
LensCulture is an industry-leading magazine that offers a heavy dose of accessible high-art photography from around the world. With online collections of urban, fine art, documentary, and black and white photography, LensCulture curates the best new photography out there.
LenCulture also promotes the photography of young and emerging artists with the Magnum Photography Awards. The contest runs until May 24, 2016, so get your portfolio together and submit!
Based in Austin, Texas, Suzanne Cordeiro lives a photographer’s dream life: she snaps shots of world-class musicians that come through the Texas capital for gigs like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.
Coderio’s account doubles as a case study of social media done right. She's funny, engaging, and excellent at promoting her recent work. If you’re looking for ways to improve your social media presence, take a lesson from her.
The Twitter account for the New York Times blog Lens has the visual and verbal goods, including essays about the impact of photojournalism and its place in politics. But you’ll also see the photos that bring the newspaper life.
Lens is a compelling reminder of how effective photography can be as a storytelling device and an instrument for social change.
Okay, this last one is a gimme. There’s not much we can say about the gold standard in photography that hasn’t already been said. National Geographic still brings it.
With its patented dose of adventurous photography, stirring photo essays, revealing portraits, and wild landscapes, NatGeo is a reminder of why you got in the photography business in the first place.
A Word of Warning about Social Media and Photography Liability
Social media is an incredibly useful way to promote your photography business, but it's not all sunshine and hashtags. In some cases, your online activities could lead to lawsuits. For example…
- A client could sue if you say anything disparaging in post. So maybe don’t post that errant tweet about the annoying client – it could be construed as libel.
- You could be sued if someone claims you infringed on their copyrighted material. Always attribute where your media posts come from.
If you have any questions about your photography business liability, check out our page on General Liability Insurance, which covers the two lawsuit risks listed above. Learn more about copyright infringement in "In DMCA Lawsuit, Photographer Seeks Damages from Twitter."