Networking events are part of the whole body of the photography industry no matter what part of it you happen to be in. They’re essential when it comes to building your business, building your name, and even just to keep the door open to possibly working with folks in the future. It’s also no secret the industry is more often than not about who you know more than what you know. So if you’re looking to network with other photographers, editors, Instagramers, gallery curators, wedding planners, etc. then read on for a few tips.
Dear future photographer,
You put in the work, and you’ve learned how to hone your craft. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on an incredibly scary journey into the unknown where you will need to make decisions, figure yourself out, navigate the art world, and eventually become a responsible adult on top of this.
In 2009, I graduated college at the height of this county’s second major economic recession. Though the economy today isn’t as bad, you’re about to face an even bigger challenge–a photo industry that is evolving more rapidly than it has ever done before.
You, young photographer, have more possible options and paths to navigate than any photographer has ever had before right after coming out of school. There are so many genres, social media networks, and you’re also facing a world where photo theft is a much more real thing on top of being in a world where more and more folks question whether or not they should actually pay for photos.
The masterminds from Nikon must’ve had Xzibit’s famous phraseology in mind when they conceived “My Nikon World“, a new photo sharing service that is basically its own small social network within the boundaries of facebook. We think it went something like this: “Yo Dawg! I herd you like social netwerks, so we put a social netwerk in your social netwerk so you can netwerk while you netwerk!”
Basically, “My Nikon World” is a facebook app that allows you to share your photos in personal galleries, compete in challenges which are hosted by Nikon pro photographers, and get feedback on your work by other community users. In order to use it, you need to give the app permission to access your facebook profile. On the upside, since it is based on facebook, this means you can also use it on your mobile device. And the more active you are in the “My Nikon World” community, the more rewards you will earn.
Social photography communities are not a new idea, though–just look at what dpreview have been doing with their challenges for a while now, or the way 500px and flickr work (sans the contests, that is). So if you’re already part of one of the existing communities, “My Nikon World” may not be for you. But if you’re a diehard Nikon fan, or just happen to be an amateur Nikon user, it may be a great way to get more exposure, get inspiration from the work of others and get feedback on your own work in order to improve your photography.