Social media sites are one of the best ways to get your new single and album out to the public. It is a given that you will grow and reach a broader fan base if you use these social medias effectively. You’ve been using social media sites like MySpace, Reverbnation, and YouTube for years, but why have you not been discovered? Well, here’s the problem: 1) these sites are not working for you;instead, you are working for them 2) you are being overshadowed by irrelevant content and famous artists who are getting all of the exposure. Let me explain…
When you go on MySpace you are just another indie artist uploading music. Commercial artists get all of the spotlight because they have an established fan base given that they are constantly on the radio. When you become a part of MySpace you are just a groupie among celebrities! Now, Reverbnation will distribute your music on iTunes, Spotify and the rest, but of course that service is not free. It does not make sense for a struggling artist to spend money that he or she does not have, but some of us really want to get our music out so we’ll pay for anything that might give us a shot. Should you waste your money? I would say no since there are no guarantees that paying will make you a superstar. Your talent should speak for itself, and if it doesn’t, then you should use your the money you have to polish your craft. So your last option is YouTube; that is, in case you envy to be the next Justin Beiber, but those chances are slim since your fans are more likely to land on a donkey video when they search for your music. So think about it! Are these networks working for you? No!
You should promote your music online to get discovered, but how do you do it? You have to use sites that focus on undiscovered talent instead of the talent that has already been established. If you have to pay for any services, then that site is probably not the right site for you. The free services that a site offers will give you a good idea of what they are about and what they can actually do for your career.
Struggling artists need help getting their music out in the public, so having various social medias work for you all at once is a golden opportunity. Increasing your network is the key to giving you a significant online presence which will ultimately give you more exposure in the industry. A lot of people use social media to promote their work, but few people know how to do it effectively. Read the rest of this entry »
Technique and Passion
There is more to photography than picking up a camera and taking a photograph. With each image that you take, technique and passion must shine through. For this you need to find a well structured photography tutorial and learn about the art of taking photographs.
Most tutorials will cover the pieces of equipment that will be essential and the basics of photography.
Beyond that, you will need to also learn important things like composition, colour, exposure and lighting. That is because they will impact the images that you produce.
Photography Terms You Must Know
When you are browsing photography tutorials, you are going to find that there are some terms that are commonly used. It is important that you understand them to ensure you take away the most from the learning experience.
Shutter Speed- Often listed as a fraction, this is the length of time the shutter stays open.
Aperture- You may find this listed as the F stop. This is how much light enters the lens.
Depth of Field- Controlled though the use of F stops, this is the amount of distance within the subject that is in focus.
ISO- The higher the ISO, the more sensitive your lens will be to light. This can create grainy images. Typically, higher ISOs are going to be found in faster shutter speeds.
Manual- An adjustable camera setting that will allow you to manipulate everything from ISO to the speed of your shutters and even the aperture.
Focus- If you have a point and shoot, this is the area that is outlined in the box. Often, this term will be used to describe the area that will be in focus and sharpest in a photography.
Flash- There are plenty of types of flash, the term though is a reference to the light burst that comes from the camera.
Shooting Speed- Typically used to describe the number of exposures that your camera will take, as you push down the shutter. Read the rest of this entry »
Whether weddings are large or small, you want to have the best possible photos taken to remember your special day. There is no better way to remember the happiness and love you shared on your special day than with photos. Talking with your photographer and making a list of special photos you would like taken is the best way to capture all the magic of the day.
Before the Ceremony
Your photos should start before the marriage ceremony. Getting ready for the big day is one part of the fun you will want to have captured on film. A close-up of the bride’s dress as it lies over a chair makes a wonderful shot. Photos of the bride as she is having her hair and makeup done are fun photo ideas. You will want photos of the bridesmaids getting ready, the mother of the bride helping with the bride’s dress, and mother and daughter captured in a quiet moment.
Photos of the groom and groomsmen getting ready are also must have photos of the big day. A photo of the groom having his father help with his tie is a nice idea. Photos of the groomsmen adjusting their ties and jackets make nice photos. A shot of the groomsmen surrounding the groom and the groom with his father in a quiet moment make good photos for weddings.
Photos of the mothers being seated are nice photos to have. Capturing photos of the wedding party at the altar make wonderful shots. The groom as he sees his bride for the first time and the bride as she begins walking down the aisle are definite must have shots of the big day. Photos would not be complete without one of the first kiss.
After the Ceremony
When the ceremony is over a must have photo is of the bride and groom as they walk out together. This is a time for fun shots of the groom lifting the bride or the couple in a relaxed shot kissing. Candid shots are wonderful additions to any marriage album. Before and during the reception there are many opportunities for fun photos to be taken. Shots of the cake and the couple cutting the cake are must have photos. Pictures of toasts being made, the first dance, the couple dancing with parents, and other guests dancing are photos that will show the happiness of the day. Read the rest of this entry »