BECOMING A CONCERT PHOTOTGRAPHER - PART V - ADVERTISING YOURSELF AND YOUR PHOTOS.
Advertise yourself - Using the internet to document your career
After investing your time and money into getting pictures and moving your career forward, it would make no sense in an internet age to not show your work online. Social networking sights have a lot of benefits, but you must add something else for people to see. Just having your own website in general can make people take you seriously. Depending on what you want to spend, you can open a site for fractions less than your gear investment, and perhaps even for free! Do your research on websites, hosting, and design, and go with it. Sites like Smugmug ( www.taylormahaffey.com )let you design your own site with your own host name for pennies a day, and will make people realize that your serious about what you do. As the years go on and you grow as a photographer, let your website grow and change things up. Get a better host, or even hire a website expert to do it for you. Browse photography sites on the internet and get some ideas. Just remember to make it your own and dont steal ideas from people. Remember, other photographers are your freinds!
Social Network sites are a great way to get your pictures out there for free. Among them the heavy hitters like Flickr, Myspace, Facebook, and Twitter will allow more people to see your info, and let you add pictures and links to your website. The more your link to your site on these pages, the higher your personal website will rank on search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. Just remember to take the pros advice and try to answer emails, requests, and questions from all your fans. Trust me they appreciate it! When they become famous Concert Photographers, they will return the favor.
Check out these other PRO BAND PHOTOGRAPHERS. Reading their site is the best learning you can do. They have tutorials, lots of great pics, and these guys are known to answer questions from everyone:
www.taylormahaffey.com - My Gallery
ishootshows.com - Todd Owyoung, Concert Photographer PRO
onelouderphoto.com - Chris Owyoung, Concert Phtoographer PRO
www.ashnewell.com - On tour personal Concert Photographer for Taylor Swift, Hinder, Def Leppard, and others..