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Photographers on Twitter: How They Use It

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What is Twitter? You may have heard of it from many different sources like the social media geeks in your life. Perhaps it was through corporate news like the recent Twittering Moms against Motrin [2] incident or how the online shoe retailer Zappos uses this micro-blogging platform to transparently communicate with its customers.

Regardless of what you’ve heard, it all started with a 14-year old Jack Dorsey [3] (now CEO) who way back when wondered: what if you could create an instant messaging service to easily and quickly share your status with friends and vice versa?

Personally, I created my own profile after reading that NASA’s Phoenix Mars lander [4] was posting updates of its mission on Twitter. Soon after choosing my profile picture and a photo to customize my Twitter background, I discovered there was a whole world of online communication happening—with over 3 million users all sending messages to each other, in 140 characters or less.

Within the Twitter-verse, I’ve found many who identify themselves as pro photographers in their bios. In this blog post, I’ll identify some of the photographer’s I follow on Twitter and how they’re using it to communicate with friends, find new customers, share their brands and grow their businesses.

Geeks & Tech Heads

@GordWeisflock [5] is a marketing and business development manager for the Asia Pacific region in the Kodak Graphic Communications Group. Keep up with Kodak developments with @cornpoppy [6], who also works at the company’s Rochester headquarters.

@newmediaphoto [7] tweets links to his podcasts and about the ways in which photographers can benefit from social media.

@thomashawk [8] recently tweeted about his pre-order for the Canon 5D Mark II while @susheel_c [9] reps the Beyond Photo Tips blog and recently rendered HD video using Photoshop.

Underwater and travel photographer @JasonDPG [10] feeds his blog posts, links to his portfolio and also updates the Twitter page for the @DivePhotoGuide [11].

Like many on Twitter, @wmmarc [12] uses Twitpic [13] to share his shots. Podcaster @frederickvan [14] is an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 fan who also tweets reviews about cameras like the newly released Nikon D3x.

Business Uses

@photographyvoter [15] is a Web site that aggregates photography news on the Web and feeds their updates in to Twitter while the business Twitter account of @PhotoHand [16] advertises its photography restoration and retouching services.

@photojojo [17], in their own words, are “the world’s awesomest photography newsletter!”

Washington, D.C. photojournalist @jaymichael [18] is a Twitter newbie and I bet he’ll have a spot at Obama’s inauguration.

U.K.’s Colours Magazine publisher @zakazmi [19] might just convince you to get into high dynamic range (HDR) photography.

@polaroidgirl [20] links to her Etsy boutique where she sells adorable Polaroid prints and has recently tweeted some sweet holiday discounts.

The unofficial FFFOUND Twitter page @FFFFIND [21] offers feed updates of users’ found, shared and uploaded images -– a great way to discover new work and find inspiration if you’ve got crippling photographer’s block.

Fun Self-Promotion

Music photographer @jorycordy [22] uses Twitter casually and often hangs with fellow lifestyle photographer @FredEgan [23]. Both have recently tweeted about their recent six-day Mammoth Men photographers [24] road trip along with @michaelnorwood [25] –- sounds like it was fun! Half of the husband and wife photography team @imageisfound [26] is also a fellow Mammoth Man.

My friend @missmaro [27] is one of the few women photographers I’ve found on Twitter. She is the in-house photographer at SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio and gets to shoot radio hosts and guests -– everyone from Martha Stewart to Mary J Blige. In her spare time she also shoots freelance for the Village Voice.

is a photographer who’s not afraid to explore how to use Web technology to display his work. You’ll see him tweet links to the pics on his Tumblr account as well as collages made using VUVOX.

NYC area location scout/manager @rrhobbs [28] constantly tweets the names and Web site links of the photographers he works with.

Photographer @wolf_brigade [29] still seems to enjoy shooting with good old film, even exploring the effects of expired film –- you’re encouraged to check out his Flickr account and see the results.

And then of course there’s me @mestrich [30]. I feed my Dodge & Burn: Diversity in Photography blog [31] updates into my Twitter account and link to my Web site/photography portfolio from my profile –- every month I consistently see Twitter as a referring site in my analytics reporting. The other day I tweeted about fashion photographer Steven Klein and how I interned at NV Labs in NYC’s meatpacking district where we developed his prints. Another fashion photographer @pipercarter [32] saw my tweet and replied about her experience as Klein’s assistant.

Marketing & More

I’m still discovering new photographers and the ways they use Twitter. Do you have a Web site or photo blog? Then RSS feed your new posts into Twitter and get more/new eyes on your work.

Or how about finding and following photo editors, sending them a tweet or the more private direct message (DM) with a link to your online portfolio? It might be faster and more effective than a random e-mail, cold call or wasted mailing.

Even photo editors can in turn use Twitter to their advantage — like for instance, tweeting photo requests for your publications. Stock photography agencies can also set up Twitter profiles to receive image requests and/or new submissions.

So try this: brainstorm three ways Twitter can benefit your photography business, then sign up (it’s free), create your profile, follow some people (like me), watch as others start following you and start tweeting! You never know … your tweets might lead to your next assignment, gallery exhibition, press coverage (many journalists use Twitter to sniff out new stories) and so much more [33].

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69 Comments To "Photographers on Twitter: How They Use It"

#1 Comment By Denny Medley On June 11, 2009 @ 8:36 am

Awesome article! I'm a Twitterer as well, and pretty regularly hang out in the twittosphere. I post updates to my shoots, fun stuff found in my travels, and lots of iPhone photos (posted to Twitpic) of where I'm at, or really Random stuff as well. I love Twitter, and the fact that it's like a river of streaming consciousness - just dip in every once in a while and see what's happening. Or not. You can use it however you'd like, and it works for all.
Thanks again for a great read! (and I'm following you now on Twitter - would love it if you'd like to follow me as well - @randomphoto)

#2 Comment By Robert M Johnson On June 21, 2009 @ 11:40 am

I'm here to make new Art/Photography contacts and to show my 70's Street Photography along with my newer images...


#3 Comment By njshorephotos On June 21, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

Just signed up for twitter. I'm hoping to expand beyond my small bubble of fellow landscape photagraphers to learn marketing, improve skills. Great article, thanks.

#4 Comment By Stephanie Wales Photography On June 21, 2009 @ 12:52 pm

@SWalesPhoto Weddings & ALL THINGS NEW HAMPSHIRE. Live Free or Die people.

#5 Comment By musicoooool On July 13, 2009 @ 9:12 am

Thanks Qiana.

follow me plz: @musicoooool

#6 Comment By Ariston Collander On July 13, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

Why not...


#7 Comment By carolyn Fox On July 23, 2009 @ 6:57 am

I use twitter to help draw people to my photography website. My stats have increased since I've been on twitter. Thanks for the info.

#8 Comment By Rob Walls On August 20, 2009 @ 3:22 am

Still not sure if Twitter is just more static in cyberspace or really a valuable tool.

I use it (along with Linkedin...someone called it Twitter for grown-ups") to drive traffic to my photo blog This Photographer's Life (htpp://robertwalls.wordpress.com) and it works...but my blog is purely a sel-indulgent, anecdotal exercise based on nearly 50 years as a working hack. It's not designed to generate business...which makes it fun to write.

Interesting article, Qiana...

#9 Comment By profotolight On September 11, 2009 @ 7:48 am

it is good to note that significant market players like B&H, Adorama, Calumet, and little old us (profoto) are using Twitter with great success to stay in touch with our customers.
It is wonderful to learn what people are thinking online quickly.

#10 Comment By bleaf On October 2, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

Twitter is a great way to build your brand and direct traffic to your website. @afterdarkedu we're trying to think of how we can use it to keep people informed at our After Dark Education events (the first is in Austin Oct. 11), which have a real spontaneous component to them. Part of the After Dark experience is a learning eruption when people collaborate, brainstorm, experiment and explore. It would be great to be able to tell people when these magical moments are occurring so they can partake in or observe them. Anybody have experience with this?

#11 Comment By Migz Photo On December 21, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

great list of people to follow, I will be adding some of these people, and follow you as well.

#12 Comment By Migz Photo On December 21, 2009 @ 1:58 pm

great list of people to follow, I will be adding some of these people, and follow you as well.

Follow me @turtzilla

#13 Comment By Pascal Depuhl On January 5, 2010 @ 12:03 am

Thanks for compiling this list. It's an interesting list of people to look at and learn more about how to use Twitter more effectively and efficiently. I have been on Twitter for the last few weeks and already can see how this too can be very useful for communicating with clients, suppliers and fellow photographers. It is part of my social media presence from facebook.com/advertising.photography to my twitter stream @photosbydepuhl, both of which invite people to my blog.depuhl.com and my website [35]

Thanks again for getting this list compiled.

... catching the light!


#14 Comment By Richard Baker On February 19, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

Many thanks for all that information.


Richard Baker.


#15 Comment By David Hardwick Photograohy On March 10, 2010 @ 4:41 pm

Very Nice Info. Thanks for your kind help.

#16 Comment By Paul Stoakes On May 3, 2010 @ 4:53 pm

Thanks for the info...

Paul Stoakes

#17 Comment By R.D.Wayne Holloway On May 29, 2010 @ 10:25 am

I still cant get my head around it.......hopefully in time, but in the mean time its great to read the comments


#18 Comment By Vegas Wedding Photographer – FogartyFOTO On January 24, 2011 @ 3:47 am

I find twitter to be simple, expressive and outreachy. Can be good for SEO, too.

#19 Comment By tori On December 7, 2011 @ 5:57 pm

I love Twitter! It's a great way to meet new photographers.

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