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108 – The Dark Side of Likes: Navigating Social Media for Photographers

Photographers have a complex relationship with social media, and in this episode of The Nerdy Photographer Podcast we uncover the hidden pitfalls that lurk beneath the glossy facade of likes and follows. Join us as we explore the challenges faced by photographers in the digital age and discuss strategies for maintaining authenticity and integrity in an increasingly competitive online landscape.

dark side of social media for photographers and the photography industry podcast discussion with myron fields

Along with my guest, Myron Fields, we share candid insights into the pressures of curating a picture-perfect online presence while staying true to their artistic vision. From the relentless pursuit of likes and validation to the constant comparison with peers, we shed light on the mental and emotional toll that social media can take on photographers. Through personal anecdotes and professional experiences, we examine the impact of algorithm changes, image theft, and the commodification of creativity on the photography community. We also discuss how photographers can focus their energy on social media when it comes to promoting their business, instead of just seeking approval for their posts.

As we peel back the layers of social media’s influence on photography, we offer practical advice for aspiring and established photographers alike. From setting boundaries and managing expectations to prioritizing authenticity over popularity, this episode provides valuable insights for navigating the digital wilderness with grace and resilience. Join us as we embark on a thought-provoking journey into the highs and lows of social media for photographers, and discover how to carve out a space for your voice amidst the noise of the online world.

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About My Guest

Myron Fields provides wedding, engagement photography, portraiture and headshot photography to clients primarily in the Washington, DC metro area.

Serving couples, families, and individuals by creating authentic, bold, and editorial images is such a privilege and something Myron looks forward to each time he picks up the camera.

You can learn more about Myron and view his work at his website – or on Instagram @mfieldsphotography

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