How do you feel about taking photos and instantly sharing them on your trips? Do you prefer to leave your camera at home and smartphone in your pocket while enjoying your holidays?
I sort of feel like if we don’t share the photos it’s like a tree fell down in the forest and no one heard it, like, we’ve had this amazing experience and if I don’t share them, then no one’s going to know that we had this experience, you know, apart from us.
Social media is an essential tool for building your brand, making connections, and finding work. It is no different for sharing travelphotography…
To explore the way social media photography and traveling impact one another, The Guardian undertook a study with two groups of participants, with six people in each, which were invited to visit Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra. One group was instructed not to post anything on social media but were still allowed to take photos. The second group was given a free reign and were allowed to both take and share images. Soon as the participants departed from the zoo, they were interviewed.
Unsurprisingly, the study found that the sense of urgency and the desire to share images taken were “strongly scripted into the role of the tourist”. Participants, who were not allowed to share anything on social media, expressed their disappointment in not being able to share their experiences with others immediately. One of the reasons for this was not receiving as many likes on their photos when posting them after the event, instead of during it to “cash in” on more exposure.
Furthermore, one of the participants also felt she did not truly experience it because nobody else had “participated” by seeing it happen in real time.