Kari Post Photography has existed on Facebook for nearly a decade. While I’ve increasingly become less pleased with social media in general, Facebook in particular is a bit of a sore spot for me. From a business page perspective, using Facebook to reach out to followers, clients, potential clients, and the general public isn’t that productive; algorithms tend to block posts from users that don’t have high interaction with your page to begin with, and without sponsoring (aka paying money to boost) posts, few of my 1.5k followers ever see my posts cross their news feed. This combined with my general distaste for what Facebook has become – a pool of ignorance and negativity, punctuated by frequent advertisements for companies, products, and services that I have zero interest in – has often led me to want to deactivate my account and stop my use of the platform entirely.
As a step in that direction, I have decided to deactivate my personal account starting in December, and along with that Kari Post Photograph on Facebook will go dark. I anticipate that if and when I reactivate my personal use of Facebook, I will delete the photography page and cease to use that platform as a way of engaging fans and followers. I have started a new public Instagram handle @karipostphotography where I plan to post content on a more regular basis; since Instagram is image based I hope it will prove to be a better platform for sharing my work with a broad section of the public without the frustration I associate with Facebook. Alternatively, you can now receive updates direct from my blog itself using the subscribe widget to the right side of this blog post, perfect if you are not an Instagram user or find Facebook and social media as soul crushing as I do.
This morning I woke up, looked out my bedroom window into the backyard, and noticed how beautiful the light was shining in the trees looked. I snapped a single quick photo with my iPhone to share to Instagram. I knew the light wouldn’t last. It was early and I still had to run with the dog, shower, and do breakfast before heading to work.
By the time I was dressed, the light had changed and the beautiful scene turned into something a little more ordinary. Pup and I went for a run like we always do, I showered, dressed, fed him and myself, and got ready. Sometime during that time, I looked out my front window and noticed some fog had rolled in. It was beautiful! I took a four iPhone snaps this time, trying to get a good composition without knocking over my TV trying to get the right angle. By the time I posted the photo I liked, the fog had burned off.
Photography is all about light – and timing. The beauty of nature is that these things tend to happen in ways we can’t control, unlike studio or fashion photography where every aspect of the shoot can be controlled and manipulated. With nature photography, you have to be ready. You have to be able to anticipate when the right light may come, or the precise moment when all of the elements of the photograph come together in perfect harmony. The right light or precise moment can be brief. Moments last minutes if you are lucky. Be ready to capture them!
PS: Also, take a photo when you feel like taking a photo. iPhone, DSLR, whatever. These two images are never going to end up printed huge and hanging on the wall, but I will still treasure them years from now, when looking back on the time spent living in my beautiful home. Had I started fiddling with DSLR camera to get the perfect settings for the perfect shot, I likely would have missed these photos entirely or at least been late to work, and I would never have been able to share and post them so quickly. Not every photo needs to be a prizewinner!