‘Digital Snaps- The new face of photography’ 775LAR

Jonas Larsen and Mette Sandbye

This is a book that I have looked at from the library. Below are some notes I took while looking through the book.

-Few amateurs now take pictures with analogue cameras.

Friendship photography: Memoey, mobility & social netwroking

-Exchanging self-portriture comes from photo calling cards (Carte-de-visite) in the 1860s. No longer hard copies- now on memoey cards of phones and computer hard drives.

– The phone is now used as a portible ‘family album’- visually showing their everyday life.

– Use of Twitter and Facebook prompt us to show people what we are doing at any given moment- use geo-tagging.

– Facebook pages- now peoples Facebook pages function as archieves of everyday life.

Retouch yourself: The pleasures & politics of digital cosmetic surgery

-January 2012 ‘Fotoshop by Adobe’- ‘Next revolution in beauty, will allow you to look the way you’ve alwats dreamed’. With the use of three different tools; healing brush, hue/saturation and liquify.

Mobile- Media Photograohy: New modes of engagement

-April 2012 Instagram was bought by Facebook. Instagram is an app that is typically accessed on Iphones- it automatically geo-tags your images.

Personal Photography

– ‘the utterly mundane becomes notable, if not memorable’.

– People persue personal photograohy for four main reasons: for memoey, for creating and maintaining relationships, for self-representation and self-expression.

‘The Versatile Image- Photography, digital technologies and the internet’ 775MOS

Alexandra Moschovi, Carol McKay & Arabella Plouviez

This is a book that I have looked at from the library. Below are some notes I took while looking through the book.

– We get ‘likes’ and ‘favourites’ to be reasured by other people.

The New Interval

– ‘The old experience was charged with the occult darkness of the film chamber; the new one is flooded with brightness of the open field’. ‘People now view images straight away being able to decide there and then if they want to keep them.

– The huddle that used to be looking round family albums has changed into the huddle you now see around a camera or phone screen.

Networked photographic communication on the internet

– Some apps enhance and manipulate camera pictures as you take them- others focus on communication the photograhs from the mobile phone. Some mix and do both these things.

No Make-up selfie campaign

Campaigns like this one which is set up through social media encourages taking selifes. It encourages us by telling us that taking these selfies is helping and raising money for people. The campaigh raised £8m for Cancer Research UK in six days. It worked by you uploading a picture with the hashtag and then tagging friends in it encouraging them to do the same.

The hashtag that was used to spread this and so people would see it is #nomakeupselfie, this campaign also encouages people to exhibit themselves as they want to uplaod it onto social media platforms and they want people to see it to raise awareness and also they want themselves to look good people seeing them post it and knowing they are donating to a good cause.

no make upA lot of famous people joined in with the campaign. The fact famous people did it too also encourges people to join in as they see famous people doing it and want to follow them.

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Twitter- Encouraging exhibiting and photographing ourselves

12Twitter has the ability for you to be able to message people- this encourages people to create friendships and share things like pictures with these friends. On websites like twitter we follow the people that we have things in common with encouraging us to share information with these people because we believe they will like it.

On twitter you can also use hashtags like on instagram, this enocurages sharing and exhibting ourselves as we can tag certain things encouraging certain people to look at our pictures.

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Snapchat – Encouraging exhibiting and photographing ourselves

‘Snapchat, Spiegel explains, is a tool for “self expression” that allows users to communicate “who we are today, right now.” As opposed to the digital-identity-constructing potentials of Facebook, which catalogs a lifetime of personal photos across a public “timeline,” Snapchat feeds on the metrics of the second-hand to relay transient emotional states. By operating exclusively in the “right now,” Spiegel contends, the app sutures an opening that other tech companies often fail to close. “We no longer have to capture the ‘real world’ and recreate it online–we simply live and communicate at the same time,” or so he claims.’ Spiegels says that Snapchat unlike Facebook where you can construct identity on Snapchat you show the ‘right now’ you showing what you are doing there and then. It is more capturing the ‘real world’. The logo for Snapchat is a ghost this is to link with the fact that the like a ghost disapearing the snap disapears after a certain amount of time.

Snapchat is about personal relationships, people moved on from Facebook and the fact that everyone used it and it was so public. Teens wanted something new something that their parents werent using, the answer was Snapchat. Snapchat encourages us to create a story tell with the use of the 24 hour story, its not about editing the pictures its about them just being what they are there and then.

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Previously I stated that I was going to base my essay on two social media platforms of Snapchat and Instagram. I have now decided that I may concentrate on more than just these two covering a wider range of different social media websites.

Insta Famous

Being ‘instafamous’ is a fairly new term, it means being famous on well known on the social media website instagram. There is also being Facebook famous which is being well known through the social networking website of Facebook.

I found a website that tells you how to become famous on instagram. It tells you all the different ways to get people to see your images and promote them.

‘Hashtags are used to share an image with the world. If you take a photo of a flower and put #flower in your caption, someone who searches for #flower may see your photo. Hashtags are a great way to get publicity, and you will want to use them to the fullest extent.

1. Go to TagsForLikes.com

TagsForLikes is a website that gives you the most popular hashtags at the moment. Scroll down until you see the category that fits your picture. For example, if you took a picture of food, scroll down to the “food” category. If you took a funny picture, scroll down to the “other” category and select “funny”. Once you have found the category you like, copy the hashtags.

2. Create an original caption – NO HASHTAGS.

Create an original caption, don’t use any hashtags right now. For example, if you took a picture of a sunset, you could say something such as “Just another day in paradise.”. After that, post the picture.

3. Comment your hashtags.

Now that your picture is published, add a comment to your photo. Paste the hashtags that you copied and submit your comment. There are two benefits to putting hashtags in comments instead of your caption. #1: It looks nicer and more organized. #2: You can delete the hashtags and use new ones for even more exposure.’

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Instagram prints

Lots of places now offer where you can get your images printed straight from Instagram into prints and books. This is to try encourage people to still get images printed as this is something which isn’t done very often anymore.

Below is an example of a photo website that offers this, this example is Photobox.


This is another example of a website that has pretty much been made too print images from Instagram. It is called Printstagram.

Picture3Down the left you can see all the different products that they offer, ranging from prints to books.

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Do selfies lead to narcissism?


‘In a recent Ohio State University study, men who posted more photos of themselves online scored higher in measures of narcissism and psychopathy. The researchers asked 800 men between the ages of 18 and 40 to fill out an online questionnaire asking about their photo posting habits on social media. The survey included questions about how often they posted photos of themselves on social media, and about whether and how they edited photos before posting. The participants were also asked to fill out standard questionnaires measuring anti-social behaviors and self-objectification (the tendency to overly focus on one’s appearance).’

It is a long standing debate to weather this constant sharing of images of ourselves can be causing narcissism or do people have low self esteem? Posting images as they need constant reassurance that they look good, but again could this then lead onto narcissism.

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