November 7, 2016

Mod Spotlight | Next Steps…

Congratulations!

You’ve been selected to be featured on our blog, public instagram account and facebook page to tell us a little about yourself and the Hub you mod for.

For your spotlight, please answer the following questions below.  You may do this in one of several ways:

  1.  Email me your answers at amanda@photographerhack.com (Please DM me via Instagram to let me know that you’ve emailed me your answers.)
  2. Call me and we can chat if that’s easiest for you.  DM me and we can set up a time.  I will take notes and transcribe them.  I’ll provide you with a written (via email) proof of my understanding of our conversation and you can approve or edit my version before publishing.
  3. Record a video/or audio clip and share it via a dropbox file with me.  If you’d like, I can publish the video/audio if you’re comfortable with that.  Or, I can transcribe your answers and provide a proof for your approval and the video/audio clip will be discarded.
  4. Write down your answers and mail them to me. (Just kidding. Really, I’m kidding.)
  5. Do a Facetime Interview call with me.  Review the questions below and I’ll use that for our interview.  I will record the interview and edit it, if necessary.  (If you feel like you goof up during our interview, we’ll just pause and back up, and I can edit that out before publicly posting, no worries!)

Mod Spotlight Questions

  1. Tell us a little about yourself…
  2. How long have you been on Instagram and what do you enjoy about it?
  3. What hubs do you moderate for and for how long have you been doing that?
  4. What’s been the best part of modding for you?
  5. What’s the most challenging part of modding?
  6. What do you look for as you peruse the hashtag?
  7. If someone would like to be featured by your hub, any advice you can provide?
  8. Is there anything unique about your hub that you want us to know?  (Some hubs also publish a magazine, or publish to a blog…)

If you have a photography or other business, please provide a website URL and facebook page so we can connect with you there too.  Also, for a website URL, please provide anchor text to help with your SEO!

Anchor text contains keywords that people searching google would be typing in.  When anchor text is used to link to your site from another relevant site, it boosts your search engine ranking 🙂  Some examples might be: “Atlanta Family Photography” “Documentary-style Family Photography in Atlanta” “Newborn and Family Photography in Gwinnett County”  Feel free to google “anchor text” for more info.  But this type of backlink is awesome-sauce for your SEO.

That’s it!   If you’d like to record audio or video for your interview, please see below.  For a FaceTime interview, I’ll record it on my end.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for being a part of our community!

Recording a camera-facing video

Doing a camera-facing video, while intimidating if you’re not used to it, is actually an amazing way for others to get to know you.  I have slowly, this year, been getting over my fear of this, and I’ve been really happy with the results.  You don’t need to be perfect, but you just need to be you.

Recording a video on a Mac is pretty straight forward.  You already have all the software you’ll need built in with Quicktime.  (If you’re not on a Mac, or on an older model without Quicktime…well, then this won’t be much help to you.  You can google your heart out or just skip this part.)

  1. Prepare your thoughts and set up your background and camera.  A few tips for this:
    1. As always, GOOD LIGHT!  As a photographer, you probably have already got this down pat.  But just in case, here’s what I’ve found to be helpful.  Position yourself either directly in front of a window or with the window light coming in from the front/side.  Think rembrandt lighting.  This is very flattering, especially if you feel self-conscious about looking heavy.  The shadow on the side of the face gives a thinning effect.
    2. Try to aim for a “clean” background.  Ha – in my case that’s about 2 square feet in my house and I need to position the camera just perfectly so it doesn’t reveal all the clutter!
    3. Position the camera (in my case, it’s the webcam on my laptop) at or above eye level.  This is another photographer’s posing trick, but the angle is much more flattering when the camera is positioned down slightly than to shoot up.  Normally when I work on the laptop, it’s on a table or desk below me.  The camera would be angled upwards.  This is NOT a flattering look.  So, I actually take a huge stack of cookbooks and place the laptop on top of those so that the camera is slightly above my eye-level.  Be careful though, you wouldn’t want your computer to take a tumble!
  2. Open up Quicktime.  If you don’t use it often, you might need to click on the magnifying glass icon in the upper right hand corner of your screen to bring up Spotlight Search.  Type in Quicktime and you should be able to click to open up the application.
  3. You can right-click the Quicktime icon or go under the File menu and select New Movie Recording.
  4. Your webcam will turn on, you’ll see YOURSELF and a black recording pop up box will appear.  Click the small down arrow to the right of the middle red record button to select the audio – be sure to select Built-in Microphone: Internal Microphone.  Even without the recording, you should be able to audio test – when you speak, you should be able to see the volume bars moving.  You could also try a quick audio test and discard that test.
  5. When you’re ready to record, click the red middle button. You’re ON.
  6. Look directly at the webcam/lens.  It’s tempting to look at yourself in the “reflection” of the screen, but then it looks like you’re looking downward.  Looking directly at the lens, although it feels weird, gives the viewer the sense that you’re looking directly at them.
  7. If you mess up – don’t worry.  Just do a mental rewind, pause and start over.  Video editing is easy.  Just be sure to pause and restart from before the mistake.  (I mean mental pausing!  Don’t push any buttons, keep recording!  If you mess up a step, back up, pause and re-do it.  The mistake can be easily edited out.  It’s harder to stop the recording and record several videos to string together or to scrap and re-record until it’s perfect.  Editing is no problem, super easy.
  8. When you’re all done, push that red button again to stop recording.  That weird ending can also be edited out easily, no worries.
  9. Your video will pop up from the beginning.  In order to save it, you’ll have to click the red button to close out the video – which is scary if you aren’t certain that the Save option will pop up!  But it will.  You can choose to save the video file to a place that makes sense for you, such as your hard drive, an external hard drive, etc.  But, you can also select Dropbox directly here – which would be perfect.  You’re saving a step by saving directly to dropbox.
  10. Be sure to name your file with your name and date, such as “Mary Smith Oct 2016.”
  11. If you’ve saved the file directly to Dropbox, go ahead and open up Dropbox in your browser.  I do this by clicking the DropBox icon that resides in my upper tool bar, then clicking the globe to pop it up in a web browser. Or you could go to Dropbox.com and login.
  12. Find the file and hover over it to highlight it in blue, then click Share on the right side.  The Share button only pops up when the file is hovered over.  Then, input my email address amanda@photographerhack.com.  (Please do send me a DM on Insta to let me know you’ve done that.)
  13. Once I have the file, I’ll edit it, don’t worry.  Please don’t think you have to.  I’ll make sure the mistakes are edited out.

You can also record an audio clip using Quicktime.  Simply select New Audio Recording and record your answers.  Then, save to Dropbox and share.  Easy!

Questions?  Let me know!

Amanda@PhotographerHack.com 😘