Rediscovering the Art of Photography in the Social Media Age

Photography's essence and education have been significantly altered by the surge of social media, presenting a complex challenge for photographers. This insightful video dives into this topic, exploring how the focus has shifted from the art of photography to monetization and gear reviews, emphasizing the importance of this shift for both emerging and established photographers.

Coming to you from Prince Meyson, this candid video highlights the evolution of photography content on social media platforms. Meyson points out that earlier, content was primarily educational, with photographers sharing their skills and behind-the-scenes insights. However, as social media grew, there was a noticeable pivot towards gear reviews and monetization strategies, driven by the allure of collaborations with brands and the potential for financial gain. This shift, according to Meyson, has led to a dilution of content quality and a move away from the core of photography as an art form. He stresses that while gear reviews and monetization advice are valuable, they should not overshadow the educational aspects of photography that inspire passion and creativity.

Moreover, Meyson reflects on the impact of this transition on learning and passion in photography. He observes that many newcomers are drawn to photography not for the love of the craft but for the potential financial rewards, a trend fueled by advertisements and content emphasizing quick financial success. This, Meyson argues, undermines the foundational skills and the joy of learning photography, suggesting a disconnect between the pursuit of money and the artistry of photography. He advocates for a balance, encouraging photographers to focus on improving their craft and embracing photography for its artistic value, not just its potential for income. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Meyson. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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