This is a ‘one finger pointing to you, two fingers pointing back to me’ post. Not intentionally singling anyone out – and I’m guilty of some of the ‘Don’ts’ in this post! There are also more ‘Don’ts’ in this list because I’m a legalist at heart, but what other Do’s and Don’ts would you add?
- Don’t post up blurry, or unintentionally out of focus photos: it ruins the purpose of an album, to tell a story.
- Don’t post up 200 photos in one album. Just because there’s an upper limit doesn’t mean you have to reach it with every album. Break it up a little, books have chapters so too can your albums.
- Don’t mix up the order of your photos: especially if chronology is important to the photos you post up. It’s bad story-telling, and you don’t want to be known as a bad story-teller!
- Don’t post up un-rotated photos: it’s bad for people’s necks!
- Don’t post double-ups: even if one photo was without the flash and the other with…pick the better one and leave it at that
- Don’t post up unedited photos alongside obviously edited photos: it makes you look a) too lazy to edit all your photos, b) like you’re trying too hard to be a ‘pro photographer’, c) like you’re happy with your edited photos but unhappy with your unedited photos (so why did you post those up?).
- Don’t spam tag: when you take a photo of something rude and tag all your friends.
- Do post up photos in an album some at a time, especially if the photos develop an unfolding narrative (like a wedding or event)
- Do post up edited photos: but if you do, make sure that the photos in the album are edited with consistency.
- Do write captions for your photos: witty or otherwise, they help viewers enter the story of the photo and album.
- Do ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on other photos that you genuinely enjoy.
- Do set your album privacy settings to ‘everyone’ when appropriate. When is it appropriate? That’s up to you to decide (be wise, and especially obtain permission where necessary – like other people’s kids).