I’m not talking about your data connection! It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always with something from the world of photography! This week, it’s your network!
Networking is huge. I cannot stress how huge. We can interchange a couple of words here: – clan, community, group… they all end up the same – network! As photographers it’s incredibly important to build a network and be in a network. Facebook is a great place for this with the sheer volume of people active on the network (there’s that word again) and the ease of being involved in a Facebook Group. I have one where I share a lot of 360º photos and experiences, and there are plenty out there that cater to almost any audience or hobby. A new one on the scene is the Platypod Users Group, for example. They can be very niche or very vague, but they’re all a community.
The advantage of having or being involved in a community is the constant education and inspiration that comes from others, and that we can contribute to, as well as the abundance of potential clients that we can market to. Education and inspiration are things I’ve talked about a lot before and they continue to be important. We should always be looking to grow and develop, to make ourselves stand out from the crowd, and we’re killing two birds with one stone if we network in the process. The age old saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is something well worth bearing in mind. Having a network of friends and colleagues within the creative industry will solve so many problems and afford mutual growth. Think about it. We’re one big team!
In other news, I’m getting closer to my crazy adventure spending 80 days in the Arctic this winter. I’m documenting the journey on YouTube and while we’re talking about community, I’d love you to get involved and let me know what you think of my videos. Please do let me know what you want me to talk about and what you want to see.
We’re all on the same side – competition in photography and creativity works differently to many other industries. We can achieve more by working together than by seeing one another as competitors.