I chatted to digital marketer, photographer and film-maker, Charl du Preez, about the photo-a-day challenge he set for himself this year. He's just passed the halfway mark so it was a good time to pause and reflect on topics like perfectionism and letting go, the role of self-discipline in intentional creativity, as well as the daily grind of 'starting again' in order to finish something worthwhile.
Ria from @Craftsposure started her Instagram account in 2014 with this question in mind: "How do I help makers and crafters get more exposure on Instagram." Today she has over 260 thousand Instagram followers. I thought it might be worth listening to her webinar titled 'How I grew my Instagram to 250k followers.'
Here are five things I took away from what she shared.
Instagram isn't only about putting your images out there for others to see; it can also become a source of great inspiration. The South African design scene is certainly an exciting space to watch at the moment, so when I came across @local_za_design, an Instagram account dedicated to South African design, I thought it would be worth finding out a bit more about the person and the story behind the account.
A hashtag, symbolised by the ‘pound’ sign or ‘#’ is a way of organising meta-data within an information system. There’s a technical description for you. Another way to look at hashtags is to see them as 'labels' that enable the same type of information to be grouped together. When it comes to Instagram, hashtags are terms you can apply to your image to make them searchable across the platform. By posting hashtags in the comment or caption section of your image, you allow other people to see the image when they search for that term.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Earth laughs in flowers." I think I might just agree. Here are some of the spectacular blossoms I have captured, from wild bulbs above Smitswinkel bay, to proteas in the Cape Point, hydrangeas in the Overberg, Iceberg roses in my back garden, and watsonias blooming along Contantia Nek contour path.