How can you create new images and social media content, safely, whilst we are still operating under bizarre lockdown circumstances?
The good news…
Luckily, the government guidance states that people should work from home unless they “absolutely cannot do so” – which most photographers can’t.
So this means we can still travel to create images for businesses. That was a huge relief for content creators around the UK!
Business As Usual for photography? Well no, it isn’t quite…
Whilst we can work, our clients are experiencing huge disruption. Many teams are working from home, businesses are closed and people are on furlough, so are not allowed to do “work”, even if that is a photoshoot.
So what can we/you do to generate new social media content? Especially in these weeks before Lockdown starts to be lifted and we need to ramp up our output.
Here are a few ideas – and things we’ve been helping with.
All the photos were taken between November 2020 and February 2021
Shoot at Home
So consider asking your photographer to come to your home if that’s appropriate, maybe home office, or if you are a chef, your home kitchen could work perfectly. We’ve done a few of these and they worked brilliantly – meeting the families and pets is a bonus and it’s really easy for you to get changed and relax in your own home.
How about using the great outdoors, as this is the lowest risk and possibly the most creative way of doing a shoot. Outside we have so many options available. It’s a chance to put you in front of iconic buildings and associate your brand and to your city. Or we could find a variety of walls to vary the background, big glass buildings give you that city look or red brick walls and more rustic feel. Maybe green fields and countryside fit your brand better, we can go there too.
All our lights and cameras are battery powered these days, so we can get that studio-lit look in the local park just as easily as anywhere else – so long as it’s not blowing a gale or poring down!
Meet up with colleagues
We have met in parks around Leeds and created team photos for businesses who haven’t met colleagues in person for months, it becomes quite an exciting event. It’s a great excuse to spend an hour or 2 catching up, safely in the open, whilst creating some new shots.
Shoot those products
If you are moving your business online, then photograph your products ready for websites and print. This can be done by going online and buying “light-cube” and putting a few lamps around it – that way you’ll get a lovely clean, white background to your products, shooting on your kitchen table. If you don’t have time, then we can help of course – we have a table for small products or can come to you for anything bigger.
Get your bar/restaurant ready for relaunch
If you are a bar it’s been a REALLY tough year. But we’ll be back eating and drinking in them before too long, so it’s really important to drip feed content on social to keep front of mind.
Now is the time so update your drink and food menu marketing photos – and you whilst the location is empty, we are not in the way of your customers. Fingers crossed, by the summer, things will be open and those who’ve kept their customers updated with great content will be top of everyone’s list.
Learn how to make your own images
If you do have time on your hands, it’s a great opportunity to practice photography with your phone or a camera.
Social media thrives on photography and still images and they don’t be highly polished professional marketing photographs. Create more personalised “memes” and visuals using your own photographs as background, with some large text on top.
Why share other people’s memes when you can make your own?
Do it quickly and easily with free software on your phone. Snapseed is a great free photo editor that allows you to add text which we recommend for both iPhone and Android.
We can help…
Firstly – if you want to learn more about photo editing with the SNAPSEED Phone App – we’ve created a powerful series of videos taking you through the process, explaining both HOW and WHY you do things – it’s available right now :-
We’ve also made our Personal Brand photoshoots simpler to book than ever, using a new shop on the website which you can find here