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[10 on Tuesday] How to Use Photography and Photo Sharing for Preservation


"A picture is worth a thousand words," the old saying goes, and in a time where 140 character tweets are increasingly the norm, the additional context provided by pictures has become even more …

"A picture is worth a thousand words," the old saying goes, and in a time where 140 character tweets are increasingly the norm, the additional context provided by pictures has become even more important. This is a boon for us historic preservation-minded folks -- the buildings we love, after all, tend to be pretty, dramatic, or otherwise visually appealing.

The high-resolution cameras found on most smartphones, along with the popularity of photo sharing sites like Instagram and Flickr, have made it easy to use photography to create awareness of endangered places and share the success stories when they're saved.

Check out these 10 tips for using photography and photo sharing to help save places.

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  • 1. Tips on Using Photography andPhoto Sharing for Preservation Photo courtesy PreservationNation, Flickr
  • 2. 1. Use captions.Include the name of the building, its location, thename of the photographer, and any otherrelevant information. This will help people findyour images when they’re searching.Photo courtesy origamidon, Flickr
  • 3. Photo courtesy sarah sosiak, Flickr2. Include tags/hashtags.Flickr uses tags (descriptive words) and Instagram useshashtags (descriptive words preceded by #) to help directusers interested in topics to related photos.
  • 4. 3. Run a contest.Ask people to take photos of a certain kind ofbuilding, location, or detail during a particulartimeframe, share it on Instagram, and includeyour hashtag. You can pick a winner, or ask yourfollowers to “like” their favorites. Here’s a greatprimer from IgniteSocial Media on how to do anInstagram contest.Photo courtesy PreservationNation, Flickr
  • 5. 4. Let others do the work for you.Flickr makes it really easy to set up an open group on any topic --broad or narrow -- so you can use groups to collect user-generatedphotos of your community, a particular building, or an event. Photo courtesy Sarah M. Heffern
  • 6. 5. Share and share alike.Just as you can create groups togather photos on Flickr, you canalso participate in groups. When youcome home from vacation, shareyour photos in groups related to theplace you visited. Photo courtesy cogdogblog, Flickr
  • 7. Photo courtesy PreservationNation, Flickr6. Take it offline.Organize a tour of a street or (abandoned) building andencourage everyone to share their photos online. This willcreate a community around the shared love of a place ... andyou might even make some new friends.
  • 8. Photo courtesy creativecommons.org7. Spread the love.Make your photos available via Creative Commons licensingto allow others to use them in their creative work.
  • 9. 8. Have an opening.Once youve amassed lots of photos, talk tolocal galleries, community centers, and librariesabout the possibility of displaying your photos.Use it as an opportunity to teach people about aplace you love.Photo courtesy National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 10. 9. Donate your skills.Local preservation groups arealways in need of greatphotography. Get in touch with staffand see how you can help thecause from behind the lens. Photo courtesy PreservationNation, Flickr
  • 11. 10. Get some ink.Share your photos with local community blogs and websites andsee if they are interested in running them as a slideshow. Blogs arealways looking for free, easy content, and this is a great way toshare your story. Photo courtesy PreservationNation, Flickr
  • 12. Ten on Tuesday features ten preservationtips each week. For more tips,