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How to take a great hummingbird photograph. By Anne Rodkin

RE: Hummingbird photos…. Posted by Anne Rodkin

Wings in Motion by Anne RodkinA trick I learned in Costa Rica is to tape over all of the holes in a feeder, except one. Into that hole, place a nice flower (preferably something with a good size to it, like Hibiscus, or Trumpet Flower). Add some hummingbird nectar to the center of the flower. Stay seated quietly, but get everything composed and focused as you want it, and just wait until the bird(s) approach the flower, and start shooting. It’s helpful to use a shutter cable for this.

If you want to go a step further, you can place some colored backdrops if you have them, to avoid any sort of cluttered background. And a few well placed flash units don’t hurt either.

I think you’ll be amazed at the photos you will get, and they’ll always look natural.

I wish I had taken more shots of hummers in Costa Rica, because I’ve never seen one here where I live. There are several in my gallery area though if you want to see what I’m talking about. And yes, these were all at feeders.

You might find this article of interest. Greg gives tours throughout Central America, and also does some at his own home in Costa Rica.

http://www.deepgreenphotography.com/2010/10/documenting-my-front-yard-bird-photography-setups/

Editors note:
This image will work well on Facebook, Google + and Twitter. The landscape orientation of the photograph will look great.

Making Sense Of Facebook Advertising And Hashtags

Making Sense Of Facebook Advertising And Hashtags

Posted June 18, 2013 by Lee Jackson & filed under Content Marketing, Facebook Promotion, Online Branding, Social Media Marketing (SMM).

Facebook, on the face of it, would appear to be in a bit of a search muddle at the moment.

The social media giant has recently added hashtags to its service but is undoubtedly last to the party as platforms including Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Tumblr and others will attest.

Still, it’s a very welcome addition and will help people and pages expand the reach of their content. According to Facebook:

  • Hashtags can be searched from the search bar at the top of the page
  • Hashtags that originate from other sites (ie Instagram) can be clicked
  • People can compose a post directly within hashtag search results

But while Facebook has just introduced something that other sites have used effectively over the years, it’s also cut its sponsored search ads service.

Launched just short of a year ago sponsored search results would appear whenever a user searched for something and acted in a similar manner to Facebook advertising.

But if it’s now being phased out does that mean that Facebook is walking away from the search game?

Not necessarily as Facebook has suggested that ads will be available in its upcoming Graph Search which still has a waiting list.

Auto Sharing Buttons on FAA

When we use the buttons to share work, modify the text that is default. Any time we see the words sell or sale in these posts I think it puts people off a bit. They know we sell our work. Sharing our work is how I try to come across.
For example when you use the Facebook button it adds the “prints and posters for sale” into the box. I delete these words so that people want to click the link to look at the work not click it because they feel like they have to Buy. They are more likely to click.
On the Twitter button it says “I uploaded new artwork for sale”. I delete this line. use this many characters to say What a great green capture, or Daily find for Green art. etc. Then add tags at the end of the post that are #green #art #etc…
The less generic any of these postings look the more likely people will be engaged by them.

Omaste Witkowski


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