In many church communication blog articles and Facebook groups, I’ve seen a common recommendation: “Use Unsplash photos for your church social media and website”. I’ve done it myself and will again in the future. But there are some very good reasons why your church shouldn’t use Unsplash. And, the more I see Unsplash photos being used, the more true they become.
I’ve written here before about how as humans we need to get off our phones more, and how that came to a head for me as a picture-taking addict. In the video below John Green talks about the evolution of taking pictures / videos and reminds viewers that even with all that cameras are today, they still don’t see everything. And yet, we’ve all become addicted to taking pictures.
Since the very beginning, I have been pushing my other website ChurchAndMentalHealth.com to be forward thinking. So when I knew I was going to do featured images with every article, I needed to decide on the ratio. But I know that the biggest reason for featured images is the social media platform you plan to use. And seeing as Instagram is doing nothing but increasing in strength as well as being image-focused, I decided to make all of my images Instagram-friendly.
This allows me to capitalize on these landscapes as well as make my blog image forward. So I’ve decided to take specific intentionality with these images and therefore I wanted to share my idea with you. So much so that I’m just giving you guys the Photoshop file below for free. Enjoy it, have fun making content with it.
Picture-taking is easy these days. We have cameras on our phones– and everyone has a phone.
All I have to do to open the camera on my Android is shake it side to side in one swift motion and my camera is ready, and all I have to do is tap the screen to snap a picture. It’s easy.
We can capture our memories at any time and in any place, and we can save them forever– but my question for myself, and for you, is this: When are we over-capturing?
For those that do visual arts at your organization or for your own personal photos, you ever have those photobombers or objects you wanted to remove from an impact? I am embarrassed to say how many times I’ve done this, but the old school way is to grab the clone tool in Photoshop and attempt to remove the item without anyone noticing. It’s frustrating and usually not very convincing.
The video below shows three alternatives in Photoshop: content-aware fill, patch tool, and an advanced model.
This week, Jeremy reviews the GoPro HERO 5 camera and hopes of using it for future projects. If you don’t know anything about the GoPro cameras, they are small, mobile, waterproof, and “drop-resistant” camera designed to be put on helmets of bikers, the front of surfboards, and as people jump out to parachute.
They are not bulky and they are not designed to replace Canon or Nikon cameras. But people who work in youth ministry, active people, or filming enthusiasts definitely need to look into using them.
Interested in specs or details of a cost-effective GoPro in the HERO 5?
Check out my review here: