Instagram has come a long way. From the simple snap, filter and share to become a feature-rich app and platform. Some of the changes were about beating other platforms vying for people’s attention. We can’t deny that the stories were about keeping users away from Snapchat, for example. Live to ‘deal’ with Periscope and other live / streaming platforms. The justification for features such as Boomerang, Rewind, Stop-motion is debatable. Despite these features, there are small changes that can have more significance.
There is a whole host of conversations for web design, blogging content, and social media posts. One big issue is stock photos where some like ProChurchTools.com would say to not use them at all. We would definitely agree that many stock photos are overused in churches. Further, stealing stock photos is definitely NOT an option.
While the last article listed has a lot of great options to find stock photos if you feel comfortable using them, one new conversation now being had is the concern of diversity. While you may be able to find some reflections of different cultures on some sites, the general display is of white men and women in stock photos.
But there are now alternatives. Here’s one for you.
I don’t know about you, but my church has really stepped up its social media game over the last couple of years. We’ve noticed that it’s a great tool to help build up a community and equip our members during the whole week. Sometimes it is simply a tool to organize a face to face interaction, other times we use it to facilitate something that could never have happened in the pre-social world.
With that in mind, it’s important to be able to effectively communicate what we are doing and help people stay in the loop.
Two months ago, I purchased the Neewer LED light to improve streaming and video projects I have been doing. But as any good videographer knows, one light is not enough. That’s good for you, but then you need two more for the shadows on the walls behind you. But I did not want to just buy lights for the wall behind me. Instead, I looked into ring lights that you may have seen several photographers and full-time YouTubers have used.
Below is my review but I want to know what you think about good lighting, what does it take to make videos look good?
This week was faced with the Disaster of Hurricane Harvey which left thousands homeless and having lost everything. And towards the end of the week charitable organizations, businesses, and churches began to respond to the disaster with calls for aid to donate to the victims of this event.
Is your church using media it downloads online legally?
Can you use a YouTube video for your entire youth group? What if you download it?
And can you use someones cool Instagram pictures in the church bulletin?
Let’s talk about it!