I am writing this to raise the standards which are oh too low right now. Some brands are sweeping away teens with thousands of followers and exploiting their user base. It's not their fault as there is no 101 guide for how to go about it. So here are some crystallised thoughts after a few years of Instagram and brand promotions.
The following blog is in relation to creating photographic and textual content to be published on Instagram.
Its simple, find the brand or organisation you like and send them your work over a simple e-mail...
So you have this amazing way to create content for yourself and believe that you could do it for someone else too, in return of some remuneration. Brilliant! But how do we really go about that?
Its simple, find the brand or organisation you like and send them your work over a simple email or contact form from official website. One message could land you a great deal with your favourite brand.
Mention some important information while sending these emails such as:
They are obviously interested in working with you but might actually not.
When Brands Approach You
"I just got an email from a brand for a collaboration, but how do I take the conversation further and make a deal?" Many of us have been here, including myself on a very regular basis and this is what one may do.
When a brand approaches you, it means they are obviously interested in working with you but might actually not. With brands and companies, its 90% of the time about what they want and how they will benefit from a social media promotion deal. So think wisely and work through the following two most important factors of all:
Promotions in Exchange of Products or Cash?
A standard email form a new brand looks something like this which I received about 2 weeks ago.
Now lets observe and evaluate the situation. Again this is my perspective and it will depend on person to person so be smart about it. As of now, here are some facts.
So in this case I decided I don't want to do it for product trade but I can still offer my services at a price. Which brings us to our next important factor:
Be very very clear about what you want and how it will help both the parties. Negotiate if necessary but at the end, know your value and what it's being priced at.
You should realise that your gallery is an asset.
Season your Gallery
By now, you should realise that your gallery is an asset. Not just in terms of branding but your own identify and messages you send as a creator. Save that gallery from death: If you have a seasoned gallery, with a specific genre, then don’t let a brand post ruin it for peanut payments or products. But if you really want to do it, then try to sync in with your style while delivering the message softly.
If they are a genuine company and value your work, they will never ask your time and energy for free.
The time and effort you put in your gallery was not free so don't let brands sweep you away with a product or payment worth $5.
Don’t get trapped by dodgy and fabricated promises new brands/apps/website make to you.
NEVER fall for “ we have 100000 of users and we will credit your name for using the content”. Instead get your images licensed, sell the copyright and be smart about it. If they are a genuine company and value your work, they will never ask your time and energy for free. Just don’t do it. Ignore such emails and spend time creating more unique stuff.
Start saying, NO! Always be clear of what you want in return, and be open for negotiations. Finally be creative upon what you deliver, here are some of my brand collaborations in the past and how I did them.
Simple and fun, just cut some fresh fruits, lay flat and snap. Best thing is that you can eat the setup later.
Here is another fun collaboration with Kingfisher. Again, super easy, call some friends get some food go on a ride and snap away.
You can see many more on my Instagram here. Thank you for reading and I hope it will help you in some way. Still have a question or a comment then please drop it below.
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After meeting hundreds of travellers from across the globe, I have found my own way of seeing the world. It is not something new or unique, its something that anyone can do and probably is doing.
Info: This post focuses on sharing my travel style, tips and how I manage to balance it all around with multiple jobs.
But before I dive in, here is a post with a thoughtful quote I made few days ago....
Work, Save, Travel...
It's that simple. I have been doing this for over 2 years now and it's all about prioritising. Whatever money I make, I save most of it for my future travelling and spend the rest on my daily life leisures, because hello I still have a life back home. My friends, family, dogs and massive art projects. I cant live without these for long, which brings us to the next point; How I travel?
I feel emotionally vulnerable and that shapes me in a permanent way, sometimes negatively.
I do not travel 24x7 because I cannot.
How I Travel and Earn?
I will answer two great question sent in by @madmash1999 who asked: How do I edit my pictures in spite of travelling 24x7. When do i get time? and @abhi.traveller07 who asked about How do I travel and earn?
Okay, so lets clear the main thing first. I do not travel 24x7 because I cannot. By 24x7 I mean not coming home for 4 or 6 months straight. When I took my first solo trip when I was 19 to Prague and then another one when I turned 20 to Cambodia I clearly realised that I cannot do this continuously for too long. Not because I get homesick but because I feel emotionally vulnerable and that shapes me in a permanent way, sometimes negatively. Although it is possible that I would not feel this way if I am traveling with a special someone and not alone. (I don't know this myself as I never found that "someone" yet!)
Which means that I do as many edits as I can while I'm travelling during night time, after seeing all the amazing places or maybe early mornings. Because 90% chance is that, I will be out, on foot, somewhere random, with a stranger in a place I know nothing about, during the entire 12 hours of the day. Then edit the rest when I'm back home.
Which brings me to the next question which is most crucial. Work and Travel?
I have 6 jobs running simultaneously every month.
And travelling squeezes somewhere in between. But it definitely does!
I have 6 jobs running simultaneously every month. Yes 6! None of them are 9-5 because duh!
I will just name my jobs below and then you can do the math as they are super simple but mostly creative!
1. Part Time at a Hotel
2. Teacher at a School
3 and 4. Working for 2 different Travel Companies
5. Content Creation for Brands
6. Professional Photographer
And travelling squeezes somewhere in between. But it definitely does! It has to, because its like an itch that happens at the back, every now and then for no reason!
So, because I don't travel 24x7, I am working when I am home, making as much money as I can. Although some jobs like, content creation can be done even while Im travelling. I just need my laptop and a phone.
It took me a while to carve out my life, travelling and making money. But if I can, you can too and I'm sure someone is already doing it better than me. So if you are reading this please lend me some tips. (I say this and it instantly makes me down to earth, ha-ha!).
Clicked on iPhone 5s and editing only using Snapseed
What apps do I use to edit my images?
Another very frequently asked question, sent in recently by Bharath Varma: Which apps I use for editing?
I wish I could go back to my early days of Phone Photography when my world was my iPhone 4 and a hand full of editing apps. After 2 years of merry making with my phone I bought my first camera, Nikon D3200 which I use till date. With large files and my infinite imaginations, I switched to hardcore softwares like Photoshop or Lightroom and minimised using those cute apps.
As of today I use, Photoshop CS6 on my Mac and Snapseed editing app on my iPhone before posting any image online. I test new apps every now and then but so far I have never found anything better and free like Snapseed. The image of the dog above, is only edited with Snapseed and clicked on my iPhone 5s. Although if you want to go even further, another amazing but a little complex app that I love is Filter Storm which works amazing while editing phone images.
Last but not the least, Picsart. I have not used this app a lot, but things that it can do, such as masking, is a pretty decent tool that can come very handy for manipulation or fine art imagery. But then again its good for phone images not for DSLR files. Which means for budding photo artists without heavy softwares, its the app to be.
So how do I work and travel year round? I am sure you have a glimpse of the scenario by now, but to simply the equation here it is:
I plan my trip in advance > then calculate a rough budget > then work and make money to reach my target just in time to book my tickets and accommodation and voila > Happy Travelling > then plan next trip > .......
This way I have a perfect balance of life with experiencing new places and then spending just enough time back home. Although there are cases when I get to travel because of my work, such as photography assignments elsewhere. But if you are not a photographer then simply follow the above recipe and you will live a happier life. If you still have questions, send me a message.
Until then enjoy some of my storytelling with surreal images on my Instagram and Facebook
Thanks and I love you all, a little too much hence, some free wallpapers for you.
So the iPhone 7 just came out at a whopping ₹63,000. I have been there, when I think I need an upgrade to my phone which never gives up on me but sometimes your life needs an upgrade by buying experiences and not things. You could either make calls or fly to an exotic location, offering you priceless memories. Here is a list of places to fly to instead of a shiny new Apple.
Compiled by: Priyanka Dodia
Delhi–Sydney: Rs29,252 (AirAsia X; stopover in Kuala Lumpur; 12–19 October).
Mumbai–Sydney: Rs49,480 (Malaysia Airlines; stopover in Kuala Kumpur; 12–19 October).
Bengaluru–Sydney: Rs49,851 (AirAsia; stopover in Kuala Lumpur; 12–19 October)
Delhi–Toronto: Rs51,343 (Saudia; stopover in Jeddah; 12–22 October).
Mumbai–Toronto:Rs53,101 (Air Canada; stopover in Newark; 12–19 October).
Bengaluru–Toronto: Rs50,379 (Saudia; stopover in Jeddah; 9–22 October).
Delhi–Vancouver:Rs58,319 (Asiana Airlines; stopover in Seoul; 12–19 October)
Delhi–London: Rs38,825 (Air India; 11–21 October).
Mumbai–London: Rs36,850 (Air India; 10–18 October).
Bengaluru–London:Rs43,295 (British Airways; 12–19 October) and Rs34,153 (Qatar Airways; stopover in Doha; 12–19 October)
Mumbai–New York: Rs56,367 (United; 12–19 October).
Delhi–San Francisco: Rs59,632 (China Eastern; stopover in Shanghai; 12–19 October).
Delhi–Honolulu:Rs62,229 (China Eastern; stopover in Shanghai; 11–17 October).
6. New Zealand
Delhi–Auckland: Rs56,797 (China Southern; stopover in Guangzhou; 12–19 October).
Mumbai–Auckland: Rs62,206 (Malaysia Airlines; stopover in Kuala Lumpur; 12–20 October)
Delhi–Tokyo: Rs35,329 (ANA; 12–19 October).
Mumbai–Tokyo:Rs36,503 (ANA; 12–19 October).
Bengaluru–Tokyo: Rs29,216 (Malaysia Airlines; stopover in Kuala Lumpur; 10–21 October)
Delhi–Moscow: Rs23,078 (Aeroflot; 12–19 October).
Mumbai–Moscow: Rs32,259 (flyDubai; stopover in Dubai; 10–18 October).
Bengaluru–Moscow:Rs34,058 (Qatar Airways; stopover in Doha; 12–19 October)
Delhi–Shanghai: Rs33,349 (Air India; 14–21 October).
Delhi–Beijing: Rs27,633 (Air China; 11–17 October)
10. South Africa
Delhi–Cape Town: Rs61,613 (Ethiopian Air; stopover in Addis Ababa; return by Emirates; stopover in Dubai; 14–20 October).
Mumbai–Johannesburg: Rs23,485 (Ethiopian Air; stopover in Addis Ababa; 11–17 October)
Delhi–Copenhagen: Rs33,034 (Aeroflot; stopover in Moscow; 11 – 21 October).
Mumbai–Copenhagen: Rs38,324 (Turkish Airlines; stopover in Istanbul; 12–19 October).
Bengaluru–Copenhagen: Rs40,080 (British Airways; stopover in London; 12–19 October)
Delhi–Zurich: Rs48,489 (SWISS; 12–19 October) and Rs33,628 (Aeroflot; stopover in Moscow; 14–21 October).
Mumbai–Zurich:Rs42,804 (SWISS; 12–19 October).
Bengaluru–Zurich:Rs40,665 (British Airways; stopover in London; 12–19 October)
Delhi–Zagreb: Rs36,710 (Aeroflot; stopover in Moscow; 12–19 October).
Mumbai–Zagreb: Rs38,602 (flyDubai; stopover in Dubai; 9 – 18 October).
Bengaluru–Zagreb:Rs51,490 (Lufthansa; stopover in Frankfurt; 11–18 October)
(If we include the cost of the new wireless AirPods, roughly around Rs15,000)
Mumbai–Reykjavik:Rs73,448 (British Airways; stopover in London; 9–16 October)
Note: Prices may vary depending on what date, air line or class you travel.
All Flights calculated from India to x location.
Via Conde Nast Traveller
The National Geographic has always been crucial for the world's most revolutionary photography, and its special annual contests always attract the most talented photographers worldwide.The 2016 Travel Photographer Of The Year Competition is no exception. This year's judges faced real tough time picking a winner from these fantastic entries. The Grand Prize on offer was a 7-day Polar Bear Safari for two (including airfare) at Churchill Wild-Seal River Heritage Lodge in Manitoba, Canada. But the real prize of course is simply being named National Geographic's Travel Photographer of the Year. The competition ended May 27th.
Here are some of the most beautiful entries of the contest, including one of the winning entries:
Mystic Shed, Finland