Social Media

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The Decline of Instagram as a Photography Platform (Video Killed the Social Networking Star)

Instagram may not be dead but I feel like it’s dying or in decline. And I know I’m not alone in saying that. IG has lost its ability to spark joy and is way too commercial and bloated with features. Do we need to become video editors to compete in the reels arena or connect…

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Shoot Wide / Landscape and Crop to Portrait or Square Aspect Ratio (Photography and Social Media Tips)

As a photographer, I prefer to shoot in landscape mode, which is more natural to me. I can then post landscape images online to my website or Flickr, and optionally post portrait crop images to social media such as Instagram. In this post I’ll explain my process and share examples.

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Tdot Shots presents the Iconic Toronto Photo Contest 2021

Tdot Shots presents the Iconic Toronto Photo Contest! Are you going to enter? Let us know!.Contest is from September 15 to October 31 / use contest hashtag #iconictoronto.Let us know if you are able to volunteer to help with our website or social media marketing or events .During the contest please follow public health guidelines and use…

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Technology Break: Why It’s Important to Unplug

It’s important to unplug but it might leave you feeling disconnected. Especially during a time when we can’t see our friends and family, wanting to go offline might make you feel like an outsider. If you’re like me, you often crave a simpler time when technology didn’t rule our lives, yet you can appreciate all of the opportunities available to us as a result of it.

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Should You Use a Toronto-based IG Username or Your Own Name?

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”4.4.3″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”4.4.3″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”4.4.3″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”4.4.3″] In this article we discuss the pros and cons of using a Toronto-based username for your Instagram account or deriving a handle from your own name. Should you be known as your name or a nickname? What is best for marketing your photography? In the end it’s up…

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Toronto Public Art: Yonge St. Clair Mural by Artist Jerry Rugg aka birdO

This mural at Yonge and St. Clair in Toronto was created by artist Jerry Rugg (aka “birdO”) in cooperation with StreetARToronto (StART) – an organization supporting street artists in the city. Location: 1 St. Clair East at Yonge St. (just a few steps from the St. Clair TTC subway station). The art has two aspects…

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How Do I Get My Photo Shared on Feature Pages and Hubs like Tdot Shots? (Instagram Tips)

Welcome to Tdot Shots. We’re a community-based Instagram account showcasing photos from our supporters in Toronto and the GTA. Are you interested in getting features?  If so these tips are for you. Please read on.  Also be sure to read the post on Best Size and Aspect Ratio for Social Media We try to mostly…

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Best Size and Aspect Ratio for Your Images on Instagram and Social Media (Plus Carousel Post Tips)

Introduction: What Image Size is Best for Social Media? These days the most common format for photos and video on social media is square, but portrait is becoming more popular, thanks to the rise of Instagram. Traditionally, because the viewer was usually interacting with the media on their phone, formatting to take advantage of this…