I hate Facebook photos, okay? There I said it. I don’t want to sound like a hater. I’m sure a lot of people reading this are probably already mentally reciting that tired, old insult “Haters are gonna hate.” However, this is the absolute truth.
Facebook photos are lame. When you see pictures of women with their heads tilted to the side and guys showing off their cars and bikes, it makes me want to throw up not because the pictures are nasty, and it’s not like I hate the people. I just hate the composition. Why?
There are just so many mythical composition options out there, and it really is quite a tragedy and a shame when you discover that people stick to the tried and proven. Let me tell you this if something has failed, does it make any sense for you to keep repeating that failure?
If, for example, somebody in your family baked a cake that sucked and people who touched that cake almost throw up, does it make sense to bake that cake over and over again in the hopes that somehow some way it’s going to deliver an opposite effect on people? It doesn’t make sense.
In that context, why do you think it makes sense to shoot basically the same photo on Facebook over and over again? Well, the good news here is that somehow, some way a lot of the infestation of badly cropped and composed photos on Facebook has somewhat moved over to Instagram, but that’s cold comfort for people who are stylistically, if not psychologically, annoyed by such bad composition.
Do yourself a big favor. Look into mythical poses. I’m not talking about looking like Superman. I’m not talking about like positioning yourself or passing yourself off as some sort of Greek god or God’s gift to women. No, I’m not talking about that.
When you study mythology and, boy, do we study mythology a lot, in depth in this blog, you would see that there are certain positions that command power, respect or sympathy. These are not random poses, mind you. They are hardwired into the human psychology. Regardless of your skin color, regardless of where you come from in the world, regardless of the language that you spoke when you were a kid, these poses would resonate with you. They seem hardwired into the human species’ collective brains. There’s power in these poses.
Unfortunately, when you go to Facebook, you don’t get this. Instead, you get the tried-and-proven annoying poses. Tap into the power of mythology by checking photographers listed at Localgrapher. You have to remember that a lot of these photographers know what they’re doing. They know their way around a digital camera and, boy, do they know everything related to mythical photos.
Learn a thing or two from them, and you’d be surprised as to how much more engaging, powerful and effective your personal Facebook photographs can be. There’s really no law telling you that you have to tilt your head to the side or take a selfie in a very boring, contrived and formulaic way. You can go out on a limb by assuming more mythic compositional elements.