Mobile Photography in the Fields

Feb 2, 2009
Posted by: Small Farm Central

Photos in farm blogs and websites are very important in making that visual connection to your customers. Your visitors skim text that finely worded web-prose you wrote; photos help break text up into more manageable and memorable chunks. This is a concept that most farmers I work with understand already.

The next step is taking engaging photos. I think a big part of the trick is simply having a camera around during photo worthy moments. I have suggested some strategies in the past such as:

  • Leave a digital camera in the farm truck
  • Task "photo taking" to an intern or employee and make it part of their daily routine
  • Pick a day of the week to carry around your camera


All of these are still valid, but one farmer I was talking to a few weeks ago suggested using the cell phone as the camera of choice for farm photography. City folk think farmers are behind-the-times as far as technology is concerned, but most farmers I know are constantly on their cell phones even if it is to "holler" down to the other end of the field.

So, if you have a cell-phone in the field, you probably also have a camera. The photos that all semi-modern cell phones take are suitable quality for the web. The barrier here may be getting the photo from your cell phone to your computer, but I am sure a quick look at help files or a Google search will help you with that problem.

So, now that you have a camera with you everywhere you go, what kind of photos will you take and what story will those photos tell on your farm website?

But don't get too tied to your cell phone or you might end up like this poor soul:


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    2 years 17 weeks ago
  • @AmyinOregon oh, neat. Glad you like them.. more coming soon!
    2 years 18 weeks ago