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ProChurch Tools Podcast’s tips on volunteer photography ministry

Notes from listening to:

ProChurch Tools Podcast # 129: Building a volunteer photography team for your church’s social media

Guest: Dave Adamson from North Point Community Church in Georgia (6-campus megachurch)

From show notes and listening:  Takeaways

    1. What makes great photography? Creative composition and shots of real people. Dave says that we are drawn to photos of faces (no more than 6 per photo to keep  them recognizable), and photos taken from creative angles. Take photos of people with interesting composition and you will attract more attention on your social media. 
    2. Find people’s best face and find it fast. Facial expressions often contort our natural look when we speak. Catching a speaker when their face looks right is a photographic challenge that Dave recommends you master. Try to snap when they’re pausing between sentences.
    3. Dave teaches his volunteers to take great photos, filter and process them consistently, and upload them almost instantly.  They have a distinctive look after processing that’s part of their brand.
    4. They do all their social media for 6 campuses with a corps of volunteer photographers.
    5. Communication tools like social media only work when we’re inviting people into conversations and engaging with them. This happens when we use more question marks than commas, and when we leverage social media as a telephone, not a megaphone. Ask questions. Respond to people. Engage.

Review: Dancing on the Head of a Pen, Robert Benson

I chose this book to review for Blogging for Books (which provided me a free copy in exchange for this review) because the blurbs said it is a book on how to write which also touches on the spirituality of writing.  Since I work with some writers who consider writing part of their spiritual vocation, I was intrigued, even though I do not do any creative writing myself  other than sermons.

I enjoyed the book.  It was a quick, easy read, but also gave me some things to chew on.  Most memorable and helpful was the author’s discussion of which literal and metaphorical hat he’s wearing at each major stage of the book-writing process, and how and why he is always working on at least two different pieces at once, wearing different hats.  He also has some good ways of talking about writing as a daily discipline.

The links to spirituality were more implied and subtly referenced than made explicit.  I could immediately see how his advice on writing as a daily discipline is very similar to the practice of the Daily Office, for example, and that his practice of “walking around,” plays a loosely similar function for his writing as intercessory prayer does in my spirituality.  He occasionally alludes to the Bible and once or twice quotes the Book of Common Prayer, but doesn’t really talk about his personal faith. Perhaps he assumes his regular readers know that side of him from his other work.