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The Rise of the Image-Conscious Brit - Nikon research reveals desire for instant sharing of 'Personal Brand'.
Research released today by Nikon reveals that Brits are seizing control of their ‘Personal Brand’ – the way in which they wish other people to perceive them – as they are taking and sharing images online. The study shows that with a quarter (24.7%) of us taking between 25-100 photos per month, we no longer want to share these images purely in an intimate way – and now want to show them faster and more publicly.
Jeremy Gilbert, Group Marketing Manager at Nikon UK, comments: "Crowding around a photo book or a camera screen isn’t enough for most of us anymore when it comes to sharing photos – we want to instantly share our personal brand in a bigger way. That’s why Nikon has created a completely new form of showing photos – ‘Projectography’. It’s the art of immediately displaying images and thus, your personality, through projection. And we’ve just created the perfect way to do this with the world’s first compact camera with integrated projector, the Nikon COOLPIX S1000pj."
Building a Personal Brand
The study of 12,259 people living in 12 countries shows that building and protecting our personal brand has become of paramount importance as we choose to share our photos in a wide and growing range of ways. Half (46.8%) of the pictures Europeans, and over a third (35.7%) of the images Brits take are now posted online, but we’re choosing to be selective about what these photos say about us.
For example, 16.8% of us will ask friends to remove photos that we don’t like and some even insist on approving any image of ourselves before it gets anywhere near the internet. And when it comes to the ultimate control of our personal brand, 7.1% choose to ‘do it themselves’ and take self-portraits.
Celebrated photography and culture scholar, Martin Lister, comments: "The camera screen is like ascaled down version of a photographic album page – always something only to be looked at by small groups of people clustered intimately together. On the other hand, there is a tradition of the projected photograph – indeed, the projected image which is altogether more spectacular with its enlarged luminescent images available to larger groups of viewers."
It seems that people are turning to common sense when trying to protect how others view them. A third (33%) of Brits will only share a selection of their images online.
Lister explains: "The photographs that many of us take, especially younger generations, are no longer kept safe within the family or personal album, to be got out only in the presence of close friends and relatives. Now, once online, our photographs enter a semi-public space. Here it is not the family that is the consuming and viewing unit but extended peer groups and networks of loosely connected people."
The new rules
Nikon has linked-up with the etiquette experts, Debrett's, to develop some simple 'photo 'Netiquette':
- Don't post embarrassing pictures of other people without their permission.
- Ensure that you are happy for the pictures you choose to be on the web for all to see.
- Remember that your boss, family and friends may look at your pictures, so don't post any inappropriate images.
- Don't endlessly post pictures of yourself – you’ll come across as self-obsessed, rather than interesting.
- Think about the impact your photos will have on other people before you share or project them.
As the research demonstrates that more and more people wish to share their personal brand instantly, Nikon has introduced the art of Projectography – and the world’s first compact digital camera with integrated projector. The Nikon COOLPIX S1000pj lets you share images in a new light – it’s available to buy from today.
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