Flickr is a great place to share your photography. We previously had a posting on how to get more page views on Flickr, but I wanted to go into the social media side of things. I am not a fan of Facebook so Flickr is my site of choice for sharing my photography. It’s very difficult for me to imagine not sharing my photography. There is a clear difference between photography for profit and photography for sharing.
New Sharing Features on Flickr
Flickr has recently made it easier to share your photos with more places from their site. A button has been added to your photo page which has share links to Blogger, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, WordPress etc. Flickr has also given you a great deal of control on how you share your photos. You can share individual photos, sets, groups, or your photo-stream with Facebook friends while keeping them private. You can even set up accounts to automatically share any public image uploads directly to your Facebook feed. When users are signed out they can also share public and safe photos they see on Flickr directly to their Twitter and Facebook accounts. For more information on exactly what has changed at Flickr check out this FAQ.
Flickr can be a chaotic mess without organization. To help organize you images, you can use tags, enabling image seekers to find your images relate to particular topics, like coffee or robots. Image Sets can be displayed as slideshows and be shared by embedding into a website. Flickr lets your organize your photos into sets and then organize those sets into collections. Collections, then, can be further grouped into higher-order collections. Organizing you helps people make sense of you images and gives them the ability to navigate through things easier.
Flickr is a great place to discuss your images with like minded photographers. If you like foodie work, there is a group for that. Have a particular camera like a Nikon D7000 or Canon 7D? There are groups for that. There are even groups for particular lenses like the 35mm or 50mm. In essence there are thousands of groups to share you images with. Some groups like B&H even hold cool contests. The key is to follow instructions of the groups when you sign up for them. Do this to make sure you are sharing the way the admins ask. If a group requires you to insert a tag in your photo, do so. Some groups only require you to chat with the other people there and comment on the images. This will help increase your image views and get you feedback.
Flickr is social media for Photogs
Be social, just do not place an image there hoping people will comment. Remark on other users’ photography and share their images as well as your own. Talk about your photography. Here on The Phoblographer, we highlight images from our Flickr group because there are a lot of photographers, in our group, producing great images. There is a huge community aspect to photography. Be a part of it.
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