10 Tips To Get Your Photos Noticed on Flickr

May 26, 2010 · 88 comments

in Tips & Tricks

At Photoble, we try to showcase a variety of interesting and unique photos from various photographers. When it comes to selecting which photos to feature, it’s a hard job. Trust me, if I had the time and resources to feature 100 great photos, I would.

This post would hopefully help the photographers out there who want their photos to standout from the crowd and gain some public exposure. Here are 10 tips to help get your photos get featured in blogs, magazines or simply receive more views. I’d be mainly focusing on getting noticed on Flickr. However, most of these tips can be applied to your online portfolio or any other photo platforms.

1.) Get a Flickr Pro account

If you’re serious about photography, upgrade yourself to a Flickr Pro account. When I first joined Flickr, I wasn’t sure about doshing out the money for Flickr Pro. However, a Flickr Pro account offers you more flexibility and a variety of tools such as access to stats, create multiple sets and collections and have unlimited uploads and storage. For a year, it’s only $24.95 and it’s definitely worth it!

And no, Flickr did not pay us to write something about them!

2.) Have a good title

I know sometimes it’s easier to default to titles like ‘IMG_4597’ or just ‘untitled’. Yes, I’ve also done it plenty of times. However, if you put in a bit of thought, it could make your photo that much more interesting. Look, it doesn’t need to be creative or ‘out there’, even just naming the photo by what it is could help it appear more often in searches.

Good title: Bellydancer with orange scarf
Bad title: Image_2345 Untitled

3.) Tag it with keywords, the more, the better

When you’ve spent ages uploading photos, the last thing you want to do is go through each one and tag them with relevant keywords. Nevertheless, if you want that photo to appear in a relevant search, put in that extra minute and come up with some good keywords. Think outside the box a bit too, you can tag your photo with keywords relating to the color, camera used and even time of day taken.

For the example above, here are some good keywords you’d include:
bellydancer, dance, red, orange, scarf, skirt, flow, move, warm, pose, flow, silk, transparent, light, shadow, 50D, Canon

4.) Have a short description

I’m not looking for your life story here, but just a few short sentences about the shot and what inspired you to take it. Having keywords in the description section would also help your photos appear more often in searches.

Good description:
I wanted the movement of the transparent scarf to be frozen in time and I really like the lighting and colors in this photo.
Model: Eszter Edl
Studio: First Zoom Studios

5.) Tick the Creative Commons box

When it comes to featuring photos on a public blog, website or magazine, the first place where I’d search in Flickr are photos with a Creative Commons license. “Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright.”

Having your photo under a Creative Commons license doesn’t mean people can start reproducing your photo and sell it for a profit. In fact, there are different licenses you can select from, for example Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works and Share Alike.

6.) Make it a habit to upload

It’s a numbers game in the end. If you have more great photos out there, the more likely one would be picked. Also, readers would come back more often to check out your new photos. Try to upload new photos once a week or every two weeks. If you can even just upload a photo a day, that’s still better than nothing.

7.) Try to have a full-image available

We’re about displaying good, quality photos on our blog. When it comes to photo inspirations,we’re not looking for print standard resolution or a super large image. Having your photo at least 500px (wide/tall) would be enough.

8.) Go easy with the watermark

I’ve seen great photos on Flickr but only to be ruined by an ugly, easily noticed watermark, dead center on the photo. I encourage all artist to adopt a watermark. However, don’t make the watermark take the focus away from the photo. Have it subtle, small, transparent and towards the bottom of a corner.

Bad watermark:

Good watermark:

9.) Submit your photos to different groups

What’s great about Flickr is its photo community. You have amateur photographers, to the professional ones with the fancy cameras and equipment. Join groups that interest you and submit your photos to those groups. It’s an easy way to get inspiration from others, receive useful feedback and even get noticed.

10.) Don’t be scared to approach the editor

When it comes to publicity, it’s not just a one-way street. We would all love it if we get approached by editors all the time, but sometimes, you would need to approach them. Follow blogs/websites/magazines on Twitter and Facebook to get the latest news. Don’t be scared to even drop them an e-mail with a great idea for a blog post and some samples of your photos.

Take interest in them and they’d take interest in you. If you wish to know about upcoming Photoble articles where you can contribute, follow us @photoble or follow me @yiiee

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1 part ad agency. 2 parts freelancer. An avid urban photographer, traveler, and streetwear lover. Geeky curator of all things awesome. Sustains on Vegemite, meat pies and lamingtons. Follow me on Twitter or Flickr.

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  • http://www.aisajib.com Aminul Islam Sajib

    Thanks for the great tips. I’m interested in photography, but not capable of buying a camera, not even a digital one. πŸ™ I have a flickr account though, but I can’t try out those tips above before I can buy a ‘working’ camera.

    But thanks there. You got a real nice and neat site over here.

  • http://www.aisajib.com Aminul Islam Sajib

    Thanks for the great tips. I’m interested in photography, but not capable of buying a camera, not even a digital one. πŸ™ I have a flickr account though, but I can’t try out those tips above before I can buy a ‘working’ camera.

    But thanks there. You got a real nice and neat site over here.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Thanks for your positive feedback!

    I checked out your Flickr account and think the photos are great. You don’t need an expensive camera to take good photos. Capturing a photo with good lighting and composition using a disposable camera can even produce something stunning.

    Look forward to seeing more of your photos! πŸ™‚

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Thanks for your positive feedback!

    I checked out your Flickr account and think the photos are great. You don’t need an expensive camera to take good photos. Capturing a photo with good lighting and composition using a disposable camera can even produce something stunning.

    Look forward to seeing more of your photos! πŸ™‚

  • http://www.aisajib.com Aminul Islam Sajib

    Thanks for the great tips. I'm interested in photography, but not capable of buying a camera, not even a digital one. πŸ™ I have a flickr account though, but I can't try out those tips above before I can buy a 'working' camera.

    But thanks there. You got a real nice and neat site over here.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Thanks for your positive feedback!

    I checked out your Flickr account and think the photos are great. You don't need an expensive camera to take good photos. Capturing a photo with good lighting and composition using a disposable camera can even produce something stunning.

    Look forward to seeing more of your photos! πŸ™‚

  • http://www.aisajib.com Aminul Islam Sajib

    Thanks. I hope in your site I will be getting information about how to capture good photos, I mean, the photography basics for amateur photographers (?) like me. πŸ˜€ And ya, I forgot to let you know that on first visit I pulled your RSS feed into my Google Reader. Hope you don’t disappoint subscribers. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› kidding..

    By the way, are you sure you are not missing anything? After reading this post, I headed to your twitter page and from there I went to your flickr photostream and found something I call unexpected. Guess what

  • http://www.aisajib.com Aminul Islam Sajib

    Thanks. I hope in your site I will be getting information about how to capture good photos, I mean, the photography basics for amateur photographers (?) like me. πŸ˜€ And ya, I forgot to let you know that on first visit I pulled your RSS feed into my Google Reader. Hope you don’t disappoint subscribers. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› kidding..

    By the way, are you sure you are not missing anything? After reading this post, I headed to your twitter page and from there I went to your flickr photostream and found something I call unexpected. Guess what

  • http://www.aisajib.com Aminul Islam Sajib

    Thanks. I hope in your site I will be getting information about how to capture good photos, I mean, the photography basics for amateur photographers (?) like me. πŸ˜€ And ya, I forgot to let you know that on first visit I pulled your RSS feed into my Google Reader. Hope you don't disappoint subscribers. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜› kidding..

    By the way, are you sure you are not missing anything? After reading this post, I headed to your twitter page and from there I went to your flickr photostream and found something I call unexpected. Guess what

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Do as I say and not as I do regarding Flickr. Haha. Yeah, my recently uploaded photos desperately need me to add good titles, descriptions and tags!

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Do as I say and not as I do regarding Flickr. Haha. Yeah, my recently uploaded photos desperately need me to add good titles, descriptions and tags!

  • http://www.serengeti-wildlife.com Uwe Skrzypczak

    Thanks for the phantastic tips.

  • http://www.serengeti-wildlife.com Uwe Skrzypczak

    Thanks for the phantastic tips.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Do as I say and not as I do regarding Flickr. Haha. Yeah, my recently uploaded photos desperately need me to add good titles, descriptions and tags!

  • Mitchell

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitchellbrownphotography/

    Check mine out thoughts would be cool πŸ™‚

  • Mitchell

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitchellbrownphotography/

    Check mine out thoughts would be cool πŸ™‚

  • http://www.serengeti-wildlife.com Uwe Skrzypczak

    Thanks for the phantastic tips.

  • Mitchell

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitchellbrownphoto

    Check mine out thoughts would be cool πŸ™‚

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Great stuff Mitchell, thanks for sharing! I really like the black and white shots. Look forward to more photos from you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Great stuff Mitchell, thanks for sharing! I really like the black and white shots. Look forward to more photos from you.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Great stuff Mitchell, thanks for sharing! I really like the black and white shots. Look forward to more photos from you.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aerokev/ Kevin

    Useful article. Will have to explore the Creative Commons licensing models a bit more

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aerokev/ Kevin

    Useful article. Will have to explore the Creative Commons licensing models a bit more

  • Charlie Carver

    Definitely gonna try out some of those, especially the tag and description ones.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chcarver/

  • Charlie Carver

    Definitely gonna try out some of those, especially the tag and description ones.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chcarver/

  • http://www.hito.fr hito

    Great tips !
    But it’s funny that you don’t follow you’re advice on you’re flickr account like put a good title instead of IMG_XXX :p
    Well anyway nice tips and photo on you’re flickr Yiie πŸ™‚

    Here is mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/hito-lim/

  • http://www.hito.fr hito

    Great tips !
    But it’s funny that you don’t follow you’re advice on you’re flickr account like put a good title instead of IMG_XXX :p
    Well anyway nice tips and photo on you’re flickr Yiie πŸ™‚

    Here is mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/hito-lim/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/aerokev/ Kevin

    Useful article. Will have to explore the Creative Commons licensing models a bit more

  • Charlie Carver

    Definitely gonna try out some of those, especially the tag and description ones.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chcarver/

  • http://www.hito.fr hito

    Great tips !
    But it's funny that you don't follow you're advice on you're flickr account like put a good title instead of IMG_XXX :p
    Well anyway nice tips and photo on you're flickr Yiie πŸ™‚

    Here is mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/hito-lim/

  • Anonymous

    I always thought Flickr was very amateurish. But it is the best deal in town for unlimited photo uploads. It’s good to hear that the site is a great way to get your photos noticed by the pros.

  • Anonymous

    I always thought Flickr was very amateurish. But it is the best deal in town for unlimited photo uploads. It’s good to hear that the site is a great way to get your photos noticed by the pros.

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  • scpsresearch

    I always thought Flickr was very amateurish. But it is the best deal in town for unlimited photo uploads. It's good to hear that the site is a great way to get your photos noticed by the pros.

  • Anonymous

    Flickr has been great. Great pointers

  • Anonymous

    Flickr has been great. Great pointers

  • moondustwriter

    Flickr has been great. Great pointers

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Great photos Charlie! I love your macro shots and you definitely have an eye for taking very interesting photos.

    This photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chcarver/4534194997 has definitely inspired me for our next Photoble inspiration article. Look out for your pic! πŸ™‚

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Hi Hito!

    Yeah, I can’t say that I’m a great role model! I should really amend that, just haven’t had the time to get around to it -_-

    You have some great photos there, really wish I saw this one, which we could’ve featured for our Photo blur article: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hito-lim/4615890555

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Flickr started off as a place for family and friends to share photos (like Photobucket) but with the boom of MySpace and Facebook, it really started to take off as a photo community platform (like Deviant Art).

    To really immense yourself on Flickr, you would need to spend time organizing photos and interacting in groups. I have to admit that it can be time assuming, but it’s pretty fun and worth doing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Thank you! I really enjoy reading your blog btw, have RSSed it!

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Great photos Charlie! I love your macro shots and you definitely have an eye for taking very interesting photos.

    This photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chcarver/4534194997 has definitely inspired me for our next Photoble inspiration article. Look out for your pic! πŸ™‚

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Hi Hito!

    Yeah, I can't say that I'm a great role model! I should really amend that, just haven't had the time to get around to it -_-

    You have some great photos there, really wish I saw this one, which we could've featured for our Photo blur article: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hito-lim/4615890555

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Flickr started off as a place for family and friends to share photos (like Photobucket) but with the boom of MySpace and Facebook, it really started to take off as a photo community platform (like Deviant Art).

    To really immense yourself on Flickr, you would need to spend time organizing photos and interacting in groups. I have to admit that it can be time assuming, but it's pretty fun and worth doing.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Thank you! I really enjoy reading your blog btw, have RSSed it!

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  • Blue387

    How do you add a watermark?

  • Blue387

    How do you add a watermark?

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    There are many ways to go about adding digital watermarks. For the images above, I’ve just added a text layer in Photoshop and then adjusted the opacity and size. Hope this helps!

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    There are many ways to go about adding digital watermarks. For the images above, I've just added a text layer in Photoshop and then adjusted the opacity and size. Hope this helps!

  • http://twitter.com/PanduAdnyana Pandu Adnyana

    I prefer to maintain my photos in 800×600 pxl first before upload to Flickr and have the watermark at the bottom corner.

  • http://twitter.com/panduadnyana Pandu Adnyana

    I prefer to maintain my photos in 800×600 pxl first before upload to Flickr and have the watermark at the bottom corner.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Great photos Pandu!

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Great photos Pandu!

  • LifeInLoFi

    Great post! One other thing that I’ve found that helps when posting to groups on Flickr is to post during the day for maximum visibility. For me, that’s around 11-2 PM Central Time here in the U.S. In many groups, images roll off the front page pretty quickly, but I’ve found it’s still the best opportunity to be seen by the largest number of photographers.

    =M=
    LifeInLoFi.com: iPhoneography

  • LifeInLoFi

    Great post! One other thing that I've found that helps when posting to groups on Flickr is to post during the day for maximum visibility. For me, that's around 11-2 PM Central Time here in the U.S. In many groups, images roll off the front page pretty quickly, but I've found it's still the best opportunity to be seen by the largest number of photographers.

    =M=
    LifeInLoFi.com: iPhoneography

  • Ipdegirl

    Nice article. Good tips for sure. I love Flickr and have found the community to be very positive in it’s critiques. You really don’t need a fancy-shmancy camera to take great pics. I use toy and vintage cameras along with my trusty iPhone for the majority of my work. It’s more fun when it’s lo-fi. I’ve got a blog all about it.
    http://lofiphotog.wordpress.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipdegirl/

  • http://www.russmorris.com Russ Morris

    Good tips! I’ve been an active member of Flickr for almost 6 years. In that time, my work has been featured on the Flickr blog a handful of times, I’ve created and currently admin a few groups, and I probably spend more time than I should looking at images form my contacts and in groups. My flickr activity has landed me on San Francisco’s Public Television, allowed my photos and writing to be published in JPG Magazine, and just recently I was asked to participate in Kevin (lomokev) Meredith’s latest book, Photo Op. My willingness and ability to share knowledge has created each of these opportunities.

    Don’t just take. Give.

    The one tip I’d add is: Leave comments on work that you like. If you must criticize, make it constructive.

  • Ipdegirl

    Nice article. Good tips for sure. I love Flickr and have found the community to be very positive in it's critiques. You really don't need a fancy-shmancy camera to take great pics. I use toy and vintage cameras along with my trusty iPhone for the majority of my work. It's more fun when it's lo-fi. I've got a blog all about it.
    http://lofiphotog.wordpress.com/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ipdegirl/

  • http://www.russmorris.com Russ Morris

    Good tips! I've been an active member of Flickr for almost 6 years. In that time, my work has been featured on the Flickr blog a handful of times, I've created and currently admin a few groups, and I probably spend more time than I should looking at images form my contacts and in groups. My flickr activity has landed me on San Francisco's Public Television, allowed my photos and writing to be published in JPG Magazine, and just recently I was asked to participate in Kevin (lomokev) Meredith's latest book, Photo Op. My willingness and ability to share knowledge has created each of these opportunities.

    Don't just take. Give.

    The one tip I'd add is: Leave comments on work that you like. If you must criticize, make it constructive.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Hi Russ,

    You’re definitely an inspiration for a lot of photographers out there. Keep up the great work!

    Cheers

    Yi

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Yup, definitely agree with you about not needing fancy equipment to take great photos. Had a look through your Flickr pics and I’m definitely impressed with your photos!

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Thanks for your tip! Definitely agree that timing is important when submitting to groups. I also find that Fridays and weekends receive more views too.

    Cheers

    Yi

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Hi Russ,

    You're definitely an inspiration for a lot of photographers out there. Keep up the great work!

    Cheers

    Yi

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Yup, definitely agree with you about not needing fancy equipment to take great photos. Had a look through your Flickr pics and I'm definitely impressed with your photos!

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Thanks for your tip! Definitely agree that timing is important when submitting to groups. I also find that Fridays and weekends receive more views too.

    Cheers

    Yi

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  • Rosie Spooner

    Interesting information. My photography has improved a lot since using Flickr. I have my own groups including a NON SLR group and have just purchased my first SLR also.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosyrosie2009/

  • Rosie Spooner

    Interesting information. My photography has improved a lot since using Flickr. I have my own groups including a NON SLR group and have just purchased my first SLR also.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rosyrosie2009/

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yiie

    Excellent to hear Rosie. I’m definitely impressed with your photos on Flickr! Look forward to seeing more of your uploads πŸ™‚

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Excellent to hear Rosie. I’m definitely impressed with your photos on Flickr! Look forward to seeing more of your uploads πŸ™‚

  • eve

    this is amazing advice πŸ˜€ got me loads of views and comments πŸ™‚ http://www.flickr.com/eveissocool

  • eve

    this is amazing advice πŸ˜€ got me loads of views and comments πŸ™‚ http://www.flickr.com/eveissocool

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  • Stacy Young

    These are great tips and are much better than some other stuff I’ve heard. Actually the best I’ve seen so far, as every tip you give is perfect.
    I’ve been on Flickr for a little over 2 years and I’m still just as addicted as when I started. It has also greatly improved my photography which started about the same time I created the account.

    There’s also a steady stream of views a day on my photography website: http://www.stacyyoungphotos.com
    And 99% of them come from straight from Flickr!

    I would place emphasis on ONLYuploading good quality photos….that is the quality of the subject and the other photographic factors such as composition, exposure, contrast, etc.
    I also try to mix mine up with self-indulgent personal photos of myself and the photos I shoot of other things, such as scenery.
    The personal photos get by far the most views and they also have another effect. They get my regular “photography” noticed more too.
    Also just really having fun and letting it show, is one of the best things you can do. People like to see other happy people.
    Thanks again for these great tips about the best photo sharing site in the world!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stacyflower/

  • Stacy Young

    These are great tips and are much better than some other stuff I’ve heard. Actually the best I’ve seen so far, as every tip you give is perfect.
    I’ve been on Flickr for a little over 2 years and I’m still just as addicted as when I started. It has also greatly improved my photography which started about the same time I created the account.

    There’s also a steady stream of views a day on my photography website: http://www.stacyyoungphotos.com
    And 99% of them come from straight from Flickr!

    I would place emphasis on ONLYuploading good quality photos….that is the quality of the subject and the other photographic factors such as composition, exposure, contrast, etc.
    I also try to mix mine up with self-indulgent personal photos of myself and the photos I shoot of other things, such as scenery.
    The personal photos get by far the most views and they also have another effect. They get my regular “photography” noticed more too.
    Also just really having fun and letting it show, is one of the best things you can do. People like to see other happy people.
    Thanks again for these great tips about the best photo sharing site in the world!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/stacyflower/

  • Banty66

    Nice idea and tips that you have given….
    Just u have time means visit my photostream at flickr http://bit.ly/dnI1jn

  • Banty66

    Nice idea and tips that you have given….
    Just u have time means visit my photostream at flickr http://bit.ly/dnI1jn

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  • Peter 80

    To what end do you actually want all this publicity for? If it is with an eventual aim of getting paid work, forget it, this will never help you. Having your picture printed for free by a magazine achieves nothing (been there done that – not a single addittional flicker on the website. There was the vague promise of a free memory card – which I never recieved despite asking). Being publised cheap is little better. They’ll try not to pay (I’ve been to the county court on occasions to recover the money), and in either of the above cases (cheap or free) if you try and get a decent fee the next time round, all that will happen is that they will decline and go to find the next person looking for “exposure” and fleece them to.

    As somone who has run a photography business, but from an entrepreneurial standpoint is now moving away from it to pursue other more financially viable business options, I can tell you that the above is simply bad advice. The word of mouth advertising that you get is not “they take good pictures”, the reputation you actually get is “they will work for nothing”. You get a constant stream of people wanting things for nothing. In years gone by, magazine budgets for yearly spend on picture licences would often have rated in the Β£millions. Owing to the decline of the editorial market and the easy availability of “free” images due to the sort of actions you propose above, those budgets have shrunk to virtually nil, and now publishers and papers will happily take a chance on the routine infringement of copyright on the basis that most people are simply not cued up enough to challenge a use and request payment. Don’t delude yourselves. By giving it away, you are effectively putting money in their pockets at your own expense.

    So, my question to you. What is the point of getting “publicity” in this, when your “publicity” is destroying the industry you are trying to enter? What is the point? In 5 years time, will you be able to come back here and say “this got me somewhere, I’m now on ££££££ and this really successful” or like me, will you have walked away, sick and tired of it, hating photography, hating the money it cost you, the strain on your family, the picture editors, the people, everything in short? I rather suspect the latter.

  • http://twitter.com/shigzeo shigzeo

    I’ll admit to catching on slowly with Flickr. I take a lot of photos and try to upload each week, but I have internet troubles that make it hard to comment on and favourite shots that I like. Today, for instance, I could not access flickr for over 15 minutes, and often, I have to wait about 5 minutes to even access my own photo stream.Β 

    Anyway, this article is easy to read and clever.Β I hope I can adapt to my internet troubles and comment on and favourite the shots I really respect.Β 

  • Fracnodevita

    Why would you let ANYONE download your photograph if you want to make a profit off of it. And also, why would you even choose the tag that you did if those are the easiest ones to remove, meaning that someone would not have a difficult time removing and stealing to claim your photograph as theirs.

  • http://www.twitter.com/yiiee Yi

    Hi Peter,

    Firstly, sorry for not getting around to this comment earlier. It must have slipped off my radar as I do try to respond to all comments – whether negative or positive.

    I understand your frustration of being under-paid or not paid at all in a convoluted industry such as photography. Being a freelance blogger and marketer, I experience the same hurdles of being undercut by someone who can somehow charge far less than industry-standards or have my articles blatantly copied and pasted on another blog with no credits or link-backs. These things continue to happen when creativity is involved and it’s unfortunate when a great writer/photographer/artist becomes jaded by the bad experience. Yes, I’ve also been through messy arguments where I wasn’t paid for the work I’ve completed.

    Nevertheless, I don’t believe that receiving ‘publicity’ for your work is in any way ‘destroying the industry’. Are you saying that photo-sharing sites like Flickr is diluting the talents of photographers as people tend to ‘steal’ images? Or that marketing your profile online is a bad idea altogether?

    Well, pedaling back a bit, I just want to point out that the aim of my article here was to show Flickr users how they can have their photos noticed. I’m stressing the word ‘notice’ as I’m not trying to imply how to make money from Flickr or what the best way to receive an income is for a photographer.

    Most of us who share our photos on Flickr will never receive money for our uploaded photos or get noticed by well-known magazine. Some of us do and that’s fantastic. So you’re probably asking, “Why upload your intellectual property on an online social site in the first place?” Well, speaking for myself, I enjoy engaging others with my photos and like to receive criticisms and feedback from other photographers. I see Flickr as a community for photographers to learn, share and discuss. Yes, I understand that people do steal images, and that is why there is an option on Flickr to disable downloads for larger images. Fortunately, that hasn’t happened to me yet (well, not that I’m aware of).

    Those photographers who have received lots of money for their works didn’t get there by just storing their photos on a computer or in a shoebox. They got to where they are through persistently showing people what they can do, rigorously displaying their photos at any given chance, and building a public profile. All this is part of publicity and photo-sharing sites just give photographers another platform to demonstrate their works.

    I’m sorry to hear that a career in photography hasn’t been the smoothest process. However, do photography for the love of it rather than for the money. Sometimes great things happen when you least expect it.

    Cheers

    Yi

  • Barbie

    I’ve done most of the things over here except for the pro thing, I couldn’t do it for some reason maybe with the credit card or something else, but then, most of my photos don’t have any comments, favs or notes only views, and the rest only 1 to 2 comments >.< its frustrating, i kept commenting others but no responses from them in my photo stream πŸ™ i don't know maybe there is something wrong with my photos?

  • fire

    Reading many photographer’s bios i have reached the following conclusion: that to make a name for yourself in this field you either have to go to war or give up your a*s. Flickr is just for kicks.

  • https://www.facebook.com/NJHphoto Nic Hughes

    I think flickr has different meanings for everyone. I would like to use it for posting daily photos and organising them into albums. So an example would be ‘cicada market’ album. Flickr is good for organizing and storage. This helps to see ones own work and helps in the editing process for books. As far as getting the photos seen and getting likes. I am more interested in communicating with 5-10 people regularly. Always encouraging. I would not use it as a gallery for displaying photos that can be printed or being employed professionally. A website would bring more authority and trust for that. Using it for organizing and storing photos with some small community establishment attitude.

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