One of the joys of photography is the sharing of photos with friends and on-line contacts. My site of choice for quite a while has been Instagram, but I’ve grown increasingly frustrated by needing to process small sized images, and also the speed of the feed, so I thought I would have another look at Flickr.
I joined Flickr back in 2013 when I regularly went on photoshoots with a friend and we used Flickr to share our photos. I didn’t really explore the site at all and my use gradually diminished over time.
I was really prompted to have another look at Flickr after receiving a letter from them around Christmas time. I now find that the site has been making a financial loss, that SmugMug have taken it over and are planning to develop and grow it. The letter was really a plea for money, by becoming a Pro Member and enjoying various privileges. SmugMug also indicated that they would continue to develop the site for photographers. We shall see!
So I started uploading some photos and decided to try to learn about the site and the best way to use it. And I must admit that I have really liked it and think I will continue using it.
One of the main reasons is that I don’t have to think about the small size of the photos on Instagram. I know that people will still view Flickr on their phones, or iPads or tablets, but personally I prefer using Flickr on my computer, as I trust others do, and so I am viewing and posting images more suited to the larger screen.
I publish my photos directly from Lightroom and my Keywords become Tags in Flickr. I have also joined quite few groups which revolve around my interests in photography:
and these groups come up on my feed, which I enjoy scrolling through. Whereas I feel that photos come up on Instagram and then disappear quite quickly, the pace on Flickr seems slower, particularly with some of the groups. Maybe I should learn to be a better Instagram user, but I think I will be spending more time on Flickr.
Lastly, as a student of photography I am enjoying viewing photos in a large size in the groups I enjoy. I think I will spend most of my time in Flickr, but will still post photos to Instagram and Facebook. You can see me on Flickr at https://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmarks/ .