If you’re a photographer, you’ve probably already heard of FlickR, the site that allows you to share your photos with the whole world, and in high quality. If you haven’t registered yet, this article should convince you.
As you may have already understood, I am convinced that FlickR is one of the best sites on the Internet. useful that exist for a photographer. You can see several billion of photos (and several millions of new images every day), classified by categories, tags, places, or in thematic groups; including a lot of photos under Creative Commons license. Most importantly, you can post yours and get feedback from other users.
L’Explore, or a huge source of inspiration and photographic lessons
The FlickR exploration tool allows you to explore (eureka ! :P) the best photos posted in the last few days. There are often pictures that are really exceptional…which I’m sure will give you some ideas. The advantage is that you can comment, ask questions to the photographer, and even see the shooting parameters: aperture, shutter speed, ISO sensitivity, lens used, etc…
There are also theme groups if you are interested in a particular type of photo, or you can search for photos that were taken in a particular place thanks to geolocation for example (useful to avoid the postcard photo trap 😉 ). (But don’t copy the photos either, it’s useless).
Anyway, it’s absolutely awesome.
Share your photos, have some feedback
But what makes FlickR even more interesting for the photographer is that you too can post your photos on FlickR, and have comments of other users. It also allows you to simply show the fruit of your photographic work without having to create your own website. In short, it’s like a giant photo club on a global scaleespecially since you can add people as contacts.
And then, it must be said, all photographers hope to one day have a picture on the Explore, so that thousands of people can be interested in its pictures. Yes, each one of us is a minimum of egocentric 😛 There is no miracle recipe to pass on the Explore: a lot of comments and favorites soon after the photo is published is what comes out of all experiments. But FlickR decides which photos are highlighted in this way highly complex and there’s no way to know for sure how to do that. In any case, develop your network on FlickR and don’t rely too much on exploring, it will come when it comes 😉.
Speaking of Explore, I have to point out the only big flaw of FlickR to my liking: the photographers that appear in Explore are more or less always the sameand it’s a bit frustrating for a lot of people to have little chance to see one of his images put forward. Especially since sometimes you wonder why some really bad pictures appear in it… But that doesn’t take anything away from FlickR’s qualities!
In any case, don’t hesitate to contact me…add as contact and comment on my photos 😉 Leave a comment if you too have a good experience with FlickR (or not, I’d be happy to be contradicted)!
And don’t forget to share the article! 🙂