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Discussion in 'Samsung NX Forum' started by Keenon, May 6, 2014.

  1. Keenon

    Keenon New to SC

    5
    May 6, 2014
    I'm rather new to the photography hobby, and I'm just curious:
    What's the preferred site to share photos?
     
  2. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo!

    Sep 8, 2010
    London UK
    Andy
    Flickr for me. A lot of people do not like what it has become but I do. I think it's great!!
     
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  3. mattia

    mattia SC Regular

    98
    Dec 20, 2013
    Flickr. Because I'm too lazy to move to 500px or similar, and still have a pro account that turns it into a sort of online photo archive for my jpg files. Although I don't share a whole.

    Facebook is terrible for photos (screws up color profiles, no control over quality, and there's the untransparent copyright/ownership issues).
     
  4. Lightmancer

    Lightmancer Super Moderator

    Aug 13, 2011
    Sunny Frimley
    Bill Palmer
    Ipernity - because it is stable, has an active and friendly community and most importantly because they are not using my photos against my permission to generate advertising revenue as Flickr does. 500px is for eyeball-searing, shortbread tin HDR and photos of very young Russian girls.
     
  5. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Yep Flickr here too and too lazy too.
     
  6. Nuskyn

    Nuskyn SC Veteran

    387
    Jul 8, 2011
    @Gelderland - the Netherlands
    Jeroen
    Here a Flickr fan too...
     
  7. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro

    Jul 9, 2010
    Caguas, Puerto Rico
    Antonio
    Flickr user here. I have endured through the changes, but feel the latest version works rather well.
     
  8. SnapDawg

    SnapDawg Rorschach Test Pilot

    651
    Apr 18, 2014
    Canary Islands
    Ken
    For the fun stuff it's mainly Serious Compacts via flickr.
     
  9. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    A a 500px user I challenge you to find an 'eyeball-searing, shortbread tin HDR' or any 'very young Russian girls' on my photo pages:smile:

    I take your point though, there is quite a lot of both of those on 500px. That said there is also a lot of great photography on there which, for me, is easier to find and to follow than it is on Flickr. All photo sharing sites are a curate's egg. There's a lot of junk on all of them and a lot of good stuff on all of them.

    Keenon, you may want to start with Flickr, it's a good general starting point, though it is so popular your images do tend to get lost. You might then want to look at other sites as well and test them out - most are free or offer a trial period. At some point you might consider one home for everything you want to put online and somewhere else for those of your pictures that stand out.

    As well as the general photosharing sites you can also consider setting up your own website and taking much more control of how your images are presented (I do this through my site at smugmug though there is an annual fee involved for most of these providers). You could also start up a photoblog (blogger, one version of wordpress and tumblr all offer free hosting and tumblr, where I am photoblogging these days, has some nice photography specific templates available for a fee.

    You will sometimes hear people suggesting that having your own website or blog limits your exposure compared to posting on photo sharing sites or social media sites. This is true. But all the latter do is expose your images to millions of people who don't give a damn about them, assuming they ever actually see them in the middle of the millions of other images posted there. My view is it is better to have more control of your images, how they are presented and how they appear so that the people who's views you actually care about and who will be genuinely interested in your work see your pictures at their best. You can still post the same images or a wider group of images to photo sharing sites and you can use your social media presence to direct people to your own sites.

    That, of course, is probably a long way down the road if you're just starting out, but it's worth keeping it in the back of your mind as you think about how you evolve your presence online (and in print) in the future.
     
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  10. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Flickr.:drinks:
     
  11. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    always reminds me of a horse or was it a rabbit?
     
  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Flickr? "My Friend Flicka"?
     
  13. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    was that the "bush kangaroo"

    First glass of red here - a jolly little Bordeaux!
     
  14. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    You are a nutty Englishman, Bill - I have no idea what you're "talking about"! Enjoy your jolly little Bordeaux and say hello to Mrs. Bill!
     
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  15. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    skippy - just remembered it, well that's what Mr Ed said!!!
     
  16. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Mr. Ed the talking horse??

    Now we've really taken Bill's (wt21's) original question to the outer limits.:eek:
     
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  17. BillN

    BillN SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 25, 2010
    S W France
    Bill
    It's what you remember - and use

    Social media is really nothing to me - the internet is

    Social media seems very important to my kids - even thought they are now around 30 years old
     
  18. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Yes, the Internet is important to me as well, Bill.
     
  19. Keenon

    Keenon New to SC

    5
    May 6, 2014
    I just started a Flickr, and I LOVE how no resolution is lost.
    As far as using my pictures and possibly making a profit on my work, I really don't mind.
    I can completely understand for those who make a living as photographers, but I merely do this for fun, free of expectations of profit.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using SeriousCompacts mobile app
     
  20. Keenon

    Keenon New to SC

    5
    May 6, 2014
    Flickr seems cool, but lacks the ability to whore myself out like Instagram does.

    500px doesn't interest me at all, so it seems I may be deciding between IG and Flickr

    Any way to maintain resolution on IG, even if I have to crop

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using SeriousCompacts mobile app