website, apug galllery, apug portfolio, flickr, facebOOk, googlegroups zenfolio ...
there are a million and one places these days to put up one's work ..
to send an interested person, family member, distant cousin friends and strangers
you might meet and want to show work to, if you don't have a flip book, brag book small portfolio, loose prints or pressbook handy.
a lot of these places are free, some might cost a small amount every year or whatever.
when you are out and about, or at a family reunion or a friends place and you say " i use film, and make prints ( or whatever you might do ) "
where do you send them ... or do you only show real prints ( maybe mail a post card &c ) because you have found the quality ( detail / nuance ) of your work doesn't
translate well to instant viewing online.
this isn't a DvA thread, or some sort of contentious post but a way to post information about what you might do, and how it works ( or doesn't ) work for you ...
please don't make this thread anything more than what it is, thanks.
When I share I mail prints. Rarely scan so posting online isn't a significant possibility. It works good enough for me.
I put a few photos up on Flickr and share to a couple closed Facebook groups on occasion. Oh and of course I post in the gallery here also.
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I have had an account on PBase since circa 2004. It allows creating gallery hierarchies way deep at a starting price of $23 a year for 1GB of storage. One thing it offers is custom CSS files so you can play with background colors and some various customizations. I have been tediously slowly building a "retrospective" of stuff I've done since high school in the 1950s. It is possible to post a gallery in a way that it doesn't show in the indexing, that's how I put up some stuff for family. Such galleries of mine are not passworded, so you could go there if you had the URL. One can also put a password on. Most of my stuff is visible to the public (for better or worse).
Having said all that, the outfit seems to be running on inertia with absentee landlords lately. Response to problems seems somewhere between slow and non-existent. I fear it may either get swallowed by a bigger fish (and likely altered to be less good) or disappear. Very unfortunate -- I suspect its origins were sort of a hobby enterprise early in the "d!git@l revolution" that grew way beyond expectations and now the founders are overwhelmed (or committed to other day jobs).
Having one's own website isn't too outrageous these days, but generally more work. If PBase goes, that might be my next step, as I already have a site with a package that includes stuff I haven't even touched yet.
I post on the gallery and have a tumblr. Thinking of not using flickr anymore.
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I put what I want my friends and contacts to see on FLickr, with a smaller amount on Ipernity. These are almost exclusively negative scans.
FLickr's not a place for showcasing, content easily gets drowned by the sheer volume of images there, and FLickr/Yahoo are continually making changes to the way it functions that seem to make it hard to keep up with and really appreciate others' images.
Conversely, while Ipernity has a nice interface, it's very quiet.
I stick the occasional pic into the gallery here, but my prints are nothing I want to put on display really and I'm too thin skinned to risk the critique
I don't have a presence on any of the social media - no facebook, twitter or whatever.
But then, I'm not a professional photographer and as an amateur I don't have any pretensions or ambitions towards selling or exhibiting, so the lack of exposure is OK for me.
I don't get around to scanning often and then I have to figure out which ones are really worth it. But I have my own website, a blog, some shots on flickr, a zenfolio account, a bunch in a gallery on photochimps, photos here (though only visible to subscribers), and probably somewhere else I'm forgetting. I really need to get them all together and make it more cohesive as well as more recent stuff. Just too much of a PITA. If anyone asks about my work, I usually send them to my site.
I do not post on line. I mail prints, usually matted. For one person that I trade photographs for goods, I ship professionally matted and framed photographs with UV glass. The largest sizes of framed photographs that i ship are 30"x30" and 24"x36".
Sometimes for smaller prints I send the photographs to be mounted it Plak-It [http://www.plak-it.com/how.html http://www.plak-it.com/edge.html http://www.plak-it.com/products_plakmount.html].
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Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
I only share if there is a reason to share, and then use the best method to communicate. Example, if I have a problem with something that a picture would help explain it. That could be a print of JPEG. You know, one picture is worth a thousand words.
I made 6 pocket portfolios. Have one in each car and some in my backpacks. My first books were made with wet prints, but I liked inkjet for bulk production.