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    Flickr - what is it exactly?

    Prompted by another APUG thread, I took a brief look at flickr and am deeply confused! I wonder if anyone can tell me exactly what it is supposed to be, other than a forum where anyone and his grandmother can upload images by the ton without any consideration of quality, context, authorship or copyright. The first thing I saw was a claim that over 2,000 pictures had been uploaded in the previous MINUTE, which makes me think that any individual mage will simply drown without trace, the second thing I found was a member called paradise babe, who is apparently relatively young, female and living in Oman and UK and has cheerfully uploaded artless snaps of her dog knocking over a flowerpot next to press shots of the Sultan which I would think it 100% certain that she did not take, indeed were taken before she was born, and without any attempt at captioning or crediting the author. On this basis, flickr looks like a rock-bottom vanity publishing exercise which no pro or serious amateur could consider using.

    And then the next thing I found was this:

    http://interestingby.isaias.com.mx/p...00&theme=white

    which could easily be pro photojournalism. Is it just a free-for-all, or have I missed something?

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    David
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    On one level its a bit of harmless fun where you can share your photos with your mates. On another level its quite a useful tool for the working pro whereby you don't have to keep updating your main website if you want to keep clients informed of new projects or developments. I think if you ask 10 people what they use Flickr for you will get 10 different answers.

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    Yes it's a free for all. It's also not meant to be for pros, it's meant to show your granny your snaps. HTH.
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    I think you're making the age-old mistake of assuming that only professional photographers deserve to be allowed to show their photos to people.

    Flickr is absolutely not designed for 'professionals'. It's a place for ordinary people - like me - to upload their photos and share them with friends. They may be existing friends (I have real, flesh and blood friends with whom I share holiday snaps etc. on Flickr,) or rather splendidly by browsing other peoples photos (and using the groups/keyword tagging) you can make new 'virtual' friends with people who share similar interests. Better still, I've made real flesh-and-blood friends with local people that I initially met 'virtually' through Flickr groups.

    The groups are the heart of what makes Flickr tick. There are groups devoted to practically anything you like - including being a patronising 'pro shooter' if that's your bag. There are also groups devoted to photos of kittens, sunsets, and dogs knocking over flowerpots. My local Leeds group is excellent, with regular meets in the pub, photo challenges, and a genuine atmosphere of encouragement and help; it's just like a photography club, but without the patronising tits.

    So yeah, I think you've missed something!


    (Edit - oh yeah; http://www.flickr.com/photos/snowgoons/ - is my stream .)
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    I use Flickr, first registered about a year ago but pretty much left it laying dormant, then I discovered a few local groups, so have been uploading a lot of photographs relevant to those groups the past few days. It is quite a useful tool, providing online storage for images you wish to share with others.

    My Flickr

    The funniest group on there is 'delete me', never seen so many people in one place with their heads so firmly up their own..


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    A bit of an aside but there's some mighty clever stuff that uses these sorts of bulk photo archives floating about: e.g. labs.live.com/photosynth/

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    I don't use it much, but I put the occasional picture there...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/71733804@N00/
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    I've had an account for a couple of years now. After APUG, Flickr is probably my most visited web site.

    The groups and metadata are what makes it so interesting and useful to me. Pictures can be tagged. Type "Kodak EIR" into the search box on the home page for example: 1,361 pictures returned, many with details of equipment, location etc. Some groups I belong to are "B&W film / developer combinations", "I Shoot Film", "Black and White Printing".

    The good groups are actively administered and contain lively discussions and high quality pictures.

    My Flickr

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    I also think it is a great way to get the word out that film is still here and being used to create great photographs.


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    I use Flickr a lot, in fact it was through Flickr that I heard of APUG. Have a look at

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/onfilm/

    Flickr is primarily for everyone to share their snaps, but there are many 'serious' photographers using it and sharing their latest images through contacts and groups.

    Oh yeah, this is me

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

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