Apparently this is my 100th post so I was thinking I had better write something really interesting or significant, but why change after all this time 🙂 I have been intending to write a serious post on how I use Flickr and other sharing sites, at least until I decided I didn’t actually have any sort of strategy.
For Flickr in particular I tend to put up images at random, whatever I have been doing recently. Sometimes these are images that I like, sometimes ones that I don’t but that are interesting or that use different techniques or processing. I share my images on various groups and, from time to time, I get comments, mostly of the ‘nice image’ variety. It is always pleasant to get these comments, to know that someone else likes an image but the comments which give constructive criticism are much more valuable and rare.
The number of comments varies greatly from image to image, depending on what groups I post to and when I post the image. I was however very surprised this week to see the number of comments and favourites I received on one image having made the Flickr Explore list. The image itself is one I really like, it is a nice moody black and white image I took as part of my attempt to build a portfolio for my diploma course.
Ultimately wanting to write a post on the use of sharing sites has at least pointed out that I need to think a bit harder about it. I recently joined 500pix.com and find myself being very thoughtful about what images I share on the site. I think that this sort of self-editing is a much more useful to my photography than the random images I post to Flickr. Does anyone else have any thoughts or ideas? How do you share your images – and why?