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Thomas Hawk has been documenting how to get your photos viewed over on Flickr.
In 2006 he had these suggestions:

  1. Take great pictures
  2. You get one shot a day
  3. Interestingness
  4. Fav lots of photos
  5. When you post counts
  6. Blog your photos
  7. Tell everyone you know about Flickr
  8. Post your photos to lots of groups
  9. Reciprocate everyone who makes you a contact
  10. Tag your photos religiously

In 2008 he made the following changes:

  1. Take great pictures (same as #1 in 2006)
  2. The order you post your photos to Flickr counts (similar to #5 in 2006)
  3. Consider places outside of Flickr to promote your photography (similar to #6 in 2006)
  4. Do you have your settings on Flickr configured for maximum exposure
  5. Explore
  6. Groups (same as #8 in 2006)
  7. Tag for exploration (same as #10 in 2006)
  8. Geotag
  9. Consider creating a few “best of” sets and feature them prominently on your Flickrstream
  10. Tell Everyone you know about your Flickrstream (same as #7 in 2006)

Now in 2010 he has even more changes:

  1. The order that you publish your photos in matters — a lot (same as #2 in 2008
  2. Explore (same as #5 in 2008)
  3. Promote your photos outside of Flickr (same as #3 in 2008)
  4. Avoid watermarking, small-sized low-res photos, frames and other gimmicky crap
  5. Mooooooooooooo (Moo cards.)
  6. Groups (same as #6 in 2008)
  7. Fave it forward (similar to #4 in 2006)
  8. Tag for discovery (similar to #7 in 2008)
  9. Are you allowing the search engines to index your photos? (similar to #4 in 2008)
  10. Certain subjects just seem to garner more attention.

I find it interesting how some items change over time. Obviously with the changes in technology and the advances in Flickr there will be more that photographers can do online (i.e. geotagging). Read the articles for each year to gain a more indepth understanding of the tips that Thomas Hawk is speaking of and then get on over to Flickr and start having fun.

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Buyers are looking beyond Getty and Corbis and their sub-divisions for photos that are different and original. We’ve seen that they’re approaching photographers on Flickr, even when those images aren’t being offered for sale, and they’re looking through personal galleries too.

Dan James, for example, works at a small Web company that employs fourteen people. In the last two years, four of the people at his firm have been approached by buyers who wanted to purchase their images. …

…Although the marketing had been simple – none of the photographers had done anything to promote their pictures other than upload and keyword them – the negotiations were difficult and conducted by email. None of the sellers had any idea how much the photos should cost while the buyers were experienced professionals keen to land a usable photo at a rock-bottom price. Dan’s response to that experience has been to build a service that allows anyone to upload any image they want and make it available for sale. [via Photopreneur]

Read the rest of the story and find out about Dan’s new business.

I can’t verify the accuracy of this, but I have looked at it and you can too. Barack Obama’s Flickr Photostream.

  • It’s his photo.
  • It seems like an accurate profile.
  • There are almost 3000 photos.
  • He has over 7000 contacts.
  • He has so many testimonials I didn’t count them.
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Yes, the REAL Library of Congress is uploading to Flickr. So far they have two sets: 1930s-40s in Color and News in the 1910s. [via Gallery Hopper]

How much can you learn about a person through a self-portrait?

What if you saw a different portrait of the same person everyday for a year? How much more do you think you’d learn about a person?

Well, I’m going to take the Flickr challenge and take a self-portrait a day for each and every day of this year, 2008. I’ve inserted a place on the left sidebar where the latest portrait will appear.

I have to be honest, this is a daunting task. Pick up my camera and photograph myself each and every day for 366 days in 2008.

Are you up for the challenge?

I have to admit I was a little ticked and perhaps even a little disturbed when I opened my email on Flickr today and read this:

Now anyone should know by now, that in this day and age that if you are going to put anything, and I mean ANYTHING up on the www (that’s WORLD WIDE WEB for those who may have forgotten what those w’s stand for) it’s up for scrutiny by anyone. That means ANYONE who has access to a computer (or perhaps a phone) with Internet access. If you don’t want folks viewing your photos, or your words for that matter, then you really have no business anywhere near a computer.

I hate to admit that these things happen but let’s be real folks.

Has anyone else used Flickr and received this email?

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So other than simply avoiding the Internet how does one go about protecting your work online. There are some simple things that you can try which may or may not circumvent photo theft: watermarking your work, right-click disabling your work, and shrink wrapping your photos. You can read a little more about these here.

Digital Photography School (dPS) also offers a few ways to protect your photos.

The Online Photographer offers some suggestions too.

My favorite is this little intro from of zen and computing:

I would like to post some pictures online, but I don’t want anyone to copy them. How can I protect them from being stolen?

There is only one answer to this question, and it is a short one:

It cannot be done

Any method designed to stop visitors from downloading images can be circumvented by a person with the right set technical skills.

Once you understand and accept the fact that you cannot stop people from copying your images online, you still might want to try and slow them down. This article covers a few different roadblocks you can place between your images and their audience.

My suggestion is to find yourself a professional association to join. I am a member of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America). This group is wonderful for photographers. They offer all kinds of free advice and benefits to members including copyright assistance, legal resources, insurance, malpractice protection and a host of others. It’s well worth the price.

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