Flickr – Deep Thoughts

I was listening to a photography podcast yesterday and they were talking about the lack of importance of Flickr.  It got my attention.  I have been on Flickr for a few years now. There is no super in depth way to see how posting affects your business.  Yes, you do get many views on Flickr and maybe some search engines find your pics…but is it really worth the time?  Up until recently I would post a photo…make sure it was in its proper group, then put it in many groups trying to get as many views as possible.  Then as always being kind, as most on Flickr…if my friends commented…I would glady comment on their photo.

So all this work on a site to me that is antiquated.   Flickr rarely updates and expands new services.  It is the same to me as when I joined years ago.   Social Media is important to us photographers…but to what extent?   My thoughts last year were that all photographers that want to grow need to have a web site, blog, Facebook, Twitter and be on Flickr.   Now everyone has their own ideas and preferences…now I think only a website, blog and Facebook are needed….maybe Twitter?   But Flickr may be a waste of time?

Yes, I did get into a few magazine articles and get to work with Getty Images from Flickr….and most of all meet some great friends.  But I am contemplating not posting on Flickr any longer.  It is worth a photographers time?  I’d like to hear your comments as well.

San Francisco, CA – Golden Pate Park

If you live in or a traveling to San Francisco in the summer and you want to take some lovely portraits…visit Stow Lake.  Here you can find a breathtaking Roman Bridge and  cool waterfall.  Both within a few minutes walk of each other.  The waterfall is actually in this picture…you can see part of it on the right.    When I was there this day…I saw a Bride getting her pictures taken.  If I had a flash…even this beautiful stairway would be a great spot!   Have fun!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.6
  • Setting: Aperture Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure: 1/13 second
  • Aperture:  f/5.6
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6