I’ve been having more thoughts on photo sharing. I think the problem is that I need a bit of structure. A few rules (just for me) about what I share and where. It’s got very complicated. Does anyone else have this issue?
Let me tell you about some of the ways I share photos…
Flickr: I have a Flickr account and I am a Pro user which means my membership costs me (not much, but it’s still a cost). Previously I used to host all of my website images on Flickr, until I realised this was a bad idea, not least because it slowed my website down. All of my images are hosted on WordPress now, but because of this, I am not sure how I should be using Flickr. It’s become a dumping ground for my photos in a way. Nothing is properly organised or tagged.
Photography apps: I have lots of apps on my iPhone but use very few. Camera+ is my favourite and it’s pretty good for sharing to social networks. The Flickr app is great, but still slow and as far as I know, it doesn’t allow me to share photos on my Facebook page.
iPhoneography feature: I had been showcasing my favourite iPhone photos here on the blog as a regular iPhoneography feature. This is something I have really enjoyed doing.
So how can I get more organised? Well I am not really sure and would appreciate some guidance actually. To start working this out, I have set out a few aims below. I suspect these will get clearer as time goes on. This is what I want:
- I’d like to be more efficient and organised and have a (flexible) photo-sharing process/workflow
- I only want to share interesting/relevant photos with iMake blog readers and followers of my social networks
- I’d like a way to showcase my favourite photos
- I want my Creative Commons licensing requirements to be clear
So where am I going to start?
- Start using Flickr properly. This means, starting now, I will tag every photo I share correctly and put them into sets as appropriate. I have nearly 2000 photos on there already (I have just culled a load) so I am not going to set about tagging my archive, that would be mad. But I can start my good habits now.
- Go through all of my photography apps and just keep those that I like and use. This frees me up to search for new photography apps that will get me into iPhoneography again.
- DELETE the unusable photos straight away! Why I am not doing this already??
So that’s a start. The other thing I have done is set up an image-only blog as a bit of an experiment. I have called it iMakeography and you can find it over on Tumblr (controversial, I know!) I wanted to keep it separate from this blog for a number of reasons, but mainly because it is a bit of an experiment. I really enjoy following other people’s photo blogs and I figured that this could be a way to showcase my favourite photos, in addition to regular photo features on the blog.