Did 500px.com just give photographers a simple, but effective publicity boost (and Flickr another kick in the ass)?
Unless you’ve spent the last week or so in a cave, you probably know that Flickr has just released a new version of its mobile app. It’s got tons of reviews, mostly positive, unlike its web redesign, which alienated many users. But, as some pointed out, Flickr is catching up with other mobile photography apps and is likely to focus on the web property next. Mea
We wanted it, we got it. The new, and completely revamped Flickr is here. It kind of happened without a warning. I was browsing my photo stream – pondering the future of Tumblr – when Yahoo! served me yet another surprise. This page: The new site’s main features are available here, but the most important ones are: – one terabyte of storage for free, apparently for everyone; it’s a bit confusing though: have free and Pro accounts been merged into one? 1Tb blows Googl
In a way I feel like posting this now is a bit pointless as it’s probably been discussed a million times everywhere. And perhaps your conclusions are similar. But here it is. Flickr is likely to become cool again. There, I said it.
OK, it’s clearly been helped by the whole Instagram saga, but Yahoo! is at least (and at last) using the momentum to rescue what was once the world’s leading photo-sharing community. The service everyone (including me) has been criticising for it
Something incredible happened last night. Flickr surprised everyone by upgrading its iPhone app. Not *just* updating – upgrading. Revamping. Relaunching as something completely new – and in fact, usable. Yay.
That’s when – and if – you can log in. If, like me, you were forcibly logged out during the update, you were asked to log in using either your existing Yahoo! credentials, Facebook or Google. Sadly, despite numerous attempts the message was always the same for me: I req
An article published by Betabeat claims Spiering is getting ready to unleash the revamped beast by the end of February. This is likely to happen in stages, but, as the screengrab above seems to suggest, the changes are likely to be more dramatic than the previous cosmetic ‘improvements’. So what can we expect? According to Betabeat, who sat down with Spiering to go over the new features, we’re likely to see: much bigger images, and a new layout (judging by the screengrab, it
If, like me, you never publish your pictures on Facebook, or you simply want to make your photography more social using other platforms, this post is for you.
This is part of a presentation I made on social tools for photographers during my monthly photographers group meet-up, where I focused on several alternatives to Facebook. The presentation assumed a minimal or no knowledge of these tools, hence the basics. If you interact with many photographers on Google+ or Tumblr, y
The idea behind the project is to create a time capsule for those who were born around the time when we broke the 7 billion people barrier. Time will tell whether my picture – taken during a rather rigorous walk with friends in Petersfield, Hampshire last weekend – will make the cut. Then another picture I took yesterday outside the British Museum got ‘Explored” on Flickr. Not sure what it means – apart from the fact that I was noticed by some Yahoo! algorithm – but it’s nice
Google+ has become an online Mecca for photographers in a very short time. While many people still don’t ‘get’ Google+ (it’s a topic for a separate post), many photographers have embraced the new network and – in some cases at least – decided to abandon Flickr for good.
Those who abandon or move from Flickr usually claim the service has become stale, doesn’t evolve or innovate and doesn’t listen to its users. Google, on the other hand, has so far implemented a whole range of
It’s a nice feeling when you wake up and fellow Flickr users inform you your picture has been chosen to feature on Flickr’s Explore page. Not sure what else it means apart from a little boost to my ego and a few more eyeballs checking out my work. Which is always nice. Thanks 🙂 Click on the above screengrab to see the actual image. #flickr
Ever wanted to be featured on Flickr’s explore page, but didn’t know how others get there? Photopreneur has an interesting post explaining how Flickr’s algorithm selects images for the Explore page. Worth a read, even if you hate Flickr or don’t give a damn about reaching a wider audience. Abelardo Morell’s fascinating camera obscura technique, which fills darkened rooms with amazing landscapes. National Geographic put together a gallery of his best images and posted a video
UPDATE: If you’re looking for the February 2012 Flickr update, it’s here.
Oh, I do like nice surprises! Last night I discovered a preview link on my Flickr page, which takes users to what will ultimately become the new Flickr interface. The facelift was long overdue. I can’t remember any substantial changes to the interface over the last few years, but the latest overhaul is really good – and, more importantly – useful. The first thing you notice is that the images in your p
Everyone is complaining that it’s more and more difficult to make money on photography and that the stock photography market has become too competitive. Stock libraries spring up every five minutes and they all overflow with images.
Yes, that might be true. But when you really need a good picture, micro stock libraries disappoint. In my job I often need to browse for images to illustrate various stories. The subjects vary wildly, but in many cases the requirements are not to
Do you remember what you felt every time you realised your friend had tagged a picture of you on Facebook? And do you remember how you felt when you couldn’t do anything about it?
Luckily Facebook later added a bit of new functionality, which meant you could untag yourself. And luckily Flickr has learned from Facebook’s initial cock-up. Its newest function is called “People in photos” and – much like its Facebook equivalent – allows you to tag someone by typing their name or
First, let’s explain the naming convention. What is a gallery? Unlike sets and collections, Flickr galleries don’t contain your own pictures. You curate a gallery, i.e. you compile a list of up to 18 images or videos per gallery and display it ideally with some sort of a description explaining why this particular gallery works together. It’s an opportunity to share some pictures or vids you really admire, find outstanding and think others might like them too. When you favouri
So who hasn’t heard about Flickr? It’s been around for ages, but I’m always surprised to see how many people don’t know some simple tricks about the service.
Did you know it’s dead easy to swap images? Worried about image theft? Or maybe you need more exposure? How about selling pictures via Getty Images? I’ve put together a few slides to highlight some of the more useful, but often overlooked Flickr features. Got some more tips? Let me know. 7 things you should know about f