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I wondered how people share their pictures. It used to be prints and postcards. Now there is email, networks like Facebook and web sites. If you use one (or more) of these, why did you choose that way? And, above all, any thoughts on how to make that way most effective.
Well I still make prints to show people, but not that often. The main way I show work is through my website. I found that it is the quickest and easiest way for people to see my work. To make the website affective is to embed keywords, so the google algorithm can place your web site at the top.
One problem I have found with the web site is relying on whoever is viewing it to have a calibrated monitor. I once tested my web site on my friends PC to make sure it looked right in IE 8, and her monitor was dark and had a blue cast on black and white work. So that is the downfall to using a web site to share photos.
I use a personal website. Primary reason is that I like to show photos in a series as opposed to an individual shot. I also like to include a bit of text about the series to bring some dimension to what it is all about.
I also dislike user ratings or feedback from the general public due to a fear of subconsciously gravitating to the middle of the road to please others rather than what I really want to do.
Downside to a personal website is that I think it is a PITA to properly update it. So it remains behind the times.
I am fortunate to have a few good friends whose opinion I value highly. I will sometimes sit down with them face to face and review what I am doing. Or, if remote, will e-mail JPGs or send disposable proofs via USPS.
One problem I have found with the web site is relying on whoever is viewing it to have a calibrated monitor.
Indeed, and most folks do not have a calibrated monitor. Then there's the difference between Apple displays and typical PC monitors. And, of course, small devices like cellphones and iPods. Hard to see the glory of a 1024px pic on one of those.
Anyone know if Flickr or Google do anything with their images to finesse this issue?
I started uploading to pBase, later flickr and recently also LFI. It is the most convenient way to share photos with my friends and especially flickr also allows some communication by flickr mail. If I would intend to do any business in photography, I would set up my own web-site because the photo-sharing sites like pBase and flickr (especially flickr) do not allow much variation of the design and the automatic file-compression algorithms sometimes create artefacts.
I use Flickr. A 'pro' account is only $25 USD a year and well worth it. I upload a lot, I mark it with GPS info. I have sold a bunch through just having the photos accessible on Flickr where people can find them. Tagging them properly helps. It's sort of like DIY stock photos.
I also find it very easy to embed my photos in other websites or on my own blog, etc, from Flickr - that way I don't have to host the space or the bandwidth. Works very well.
I recently started using flickr, it seems to be the easiest way to share with people across the internet. Though I use different image hosts for posting photos on forums, as I can't stand the default display size of flickr images, and I find dedicated hosts to be more reliable.
When I make prints, it's for myself, or on certain occasions for a specific person.
I make fiber based darkroom prints, but my primary "sharing" tool is my blog http://thepriceofsilver.blogspot.com where I post pix from the sixties and seventies as well as more recent stuff. Most of the recent stuff is color and isn't designed to be "great photography" so much as to give grief to the local political establishment, or on occasion to help with a political campaign. A lot of the politically involved folk around here follow the blog.
Every daily posting has a few paragraphs of text, factual but often quite tongue-in-cheek, along with the photo(s). The blog also sometimes features a toy monkey, Monkette, who bills herself as a succesful political consultant and she takes credit for getting a few people elected.
Thanks, Bob. I just fixed it. Now I should get some sleep!
One of these years I gotta drive the 350 or so miles up to Apopka and check out the scenery. For now I'll just dream about it.
Working on my on Web site (slowly), have a small bunch of photos here, and just a few on Flickr. I think having the site will help a lot in terms of presenting a good number of images the way I want. Aso looking into Wordpress' system, which essentially allows you to have a fairly custom-tailored site without requiring the heavy tech chops to build it from scratch (or paying someone with said chops, and those guys and gals aren't cheap). I'll see how it goes.
I use Smugmug as my main way of disseminating my photos - I like the interface and the image quality/size available. Very reasonable price per year.
Having recently bought an MP and M3 in addition to the M8 I have got some fine prints made by Epson, but I am unhappy with their scanning as the results are far too contrasty.
I have my website and I also use flickr.
The website is my favourite place, but like any website, it doesn't get many visitors but at least I know they are there. I try to make it user freindly but I also like to display the images as big as the page allows and this might frustrate older systems or slow connections.
Flickr is not bad as it has the community side to it as well. I'm not a fan of posting or receiving comments just for comments sake and that is the part of flickrr I'm not too keen on.
On the whole, what I think is a great picture is not what others might think. Flickr tends to be too critical sometimes with people going down to pixel level and trashing your image because of some minor defect. I just like to see the picture for what it is, an image of what the camera was pointing at rather than an object in it's own right.
I use Flickr and SmugMug and plan on letting Smugmug expire when the time comes. This forum and Flickr I think is all i need...
why did you choose that way? And, above all, any thoughts on how to make that way most effective.
The simple answer is that I share primarily via my PBase galleries, and I occasionally print for gifts and display.
It helped me a lot when I asked myself why I wanted to share my photos, and with whom. A final challenge was to understand some "selection rules" or critical criteria for selecting what I shared. I've identified 4 qualities that I seek; Ideally, they'd all be present in each photo, but that doesn't happen. As listed below, each begins with an estimate (rough) of how often I achieve the critical goal:
100% have Personal Mnemonic (recall) Value: I want to remember/record the location, event, subject, and feeling I had at the moment. As long as I keep galleries short enough, people who care about me personally (where I’ve been, what I find interesting) might want to look at these photos.
65% have Technical Competence: Focus, exposure, framing; including post processing. People with a discriminating eye will not be offended by the technical incompetence of a majority of photos I post.
30% have Added Value: Tension, surprise, political or editorial comment, pattern, color, and framing. More than other qualities these are a reflection of my personality. To the degree that I have a “style,” these photos distinguish me from other photographers.
5% have Artistic Value: A wide range of knowledgeable, discriminating photo viewers might find these satisfying enough to give them a second glance as artful efforts.
For black-and-white, I make prints and give them to people. Color film gets scanned at the time it's developed, and if there are pictures to share off a DVD, I'll burn them onto a separate DVD for delivery (the files are too big to dump into someone's email in-box), and they can print from that if they like.
How do I share my photos ???
I hand them over to whomever will be viewing them...
I have a few hundred transparencies that I will hand over to the person I want to share with...It's so much better for them if I'm not around while they are viewing the photos (I tend to get in the way)
I don't do this very often maybe once or twice a year...
They get to see the original photos (no problems with calibrating screens for me) and they also get to take their time in doing it...
I don't have a problem with doing it this way...If I've handed them over to you...I trust you and also trust nothing will happen to them and they all will return safe & sound...
That's how I share...
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