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Photography and Flickr

August 24, 2010 3 comments

I’ve just upgraded my Flickr account to ‘Pro’, which gives me the chance to get my photographs in order and put the best of them up there for all to see. I did this for two reasons: firstly to force me to sort out my collection of some 15,000 shots (most of which are not high quality, of course) and rescue some sense of purpose from the pure pleasure that photography brings me, but secondly so that, with that purpose, I can perhaps attract the attention of people or organisations who would like me to do more of it.

I did notice two apparently contradictory things when I’d uploaded (and the process is ongoing, by the way):

  • I found it very hard to choose which photos I wanted to upload. It was relatively easy to choose the best ones, but should I also upload some of the ‘second best’ ones, just to show my creative breadth, or should I relent for fear of decreasing the average quality of my images?
  • After uploading, I realised that I actually had very few really excellent pictures as a proportion of the total number I have in Lightroom – around 1% seems to be about the figure that I see reported from other photographers. Solution: take more photographs!

Anyway, here is the link.

I should think I can integrate some kind of Flickr functionality on WordPress too, so that’s something else to tinker with…