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STICKY Helping new members get started on Flickr

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cabb88 says:

Over the years, we’ve helped many people –– photographers, institutions, artists, and more –– get started on Flickr. These one-on-one conversations have helped us learn about what people are hoping to accomplish on Flickr and how we can help them get there. Whether that’s getting feedback on your photography and art, sharing your work with a wider audience, or finding people who share your interests, all of our work is aligned around helping you reach these goals.

In this spirit, we’re recording an interview that addresses some of these frequently asked questions, including:

How can I make sure other members of the Flickr community can find my work?
How can I find other Flickr members that share my interests?
How can I get meaningful feedback on my work?

What other questions or topics do you think should be addressed? What tools and information helped you get started and find value in being a member of the Flickr community?

Share your feedback below and we'll follow-up with the launch date for the orientation video. Thank you for helping us welcome new members to Flickr!
12:42PM, 21 September 2020 PDT (permalink)

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OzGFK says:

How to make the most of organizr including understanding the purpose of the sets / albums vs the photostream. I see people sometimes getting confused about their photostream, and wanting to modify it as though it's a portfolio.
Highlighting geotagging and geofences. I enjoy it when other members are as enthusiastic about geotagging as I am.
Provide an explanation about Explore, and the purpose it serves.
I'd like to see an emphasis on commenting over favouriting, although I know for Explore, faves are more valuable. I would like to see more interaction other than double tap to like, so this would be an opportunity to address this.
Good luck with the vid, I look forward to seeing it.
Who is being interviewed?
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Stig Nygaard says:

Yes, agree very much with OzGFK about understanding how the organization of photos works.

It's 15 years ago I joined Flickr and I have no idea of how new users actually are "onboarded" today...

But I think an important point to understand, appreciate and get the most out of Flickr, is to understand the basics of photostream, albums and the "properties" of a photos.

That is, that each photo has it's own safety level, privacy level, description, tags, faves, etc. Your photostream is an ordered log/blog of all photos added to your account, and albums (and collections) are how you can organize and present them in different ways(*)

If you don't understand those concepts, I don't think you are truly able to see how smart and clever Flickr actually is compared to the alternatives - and enjoy Flickr to its full potential :-)

Important points is that:

* You can add a photo to as many albums you want (or none). Photos are not copied for each album, it is just several ways to see the same photo. You see the same title, description, tags, faves and comments on same photo in multiple albums.

* Albums don't have safety or privacy levels. Each individual photo has.

* You can mix photos of different safety and privacy level in one and same album. People will still only see whatever they are allowed to see (So different people might see varying number of photos in an album depending of what safety or privacy level they can see).


(*) Ideally at least. I (still) believe that Flickr somehow broke or betrayed the concept when albums were "downplayed" by removing them from our profile "landingpages" and people was given the option to order a photostream by date-taken instead of date-uploaded. It confused and muddied everything a bit (I know the pressure was hard to add date-taken ordering of photostream, but the real issue was in my opinion that albums wasn't an obviously/visible way to view photos any more when they disappeared from our profile's landingpage).
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Stig Nygaard edited this topic 5 weeks ago.

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cabb88 says:

OzGFK:

Thank you for all of these points! A lot of what you mentioned around commenting and fave-ing can definitely be addressed in our section around getting and providing feedback. The interview will be conducted with a few members of the Flickr team.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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cabb88 says:

Stig Nygaard:

This is great, thank you!
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Stig Nygaard says:

cabb88:

Maybe(/Obviously?) you are mostly looking for tips on how to successfully "socialize" and be seen on Flickr, and that is also interesting questions. I guess my points was regarding the steps before you get to the socialize part on Flickr. But you probably want the basic understanding of Flickr before you are ready or suited to explore what's outside your own account :-)
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Stig Nygaard edited this topic 5 weeks ago.

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Goddess Diana says:

Yes yes yes I need to hear this interview - all great questions that have been on my mind and will help me really benefit from this Flicker community - thank you!!!
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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anjealahshadow says:

I'm looking forward to learning more!
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Zack Huggins says:

Great idea, I'm excited to see the video!

How about a few pointers about browsing photography and how to find and follow photographers you like? I remember when I started it was daunting to find the kind of photography I enjoyed, and I eventually found it in groups and other user's favorites.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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hkmart3 says:

Thank you for the reach out today. I am anxious to take advantage of my Pro subscription to Flickr in a more creative and productive way.
Right now Flickr is just the big dumping bin for all of my photos, good, bad, and indifferent. I want to learn how to curate the content that I want people to see and comment on, and to use other tools and capacity for organizing what I need access to, or give other people access to.
I also want to explore how to engage and interact with others of like interest. I recently met someone from France on Flickr. I want to explore share with others in a similar way..
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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DKreft says:

All of the suggested topics so far are great. I’m sure I only use a fraction of the functionality of my Flickr Pro account. I can foresee a series of interviews/tutorials. Please.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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jammer29 says:

I know just enough to be dangerous. Like many others, I'm sure I'm under utilizing Flickr. One thing I'd like more information on is the upload app. I seem to hit 50/50 on it letting me add new photos, or when it fails how to deal with the fact that it things the photos are uploaded, then having to move to the website uploader.

I also have some of the same questions as @Stig Nygaard, especially using albums and setting levels for some of them
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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jimhjohnson1 says:

I know how to upload but after that I don't know who sees my work, if anyone, and where do I go from there?
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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skiwithchar says:

This sounds like a wonderful lesson idea! Thank you!
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Rescue01 says:

Great idea, but I am hoping this will be available to old members too. There are a few things here that are still unclear. Thanks!
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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laughingmaus says:

Yes, that is really a great idea! I am sure I will learn a lot. Thank you.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Buffy Love says:

I also struggle with organising my photos efficiently. Looking forward to some help on that!
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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anjealahshadow says:

I'm interested in uploading sizes as well to where i don't use banners if possible to showcase certain photos as large.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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gandt7777 says:

Ahh Retirement has finally came and now new to flickr. Just looking to see how I can spend my time now enjoying the photography community and how it can enrich my new freedom.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Paul D McCarthy says:

One of the great things about Flickr is the fact that your images are stored at full resolution. Should your computer hard drive suddenly not work you can download all your photos from this site as they were when you posted them. I also use a backup service to back up my files as I learned the hard way that it's best to have a redundant system.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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cabb88 says:

Rescue01:

Absolutely. This will be available to everyone.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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IPREFER says:

Really looking forward to learning how to make best use of my Flickr account!
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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GeoDave5280 says:

I would like to know: (1) What options are there to share Flickr pictures with friends or family who are not Flickr members. (2) How best to display photos on home TV? It would be nice to do this perhaps in a random sequence and intermixed with nice photos from others. (3) Also, looking for other tips or ideas (I see some good ones above).
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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PYSussman says:

I'd like to learn more about galleries. I've been on Flickr for years. I do use albums and am a member of several groups, but I have no idea of how galleries work and what function they play. I have, however, been very impressed by the photos in several galleries that I stumbled into by accident.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Lensjoy says:

I think you should teach newcomers about keyboard shortcuts (like pressing "L" to view image full screen, "F" to give a fave). I've noticed that even many experienced users don't know about them.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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Michael Zenilman Photographs says:

Agree with almost all the people who state they are not using FLICKR to its potential. Aside from the process suggestions (gallery use, groups), I personally would love
1. Flickr Friday -type assignments with narratives or votes on technique/composition/impact
2. a format where 'experts' review or opine on great composition so we can improve our art.

As a long term amateur photographer, at this point I am interested in better art and composition not the exposure triangle
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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PamHigg says:

I'd love to learn more on tips to have more folks see my photos...
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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jwoj369 says:

Hello. I use FLICKR as my showcase of my artwork. I'm downloading the pictures I take for others to see. I really have no idea about other functions and options hear. Jack.
5 weeks ago (permalink)

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RamblinReck! says:

Looking forward to improving my ability to use Flickr which includes
getting my pictures out there and finding others with interests similar to mine.
4 weeks ago (permalink)

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James Gordon Patterson says:

I'm a long time FLICKR and SmugMug user... before the Wuhan virus hit, I was interested in doing photowalks and videos... and still am once we get over the hump.

www.flickr.com/photos/thecogentcommunicator/albums

jamesgordonpatterson.smugmug.com/

James Gordon Patterson
Phoenix, Arizona
4 weeks ago (permalink)

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emily.g.best says:

I’m new to Flickr Pro and would love to hear the interview!
4 weeks ago (permalink)

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adgorn says:

I'm interested too, thanks.
2 weeks ago (permalink)

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DKreft says:

So....when’s the orientation video coming out? Soon, yes??
2 weeks ago (permalink)

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cabb88 says:

DKreft:

Yepp! We just recorded the first video today, so it should be coming out soon!
2 weeks ago (permalink)

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DKreft says:

Great!!
2 weeks ago (permalink)

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cabb88 says:

Hey, everyone. As promised, here is the first installment of our new video series Flickr FAQs. We uploaded the first ten minutes here on Flickr and there's a link to the full video on YouTube in the description.

In this episode, we shared some tips on how you can make sure that your content is discoverable on Flickr and how to connect with others that share your interests in the Flickr community. Let me know if you have any feedback on this first video! We're still learning ourselves. :)

And we're already planning our next video, so if your questions have not been addressed yet, stay tuned and share your ideas here.
6 days ago (permalink)

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