Where should I post my photos?

My friend, James, asks:

How do you decide [which] photos go on Flickr, Facebook, or Zenfolio? Any duplicates?

Rather than email my reply to him, I’ll share with everyone here.

I’ve gotten more selective uploading photos these past two years. I’m uploading much less than pre-2009 Bryan.

This is my mental checklist when deciding where to upload my photos.

Flickr:

  • Photos that are cool
  • I want to use a photo (or two) on my blog
  • Drive traffic to/from Flickr (I’m extremely selective with this)
  • Photo(s) that can/should be shared

Facebook:

  • Only local friends (or family) will appreciate it
  • Flickr friends/contacts won’t care for these photos

Zenfolio (referral link):

  • Client photos; automated sales, printing and shipping
  • Photos that I’d like to sell (fine art or street photography); these will get cross-posted to Flickr and embedded in blog posts

There are some duplicates, especially if I want more views, but those are only reserved for my better photos.

I haven’t been uploading web-res photos directly to my blog, especially since Zenfolio and Flickr resize automatically. That way, I don’t need to worry about gigantic backups of my WordPress-powered site(s).

I’ve been a Flickr user since December 2004 and I’ve made a lot of solid friends/contacts there. It’s only logical for me to primarily upload my photos there. (All Narfed Up doesn’t get loads of traffic. If I can keep the long form posts here and get some traffic from Flickr, that’s a nice bonus. At least I’m using a clean theme.)

On a slightly related note, I’ll be using the Dropbox for Android to save photos from my Android phone[1. as opposed to plugging into my computer every time] for future processing.

Going from a 3.2 Megapixels (LG Dare) to 8 MP (HTC Droid Incredible) is a huge plus, too. I don’t carry my DSLR as much as I used to, especially since I’ve recently gotten very busy. (Yay and boo.)

Yes, I still cull and lightly process photos taken from a camera phone, but I might let that go since I’m probably not going to sell any of those photos. (At least I make sure the white balance is close to accurate. I’m geeky that way.)

Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide the:

  • reason for uploading your photos
  • purpose of your photography
  • area/demographic of your network

I hope that helps, James!

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Community Guardian at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

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