Mastering Flickr: A Practical Guide

Flickr is probably the most famous of all photo communities on the web.

It’s a place where photographers from all over the world come together, share their work and admire the work of others.

Flickr however, like any other social network, has its own economy and social conventions.

There are professionals, celebrities, enthusiasts, beginners, networkers, the list goes on.

In today’s post we’ll cover main strategies which you can use to get the most out of Flickr if you’re trying to make a name for yourself.
Mastering The Basics

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The first thing to do on Flickr is (obviously) to upload your own work. While Flickr is primarily used as a community for photographers, there are also thriving sub-communities of graphic designers, videographers and illustrators. The purpose of the community is to share your own work with others; uploading is at the core of that. For the sake of argument, however, I’ll refer to uploaded work as ‘photos’ for the remainder of this article.

A community wouldn’t be much of a community without some form of interaction between its members. Flickr has a commenting system much like that of a blog. People can visit your photos and leave comments. Equally you can also visit theirs and comment or favorite whatever they have uploaded.

Flickr ‘Sets’ are a way of organizing your photos. You can do this however you feel like really, whether that be grouping them by subject, theme, or event. The most common use by far of set is to organize photos by theme or subject rather than event. People will typically create sets such as portraits, strangers, landscapes, black and white, HDR and so on.

Flickr ‘Collections’ are simply the next step up from Sets. Think of it like your computer: Sets are files which contain photographs, and Collections are folders which contain files. Sets group photos and collections group sets. In this way you can sort your Sets and further categorize them.


Flickr is probably the most famous of all photo communities on the web.
It’s a place where photographers from all over the world come together, share their work and admire the work of others.

Flickr however, like any other social network, has its own economy and social conventions.
There are professionals, celebrities, enthusiasts, beginners, networkers, the list goes on.

In today’s post we’ll cover main strategies which you can use to get the most out of Flickr if you’re trying to make a name for yourself.

Mastering The Basics

1

The first thing to do on Flickr is (obviously) to upload your own work. While Flickr is primarily used as a community for photographers, there are also thriving sub-communities of graphic designers, videographers and illustrators. The purpose of the community is to share your own work with others; uploading is at the core of that. For the sake of argument, however, I’ll refer to uploaded work as ‘photos’ for the remainder of this article.

A community wouldn’t be much of a community without some form of interaction between its members. Flickr has a commenting system much like that of a blog. People can visit your photos and leave comments. Equally you can also visit theirs and comment or favorite whatever they have uploaded.

Flickr ‘Sets’ are a way of organizing your photos. You can do this however you feel like really, whether that be grouping them by subject, theme, or event. The most common use by far of set is to organize photos by theme or subject rather than event. People will typically create sets such as portraits, strangers, landscapes, black and white, HDR and so on.

Flickr ‘Collections’ are simply the next step up from Sets. Think of it like your computer: Sets are files which contain photographs, and Collections are folders which contain files. Sets group photos and collections group sets. In this way you can sort your Sets and further categorize them.

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