For quite some time I resisted getting a Flickr account.
I finally caved and I’m actually glad I did, my loathing of Yahoo aside.
There’s a very active SL community of artists on Flickr, and I’m always discovering new and creative people.
I can follow someone who takes landscape photos and find gorgeous sims to explore or use to take my own pics.
I can follow someone who takes creative avatar portraits and find inspiration.
And while Flickr is easier to navigate than other sites I’ve tried recently, there are still things I don’t understand.
I know that Yahoo just recently updated Flickr, though I don’t really notice much different myself.
Some people pay for a ‘premium’ account.
A Pro account isn’t even available anymore, and I didn’t see any huge benefits that would entice me to pay even if it was.
I rarely view the home page of Flickr, so I can’t say that I even notice the ads much.
Are there still ‘Pro’ users of Flickr?
Can you ‘downgrade’ your subscription to free?
I love the People page, which lets me view the recent photos of people I follow.
Why is there no option for this with the groups I’m in?
Unless I’m missing something, the only way I can see the recent photos of the groups I’m in is to go to each individual group and view their pool.
That’s just ludicrous.
There should be a way to aggregate the photos in your groups for easier viewing.
(I’m always looking for new groups, so if you know of one you think I should join, let me know!)
Adding Photos to Groups
Speaking of groups, is there a rule of thumb for how many groups you should post a pic to?
I try to only put my pic in appropriate groups (I’m a rules follower 😛 ), but sometimes I find that I could put the pic in 20+ groups.
I usually end up limiting it to 10 or less.
Is there a rule of thumb for how many groups you can/should post your pics to?
I mean, I want my pics to get more exposure, but putting a pic in a bazillion groups just because I could seemed – wrong.
Before I joined, I read the TOS.
I’m pretty sure I remember reading that you’re not supposed to put ads for your products on your photostream.
Yet I see vendor ads everywhere.
I enjoy seeing the new products, but I find it curious that Flickr doesn’t seem to mind people violating their TOS.
Maybe it’s because the ads are for virtual products and not RL ones?
I know you can post your pics from SL directly to Flickr, but I don’t usually do that.
I like to take my photos at pretty high resolutions and then play around with them in Photoshop.
I also generally crop them down and/or make a .jpeg copy rather than a .png to keep the file size small.
Is there a generally accepted file size or format for Flickr pics?
Or is it just free-for-all, whatever-you-like-goes?
I’ve also noticed that there doesn’t seem to be a standard among photographers for the licenses they use on their photos.
For example, the ‘rules’ of the SL Official group say that you grant them the right to use your photos in all manner of ways.
So does the fact that you put it in that group supersede the ‘all rights reserved’ license on the photo?
Or is it pretty much like the rest of the internet, where everything is up for grabs (or so people think)?
As someone who writes, I am very conscious of giving credit where I should (and when in doubt, I credit).
If any of you are regular Flickr users and have some answers to all these questions, leave ’em in the comment box. 😀