(Editor's note: For more information see Bryan Esler's post on this consolidation in the photo-sharing website industry.) Big news just crossed our desk. The popular photo sharing site Flickr has been bought by SmugMug. Previously Flickr was owned by Yahoo. Below are some details about the changes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4B_qlaN8C4 Why did SmugMug buy Flickr? An opportunity to join together two communities and businesses that share the same values was one we couldn’t pass up. Is SmugMug simply acquiring … [Read more...] about Flickr is Bought by SmugMug
On the heels of Yahoo's purchase by Verizon, SmugMug has bought former Yahoo property Flickr. SmugMug has promised that neither product is going anywhere, but has yet to offer any specific details about the future of Flickr. According to an FAQ page about the acquisition, "Flickr and SmugMug will continue to operate separately, just as both have been. Your SmugMug and Flickr accounts will remain separate and independent for the foreseeable future." "Flickr is an amazing community, full of some of the world's most passionate photographers. … [Read more...] about SmugMug Just Purchased Flickr
Every weekday Photofocus publishes a photograph that our curators have chosen for its impact and excellence. The creator of the image becomes the Photofocus Photographer of the Day. On Sunday the Photographer of the Week is announced. That individual is selected from the Photographer of the Day honorees from that week. Curators & Category Schedule Monday: Lauri Novak curates Travel Tuesday: Kevin Ames curates Beauty Wednesday: Rob Sylvan curates Outdoor Thursday: Bryan Esler curates Sports Friday: Bryan Esler curates … [Read more...] about You Can Be the Photofocus Photographer of the Day
It's no surprise that over the past couple years, Flickr has had lots of ups and downs. Back in the day, Flickr was the social site to use to view and interact with photographs. But since its sale to Yahoo!, things have gone downhill. With its drastic relaunch in 2013, shutdown of the Flickr marketplace, it's CEO proclaiming there's no need for "pro" photographers and continuous tweaking interface and other features, lately Flickr seems to always have one step on the wrong side of death's door. With Yahoo!'s impending sale to Verizon, Flickr … [Read more...] about Good Riddance, Flickr
Category: Fashion Photograph: "Binbini" by Benjo Rulona Fashion is style. Fashion photography is styling. Benjo Rulona, our Photofocus Photographer of the Day, shows us style that is beyond everyday wear. The model wears a bronze breastplate reminiscent of grand opera costuming. The rich golds and blues are colorful additions to his composition. Heavy necklaces, bracelets and an armband compliment the theme. Her flowered and shiny skirt completes the ensemble. Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right here. To … [Read more...] about Photographer of the Day: Benjo Rulona “Binbini”
Photographer of the Day You may have noticed that the Photo of the Day has recently become the Photographer of the Day. Why? The answer is simple. Photofocus wants to shine the spotlight on the creators of the images we show daily. Without photographers there would be no photos. Photography is often called the universal language. Everyone, anywhere, understands the smile of a child at play, the joy of the couple at their wedding, the wonder of nature, the thrill of sports, the power of a portrait and the pull of the street in photographs they … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day Evolves
Category: Commercial Photograph: "MEDUSA" by magneticart Originally shared with the Photofocus Flickr community right here. To learn how your work can be featured on the Photofocus, please read this article. … [Read more...] about Photo of the Day: MEDUSA
I received an interesting email yesterday. Flickr gave me a heads up that they would be offering a new upgraded "pro" service. The email reads: "Tomorrow, 7/23, Flickr will be announcing news specifically for pro photographers." I seem to remember Yahoo's CEO (Yahoo owns Flickr) saying there was no need for "professional" photographers anymore. Well maybe Ms. Mayer has seen the light. For all of you who used to have a Flickr "Pro" account - they are back. Albeit in a more expensive version. Flickr says the new Flickr Pro includes: New and … [Read more...] about Flickr Brings Back “Pro” Badge/Service
One thing is for sure. Flickr's announcement is a clear message - Flickr is not going silently into the night. The overall changes revolve around three big ticket items: the site redesign, the new Android app, and the big news: the free Terabyte!The site redesign and the Android app is Flickr playing catch up. The redesign is five years overdue and an Android app to go with their iOS offering is par for the course these days. The news that really made waves was the free terabyte. Something about terabyte got people talking maybe people just … [Read more...] about More On The Changes At Flickr (Nothing To Do With CEO’s Pro Photographer Comment)
Back in December of last year I wrote a post praising Flickr mostly because they had a new mobile app that I really liked. Fast forward six months and WOW. What a screwed up mess. Two days ago Flickr made even more changes. Most of the photographers I polled on Twitter weren't happy about them - at all. About 70% were unhappy, 20% happy and the rest "meh." And to add fuel to that fire, those chiming in on Flickr's own forum aren't happy. (NOTE: This link may be bad by the time you read it since Flickr has a habit of banning anyone who says … [Read more...] about Remember When I Said Flickr Is Back? Never Mind.
In case you tend to ignore these things, the iPhone camera is the most used camera in the world. The new commercial from Apple shows many ways that taking photos has become an everyday experience for most people. Sure that's like saying that a Quarter Pounder with cheese is the best burger on the planet... it's not (I'm more a Five Guys or In&Out fan). But domination of a category does mean you set the standard that most use to compare. How dominant? Here's the Flickr chart showing the most popular cameras on their site. So I offer two … [Read more...] about Why the iPhone is the Most Popular Camera in the World (And What Camera Manufacturers Should Learn From it)
I've been using Flickr since July 2007. I originally started using it to post pics of events I was covering such as the first iPhone Dev Conference or the launch of the iMac. Later I started using it to share some of my other photos. Since I have my own websites, I post pictures there every day. Since I have made my living selling pictures, I never relied much on Flickr or any online service since posting online means certain Copyright infringement. I stopped posting online except at my blog for almost a year due to the uneducated, uninformed … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t You Using Flickr?
I'm starting a new feature here at Photofocus - it's called Flickr Finds. I don't have tons of free time, but when I do have a chance I scour Flickr looking for emerging photographers who have work I admire. My first selection for this new feature is an amazing young photographer named Makena Gadient from Maui. What's fun about this is that I actually met Makena several years ago when I was teaching at the Maui Photo Festival. She was fairly new at photography. She was just in high school (she is home schooled) but had a hunger for learning … [Read more...] about Flickr Finds – Great Photographers & Photographs Lurking Online
I've been looking into how my photos are viewed on Flickr. I don't know if there's anything to be learned from this, but it's fun. I'm not very active on Flickr, but do occasionally enjoy posting an image there. Flickr keeps amazing stats on your photos like how many times they were viewed or "interestingness." I've been looking for patterns in the response there to my images and can't really find one other than folks are interested in things that occasionally surprise me. The most views I've ever received were for this picture of an osprey … [Read more...] about Studying Flickr Stats
In case you didn't know it, we have a Flickr group here at Photofocus. It's sole purpose is to serve as a place where Photofocus audience members can post their favorite photographs. The URL is http://www.flickr.com/groups/photofocus - feel free to join if you would like to have a free place to show off your work. PLEASE NOTE: Photofocus staff are not in a position to provide any level of tech support for the group. If you have questions about how to use Flickr, please use the HELP button found on every page of the Flickr web site. Thanks. … [Read more...] about Photofocus Flickr Group
While we cover a more serious brand of photography here at This Week in Photography, as an iPhone junky and a photographer, I couldn't help being amused by this statistic I saw on Flickr. According to Flickr, more camera phone photos on Flickr come from an iPhone than any other camera phone, including the much heralded Nokia N95. Flickr points out that the graphs are only accurate to the extent that we can automatically detect the camera used to take the photo or shoot the video (about 2/3rds of the time). That is not usually possible with … [Read more...] about iPhone Most Popular Camera Phone on Flickr