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    Why do you use a photography website?

    This thread is just posted out of interest and curiosity, and prompted by a recent thread asking which site to use.

    Until I joined CiC I had never thought to share photos with anyone except family and friends (and only then if they were persistent). It's obvious that many members do use photo websites, and I can imagine there could be lots of reasons.

    I would be really interested to know more about what and why. Any offers?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    Quote Originally Posted by davidedric View Post
    This thread is just posted out of interest and curiosity, and prompted by a recent thread asking which site to use.

    Until I joined CiC I had never thought to share photos with anyone except family and friends (and only then if they were persistent). It's obvious that many members do use photo websites, and I can imagine there could be lots of reasons.

    I would be really interested to know more about what and why. Any offers?

    Thanks in advance,

    Dave
    Hi Dave

    I was in the same boat as you and never really considered sharing photos until joining CIC. I decided to join a site (PBase) because I wasn't terribly impressed with the TinyPic method of posting images on CIC. WIth PBase, I have full control over image size and quality.

    Having joined PBase and also Flickr, it has become obvious just how popular photo sharing is and it amazes me how must storage space must be used by these types of sites. The main advantage for me with PBase is that I can direct friends who want to see my images to that site where they can see everything neatly arranged in galleries. I can control access where necessary.

    One observation with comments on these sites is that there is a certain amount of "palsy walsy" involved - you comment on my images and I'll comment on yours!! The comments are usually compilmentary and there is rarely critique offered.

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    Quote Originally Posted by dje View Post
    The comments are usually compilmentary and there is rarely critique offered.
    I've gotta disagree, Dave. I see lots and lots of extremely helpful critique here at CiC every single day.

    One observation with comments on these sites is that there is a certain amount of "palsy walsy" involved - you comment on my images and I'll comment on yours!!
    Some would call that building effective relationships. There is a social element to anything in which people interact and I don't think that's a bad thing.

    EDIT: I see from Bobo's comments below that you are probably not referring to CiC.
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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    A web site with contollable access is the quickest/easiest way to share photos long distance. You can be selective in who you allow to view them, you don't have to worry about emailing through firewalls, antivirus software, etc, and you can link photos to other sites like here.

    Regarding the palsy walsy stuff, it doesn't take long visiting a site to figure out whether people are really interested in critique or if they really just want their egos stroked. Some sites have established cultures but people are always people and have different levels of tolerance, objectivity, etc. The sites that I've found with the most useful critique/comments usually have a good set of guidelines on how to critique and require a ratio of comments to posts. Of course there are always those who live by the axiom that rules are made to be broken and will game the system. I've found that if you hang around a site long enough, the culture manifests itself and those things are self correcting.

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    I use Smugmug for much the same reasons as have been mentioned by all three above me. I use the Pro formatt of that for another reason, many of my daily customers from work have enquired how they may purchase a print should they like. For a while I would have a print made and deliver to them, this got old really fast as I have a day job and would rather spend my gas and free time out shooting.

    Smug saves me time and money in the long run. I never intended to sell images and at this point would rather keep the impact on my daily life to a min.

    Mike, I don't think Dave was referring to this site when he said there was little to no critique. I find very little if any critique on Smugmug. They have there own forum which is likely where that occurs. As for on the site itself, I don't think many of the people sharing images would like to see "how to make it better" critique on their images they may be offering for sale or just showing their friends and family. It is reallly just a matter of what you want that pushes you to a sharing or to a forum based site.
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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    Quote Originally Posted by jeeperman View Post
    Mike, I don't think Dave was referring to this site when he said there was little to no critique.
    Ahhhhhhh. That makes sense. I didn't even realize Dave, the OP, was referring to photo-sharing sites such as Smugmug as opposed to photo-sharing sites such as CiC.

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    Yes Mike my comments were aimed at sites such as Flickr, PBase and Smugmug, not CiC. I do think though that with sites such as Flickr etc there is a social element just as there is with CiC - however it's a bit different. It's not just ego massage either, I do believe that many participants on these sites have a genuine desire to acknowledge good photography as they do on CiC.

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    CIC is my main photo critique site and usually find it useful without too much of the social climbing (you pat my back and I will pat yours) or petty aggressiveness. I also use model mayhem but I find it too destructive and petty, interestingly enough I don't see much of the social climbing going on.
    I use Flickr mainly as a photosharing website where I post pics as 'contact prints' where they then request from me larger versions.

    I can understand the social climbing aspect as many people want to have 'positive strokes'.
    I can also understand the anonymous aggressiveness people use. That says a lot about the thin veneer of civilisation that we live with. If you think you can get away with negative behaviour without any comeback, why not?

    I don't agree with either approach to life, I'd rather be open and honest, with a lot of respect added into the mix - called being an adult. (Read a lot about Transactional Analysis when I was younger).
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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    Prior to the advent of digital photography and the Internet, many photographers lived a fairly insular existence and given the relatively high price of photographic prints and the relative lack of display opportunities; did not interface to any great extent with other photographers...

    I joined several photo clubs in those days and my relationshp with those clubs was usually of a very short duration. The members seemed more interested in formal meetings following Roberts Rules of Order than in going out and actually photographing.

    I didn't have any ongoing venues in which to display my efforts after I retired from Naval Photography. Even in the last half or third of my Naval Career, my duties were primarily supervisorial and administrative rather than concerned with the actual shooting side of photography. Instead of going out to shoot, I managed crews who did the shooting and interfaced with other organizations that needed our services. Commercially, I mostly shot weddings and although they were excting at the beginning became fairly mundane after a while.

    Amongst family members, I did not have anyone who cared a whit about any picture unless a family member or close friend was pictured. Then if the photo showed a close person, the quality of the image didn't matter a bit...

    Joining CiC, I found a family of other persons who were also interested in photography and to whom I could talk and display my efforts while they in turn displayed their efforts and communicated with me. After a long time struggling with posting imagery to this and other forums, I chanced upon smugmug and that has become my photo album on my cyber coffee table. I use smugmug to link images and I can also tell people just stop of on my smugmug site at http://rpcrowe.smugmug.com/ and see my images. It is even pretty easy for someone to remember on the occasions when I don't have a card to give them. Smugmug has also saved some of my better images when a hard drive collapsed.

    All in all, CiC and smugmug are important parts of his very enjoyable hobby.
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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    In general I don't use sites like Flickr, PBase, and SmugMug, though I have to say I like the name of SmugMug. I have a server with 16terrabytes of storage attached to it and I keep the active copies of everything there. The archival copies are in several locations on DVDs. Free is better than anything else, especially since I didn't have to buy the server or pay the electric bill. ;~|

    JMHO.

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    I use Flickr, mainly because I like the lay-out of it and the flexibility. It isn't too expensive and if you can live with the limitations you can even do it for free.

    My main reason to use Flickr is that it enables me to access my favourite photos wherever I want in an easy way. I can point friends to it if they are interested in certain photos, without having to drag them to my computer.
    Backup online isn't a reason, because the images are sampled down anyway. Also, I am still a bit paranoid and don't trust others to keep my stuff safe for me in the cloud (I do have money in the bank though, so I am not consistent).
    I do have my photos backed up on different locations, one outside the house.

    Over time I have joined some groups as well (mainly related to my own interests; e.g. Nikkor 50mm F/1.8D group). I don't care too much about feedback and rarely give it, but the groups enable me to see the possibilities of certain lenses for instance. I have looked at photos in these groups before buying a lens and read all the comments and critiques on it.

    Nowadays I use Facebook as well to bring some of my photos to the attention of friends. I like that better actually, because it is focused on a small group.

    All in all the photosites leave me with mixed feelings. On the one hand there are the advantages mentioned above, on the other hand there is too much blabla surrounding all of it sometimes.

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    I use smugmug to link images and I can also tell people just stop of on my smugmug site
    Hi Richard,

    I just downloaded one of your Yosemite pictures. Just wanted to check how easy it would be for my not very tech family to do it, before signing up.

    Hope you don't mind!

    Dave

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    Re: Why do you use a photography website?

    I originally went for a separate image hosting site because I sometimes need to link images elsewhere.

    When I joined CinC there wasn't any Tinypics upload option so it was a case of limited space with a personal album or create links to other storage areas. So I went for P base because it seemed easier to use than many others

    It is possible to prohibit public viewing on P base but I'm happy to share what I have. And in under 3 years I have had over 105,000 views.

    Those images don't get a lot of personal replies, as Dave mentioned, but there are discussion forums on the P base site which I rarely use because I was already a member of CinC which is sufficient for me.

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