The problem with Flickr
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06-09-09, 04:55 PM
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I think I agree to some extent. Flickr is populated by people looking for praise for their work - and is not a great place to learn about photography. However, if you think of it as a giant gallery where exhibits and visitors are photo enthusiasts it makes more sense. What makes it great is its size. You can wander around and find practically any type of picture. Hopefully PhotoRadar will grow to offer something similar, but with more help and advice
You state that it's not a great place to learn about photography, one of the first things you should do is look at others' pictures, look and learn
You're right, it is a vast gallery where you can see all types of photography from all over the world, and that's it's USP. You are not restricted to the mundane and repetitive, although of cousre Flickr is subjected to those that like that type of photography. You can see what new efforts photographers are making to produce images that are exciting and really worth viewing, and over time you build up a list of contacts employed in that type of photography. It certainly makes a change from looking at rock strewn beaches with ridiculously manipulated sunsets, flowers and a plethora of family snaps plus the odd pet or two, which seem to be the main fodder on other photographic sites.
However that's what people enjoy, but Flickr can help them to expand their horizons.
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