I’ve been a big fan of the photo sharing site Flickr for going on three years now. In fact, I was using Flickr before I knew what Twitter was, had a Facebook account, or even before I put together my original Maui website.
Yup, Flickr and I go way back, even before they hit their 500 millionth photo (we’re talking pre-iPhone photos, people). For grins, I went back and checked and my first photo uploaded to Flickr back then was a shot of me reading a book on a cruise back in Feb’ 07. Wait, a book?!? That can’t be right. There’s not a technical diagram or code listing on those pages. Must have been some vacation. 🙂
Nevermind. When I first started using Flickr, I was mostly in shoot-and-share mode, where I would just unload a memory card, pick out the bad ones and basically upload the rest as-is. For example, my first photoset was of the images I shot at the Sheraton Maui Resort on our first visit to Maui. At the moment, that set now has over 100 photos in it. Of just one resort.
But that’s how I started with Flickr, not knowing much about anything.
Okay, maybe mess is a harsh word, but I feel know that with over 4,500 photos filed away in over 100 photosets, this has gotten a little harder to manage. Especially now that I’ve taken a more focused approach to my photography, editting, sharing, and promotion. As I network and met other photographers on Flickr and elsewhere, it’s hard for them to find my best stuff buried in everything. Even if I had a photoset named MY BEST STUFF in all caps, that still sits with all the others already there.
This has come in super handy in terms of archiving, tracking my travels, and even hosting photos for my different websites. Not to mention the neat things I’ve done with the Flickr API, like Daily Maui Photo, some custom site integration work, even the daily photos here on the home page. That stuff has really been a blast to work with.
But alas, it’s time for me to get serious with this and hand-pick the best of my photos, and share and promote the separately from the rest in my archives. Hence…
While my original Flickr account will be untouched, I decided to create a new photonelly account on Flickr. The new account, as mentioned, will be home to my very best works, both straight photographs and some other creative techniques I’m working with now.
This is certainly going to take a lot of time and effort until I’m satisfied that everything I want to move over is ready for prime time. After all, I have to go through all those archives and a few “keeper” photosets I’ve stashed my favorites in to dust them off, apply the latest post-production skills I’ve picked up in the last year, and upload/add them to the new account.
To give you an idea of what that’s going to take, I put together a little graphic with the ones I’ve done so far.
So, what will the magic number be when (or if) I ever finish? Who knows. Maybe 60, 100, possibly 120. There’s definitely going to be a balance between shooting and editing new photos vs. going back and edit older ones, that’s for sure. The goal is clear, though. Make sure the images I’m really, truly proud of are easy to share and can be found by as many current and future friends that I make along the way.
Whatcha think? Am I crazy for trying to take this on, or just crazy for letting it get this bad in the first place (you know my vote). If you have any ideas, tips, or feedback on this type of move, or did something similar yourself, I’d love to hear about it.