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Many people don’t explore all of the personal settings in their Flickr photo sharing account, and end up using the default controls. But with a little customization, I think you can improve your Flickr experience.
It doesn’t make sense to own and use a digital camera, and not have an online platform or two to share pictures taken with them. Digital pictures yearn to be free. The pictures you take doesn’t mean a thing if they remain stuck in some sort of limbo in an SD or CF card, stored on computer’s internal or external hard disk, or stashed in stacks of optical media, and no one sees them. It’s as if you haven’t taken any pictures at all!
There are a number of excellent websites out there that anyone can sign up to (most of which are free), and post pictures taken with all sorts of digital cameras—from mobile phones to DSLRs. I’ve tried a number of them, and I continue to use many of them—every single day, in fact. Since I constantly take pictures, I just as constantly push them all out into the net.
Of the many online photo sharing sites where I put out my pictures, one of my favorites (and one that I highly recommend) is Tumblr.
I like Tumblr because, over all, it is absolutely fun to use. And it has enabled me to link with communities of very interesting like-minded people from all over the world.
I’ve been using Tumblr for years. My statistics (as of today), will bear this out:
• I’m following 468 people
• I’ve liked 15,859 posts
• I’ve so far made 2,111 posts
• And, I have 246 followers
That’s it, “so far.”
If you’re curious about how my Tumblr called [dj:ny] looks like (where I post at least one photo a day), click here.
But while Tumblr is an excellent photo sharing site, admittedly, it isn’t just a photo sharing site. And although I use it mainly to showcase my photographs (yep, that’s the photographer in me), Tumblr is quite flexible and good for many, many other things.
On their About Tumblr page, it says: “Tumblr lets you effortlessly share anything. Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML.”
In other words, it’s the quick and easy and fast and simple way to put all sort of things out there on the web (specially pictures, if I may say so myself) without being dumbed down and limited by the 140-character restriction or without being intimidated by convoluted long-form blogging platforms. It’s right there safely in the middle. And, did I say it’s fun?
The real added bonus of course is that I get to join in many utterly fascinating online interactions with the awesome members of the growing Tumblr community. These Tumblerites (what Tumblr users are lovingly called) are certainly an intelligent and cool bunch!
Now, this is the part where I have to say that for all the terrific things that Tumblr is, it isn’t perfect. Many long-time Tumblerites will be able to tell you that there are hiccups (also known as “service interruptions”) that you might encounter when sharing or when looking at post. It can get annoying but it doesn’t really happen all the time. You sometimes even forget that it happens at all.
Tumblr explains these mostly small and minor incidents (although there were a couple of really huge ones), as “inherently” part and parcel of their growing pains, which, if you ask me, is just as inherently understandable. Tumblr has been growing by leaps and bounds these past few months, so it’s almost forgivable when they encounter setbacks. But what’s reassuring is that the people behind Tumblr have come out to the online community and have made public their plans in upgrading their facilities, which, in turn, is designed to hopefully improve their service even as they grow. In any case, as much as they and everyone wants everything to work out well, the occasional hiccups are unavoidable.
Still, despite these, I trust Tumblr. They’ve made good on a lot of their promise to upgrade facilities and improve service. And, as far as I know, there hasn’t been some sort of mass defection. Sure, there has been a lot of loud and noisy complains about Tumblr’s occasional erratic and unpredictable service, but it seems they are holding on pretty well. Their service has, in fact, and as far as I can tell, has improved considerably in recent weeks.
So, if you’re curious about putting out your pictures (and yes, other stuff too) out into the net, consider Tumblr as an excellent platform to do so. To sign up with Tumblr for free, click here.
[Note: I am not in any way affiliated with Tumblr. I’m just one happy Tumblerite. Also, for free professional advise and consultation on advertising and commercial photography and visual media design, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, you can view and purchase my fine art photographs online at Zatista’s website. Thanks.]
Since Apple’s iPhone first came out in 2007, I’ve been shooting with its built-in camera. Through the years, a whole lot of excitement has happened in iPhone photography, or “iphoneography” as it is now generally called.
Because I shoot so many iPhone pictures, and I shoot every day now, I started an iPhone-photo-a-day blog. I thought of doing it only for a year, but habits die hard. And so, to this day, I continue to post and share online one iPhone photo a day. (Every now and then, I post more than one picture a day.)
The most common feedback I get from those who see my iPhone photos is: “I can’t believe you took that with only the iPhone’s camera!”
The only reply I can give is to assure them that indeed I took the pictures only with the iPhone’s camera, and then say “thank you” with a smile.
The second most common feedback I get is: “How’d you do that?”
The answer, of course, is that I use the amazing third-party photo apps for the iPhone (which I got from Apple’s app store) to refine and enhance the pictures.
Based on almost 4 years of shooting with the iPhone’s camera (2G, 3G, 3Gs and 4) and from using almost a hundred different iPhone photography apps, this is my top 10 favorite, most used, and highly recommended iPhone photography apps (in no particular order):
- Adobe Photoshop Express
- Best Camera
- Camera Plus Pro
- 360 Panorama
- Dash Of Color
Many of the apps in this list are my standard favorites, which I’ve been using for a very, very long time; and some are new additions that have dramatically improved my iPhone photography.
How about you, what are your favorite iPhone apps?