Flickr to post or not your best shots?

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  1. Wheels47130

    Wheels47130 TPF Noob!

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    I'm kind of confused about how to use Flickr. I know it gives good exposure however I also hear about how images there are stolen all the time. I have had my pics used on things without permission before so I am extra careful. I was wondering what others do, or what their thoughts on this is? It is such a catch 22 on getting exposure and having pictures stolen when posting to websites.
     
  2. Josh66

    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I pretty much just dump everything there.

    I have the 'pro' account, so everything is unlimited. I try to make use of the unlimited storage space. :lol:

    (As far as I know, the only limit of any kind is that all pictures must be under 20MB.)


    I don't think I've had anything stolen from there...
     
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    maybe resize your photos before posting?
     
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    786soul TPF Noob!

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    I resize and watermark just to make things harder for people. I don't think my photos are that great though so I'm not worried yet haha.
     
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    If your worried about people/business stealing shots from the web/flickr don't upload any. simple. H
     
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I believe that professionals whose income depends on definitely not getting their photos stolen by any one in any way just don't make them public on a site like Flickr! They either build their own site and add all the right-click protection they can or they keep the photos in true portfolios, you know: the real thing, to be carried around and shown in person.

    Myself, I'm like O|||||||O. I've bought myself the pro-account and my photos go there (not the bad stuff, I do sort through my pics before they go up on Flickr), of course. I resize them, watermark them, add my usual frame ... and when someone still feels they need to steal MY photo for their website, then so be it. Counting the number of views my Flickr albums get, though, I MUCH doubt anyone's intersted in ANY of my photos AT ALL. Why should I worry?
     
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    Fate TPF Noob!

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    Love Flickr myself, nice way of storing images and does get a fair few views.

    And if someone steals something, simply send them an invoice for your work :D Done it before!
     
  8. KmH

    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    If you put it online it can be stolen.

    If you simply send someone an invoice, you just limited the amount you could seek in an infringement action and you certainly are not guaranteed they will pay the invoice. :lmao:
     
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    Wot? Sorry, KmH, but sometimes I really wonder what you are talking about. I don't get how you are limiting the amount you could get in a possible suit by sending an invoice. To me, it is quite the opposite. You've just shown you are willing to work with the offender and if they do not respond you just showed how they are unwilling to face reality which would make your case stronger.

    I don't know know where you get your legal advice from but I suggest getting a better lawyer :D
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Here is an online source one can use for guidance:

    Help! I've Been Infringed! | Photo Attorney

     
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    I suggest you upload to a real photolibrary if they are that good, or even, good enough that they let you join, at least then you'll see a return on your photography while the stock library polices your shots online. Anything in the public domain can be stolen, the best thing you can do is limit the damage by low res and downsizing as small as you can but not so they detract too much from the quality aspects you try to display. H
     
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    What resolution and size do you recommend for a Flickr upload?
     

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