Flickr

What is a Good Online Community for Photography?

Flickr

Episode 1603

Steve from San Antonio, California

Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.

Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input. 

Chris Marqrdt ... Flickr'd

Chris Marquardt

Episode 1577

Chris recently had one of his photos show up on Flickr Explore, and he got over 49,000 views in one day. It's a search algorithm that has a few conditions - 1) It has to have a lot of views, 2) the image has to be of a minimum size or above 3) Pro users are more likely to get highlighted 4) The more active you are on Flickr, the more likely your image will get chosen. On the other hand, the more groups your photo is featured in, the less likely it'll be featured. 5) Avoid Watermarks. 

How can I create a shared photo album for a small group of people to access?

Google Photos

Episode 1558

Roger from Chula Vista, CA

Roger needs to be able to post and share photos with an exclusive group of people. What's a good option for that online? Leo says a shared album is ideal. Google Photos is a great option for that. Facebook works if everyone is a Facebook member, but not everyone is or wants to be. Most people have Gmail, which means they have a Google Photos account by default. For pay, SmugMug is a good option.

Is my data private on Yahoo?

Episode 1485

Mary from Temecula

Mary heard that Yahoo's new owner, Verizon, can read her email. Is that true? Leo says yes. It can read your email, photos, files, etc. in order to do facial recognition, offer targeted ads, etc. Leo says that Verizon's never been big on privacy. So it's not a surprise. Worse, they'll also be looking into other personal information. So you have to think about whether you want to agree to that or go with an alternative. Leo recommends Google.

What's the best cloud backup for images?

Google Photos

Episode 1476

Alan from Massachusetts

Alan got a new PC and he's trying to copy all his images over to it with an external hard drive. How can he back up his images to the cloud without getting duplicates? And how can he delete extra copies of his images? Leo says that there are some good "deduplication" apps that will work. But he'll run the risk of eliminating an image that is close to another but slightly different.

Are there alternatives to Facebook?

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Episode 1427

Mark from Myrtle Beach, SC

Mark is looking for an alternative to Facebook. Leo says that he's quit Facebook once and he thinks they're very manipulative in how they manage his feed. So he understands why he would want to leave. He's also noticed that the more time he spends on social media, the worse he feels. It's a time suck. For photo sharing, Flickr is a good site, as is 500PX.com is another. Instagram has a lot of the best of Facebook, but it's owned by Facebook. Think of it as "Facebook lite."

Back Up Your Photos to the Cloud

Your photos are likely the most valuable and irreplaceable things on your smartphone. This is why it's essential to have a solid backup in case something goes wrong, or you lose your phone. You can always just connect the phone to your computer and drag the files over, but this requires that you remember to do it frequently. It's even better if it happens automatically, and fortunately there are several places you can backup to in the cloud: