In the first of our series about online exposure for visual artists, we will be looking at a service called Flickr. We will be looking at how to set up an account, and the various benefits of using this service.
What is Flickr?
Flickr is an image and video hosting website that’s main use is to neatly store and organize photos online. As well as being able to upload your images onto Flickr, you are able to browse other people’s images, and make and receive comments on your images. This makes Flickr not only a service you can use to display your images online, but almost a mini social network where you can communicate with other creative-types from all over the world.
The other great thing about Flickr is that there are various tools and widgets that you can use for doing neat things like displaying your flickr images on your blog, although, if that sounds a bit daunting to you, don’t worry, stay tuned to our RSS feed to keep up to date with all of our articles, where things like this will be explained!
Ok, so, lets get to the point, i’m going to walk you through how to set up a Flickr account.
Step 1 – Go to www.flickr.com
When you get to flickr.com you will see this page:
Step 2 – Click the “Create Your Account” box
You will then come to this page:
If you have a Yahoo! ID, then sign in and skip Step 3, if not then click “Sign Up”.
Step 3 – Create a Yahoo! ID
You will now see the Yahoo! registration page:
Fill in the required fields, and choose a Yahoo! ID, this does not have to be what your Flickr username will eventually be, so don’t worry too much if the username you want for your Flickr account isn’t avaliable!
Type in the security code, make sure you accept the terms and conditions and click “Create my Account”.
You will then see a screen confirming your details and a question, “Ready to Experience Flickr?” the answer, of course, is “YES PLEASE!” click “Continue”.
Flickr may ask you another question or two, because i’m in the UK it asked me if it could store my details on its US servers, personally I had no problem with that.
Step 4 – Make a new Flickr account
We should now all be at this page:
Here I would suggest using a relevant username if possible, depending on what your primary use of flickr is going to be. This could be perhaps your full name, your artist name or your business name.
Once you have typed in your desired username, click “Create a New Account”
Congratulations! You now have a Flickr account!
Use the “How to get started” section to get the ball rolling, add a “buddy icon” to your profile, get yourself a custom Flickr URL, upload some of your artwork, and let Flickr look through your Yahoo!/GMail/Hotmail address book/’s to find any of your friends that are using Flickr!
I’m sure that you are going to love using Flickr, as it’s a really great way to not only get exposure for your own artwork, but also explore the artwork of others, and network with people. Over time you will find that more and more people look at your artwork, and as you leave relevant and helpful comments on other people’s work, you will receive the same back. As with everything like this, you reap what you sow.
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