How Much of Your Work Do You Share?

With the abundant presence of an online photography community, many of us choose to share our photos through one avenue or another (or many). It may be Flickr, SmugMug, DeviantArt, personal photoblogs, and many more sites and services that we can utilize. But no matter where we post our photos, we all have to decide how many of them to post.

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photo credit: Shira Golding

Having been on Flickr for nearly two years, I’ve observed that there are three types of photographers sharing their photos:

  1. Share only the best of the best
  2. Share everything and anything
  3. Somewhere between the two

You know what I’m talking about. Some photographers post one photo per day (or maybe even per week), and that photo is a masterpiece in their own mind. Then there are those who post what appears to be everything straight off the memory card.

I find myself somewhere between the two, posting between 3 and 5 photos each day. The photos aren’t my absolute best, but I like each of them enough to justify my minimum 5-10 minutes/photo of keywording, captioning, titling, and processing. I probably post 25-50% of my film shots and 10-20% of my digital shots, averaging out to maybe 35% of my photos being posted. In fact, I just checked the photos from my last mixed-medium photowalk and that number is almost spot on at 36% (or 55/151 photos).

So where do you stand with your photo sharing? Take a guess at what percent of your total shots make it to the online community.

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We also ran a poll some months ago about photo-sharing frequency that had more to do with how many photos you post. Check it out, it supplements this topic quite well, but it’s a different question entirely.