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Youpic Update

Back in February I signed up to the photo sharing website Youpic to try out another outlet to share my images. In that blog post I outlined what was good and bad based on the user interface. Interestingly the article has been the most viewed page on this website.  

My last posted image on the service was about 4 months ago in May 2015. Comments on the original Youpic blog post pointed out some very valid points mostly around who owns the images once they have been uploaded considering there are no adverts and they don't charge to open an account to support the website. Other services I use such as 500px and Flickr charge for a pro account to remove the ads.

I stopped using the service mostly because the newer updates introduced a ranking and points system which felt to me the service was becoming like a videogame where you would get more points for uploading images as if you were killing an enemy or completing an objective which I don't like. I take images for fun and not for meaningless points or scores. A potential solution if I were to start using it again were to upload in low resolution like 2048px on the long edge with a dpi of 90 to make it not usable in print. I always upload to Flickr and 500px in high resolution, partly as a form of an online backup.

Sharing my images is very important to me which is a core attribute to a photographer and I assume it also applies to any other a artist. Protecting your work is important and with a medium such as photography that is being shared on the internet it's easy to lose control. 

My current attitude as a very keen ameture photographer who is aiming to generate some income with my work is that I have to be prepared for someone to use my images without my consent. I occasionally get enquiries from people and organisations who see my images on Flickr for example that turn into sales which I hope outweigh the risk of people just taking my images. 

Without sharing my images online I wouldn't have build up my relationship with the Wildlife Trust or my local business association were initially I give my time and/or images to be used (non-profit/editorial use) without payment (and I still do) that has lead to paid work.  

Currently I upload almost everything worthwhile to Flickr and being much more selective on what I add to 500px

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Initial Thoughts on Youpic

Click to read a newer blog post for my more recent views on this service that I no longer use!

My desire to share the images I take is very strong as I want people to enjoy my work, otherwise what is the point of taking images if no one can see and enjoy them?

Currently I am focusing my efforts on Twitter which has been a slow but enjoyable and fun interacting with organisations who own and manage the places I visit such as the Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Flickr I upload virtually everything to and have been using this website from the start of my photographic journey, and if you go back far enough you can see how poor my first attempts were comparing what I am capturing now.

500px I use much more selectively and only upload images that I consider to be my better images and the social interaction for me has been minimal. 

Google Plus is primarily used to store my images that are synced to my Android devices and occasionally share to communities, social interaction here has also been limited. I need to figure out how to increase the social interaction of my work. 

While looking through my Twitter feed I saw an advert for Youpic.com  that looked interesting and when looking at the website I was drawn in with the clean and simple design and appears to be similar to 500px. The signup process was simple using my facebook account to create my profile and was quickly setup with my first image soon uploaded. 

 Over 6 thousand views in about 3 days on Youpic.com. Taken in Cromer

I soon received community interaction in the form of likes and shares on many of my uploads and with one image showing up on the "inspired" page, similar to the explore on Flickr with my Cromer Pier image currently achieving over 6 thousand views. 

My current strategy is to upload an image a day carefully selecting what images I use and to only show my better images like I do with 500px and  galleries on this website as this should keep the up activity on my profile while increasing my exposure which is what I am currently aiming for. 

What I think could be improved with the uploading process is the tagging system to be more user friendly. Flickr and 500px will read the tags from the metadata that is embedded with Lightroom. 

When trying to speedup the uploading process, I tried to copy the tags from Lightroom and paste them into the Tag box on the upload form which turned out not to be as simple as I first thought.

I expected the comma to automatically separate each tag, so if a beach image had the tags "beach, sea, coast, sand" they would be individual words. What happens with Youpic if you paste that in, would be "beach sea coast sand". I have to do tagging the harder way by doing them separately when Flickr and 500px would do it much much easier and quicker. 

Taken in London on November 2014, currently my second most viewed image of a thousand views on Youpic

The lightroom plugin will export the tags correctly but will miss out other steps such as being able to add a title and description before it publishes which I find to be annoying and you then need to find the edit option that took sometime to find.

I want the app to export the image to an preview state and then add in the missing information before making the image public.

Otherwise I have found my experience with Youpic to be a positive and enjoyable experience that I intend to continue with.