Emptied of expectation. Relax. (tinyjo) wrote,
Emptied of expectation. Relax.

Finally uploaded the most recent batch of photos to my Flickr account - the Archie/Ellen wedding pics (appropriately tagged), a couple of bird pics and a couple of spider pics. We had another really good spider season in our garden this year, with some moster webs. Although I'm not keen on spiders in the house at all, I'm perfectly happy to have them in the garden and even quite soft hearted towards them, trying my level best not to destroy their webs, which can be quite spectacular.

Anyway, uploading the pics has reminded me that I still haven't found a photo service I really like. Flickr's got a lot going for it and I really like the fact that you can combine your photos tagged x with everyone elses photos tagged x (a feature which SB lacks and I'd really like to see!) and also has the most recent first style of display, which I really like. On the minus side though, you can't control at all the way your photos are displayed in Flickr, which really really annoys me and you're not allowed to use them on other sites without linking back to your Flickr. I'm not sure quite why I find that so irritating but I do - I guess I'm quite happy to give credit where appropriate but I don't like being told I have to every time and quite often if I'm using a photo as an illustration I don't want people to wander off to my flickr, I want them to concentrate on the post.

Scrapbook, on the other hand, has basically opposite problems. By default it does earliest first displays in galleries and there's no way to have a page of most recent photos uploaded to where-ever. Tagging is limited to your own Scrapbook and gets mixed up with galleries (where Flickr keeps sets and tags cleanly separated). But, it does give you very full control over the layout of your pages and doesn't have any restrictions about where or how you use your pictures. And of course for me the security is easier because I know/keep in touch with many more people via LJ (in fact, I don't use any of the social aspects of Flickr at all).

I have a feeling that if I thought really hard about it I could write a combination style and uploader programme which would make Scrapbook behave like Flickr except for the aggregating everyone's tags thing. Which is very tempting but it'd be a lot of work and I'd have to think about it really very carefully before I started. I just wish there was something out there that combined the best of both but I assume if there was, I'd have heard of it by now :(
Tags: flickr, grumbling
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