How to find other photographers and how to browse Smugmug

waldhaus1waldhaus1 Big grinsPosts: 29Registered Users Big grins

I have been using Smugmug for years and send emails from the Smugmug photosphere link to share my galleries, but I realize I have never browsed galleries belonging to other photographers. I don't even know how to do a search for another photographer by name on Smugmug. I suppose if I google their name their smug mug galleries might come up, but it seems there should be a more direct way to do that. It of course raises the question as to how to give my site more visibility to others browsing smug mug. A brief search on the support page shows only how to set up my own site which I already have a way to do. Clearly others do find my site from time to time. A brief search in Digital grin had no result. (Probably I phrased the question wrong.)
With the merger with Flickr it seems that may become even more relevant.

Waldhaus

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  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoPosts: 9,430Registered Users Major grins

    You could probably start here for some excellent photos.
    https://www.smugmug.com/popular
    Under the large photo in the caption hover and click the persons name to go to their galleries.

    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
    My Website | My Blog
  • BeautifulWorldBeautifulWorld Beginner grinner ChicagoPosts: 56Registered Users Big grins

    How does a photo get into this? What decides if a photo is popular? Can we search by location of gallery? For example, I am going to Shenandoah National Park in a few weeks. Would love to see how other photographers have captured it. Can I search?

  • AllenAllen "tweak 'til it squeaks" St. Louis, MoPosts: 9,430Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 14, 2018
    Al - Just a volunteer here having fun
    My Website | My Blog
  • waldhaus1waldhaus1 Big grins Posts: 29Registered Users Big grins

    Does GPS get used for tagging or is it necessary to key word images to get visibility ?.
    Will Flickr be the place for exploration, and then Smugmug be the place for actually putting together a gallery with story?
    Popular presumably requires a lot of people to look at your photos and rank them well.
    There doesn't seem to be a way to browse new galleries in an unfocused way. Perhaps there are just too many.

    Waldhaus
  • JtringJtring Major grins CaliforniaPosts: 440Registered Users Major grins

    One other place to try is SmugMug's global search page: https://www.smugmug.com/search. A search for "Shenandoah National Park" by photo brings up 18,093 entries. A search by gallery gives 473.

    Jim Ringland . . . . . jtringl.smugmug.com
  • BeautifulWorldBeautifulWorld Beginner grinner ChicagoPosts: 56Registered Users Big grins

    @Jtring Thank you. Now that brings up another question? How do galleries, images show up here? What is the algorithm? Most recent?

  • JtringJtring Major grins CaliforniaPosts: 440Registered Users Major grins

    The "Sort By" selector by default sorts by "Photorank", but I don't know how that's computed. Number of views? There's no way in SmugMug for people to rate pictures anymore. (There was once.) If you look at the "Sort By" drop-down menu, you can select oldest or newest first. By the way, I've used this feature for exactly what you mentioned: getting a look at place I was planning to visit.

    Jim Ringland . . . . . jtringl.smugmug.com
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