No, you don’t have to follow Lensblr to get reblogged, and anyone can Submit.
And no, we don’t feature Members or reblog photos “at random" either.
There’s nothing random about it. Lensblr is not a robot. We’re real people, we have a nice team of editors who review all the photos people submit to us, and who find other interesting photos from hashtags (#lensblr, #photographers on tumblr, #original photographers). These editors make decisions on what we reblog.
We realize everyone won’t like every photo we reblog. We try to be diverse and inclusive. We try to ‘discover’ new tumblrs. And we try to ‘spread the love’ a bit, posting from many people, not just a select few. But we’re not perfect.
Oh and there’s a bunch of other Tumblrs that are posting original works from photographers on Tumblr - we have some links on our Resources page.
Earlier today we posted a photo of the Golden Gate bridge via user myashesofdawn.
We regret to inform you this was a mistake, this Tumblr user is not the actual photographer of that photo. As far as I can tell, the photo is by Jason Hoover and can be found here on flickr. We apologize for the error.
We have deleted the post, and added this tumblr to our “do not post” list.
How did this happen?
As many of you know, we track the tag #photographers on tumblr to find great original photos and new photographers on Tumblr to follow and reblog.
But we do rely on people’s honesty and good intentions when they use the tag ”photographers on tumblr”. Honesty - people should only be attaching this tag to their own photos they post on Tumblr. Good intentions - people should not be trying to deceive anyone otherwise.
The whole point of the tag is to help us and others find original photos on Tumblr, which is why last year we posted urging photographers to use this tag.
For the most part, we’ve seen that the overwhelming majority of people use the tag honestly and with good intent, which is awesome. But there are always a few bad apples in the barrel.
How can we prevent this from happening?
Lensblr’s Editors need to spend that extra few minutes analyzing the source and origin of each photo before we post it. This can be difficult to ascertain in some cases, but usually visiting a person’s Tumblr and looking at what else they have posted gives a pretty clear indicator. In this case, if we had visited the offending user’s Tumblr, we would likely have realized they were not the original photographer and this mistake would have been avoided.
Again, sorry for the error. We’ll be posting corrections/retractions in the future when this happens again.
—Felix & Charles
We’re going to start watching Tumblr’s ”featured tags” a bit more closely for posts that feature photographers on tumblr, and reblogging some of these posts (not all of them!)
At the moment I’m referring to #black and white, #landscape, #artists on tumblr and #art. I’d watch some of the others, but honestly I almost never see original photographers featured in say #portrait, #architecture etc.
Kudos to the Editors who are featuring the creators on Tumblr. How can we get more of you guys?
"Follow the World’s Creators" —Tumblr
Lensblr has tried to create a ‘loose-knit’ community between fellow photographers on Tumblr. It’s not like, “you’re in” or you’re not. We reblog photos and post ‘Members’ to help introduce people to other photographers they may not know yet.
Being loose-knit and open-ended, involvement in this community of photographers of Tumblr is done a number of ways and differently by everyone. And moreover, Lensblr is just one ‘organizing force’ — there are several others! (see end of post).
Here’s some suggestions:
1. Start following some other photographers, Like their posts, send them a Message when you really like one of their photos, Ask them how they pulled off that awesome shot, etc.
Like anything in life, it takes a little initiative on your part to get involved and make friends. Communicate! Send messages, reply to posts. Most of the other photographers on Tumblr are really friendly folks, and would love to hear from you.
Many other tumblr photographers track these tags, as well as other Tumblr blogs that specialize in reblogging original photographers on Tumblr. So, first thing is to tag your posts :)
Note, these have to be among the first 5 tags on your post for Tumblr to include it on the tracked #hashtag pages!
Lensblr also tracks these tags, and we reblog some photos we find this way too.
3. Submit your photos to us: http://members.lensblr.com/submit
Understand, we get 200-300 submissions per day, and only post about 40 photos per day. Please don’t get frustrated if we don’t reblog your submission - try to submit only your best shots! We’re trying our best to select a range of different styles, genres, subject matter etc. And yes, we do try not to reblog the same people over and over.
4. Become a Lensblr Member: http://members.lensblr.com/register
Lensblr Members are Tumblr photoblogs that our team have checked out and reviewed. We’re looking for quality, original photoblogs that mainly only post their own photos (not reblogs, not other stuff etc). For Members, we make one post about your Tumblr along with a personal statement and photo that you provide us, and we list your Tumblr on our Member Directory page.
See also: The Photographers Directory for a similar project.
!!! 5. Submit your photos to other blogs that focus on the Original Photographers on Tumblr!
Lensblr isn’t the only resource! I can’t stress that enough.
In the last few months, several new Tumblrs have been started with the same focus on promulgating the works of tumblr’s original photographers. We are really happy to see others starting projects with this goal!
We keep some links on our Resources Page, but here’s a short list:
I hope this helps! And remember that building community takes effort and initiative from everyone involved. Lensblr is just one way to find other photographers you might like, but then it’s really up to you to make the first step :)
2 tumblrs have recently been brought to my attention that I would like to share with everyone, if you are not already familiar with them.
We are LuxLit, a blog run by photographers with the aim of highlighting our favorite of Tumblr’s original photography blogs.
I started Portrait Photographers to give photographers specializing in portraiture the opportunity to share their work with and receive feedback from other photographers interested in this genre.
Posting photos and submissions from photographers on tumblr, Portrait Photographers has also started publishing short interviews as well!
Personally, I’m excited to see the emphasis of a particular genre to bring interested tumblr photographers together.
Finally, if you have a similar project focused on bringing the creative works of photographers on tumblr to more eyes and building community amongs them, please let us know.
Have a good day, happy Tumbling.
Here’s a project by Australian photographer Kisha Bari about the Hurricane Sandy and how it affected the lives of the residents of Rockaway. It’s a good reminder that photography is also about telling stories and keeping memories for futur generations as well as a way to teach us that humans are all the same in front of loss. View this project on Tumblr
Because we are receiving so many submissions lately, we will have to put more limits on the number of photos each person can submit. Currently, we allow 3 submissions in any 24 hour period, but in some cases this means we get 15-20 submissions from a single person in a week — honestly folks, that is just way too many.
So, we’re going to be instating the following new rules:
1. You can submit 2 photos in a 24-hour period,
2. But no more than 8 photos in a 7 day period.
3. Last, you may re-submit a photo after 25 days, if we don’t reblog it.
I think this is still more than adequate. And will perhaps encourage people to really submit only their Best work to us.
We’re also still monitoring posts tagged #lensblr and #photographers on tumblr as best we can, and we do include a lot of posts from new photographers we find that way, and from others who do not submit directly.
It’s getting hard though, with over 1200+ posts daily with those tags!
Have a great weekend everyone! Go out and shoot some photos :-)
I’ve got a big backlog of messages and emails to answer from people, I’ll try to get through most of them today if I can.
One thing a lot of people ask is: ”I’ve submitted a lot of photos over the last weeks, but you haven’t reblogged any of them”
Honestly, it’s difficult for me to answer this, exactly why some photos are reblogged and not others.
The first thing everyone should understand is there are about 200-300 submissions daily, and we have to choose only about 40-ish photos to reblog, and that’s difficult in itself.
So, we have a team of volunteer editors who go through the photos submitted, and give each one an Up / Down vote. As head editors, we use this input to help us choose the photos we reblog. We take this as advice however; it’s not binding, and we don’t always choose the photos with the best reviews.
One thing we’ve always wanted is for Lensblr to be community oriented; that’s why we invite people to help us decide what photos to reblog. We built a special ‘staff’ website to facilitate this.
So, I guess my point is this -
Lensblr really is what all of you make it, both through the photos you submit, and through the help you give us reviewing those photos.
If you want to contribute as a volunteer reviewing photo submissions, then please let us know by sending us an email. (Please include your name & Tumblr in your email). You can contribute as much or as little time as you want. We try to be welcoming to all sorts of people.
We’d like to put together a list of links or “resources” of other Tumblr blogs which primarily publish photo Submissions from tumblr photographers or which primarily reblog from original photographers on Tumblr.
Please help us out, and let us know about these tumblrs.
We’d love to build the largest list of such resources, so everyone is aware of the many different avenues available to share their photos with more people.
We will be collecting & posting links here: lensblr.com/resources (this page is being updated as people suggest more tumblrs - stay tuned).
We’re 11 months old today, this project is only a baby but it’s growing really fast lately… Next month we’ll celebrate our first year on Tumblr ! Let’s see how much we’re evolving in term of audience in 2013.
Twelve days ago we were reaching our 100’000th follower with an average of 850 visitors per day. Now we’re almost at twice that number, for both followers (190’000 already) and visitors per day (1500).
That’s an huge increase, in fact we gained more followers in that last 10 days than in our first 10 months. People that get rebloged by us will notice the difference, they will get a lot more exposure and notes to their posts.
I can’t wait for the next months, maybe we could even make it to the shorty awards (remember to vote) ! We also hope to *finally* launch some kind of contests but we’re still very busy in our lives to work on such a huge chunk of things to do. We’re also looking for sponsors for contests prizes so if anyone of you could help with that just email us :)
Thank you to everyone who were there since the beginning and thanks to all the new members and followers, contributors and visitors who write us nice little messages in our ask box. We always appreciate your feedback !
We wish you an amazing Sunday, don’t forget to go out and take pictures if it’s warm and shiny. If it’s cold and rainy you can always spend your day in bed editing your last week pictures on your laptop :)
Just a quick service announcement.
Samuel and I (Felix) have been super busy the last few days, and for the next few days this week.
So we’ve asked cpleblow to step in as Editor-in-Chief of Lensblr for the next few days. He’s been part of our volunteer staff for several months now. Actually, he’s already “stepped in” as of yesterday.
Basically, this means he will have final call on the posts we reblog for the next few days. So, if our selection of photos seems different than normal, you know why! And if you think he’s doing a better job at it — well let us know that too!
Sam & Felix