When I was heavily into film, and using a number of cameras, lenses and film emulsions, I would tag religiously by each on Flickr, as well as having an album for each.
This helped me sort the wheat from the chaff and hone down (eventually) to my favourites.
Having the tags and albums to search with on Flickr made it very easy to compare photographs made with, say, different consumer films, 50mm lenses or AF compacts.
As time went by and I began to simplify, this need to tag by camera, lens and film became less useful.
Not least of all because I was using digital cameras (so no film tag necessary), and the EXIF tells me the camera used – and usually the lens too.
Plus using fixed lens compacts, I eliminated another variable to track – the lens.
I was also trying to move towards a place where I didn’t care (or didn’t want to care) which camera made which photograph, because I wanted a consistent look across all of my photographs anyway.
Using a couple of DSLRs again recently though, I do like being able to gather together the photographs made just with that body, and/or a particular lens.
So I’ve started using albums again on Flickr to do this.
It doesn’t seem quite so important with compacts, because as mentioned, I have the camera name in the EXIF and the lenses are fixed, so a lens tag/album is redundant.
But with DLSRs and the variation across lenses (in field of view if nothing else), this sorting and organising is useful.
I’m glad I did it with my past photographs too, as I can browse the other way around.
Rather than going to a specific album and looking through images made with that set up, I can scan my whole photostream and pick out specific photographs I like, then note which combination of camera/lens/film they were made with.
And perhaps try to make more with a similar recipe.
How about you? Do you like to organise your photographs by camera/lens/film?
Or do you not care which camera made the photograph, as long as you like the final image?
How about with other people’s photographs – do you have any interest in which gear made the images?
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