How to Create a Shareable Album for Your Artist Profile
Updated: Feb 1
Thank you for supporting the Guild! For $20 a year, you have the option to have an Artist's Profile on our site, which is like an interactive digital business card. All you have to do is fill out the form we sent to you and include a link to the pictures you'd like for us to display. If you've never made an online photo album before, this guide will show you how.
Step 1: Create a free Flickr account.
Go to flickr.com and follow the instructions to create an account. Since Flickr is affiliated with Yahoo, you will be asked to create a Yahoo account. It'll only take a few minutes to set up, and if you already have a Yahoo mail account, you can skip the account creation step and just log in with the information you already have.
Step 2: Use the File Uploader
Once you're logged in to your account, click the icon indicated in the image below.
Then, click "choose photos and videos to upload" and navigate through your computer's folders to find the images you want. Choose high-quality images to make your artwork really shine- .png files are preferred. If you don't have digital images of your artwork yet, skip to the bottom of this post where I'll link to great articles explaining different ways to photograph different types of art. You may choose up to six images. Can't decide which pieces you should choose? Read this post for a guide that may help you.
Once you've selected your pictures, you'll see this screen. Click the "upload photos" button and wait for them to upload. Note: make sure the pictures are set to "public" so that we'll be able to see them.
Pictures will be set to "Public" by default, so just click "upload."
Step 3: Add titles and descriptions to you artwork.
Once the uploads are finished, you'll be taken to your Photostream. If this is the first time you've used Flickr, then you don't need to worry about organizing your pictures into an album. However, we're not finished yet- your pictures need titles and descriptions! To edit your pictures' info, click on them.
Once you click on a picture, you'll see this screen. Scroll down.
Mouse over the section indicated below and click the indicated icon that looks like a pencil and paper.
Type the artwork's title into the top bar and the description into the box, then click "Done." Try to keep your description to 150 words or less to save space on the page. Also, according to this article, art patrons start to lose interest after 150 words!
Audience engagement researchers at museums have found that visitors lose interest in wall labels after 150 words. Our philosophy for artist bios is to leave your reader wanting more by limiting your word count to ~120 words. At most, a reader should take away one or two key points.
Step 4: Link us to your pictures.
Go back to the Photostream and copy the URL. Then paste it in the appropriate section of the form.
And now you're done! Thank you so much for supporting us!
Here are some additional resources that may interest you:
Apple and Android smartphones from the past five years and newer have built-in cameras that rival point-and-shoot digital cameras. Here's a guide for photographing artwork using a phone and here's a guide specifically for 3-D art.
If your phone camera isn't very good, here's a guide for photographing artwork using a digital camera and no special equipment.
I'd like to take this opportunity to plug my favorite open-source camera app. It lets you shoot in 4K UHD and real HDR! (Android only)