Flickr Adds A Fourth Content Category For Virtual Photography

Why is this important: Categories characterize the filtering of search results by interest. For example, limiting a query to the virtual photography category would exclude real-world images or other types of artwork that would otherwise cloud the results. Content group administrators could also take advantage of the new content category to streamline management responsibilities. Simply visit the admin panel and update the accepted content type to implement the necessary changes.

While AI-generated artwork is causing headaches and prompting bans from some online communities, another form of digital expression is gaining traction on Flickr.

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The photo-sharing site has launched a new category of content for virtual photography, an emerging art form made up of photos taken in video games or virtual worlds. Until now, Flicker had three categories to choose from when uploading content: photos, art/illustration, and screenshots.

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The image hosting site said the screenshots didn’t fully meet the needs of virtual photographers, hence the addition.

Photo mode has become increasingly popular among gamers and now ships as the default mode in many AAA titles. UN study supposed last year by Repair Outlet revealed that Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon Zero Dawn and No Man’s Sky were among the most picturesque video games based on Instagram sharing.

Speaking of which, several developers, including CD Projekt Red and Hideo Kojima, regularly share community gameplay footage on social media. It’s a great (and free) way to get publicity and for some, sharing their content with the world equals their 15 minutes of fame.

Flickr one says users are free to decide how to categorize their content. That said, the new category comes with two specific types of photography in mind: video game photos and content shared by the Second Life community.

Regardless of the type of content, Flickr is quick to remind users that it is against their guidelines to upload content to which they do not own the copyright. More information about content types can be found in Flickr FAQs.

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