Using Pinterest Boards with Flickr

Pinterest boards give you the ability to organize your favorite images from Flickr and other photo-sharing sites.

For the last few years, I’ve been a Flickr member and as a result, I have quite a large number of favorited images. Favoriting is a great way to show your appreciation and support for fellow photographers but what happens when a couple of weeks, months or years go by and you want to find that specific shot again? If you’re like most people, you could have hundreds, or thousands, of favorites and attempting to find just one image is like trying to find that proverbial needle. Ultimately you lose your patience and give up.

This happened to me, so I started to look for a way to organize my favorites. I had heard about Galleries on Flickr but hadn’t used them before. So I created one just for flower shots I really liked. At first it went great but suddenly, I was unable to add anymore images. After a little research, I realized that Flickr limits the number of images in Galleries to 18. 

What?! 18? Why so few? That’s hardly enough to help organize my favorites. But what I found out was that Galleries are not intended to help you organize your favorites. They’re actually intended to mimic an Art Gallery. So you need to put yourself in the place of the curator and select only those few you feel are worth displaying. 


That’s all well and good if that’s what you’re looking for, although it isn’t clearly stated that is their intended purpose, but that still left me with the problem of how to organize my favorites. That’s when I thought, what if my answer lay outside of Flickr. I hadn’t used Pinterest much but decided to look at what they had to offer and what do you know, they have these things called boards which you can create in any category you like. So I created a flower board and went back to Flickr and sure enough, I could “pin” specific images straight to my Pinterest board and it doesn’t appear there is a limit to the number of pictures you can pin either.

So this solves the problem, right? Well, not completely. This method works great but only if the Flickr member allows sharing. I believe, by default, sharing is set to on but it is possible to disable it. And if the owner of the photo has disabled sharing, then you won’t be able to pin it to your board. It’s unfortunate that it doesn’t work for all but if the owner chooses not to share, that is their right and we should respect that.

The nice thing about this method though, is it’s not limited to Flickr images. I have also successfully pinned photos from 500px as well. Not sure about other sites as I don’t have accounts on others but if sharing is allowed you can organize all of the favorites from these sites into one convenient place.

If you have a way of organizing that you thinks works better, let me know in the comments.

About Dov Plawsky

I am an aspiring freelance photographer and writer. I've always enjoyed the story around the picture and now want to expand upon that. I founded Beyond Your Bag to help share knowledge across like minded people and to hopefully connect those people to one another.