Thing 7 – Photos & Images

About Image Sharing

Photo sharing Web sites are social networks that allow users to upload their images to a central host site to share among family, friends and the world. Most of these services also

Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo, SFA001012566

Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo, SFA001012566

allow you to keep your photos private. There are many different photo sharing services but many of them include a standard set of features including; the creation of a photoblog or gallery, embedding photos on other sites, such as blogs, and sharing them on other social networking sites. Most photo sharing sites offer a free and paid version of their services. Some of the most popular photo hosting and sharing sites are:

  • Photobucket http://www.photobucket.com
  • Picasa http://picasa.google.com
  • SmugMug http://www.smugmug.com/
  • Flickr, http://www.flickr.com,  is a free photo and video sharing social network owned by Yahoo!. Flickr allows users to upload, edit, organize, share, tag and place photos on an interactive world map (commonly referred to as “geo-tagging”). As a social network, Flickr offers users to create and join groups where they can share their photos with other members of that group as well as post discussion topics and comments. Flickr remains one of the largest photo-repository Web sites on the Internet, hosting more than 4 billion photographs.

Flickr is owned by Yahoo! and if you are a Yahoo! member, you can use that ID to join. While it is difficult to describe something as ubiquitous as online image and photo sharing sites, if you have never used them you might give them a try. One of the great advantages with storing images online is that they are now available online should you need them for any online purpose—blogging, email, posting to forums, creating products with your images or designs, avatar creation, selling things on eBay, or any of a whole host of purposes.

There are dozens of web sites that offer free image storage and social networking, and they are detailed on ImgOps – Image Operations and Go2Web20.net.

Here are a few alternatives to Flickr:

Learn More About It:

Fredericksborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fredericksborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Flickr Details

  • Requires a Yahoo! ID to log in.
  • Limits uploads to 100 MB per month unless users subscribe to a “Pro” account ($25.00 USD). Pro users have no uploading limits.
  • Flickr has open-sourced bits of their code to allow third party developers the ability to create interesting Web applications using your uploaded Flickr photos. There are hundreds of third-party applications that have been developed to augment and enhance your Flickr experience in extremely creative ways. Phil Bradley’s Website hosts a large list of these inventive additions to your Flickr fun. Quick Online Tips also offers a large list of third-party Flickr applications.
  • Flickr has partnered with various third party print shops that provide simple printing solutions for any of your Flickr photos.
  • Flickr photos are automatically copyrighted with all rights reserved. Flickr offers users Creative Commons licensing as well.

How does Flickr work?

After you open up your free account, which limits the number of images (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .tiff, .png) you can add to your collection at 200, you can upload your digital images in a number of ways:

  • via the Flickr Uploadr (available for both PC and Mac)
  • via apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android
  • via iPhoto, Aperture, or Windows XP plugins
  • via their upload web page
  • via email
  • via various free third-party desktop programs

You can use Flickr to organize your images—using collections, sets, and tags. You can use Flickr to share where you are when the images were taken by using Maps, and see photos and videos taken near you. You can use the Flickr interface to keep in touch with family and friends through the Flickr contact feature, leaving comments and notes, and build a group of “friends” of your choosing.

Fredericksborg Castle, with embankment, Copenhagen, Denmar

Fredericksborg Castle, with embankment, Copenhagen, Denmark

There are many tutorials on how to use Flickr, for instance MediaMazine, Steve Campion’s “Learn More” series at his Library blog, and suggestions on how to use Flickr in your library.

For Flickr newbies, you can visit How to Get the Most Out of Flickr

Flickr belongs to the Creative Commons and a user can choose to offer their creations under this license. You can additionally browse or search Flickr under each type of license as seen on the Creative Commons section on Flickr.

Hands on Activities

1. Set up a Flickr account:

a. Open up a Flickr account for free.
b. Take the Flickr Tour.
c. Upload some digital images from your camera, computer, or cell phone. If a photo isn’t handy then download a picture that has no copyright restriction from the Library of Congress Photostream, and add that to your flickr collection.
d. Add titles and/or captions to the images, add tags to the images that will help you and others find them, and set your permissions so that your friends and family can see them.
e. Invite your friends to see your collection, and ask them to comment on your photos.
f. Invite the people who are in your photos to see themselves online.
g. Search Flickr for images that match your tags.
h. Play around with the site and browse the Popular Tags for the Past 7 Days.

2. Use a third-party application to have some Flickr fun. Try one of these:

a. Try Flickr Montager to create a interesting aggregations of your images.
b. Type in words and get Flickr photographs of the letters back to Spell with Flickr.
c. Search Flickr by color with Color Fields.
d. Embed Flickr slideshows into your blog or web page with Flickr Slidr.

3. Explore “The Commons” in Flickr.

Start at http://www.flickr.com/commons/.

The key goals of The Commons on Flickr are to firstly show you hidden treasures in the world’s public photography archives, and secondly to show how your input and knowledge can help make these collections even richer.

You’re invited to help describe the photographs you discover in The Commons on Flickr, either by adding tags or leaving comments.

Explore the types of images and some of the collections.

Feel free to comment on or tag images.

Add one or more images from “The Commons” to your blog posting for today.

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