Investigating Flickr Further

Recently my interest in photograph has increased somewhat. The reason for this? I don’t know to be honest. I guess the summer gives better photos, clear blue skys or sunsets in the distance. Also my new laptop has a built in SD card reader which means that I can take my photos go to the computer and slot the card straight in. I’ve also been reading some digital photography mags borrowed from Dave’s brother-in-law, trying to learn more about the capabilities of camera and what control and flexibility I have with it. It’s only a point and shoot camera, but it’s near the top of the range for compact cameras, so it’s just trying to get the best from it.

So with my photos increasing, I’ve been adding more and more to my Flickr account too. I’ve upgraded to a Pro account to give me more organisation with the sets and collections, I’m starting to have the confidence to add the occasional photo to a group, and am discovering more about Flickr the more I use it. To be honest, the more I use it, the more I like it.

So what new tools and areas have I found? First up, the best and most useful one is the Flickr Uploadr. I think one reason I started to get put off uploading photos to a gallery, even my own, was that it was tedious if you had several photos. Flickr’s online admin offers to upload 6 photos in one go, however with the Uploadr you simply open it up on your computer, drag and drop the photos you want to add, give them all generic tags, select a set to put them in and then hit upload and away you go. Once they’re uploaded it’s just like being on the Flickr site again. You get a list of all the uploaded photos, you can change the title, add a description and any extra tags for your photos, save it all and that’s all there is to it. It really is time saving and makes it so much easier to throw up photos quickly.

I spoke to a client today who’s a professional photographer. I was talking to him about Flickr and he was saying the buzz on the pro photographer forums is that putting your photos on Flickr is dangerous as plenty of people are out to rip you off with them, steal them, pass them off as their own or even sell them. My first comment was that you could only see the photos at the medium size of around 540 * 400 pixels (ish) on other people’s accounts, but after looking I noticed I could see the original size images of people’s accounts. After having a dig around my account I found the Privacy and Permissions tab which allows you to control who can see and download larger versions of your photos. So I changed mine so that only my contacts can download full sizes of my photos (which are only uploaded at 1280 * 1024 anyway, not that I distrust my contacts, simply because it eases on upload speed and bandwidth). I highly doubt people are going to download and sell my photos (there are far better photos on there!) but I’d rather keep control of my online content.

Since upgrading to the Pro account, I’ve set up plenty of sets of photos, helping to organise them much better. Then saving the sets into collections. My gallery is much more organised now, giving any new visitors an easy way to see what they want to see. The pro account means there is no limit on upload bandwidth, no limit on sets and no limit on the amount of photos I can store there. Collections are also only available with a Pro account.

I’ve also spent today putting my photos on the map. This means that every photo of mine has an exact location assigned to it which is viewable when you view any photo (well besides the ones from Lanzarote as firefox crashed under the weight of the Ajax by then!). It’s quite cool having a map showing where your photos have been taken.

I’m quite interesting in looking into using the Flickr API. Whilst I like using Flickr and love the exposure from using Flickr, sharing your photos with others etc. I’d also like to have my own design on the gallery, perhaps integrate it into this blog design. So that’s maybe my next step, gives me the power and exposure of Flickr with your own look and design.

Anything I may not have seen yet I should be looking at?

3 Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    I forgot to mention, I also bought a book the other day, arrived today. More for Dave, as he’s just bought a DSLR camera, but it’ll be handy for me too. The book is The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby. At £8 I figured it was worth a look. Plus I read about it on another blog and the photos the blogger showed were pretty good.

  2. Sam says:

    I’m really pleased to see you’re sticking around on Flickr. You take some beautiful shots, especially those stunning sunsets 🙂

    I’ve been a Flickr member since around April 2005 (Pro since July 2006) and I love the community feel. I’ve met a whole bunch of nice people there who are really encouraging. Like you said, with Flickr Uploadr it’s a breeze to send up a whole bunch of photos in one go – making it really quick and convenient.

  3. Sarah says:

    Thanks Sam. I’m getting more impressed the more I use Flickr. As for the sunset photos, honestly I’m just pointing and shooting, changing the scene mode and nothing more. I think we’re blessed with amazing sunsets over here, and amazing sights along the coast.

    What I would love is to get a good shot of Liverpool at night from across the Mersey. That’s a nice site but I don’t know how much my camera will cope with that!

    Flickr is certainly a nice community. I’ve just found the Nikon group so I’m looking for any chatter on my camera, the Coolpix 7900, to see if I can pick up any other tips from those who use it already. Plus looking at the photos taken by the same camera. It’s such a great way to learn!