I’m going to Flickr you off

I’m on Flickr and so are most of my edited photos (that I want to share).

We just talked through how I store my digital photos and now that we have them all neatly organized – how do we share them?

You should be using Flickr if:

You have a blog that has a photo on it. When you upload a photo into your {wordpress/blogger/etc} gallery to use in a post that photo needs to load before your site is visible to your audience. If you have a million photos on your main page (say you allow 5 of your current posts to just scroll on your landing page and each post has at least one photo – all of them you just uploaded to your gallery to use within your content management system for blogging – EACH photo slows down the load time.) Also? If you lose your site files or your content package when you upgrade or change themes?? You lose your photos, too. Have fun with that one.

Having your photos (as a blogger) load from Flickr in a post (I’ll show you how) lessens load time because your server is reading a “place” not a “file” and will load the content quicker because of it.

You take more photos than the average person. This is when you need to have a pro account. It’s all of $25 a year – well worth it. You can download original size files (which is why I do not store my edits, I delete them all once they’re on Flickr) – Flickr is essentially my secondary storage of my photos. But it works (literally, like an intern) for me – so it pays for itself in the first 30 minutes.

Go ahead, I’ll wait while you sign up.

There’s a free account too – so you can ease in to it – but only 200 photos will be displayed/usable in a free account. Currently I’m storing just shy of 17,000 photos on Flickr … so uh, 200 is a drop in the bucket. (BUY A PRO ACCOUNT.) Ehum, sorry – did you hear something?

There are a number of ways to upload your photos to Flickr once you have your account. (Because you have one now, right?)

When you’re in the HOME tab you can Choose to UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS

HOMEUpload FROM Flickr

From here it’s pretty easy to walk through the process.

Choose your photosChoose and opennow upload, set privacywaitadd description

Now you’re photos are uploaded to your account. You could stop here and not lose a thing. BUT … you can organize, tag and group your photos together for easy navigation (and SEO, for those who want it) in this next screen … so I think we’ll go through that.

a lot going onchoose a set

A set is like an album. Organize your photos into groups that make sense. For this tutorial all my photos are in a set called “Storing Digital Photos” – and it’ll include ALL the photos from this series of tutorials on digital file photo storage and what to do with them after.

I make sets differently than I do with my original files (that I store according to YEAR_MONTH_DAY and every day has it’s own folder. In Flickr I use descriptions for my albums and groups or sets. You can have “parent sets” that hold like-minded smaller sets (so for instance, KIDS and then all the sets “Jessica’s birthday!” “Oliver does the critter barn!” can live underneath the hierarchy of KIDS. It’s like a word tree – with words that are really photos.

I do this because I only ever put my edited images on Flickr. I do not save copies of edits anywhere else. Once I process a batch of photos, burn them to a disc for a client (if needed) or upload them to flickr – I wait about a week before I delete them entirely. I have all the originals and all my edits either live on Flickr or a disc or both. Redundancy is only good twice, then it’s just too much.

Photos are a large part of what I do, so having this system down pat is important for me. It streamlines my time and effort when I need to sit down and batch edit 900 photos at a time. I’m not wasting time, emotionally or otherwise, worrying about my photos because I have a system that I trust and has worked for me for 6 years.

add tags

You only have to add your TAGS once in the batch edit after you upload (in the field above) and it’ll automatically add those same tags to every photo in the batch. Nifty!

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Give them a story

When you’re through with all that (seriously less than 5 steps!) you click SAVE and you’re ready to roll.

Next we’ll tackle the Flickr Uploadr (makes this whole process easier) and then How do you put your photos in a blog post?

Questions so far?? Comments? Let me hear em!

4 thoughts on “I’m going to Flickr you off

  1. What size do you resize your photos to for your blog? Do you just change the dpi or dpi and size?

  2. Flickr should be paying you for this tutorial! Seriously!

    I have a free account but haven’t really sat down to figure it all out. This step-by-step is amazing! YOU are amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

  3. We’ll cover the sizes when I do the “how to use your photos from flickr on your blog” … but to quickly answer you – I don’t resize, Flickr does it for me. In fact Flickr generates the code I need to – so all I have to do is literally copy and past and my photos are there. SO EASY! I’ll show you soon šŸ™‚

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