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Venture into an entire world of captivating imagery and learn how to organize and share your best shots with others online. In this course, professional photographer Derrick Story guides you through the popular photo-sharing site Flickr, first introducing the Flickr mobile app, then demonstrating how to set up an account and upload images from your phone or common image editing applications such as iPhoto and Lightroom. Next, find out how to touch up and enhance your photos with the online editor, and make photos searchable with sets and collections and by assigning photos to maps. The course also helps you navigate the Flickr privacy settings and shows how to participate in the Flickr community through comments, contacts, groups, and more.
Basic editing tools such as rotating, re-sizing and cropping are important, and I'll cover those right now. Flickr actually has a rotate command built right into the app. We don't have to go to the online editor. I'll show you that first, but then, we're going to go to the online editor because there's all sorts of great stuff there. So, I'm going to play with this shot right here. If we go to our familiar Flickr three dots right here. Here's the online editors, we're going to go over there in a second, but there's actually a Rotate command right here in Flickr.
I'll click on that. And let's say your camera doesn't automatically straighten them on import or something and you just want to do a quick rotate. You have that right here in 90 degree chunks. You just click on it, and then say Rotate The Photo and it's rotated. So, this is for correction but let's go to the online editor because I think that's where the real action's at. Go right here. It went back to the three dots. Edit Photo, now instead of rotate, they call it Orientation. And just click on it like that, and you also have mirroring. So, you can mirror your photo.
Alright, so that's pretty cool stuff. So, you have Orientation here, and you have Rotate in the actual Flickr environment. Let's cancel that, it needs none of that. I just wanted to show it to you. And then, you can also resize if you've added your photo, let's say its a larger size than you originally wanted it to. And you want to sample it down, you have a resize tool. See, I brought it in at 1024 which is where I normally keep a lot of my online photos. But let's say I brought in much larger, let's say a 2048, and I want to sample it down.
I could do that right here. Just enter the numbers, it does the proportions for me, which I think is very nice, and then sample down. Now, you don't want to go the other way, generally speaking. You don't want to sample up where you make the shot bigger. because there's a loss of quality. That's actually better handled in your image editor for your computer. So, that's sampling down. We're not going to sample this one down. I like it just the way it is, except for one thing. I've been looking at this shot. And I think it needs a little cropping. I think cropping improves many of our photos.
So, let's see if we can make that better. So, I have custom crop right now, which means I can just do any sort of wacky proportion I want. Or, if I want to lock it in, let's say I'm going to make a print, and I know I want to fit the paper exactly, I can do that, or if I'm going to make a video. I want to crop everything 16 by 9. Now, I'm not going to do any of those things. So, I'm going to go back to custom and let's just clean this up a bit, just sync that a little tighter crop would make this a happier photo.
So, I'll do that right there, I'll bring that in, there we go. I think that's better, may be just a little more head room above these layers right here. And then, I click Apply. Okay, isn't that beautiful? Alright, so I'm happy with this. I think I've improved the shot so I'm going to click on Save. I have two options. I can either replace the old photo, which I'm going to do in this case because the whole idea was to make it look better in my photostream. Or we can save it as a new copy.
Now, that may come into play more when we're doing things like applying effects. So, you could have a black and white copy and a color copy. But we're going to go for replacing an old photo right now. I'm not going to change any of the metadata, and I'll just click Save Changes. And it brings us back to Flickr. I think that's an improvement. I like it better with the tighter crop. Let's see how it looks in our photostream. I'll scroll down just a bit. All right, so that's rotating, re-sizing and cropping.
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