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iPhoto and Flickr are a perfect match for sharing pictures on the web. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Flickr, instructor Derrick Story explains how these two applications work together to create online albums, known as sets. From the basics, like setting up a free Flickr account, to the more advanced features, like creating an iPhoto slideshow to publish on Flickr, Derrick reveals features that both beginning and advanced photographers can use to enhance their online collections.
Now that we have iPhoto and Flickr talking to each other, let's send some photos up and see how this works. So I know I want to send these four shots up. With them highlighted I could just click on the Flickr button here and send them up directly. I actually want to create an album first and the main reason why I would like to do that is -- well, there are actually two reasons. One is organizing. In other words, I now have another way to organize the photos that I'm connecting up. Second, the name that I give the album will be the name of the set in Flickr and I sort of like that. It's easier to do here for me then it is do later on in Flickr to change it.
So we have the four shots. I just go the Plus Button and we give it Around SF. That's going to be the name of our album, make sure the box is selected so that those four photos go in there, and Create, and it shows up right here. All right, excellent. So now we are ready to go. So I just have to click on the album. I go down here to Flickr, click on that button and we have some options here. Two basic options. The first one is what we call Permissions, whose going to get to see these photos, and then the second one is the size of the photo itself.
So for permissions you have five choices here ranging from Only You, which if you just have this Flickr site for you then you can do that because other people will not be able to see the shots that you set Only You as the permission. Then you have Friends, Family, Friends and Family, and then Anyone. Now Friends and Family, those are things that you get to establish in Flickr and when you set permissions, for example for Family only, then only people that had been designated in your group, your family group, can see those shots.
Generally speaking, for most of the work you do, the permissions should be set for Anyone. Because more or less that's the idea of Flickr. It is a photo-sharing site. It's a community and so you want people to see your photos. There are instances when you may want for family only to be able to see a group of photos. Let's say a family reunion, so you may have that special permission then, but generally speaking, I think most of the times Anyone is the way to go, get those pictures out in the community and let the world see them.
Now in terms of photo size, you have three. I recommend for the bulk of your work choosing the smallest size, Web. It's plenty big. I mean it's about 1,000 pixels wide. It's enough resolution to see in full-screen on the computer and it's also enough resolution to make 4x6 print, and for most folks that's all they need on a photo sharing site. Now you can upload bigger versions, but there are factors involved with that.
Uploading time is one of them and then, of course, do you want your full size photos being made available to the world? That's a choice that you have to make. For me, I like the Web size and that almost always is what I pick. Now, once we are ready with all that all we have to do is click the Publish button and Flickr and iPhoto will have a little discussion here for a moment, and the photos are going up to Flickr according to both the permissions and the size that I set up.
Now you will also notice- and I'll clean house a little bit here- in the Library, that we have something new over here in the Library pane and that is our Flickr Around SF album and this means that it's in process of being uploaded. When it's all set up we'll actually get the little antenna radio waves coming out there and that will let us know that the two have finished their work and there are almost there now. In fact here we are. So this tells us that Flickr and iPhoto are in communication with one another and then up here we have the link that will take us directly to that set on the Flickr site. So let's click on it and see if indeed iPhoto and Flickr have done their work. Sure enough, that takes me up directly to the set on Flickr.
Now they are also part of my photo stream and if I click on You, we'll see that we have the photos here in the Photostream. So these are the four most recent things added to my Flickr site and we have a new set over here on the right and you notice that it has the name that we established for the album. Now let's click on one of these shots to get a larger view and you will notice two other things. First of all, there is a caption there and second of all, there are tags.
Now tags are the way that we really find things on Flickr. It's a key part of the organizational system. So if someone, for instance, is looking for shots of Angel Island and my shot is tagged Angle Island then when they do a search for that, up here in the Search box for Angel Island, there is a good chance that my photo will show up. So tagging is sort of core to people finding stuff on Flickr because there are thousands and thousands of photos there. Now, interestingly enough, normally you have to do that tagging yourself after the photos are uploaded.
Our photos came in pre-tagged and with a description. So let's go back to iPhoto real quick and see how that happened. Here we are back in iPhoto and I'm going to click on the Info Button here for that same shot. And you'll see ah! I had entered a description for this. So when I enter a description for a photo in iPhoto, which is a very logical and good thing to do, then that description travels with the photo when it goes up to Flickr. That's very nice.
Now in terms of those location tags, let's see how those came about. What I'm going to do is do Option+Command+I. So we get the Extended Photo Info and here we go. Here are our location tags and those travel with the image. So this is pretty cool stuff. So the work that we do in iPhoto in terms of adding descriptions, in terms of using Places to add geographical information, that stuff travels along with the photo as it goes to Flickr, as does the title of the album that we give it.
So a lot of the stuff that you do here saves you work later on in Flickr, which I think makes the connection so good. Because then publishing on Flickr for all those people doesn't mean you are having to do a lot of extra work. Now you can change your mind and make some adjustments and that's what we're going to cover in the next movie.
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