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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.
So another cool thing that Flickr does is that it can show you where a photo was taken in addition to what you used to take it with, you know, the camera and when you took it and all those other good things. So you can also see exactly where the shot was taken. Now you have to wire this up a little bit and I'm going to show you how to do that right now. So here we are in Flickr and the way that this works is that when a photo has been geo-tagged and sent up to Flickr, you will actually get this link right here, this map link.
Now you notice on a photo that doesn't have geo-data, there will be no map link. There's just nothing right there. So let's go back to the shot that has the map link. When I click on it, I actually get a map. I get a map and I get this cute little thumbnail of the photo and I get to see exactly where the shot was taken. So this is worth doing and this is why I'm going to show you how to set it up right now. So let's go to iPhoto. I'll just go ahead and minimize and set this little thing up. So here is our shot right here in iPhoto. Now I'm going to double-check. I'm going to click on the I to make sure that we have our geo-data in place and we do. I added this with Places. It looks great.
Here's our Golden Gate Bridge and our pin. I'll click Done. Now before I send this photo up to Flickr, I have to check one other thing. I'm going to go up here to iPhoto and go to Preferences. I'm going to go over to Web, and I'm going to check this box right here. This is a very important box. When I do that, what iPhoto will do, it will add the geo-data that's associated with that photo and send both the photo and the geo-data up to Flickr, so Flickr can read it.
Now conversely, if you don't want the geo-data to be included, for instance, you shoot a birthday party at your house and you don't want the whole world to know exactly where your house is, then you would uncheck this box. But for now we want it checked. I'll go ahead and close that and then you make sure that your photo is selected. You go down to the Flickr Uploader. You choose your permission. In this case, we'll let the whole world see it. You choose your photo size, generally speaking for Flickr, I recommend that we use Web. And you go ahead and Publish, and what iPhoto will do is it will send up the photo and send up the geo-data. Great.
Now let's go back to Flickr because there is a little something we have to do on the Flickr side of the equation also. Here we are back in Flickr. Now to make sure that Flickr receives the geo-data properly, we are going to set up our permission. So you'll go to You, go to the little drop-down menu here, go to Your Account, go to Privacy & Permissions, and scroll down the screen, and keep going, keep going, and when you finally get down here to Import EXIF Location Data, you want that to be Yes. That tells Flickr accept this data and display it.
If it doesn't say Yes, all you have to do is go to the Edit link, click on it, make sure this box is checked, click Save and you are in business. When you go back to Your Account page, then you will see the Yes. So now on the Flickr side of the equation, you are all set up. Let's just go back to our page and I'll scroll down the screen here. Now, everything that I sent up from iPhoto that has geo-data, rather it had geo-data to begin with or if I added geo- data using Places in iPhoto, all that information will travel with the image and it will show up here in Flickr and my shots will have this nifty little map link and then people can see exactly where I took the photos. It's a terrific thing and I hope you give it a try.
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