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Flickr Photo Sharing
Flickr Photo Album Selection
In this article I have decided to give my little run down on a website that has been very useful and entertaining to me a of late, I would also like to describe some of the benefits it can give you when you want to run a website or a blog, however I don't suggest that you go rushing there and become a 'Flickr Leech', taking photo's which you don't have the rights to borrow.
I thought the above photo was a good default illustration for the hub because to me it suggests that rather than badges, it looks as though it could be a 'pick n mix' spilling over...which in essence is what Flickr is: a selection of 'eye candy' which if you dig deep you can find some nice surprises.
You have many of options on where to find what you visited for, you can browse the 'Everyone's uploads' section which sometimes have copyright on photos or you can visit the 'Creative Commons' section which can be found easily by clicking the photo directly when you arrive at the homepage, this will have a little circle with 'cc' written in it. It won't take you long to find your way around and in the latter gallery you will be able to borrow these photos as long you meet specific demands of the up-loader. For example, to the right-hand side of each picture you will have the tags attached to it and a small green square saying 'Anyone can see this photo', more importantly it might say 'All Rights Reserved', 'Some Rights Reserved' and others which give you the rights to 'manipulate' or no rights to 'commercial use'.
The one which I use is 'Some Rights Reserved' because it allows you to use as long as you provide a link to the uploader like I have done below in this capsule. Alot of you may wonder why you would bother to do this, the answer is because you can get in trouble if someone finds that you have used their photos without permission and because I have recently been taking a lot of photos on my camera, so I know how it would feel to have a particularly good 'shot' stolen and portrayed as somebody elses work.
Everybody is guilty of borrowing a photo at sometime in their blogging career, no-ones a complete angel when it comes to this, however since I was informed about Flickr Pictures and discovered how many interesting things can be found there, I wanted to spread the word myself. It will help you with your writing 'flow' and it only takes 2 clicks to add a link to your capsules.
Photo Courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/poolie/2271154446/
With the 'borrowing' side of Flickr now covered, I wanted to show you how easy it is to upload for photo sharing of your own because all you need is a Yahoo account and you can sign in with this. Secondly you will be prompted to create a profile to let users know a little bit about you, only your name and a short description but you can also add a link to your website or blog so this helps with SEO. Just like Hubpages you can gather contacts,which will help with traffic to your photos, I already made friends simply by searching for 'Spraycan Art' in my city, and found some people who's work Ive seen around.
Also remember that when you upload a picture, underneath each one your are allowed to add a short description, so this can be used to post links and then you can bookmark these pages with your favorite linking sites too!
My Photo Gallery
Since I haven't uploaded a huge amount of photos to my gallery yet, I haven't seperated them into particular albums, however this function is available and I think I will utilise this once I include more photos other than street art.
At first I was under the impression that Flickr was only used to display photos, however I recently had a video I wanted to show my contacts I realised that there is not constriction to this either so I thought it would be valuable information to note in this article. Many people who do not own creative software such as Adobe PhotoShop, use Flickr and take advantage of the free functions available such as 'Cropping' 'Resizing' and 'Contrast Adjustment', you can also see that above the video it gives you options to post to your blog or share with html coding for forums.
Other extra's on Flickr include the option of creating a map to pinpoint where you have travelled to take certain photos which I think is a fun and interesting feature which adds to the overall personalisation of your profile. This function is free, however, if you would like to view the 'stats' about traffic to your pages, you must upgrade to a 'pro account', this can start at around $25 for 1 year.
Interesting photos to be found on Flickr
To bring my Summary of Flickr to a conclusion, I thought it would be nice to show people some examples of Beautiful images and the wide selection of interests to be found within this online community. You have many different sub groups as you can already tell, such as 'Studier's of Nature', 'Landscape photographer's', 'Portraiture photographer's', 'Digital Photo Manipulation', 'Celebrity Photo's', 'Modeling Photo's' and the list goes on.
Below I have just included some of my favorite photo's I have found whilst browsing and I hope you will be enthralled by the uniqueness that is on display here.
Above Photo Courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dhobern/4388909787/in/photostream/
Not much was written about the location of this image, however the perspective this photo was taken from gives a sense that the ship is actually projecting out of the photograph, it also has a spookiness like the photos I will describe next.
Photo Courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ryanbieber/4446913554/
Ghost town of Pripyat near Chernobyl
I found these photo's particularly enjoyable due to the fact this is somewhere I will probably not get to visit myself, I think the uploader described that the Area around Chernobyl was actually guarded and he was allowed in to document, or at least that it is dangerous to venture there without proper planning. I found his use of photo editing and well documented set really emphasised the sadness and spookiness of this particular location, ghostly images always leave me intrigued.
Above Photos Courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lord_yo/
Other Cool Photos
To end the article I decided I would switch to something a little more 'uplifting', no pun intended, but this is something you don't see everyday except when you go on a flight for vacation. It really leaves you in awe and science also being something I was good at I am surprised I never decided to photograph out of the aeroplane window before.
Photo courtesy of: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pablotrincado/4447014634/in/photostream/