Getting started on Flickr Find out more about how Flickr works, how to set up an account and how to add photos to our Flickr groups. What is Flickr? How to set up a Flickr account How to upload photos to your account How to join a Flickr group How to add your photos to a Flickr group Appendix 1: Further information on privacy settings, filtering, and organising content by sets, groups and tags Appendix 2: How to change your contact details in your Flickr account What is Flickr? Flickr is an online image hosting and community website where users from all over the world post digital images, mainly photographs, on all kinds of subjects. Users can comment on each other’s images, mark images as favourites, and organise images in sets and groups or by adding “tags” (more about tags in Appendix 1). Access to images can be controlled through privacy settings and filtering, giving users the choice to share images with their friends, family or everyone. Anyone can look at images on Flickr, but in order to upload your own images you must create an account. Basic Flickr accounts are free of charge. How to set up a Flickr account Go to http://www.flickr.com/and click on ‘Create Your Account’ Image 1: Flickr Home Page To join Flickr, you need a Yahoo! ID (because Yahoo! owns Flickr): a) If you already have a Yahoo! ID, enter your username and password to log in – if you reached the login page via the Flickr URL above, you should be automatically redirected to Flickr. Image 2: Log in with your existing Yahoo! ID to access Flickr b) If you don’t already have a Yahoo! ID you will need to set one up. Just click on ‘Sign Up’. Image 3: Signing up for a new Yahoo! ID to access Flickr On the sign up form, just enter your details as requested. Don’t worry if you already have an email address with a different provider and don’t really want another one – don’t think of this as a new email address, think of it as just your Flickr login details (once you are all set up, you can edit your Flickr account details and add your main email address as your contact). Image 4: Yahoo! Sign up form Once you have finished signing up for your Yahoo! ID, you should be automatically redirected to Flickr. Welcome to Flickr! Once you are all set up and logged in, Flickr will take you through your initial steps of choosing a screen name (which can be the same as your login user name or can be different), choosing an icon, and editing your profile. You can also get to your account details to edit your profile any time you are logged in to Flickr, by clicking on your username in the top right corner of the page. Image 5: Navigating to your account details How to upload photos to your account Now that you are all set up, you will want to upload some photos. First of all, make sure you have saved the photos you want to upload from your camera to your computer, then navigate to the Flickr upload page. There are a few different ways to get to the upload page. a) From the Flickr homepage – if you are uploading photos for the first time, there should be a link called ‘Upload your first photos’ on the left hand side of your homepage, in a blue box. There is also a link called ‘Upload Photos & Videos’ on the right hand side of your homepage. Image 6: Navigating to the upload page via the homepage b) From any Flickr page – you can find the upload page any time by selecting the drop down menu under ‘You’ and clicking on the link called ‘Upload Photos and Video’. Image 7: Navigating to the upload page from any other page Either way you will end up on the page called ‘Upload to Flickr’. The easiest way to upload images is via the ‘basic Uploader’ link at the bottom of the page. Image 8: Flickr upload page with basic Uploader link Follow the instructions on the page to upload your images: Find the images on your computer Add any relevant tags Choose your privacy settings – if you are intending to share your images with any groups remember to select ‘Public’ Now you are ready to click ‘upload’ Image 9: Uploading photos How to join a Flickr group Go to the URL of the group you want to join and click on ‘Join This Group’ near the top of the page, just under the group title. Image 10: ‘Join This Group’ You will be taken to a page with rules. Read through the rules, click ‘I Agree’ and you’re done! Image 11: SnapScot 09 Group Rules How to add your photos to a Flickr group You first need to upload your images to your account (see above) before you can share them with any Flickr group. You also need to have at least 5 images uploaded to your account for them to show up in groups you submit them to for other people to see (you will always be able to see them yourself if you are logged in to your account). Navigate to the image you want to add to the group. In the right hand column, make sure that: You have added any relevant tags The image is set to Public, i.e. ‘anyone can see it’ (with a green square next to it) Image 12: Checking your photo is ready to submit to the group Click on ‘Actions’ at the top of your image. Select ‘Add to a group’, then find and select the relevant group from the drop down menu. Image 13: ‘Actions’ drop down menu Image 14: 'Add to group' pop up box A message should pop up confirming that your image has been submitted to the group. Click ‘OK’ and you’re done! Appendix 1: Further information on privacy settings, filtering, and organising content by sets, groups and tags Privacy Settings Flickr provides both private and public image storage. A user uploading an image can set privacy controls that determine who can view the image. A photo can be flagged as either public or private. Private images are visible by default only to the uploader, but they can also be marked as viewable by friends and/or family. This is useful for sharing personal content (e.g. family photos). Any photos you want to share with a group need to be set to public. Filtering In March 2007, Flickr introduced mandatory filtering of all photos and a process of central review of photos by staff to set levels of appropriateness. By default all Flickr accounts are set to the status appropriate for a minor. Images which fall outwith the appropriate filtering levels show up as black when contributed to any groups. Organising Content Images appear in a user’s account in the order they were uploaded – the so called “photostream”. However, there are different ways of subsequently organising the content: a) Tags Tags are single words or short phrases which can be added to an image to help describe it and allow it to be found through searching and browsing. Tags can be added both by the image owner or by other users viewing the image. Common tags include descriptions of the content as well as when or where a photo was taken. For example, an image taken of Dolly the Sheep at the National Museum of Scotland could include the following tags: “NMS”, “National Museum of Scotland”, “Dolly the Sheep”, “Museum”, “Edinburgh”. All images in the SnapScot 09 group should be tagged with “snapscot09nms”. b) Sets Users can organise their images in to “sets”, thus collecting together under a shared theme or heading images that may be spread throughout the photostream. Any image can belong to one or more sets or none at all. c) Groups Groups are similar to sets in that they allow images to be collected together under a shared theme or heading, but with the difference that other users – not just the group owner – can contribute images to the group too. As well as posting images, there is a forum for starting discussion threads within the group pages. Appendix 2: How to change your contact details in your Flickr account Navigate to the page with your account details. Image 15: Navigating to your account details Select the ‘Email’ tab. Image 16: Navigating to your email settings Select ‘Edit’ your contact email. Image 17: Editing your email Add whichever email address you want to use as your contact. Image 18: Adding a new email address Once you have added your new email address, you will receive a confirmation email with an authentication link. Once you have authenticated your new email address, you need to navigate back to the above page (i.e. ‘edit your contact’ email) and designate your new email address as your ‘primary email address’.