What is the point of taking stunning photos if you’re not going to share them with anyone? They deserve more than to be locked away in your iPhoto
library, never to see the light of day again. One of the easiest and widest-reaching routes is publishing the photos straight from your iPhoto to Flickr
. It’s not as scary as it sounds either. You don’t have to let the whole world see your photos, because you can set limits on who sees the images – such as friends, friends and family, everyone etc – and also what size images they will see. So if you’re worried about people stealing your shots you have the option to simply publish a low-resolution, web-appropriate size file. Follow our tutorial below to discover how you can do it too.
Beginner’s Guide: Getting ready
1. Start with one of your favorite photos. It’s a good idea to inspect it closely in Edit to make sure you’re happy with it. Then with the chosen photos highlighted go to iPhoto’s Preferences.
2. Now you’ll need to click on the Accounts tab. Click the Add button (represented by the ‘+’ icon) in the lower-left corner of the pane. Choose Flickr and hit Add to accept.
3. At this point, iPhoto should reappear and ask you if you want iPhoto to link with your Flickr account. Choose Set Up to continue. Head back to the internet browser for the next step.4. Next you’ll need a Yahoo ID. Your internet browser will pop open for you to fill in the information to create the ID. Afterward, Flickr will open; you just need to register with this ID.
5. Flickr will now want to make sure you are happy to authorize the connection; choose the Next button. On the next page hit ‘OK, I’ll Authorize it’ to reconfirm your choice.
6. Go back to iPhoto and in the Accounts pane, your Flickr account is now included. Now when you select an image and choose to share it, the Flickr icon will also appear.
7. Select Flickr in the Share pane and choose New Set (later you can add images to existing sets). Give the set a name and choose who you want to share it with, and at what file size.
8. At the top of the window, you’ll see the set’s name positioned between the Flickr icon and an arrow. Once your frames have uploaded, click on this arrow to go to your Flickr account.
9. Now’s the time to personalize your pictures! Use the caption box to tell your viewers what the image shows and use the available options to add dates, rotate frames, edit photos and more.
Find out what Flickr has to offer
Share the love
Should you want to share your images one step further, you can click on the share icon in the information pane. Here users have the option to publish their images to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest or share via email. Once you’ve set up the corresponding accounts, the icons will appear in color (not muted in gray).
Number of visits
If you want to know just how many times your image has been viewed, select the image from the collection and, on its information panel on the right, find the eye icon – the number represents the number of views.
All Rights Reserved
Use this drop-down menu to change the image usage stipulations (i.e decide how much ownership you want). If you want others to recognize that you own the copyright, make sure the All Rights Reserved tag is visible.
Edit in Aviary
If you’ve noticed something off-kilter about one of your frames, don’t delete it straight away. Take a look using Flickr’s own dedicated edit suite to see if you can correct it here first.
Something to say
Some people use Flickr as a two-way communication tool by letting people critique their images. This can be useful if you crave feedback or want to learn how to improve. If so, choose to have Commenting On.