Uploading Photos to Flickr–01

Created: Tuesday, May 30, 2006, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 6:14 pm

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Now that you know what Flickr is, and how you become a Flickrmember–it’s time to learn how you can upload your first photo!

To cook up this task, make sure you have all the right ingredients:

  • Some photos on your computer–or just upload your desktop wallpaper!
  • A Flick account–we already have Scooby Gooseberry’s account!
  • A browser and internet connection–you are reading this, so you already have that!

And here’s how you put all those ingredients together:

  1. Open your browser, make sure you are connected and log into your Flickr account.
  2. Click the Upload your first photo link (see Figure 1). If you cannot find the upload link, just type in this URL in your browser (or click the link!) : http://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/ — if you are not signed in, Flickr will prompt you for your login and password info.
    Figure 1: Upload your first photo
  3. This will take you to the Upload photos page that can be seen in Figure 2 below:
    Figure 2: Browse and choose the photos you want to upload
  4. Click any of the Browse buttons to find the photo on your computer that you want to upload. You have six Browse buttons on this page, so you can choose six photos at a time to upload. Wait, don’t click the Upload button yet–there are some options you must first examine.
  5. Right below the Browse buttons is a text box that allows you to type in some tags–think of these tags as keywords for your photos. For example, if the photos you are uploading are from your secret vacation to the North Pole, you could use these words as tags for the photos:north pole
    december 2009

    At this time, adding these tags might not be high on your list of priorities, but a few years from today–when your Flickr account has a gazillion photos you’ll appreciate that you tagged all your photo uploads since that will make those photos easier to search for you–and for others who are permitted to see your photos. So for now just add those tags–and separate those tags with commas.

  6. Next, choose your privacy settings–I explained these in an earlier post, but here they are again (see Figure 2):Private: Unless you also check the Visible to Friends and/or Visible to Family boxes, all Private photos will only be visible to you. In fact, even you will have to sign into your Flickr account to see them. This is a great option if you want to just backup your photos.

    Visible to Friends: These photos will only be visible to you and those contacts whom you identify as Friends.

    Visible to Family: These photos will only be visible to you and those contacts whom you identify as Family.

    Visible to Friends and Family: Just check both the options.

    Public: This means anyone can see your photos–just anyone and they don’t even have to be Flickr members.

    I normally just mark all my photos without any human faces as public, but you’ll want to decide what works for you. Whichever option you choose, these privacy settings can be changed for each uploaded photo anytime.

  7. Now click the Upload button–the resultant screen will ask you to wait until your photos are being uploaded (see Figure 3).
    Figure 3: Photos being uploaded

    Unless you have a very slow internet connection, you can open another browser window and do something else until the photos are uploaded.

  8. When the photos are uploaded, Flickr asks you to add descriptions for each uploaded photo (see Figure 4). Add descriptions as required and then click the Save button at the bottom of the page.
    Figure 4: Add descriptions for photos uploaded to Flickr


  9. That’s it–you’ve uploaded your photos!

In upcoming posts, I’ll show you how you can drag a bunch or even an entire folder of photos to your Flickr account using the uploading tools available from Flickr.

And no I haven’t forgotten this–here’s a link to Scooby Gooseberry’s photos on Flickr…

See Also: Flickr Tutorial Series

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One response to “Uploading Photos to Flickr–01”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is a great adventure and I wish I had more time to explore.

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