Create a Flickr account, upload some of your own photos, tag them and add descriptions
It was easy to set up a Flikr account, as there is the option to sign in with your Google account. I uploaded some photos which I had saved from Facebook to my desktop. I am sure there is an easier way to import photos from Facebook, but I was just playing around with mine so that seemed the easiest way.
I uploaded some photos from my Graduation in Exeter, and a few others which were taken in Oxford and back home in Colchester, so that I would have a slightly more interesting map when I ‘Geotagged’ them. Geotagging is an interesting concept, and I am sure geotagged holiday snaps from an around the world trip would make a fantastic map!
Go to the Picnik site and connect to your Flickr account, try out the different editing tools on your photos
Picnik is an online photo editing site, which allows you to grab photos from where you store them, including Flikr and Facebook, which is where I store most of my own photos.
There were a couple of tools which really stood out when I was editing my photos. I was playing around with a picture of the Radcliffe Camera, and the ‘Sharpen’ option really made this photos better.
It made details like the cobbles on the street and the bicycles’ spokes really stand out, and I hadn’t realised they were quite so blurred in the first place!
When I was editing a picture of one of my Mother’s chickens, I found the ‘temperature’ option quite useful. I took this photo in the summer, and I wanted the colours to be warm.
By adjusting the temperature, I could make it look a little sunnier than my camera could. Unfortunately, I’m not sure how good the quality was when I took these photos, so it may not be all that great now!
After fiddling round with the basic editing tools, I clicked on the ‘create’ tab, which opened up a whole new realm of crazy-photo possibilities. There’s everything on there, from adding frames to various effects. There is even the option to pixellate faces and make the lines in your picture neon. I had a play around on this photo of my friends in a bumper car, and it looks pretty tame compared to some of the possible effects.
In terms of other photo sharing sites, I have used photobucket before, and Flikr seems to be quite similar. I’m not sure how much I will use Flikr and Picnik, but it is useful to know just how much of the work they can do for you. It’s also good to link between your accounts, for ease and simplicity.