Posts Tagged ‘Flickr’

Lightroom 3 Plugins

October 23, 2009

One of my first questions about Lightroom 3 is whether it will support existing plugins and how the new “Publish” feature relates to his existing Flickr plugin that I have used extensively.

The excellent Jeff Fridel has addressed both issues here. In a phrase “it’s too early to tell”.

I think I will start a new Flickr account to test the LR 3 Beta Publish tool. I don’t want to mess with my existing photostreams and I want all the information in my production LR 2 catalog. I like the idea that with LR 3 I will be able to see Flickr comments in Lightroom – two way integration.

Linking to a Flickr Photo

October 21, 2009
Linking to a Photo on Flickr

Linking to a Photo on Flickr

Flickr gives you two ways to do this. You can display the picture in the size you want, but the link goes back to the Photo’s page on Flickr. Or you can just link to the picture with no link back.

Flickr is kind enough to give you the HTML for both options.

But then they tell you that you must use Option 1 or you’ll be out of compliance with the Flickr Community Guidelines. Remember, Flickr can ban you for not following them – they are more Rules than Guidelines.
So why show Option 2 and tempt users into transgressions?

I am confused. Perhaps there are instances when Option 2 is permitted.

HDR : a tutorial guide

September 24, 2009

HDR : a tutorial guide

Originally uploaded by Ray Wise

Flickr isn’t an ideal way to present tutorials but I think Ray Wise did a great job.

I am going to try his techniques. I only have the “Merge to HDR” tool in Photoshop and I don’t really understand the complex terminology and concepts it uses.

That’s often the trouble with Photoshop. It is so powerful and does so many things that it is often hard to do something simple.

My Flickr Tags

September 20, 2009

After looking at a Worldle of my blog I decided to look at my Flickr tags. Here they are:

My Flickr Tags

My Flickr Tags

Flickr converts all the tags you enter to lower case and removes the spaces. This is, I think, to make searching easier. It displays the tags as entered on each photo’s page. Lightroom does the same – I looked in the database.

My variety of tags including ones in Thai and Japanese, is because of the way I use synonyms in Lightroom and then export them to Flickr.

I think Flickr’s tag list is a pretty good summary of my current interests. I have a free Flickr account so it shows only my most recent 200 pictures.

Photo hobbyists snapping up more business

September 10, 2009

Photo hobbyists snapping up more business.

A Flickr friend pointed out this article in the San Francisco Chronicle. I have had many requests to use my pictures on Flickr but no one has offered me any money. I am pleased they had the courtesy to ask and give permission freely.

Looking at it another way I’m taking money out of the pockets of photo journalists and professional photographers. But again that’s the nature of capitalism. Many are willing to use a stock photo or a Flickr ‘snapshot’ rather than pay for a professional. My picture may be only 80% as good as a professional’s, but for web use it is probably fine.

I wish I could work out how to market my work without the hassles of Shutterstock or similar agencies.

Hasty Flickr

September 8, 2009

It appears Flickr got itself into a major bigger fuss when it responded hastily to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act request to remove a photo from the site. See here.

Looks like Flickr has a habit of acting first and thinking later. See here.

The Heather who commented and closed the voyeur thread is probably the Heather referred to in the post above, Flickr’s “Director of Community”. That must be a thankless job.


Thinking of a Third Flickr Account

September 2, 2009

My principal Flickr account, Ian Fuller, is a mixture of vehicle pictures and general Thailand pictures.

The audience for the vehicles is pretty specialized – but they are good Flickr friends and often help me out.

The audience for the travel photos is more general. But perhaps they are put off when they add me as a contact and see too many pictures of the backs of buses.

I get comparatively few views for those pictures. When I tried my “art” project I got almost no views.

In marketing terms my Flickr presence is unfocused. Maybe I will do better to create a new account for one of the two genres. Then I can specialize and create a network of contacts on the more “artistic” side.

It also gives me 200 more photos in my photostream and an additional 100MB of uploads per month.

Of course, counter to that is the hassle of checking and administering multiple accounts. But that is fairly easy in Lightroom given Jeff Friedl’s excellent add-in.

I’ll think about it.

False Bonhomie from Flickr

August 29, 2009

Flickr Welcome to Flickr!Every time I display my main page in Flickr I get a message telling me how to greet somebody in another language!

It’s so friendly!

And now I know how to greet people in SO MANY languages!

Here is a list of the greetings I’ve learned!

  • Ahoy Ian Fuller!
  • ‘Allo Ian Fuller!
  • Hello Ian Fuller!
  • Hi Ian Fuller!
  • Oi Ian Fuller!
  • Yo Ian Fuller!
  • Hala Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Arabic!
  • Salaam Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Arabic!
  • G’day Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Australian!
  • Kaixo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Basque!
  • Mingalaba Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Burmese!
  • Hoi Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Dutch!
  • Bonjour Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in French!
  • Salut Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in French!
  • Guten Tag Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in German!
  • Yasou Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Greek!
  • Aloha Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hawaiian!
  • Shalom Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hebrew!
  • Namaste Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hindi!
  • Szia Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Hungarian!
  • Góðan daginn Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Icelandic!
  • Fáilte Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Irish!
  • Ciao Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Italian!
  • Konnichiwa Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Japanese!
  • Bangawoyo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Korean!
  • Labdien Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Latvian!
  • Mbote GB-in-TH!
    Now you know how to greet people in Lingala!
  • O HAI Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Lolspeak!
  • Ni hao Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Mandarin!
  • Kia ora Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Mäori!
  • Olá Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Portuguese!
  • Hola Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Spanish!
  • Jambo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Swahili!
  • Hej Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Swedish!
  • Kumusta Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Tagalog!
  • Moyo Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Tshiluba!
  • Merhaba Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Turkish!
  • Sawubona Ian Fuller!
    Now you know how to greet people in Zulu!

Flickr’s Got Hiccups Again

August 28, 2009

I wanted to upload a copy of the Foodland menu to Flickr. I got a new-to-me error message from Jeff Friedl’s Flickr Plugin for Lightroom:

Flickr API Service Not Currently Available

Flickr API Service Not Currently Available

I looked at Flickr in my browser and got the famous

Hold your clicks a moment please…
Flickr has the hiccups. We’re looking into the problem right now.

with no explanation as to why or for how long. It’s 10pm in California which is probably a busy time.

UK in Thailand on Flickr

August 21, 2009

See here where I made some friendly and helpful suggestions to the British Embassy, Bangkok about their Flickr photostream “UKinThailand“.

It’s two weeks later and I did not receive a response from the Commercial Department of the British Embassy Bangkok. That’s the department my contact passed it on to.

I see they made the corrections exactly as I suggested to the pictures I listed, but didn’t seem to check the rest.

I got the email address of the staffer who’s in charge of the web site so I will communicate with him or her in the future.

In Thailand both men and women are referred to politely as “Khun” so it’s even less wise to assume a gender than in other countries.

I hope I did not cause a problem for the Thai embassy staff member. I fear I caused him or her to lose face by pointing out the errors in English. This can be a problem for business and personal relationships here. If I could have emailed the staffer directly then she could have corrected the problem without anyone else knowing. But since I passed it through a (British) colleague maybe I caused offence.

That’s one of the challenges of being in another culture. Sometimes I feel I am walking on eggshells. Other times Thai people tell me I “think too much” and city people at least are not as sensitive as I think.