Works For Me Wednesday – Online Photo Sharing

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Do you have a ton of photos just sitting on your computer? If your like most moms, you take tons of photos, and then do nothing with them. Does this sound like you? Let me tell you what works for me. I’m not going to get too fancy here, because as a professional photographer I could go on and on about what to do with all those photos. Instead, I’m going to tell you about the easiest, fastest way to share your photos, and ultimately DO SOMETHING with them!

FlickrI know you’ve heard of Flickr. But are you actually using it? Do you have an account but have never used it? Let me tell you how wonderful Flickr is. I’m going to take you through a typical scenario in my house. My son big E just has his 11th birthday party. I upload all the photos from the event and edit out the ones that don’t look great or have no significance. I’ll have a whole other post on “letting go” of digital photos. Just because we take them, does NOT mean we have to save every digital file. Ok, moving on. The next step I do is use the Flickr uploader to upload the photos into my account. There are several ways to upload, you can do it right through their site, by email, your iPhone, but I like their stand alone desktop uploader. Make sure to select if you want them private or public. If you make them private your friends and family can still see them, you just have to invite them, I’ll get to that.

After the files are online, go to “organize & create”. Here you can create sets of photos, categorize, add descriptions, permissions, you have complete control of your photos in this menu. The beauty of this page, is the drag and drop feature. It works like your computer desktop. You just drag the photos you want to work with and then do what you like with them.

So now I have my photos of Big E in a set called 11th Birthday, private to only friends and family. Now I want to share the photos with everyone that attended the party and a few family members that live too far away to attend. I go to my Flickr photostream and select the set I just created. Under the search selection there’s a button, “Share This”. I always select the option of creating a link, that way I can send out a personal email with the link attached. If you created the photo set as a private set, make sure to create a “Guest Pass”, this will allow your friends and family members that are not Flickr members to view your photos. Voila! You just shared your photos.

Now what? You’ve shared your photos with the world, fantastic, but now what are you going to DO with them. Let me share what I do. Every year around Oct/Nov I create an album. Its really easy, you just select the tiny drop down menu next to Organize & Create and select Prints & Photo Products. Select all the photos to go in your album, drag them to the working area and select photo album. This takes your to Snapfish where you finish up the album.

It really is that easy! So stop letting your digital photos collect digital dust and DO SOMETHING with them.

The Photo Addict.

8 Responses

  1. I’ve never used Flicker before, I am going to have to chek it out!

  2. Thanks for the step by step instructions! I’ve never bothered to figure out exactly how to use it. Hence the 1,000,000,000,000 pictures on our external hard drive.

  3. Hey, thanks for coming by and commenting! You are right, I have been adding a bit of eucalyptus oil! So nice!

    I’m glad you commented, because now I can ask. I have been dreaming of a new camera, it’s keeping me up at night (that, and the baby). I’ve been eying the Cannon Rebel. Thoughts?

    What is worth it to me? Cannon? Nikon?


  4. Jackie,

    I am an absolute Canon whore! I only buy Canon because they are just better cameras. Of course we all fight in the industry which one is better, but my personal opinion is Canon. The Rebel is a really great starter DSLR. You can set it to complete Manual mode for experimentation and total control, or it has full auto mode. PLUS, you have the wonderful variety of all the AMAZING Canon lenses!

    Go for it Jackie!! And if you’re into photography, check out my photography blog at

    The Photo Addict.

  5. Jackie, my hubby got a Canon Rebel and it’s total awesomesauce! He’s done a lot of semi-professional real photography so he’s really great with the manual settings, but I also love that it has the auto mode so even the photo-impaired like me can use it easily. The pictures are fabulous. I really think you can’t take a bad picture with this camera (although I’m sure I’ll eventually find a way–LOL). The Photo Addict really knows her stuff too :).

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  8. […] photo sharing places out there. One of my personal favorites is Flickr. You can see one of my previous posts on how to share your photos through Flickr. Remember, your family and friends want to be included […]

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