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Adding Photographs to Your Blog

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Uploading Photographs

Before we look at the wonderful world of photosharing the first activity for you to complete is to upload a photo onto your blog.

One of the simplest ways to upload photos is from your computer hard drive – so – first of all make sure that you have a photograph in your “My Pictures” folder on the computer you are working from.

Roskilde Cathedral

You could take a photo of your library or of something that will enhance the focus of your blog, or just something that interests you.

IMPORTANT:
Keep in mind that when posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors) get the person’s permission before posting their photo in a publicly accessible place like your blog or Flickr. Never upload pictures to your Flickr account that weren’t taken by you (unless you have the photographer’s consent) and always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog.

Step by Step Guide:

• Go to the Dashboard of your own blog
• On the left hand side of the screen click onto Posts and then Add New
• Add a title for your new post
• If you want to add text to your photograph – add it in the posting box.
• Now click on the ADD IMAGE icon that can be found straight after the words Upload/Insert.
• You will then be asked to add media files from your computer.
• Click browse
• Select a photo from your My Pictures file
• Click Upload
• You will be taken to another page where you can add a title, a caption and a description of your photo.
• You can then choose whether you want your photo displayed on the left, the right or the centre and can decide what size you would like it to be.
• Click Insert Into Post
• You will then be taken back to your Add post box.
• You can preview the post by clicking the preview button ( right hand side in Publish box)

Of course you can edit this post as many times as you like
I suggest that you play around with various options here until you like what will be seen on the blog
Once you are happy with this post then you can publish it to your blog

Activity:  Upload a photo to your blog

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#2 – Discover Flickr

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Even if you’ve never used Flickr, you are likely to have heard of it.. Photo sharing websites have been around since the 90s, but it took Flickr, a small startup site, to catapult the idea of “sharing” into a full-blown online community.

 Within the past few years, Flickr ( now owned by Yahoo) has become one of the most-popular photo sharing sites on the web. It’s become so popular that even public libraries are creating accounts, which emphasizes the online community aspect even more.  Here is a link to Devon Libraries very own  Flickr page:

Devon Libraries – Flickr

 Flickr is also known as one of the first websites to use keyword “tags” to create associations and connections between photos.  Users can “tag” photos with descriptive words and phrases to help other users identify and search for photos. (And if you’re not familiar with tagging, Don’t Panic! We’ll cover that in more depth in a later Week!)  Photos can be marked public or private so that you can choose who sees what.

Before you start to explore Flickr;

watch Common Craft’s common sense introduction to Flickr and photosharing.

ACTIVITY

To complete this weeks activity you now have 2 options:

A.  For those of you who do not want to set up a Flickr account

1. Take the Flickr tour and find an interesting image that you want to blog about. You can explore Flickr photos, search the tags, view various groups, and more without a Flickr account.

2. Use any keyword(s) (football, cats, llamas, library, Devon, whatever…) to find photos with those tags.When you find an interesting image or group, comment on your experience finding images, using Flickr, and anything else related to the exercise. Upload an image to your blog (be sure to credit the photographer). You can include a link to the image in the post.

However I would like to recommend the following:

B.  The better option for those of you who want to create a Flickr account

1. Create a Free Account in Flickr (note that Flickr is now part of Yahoo! If you have a Yahoo! account for email or MyYahoo!, log in with that. If not you will need to create a new Yahoo! email account).

2. Then use a digital camera to capture a few pictures of something in your library.

3. Upload these to your new Flickr account and tag at least one of the images with Devon Libraries – 23 Things. Be sure to mark the photo public. Read more about Flickr tagging. Go ahead and add your tag(s).

4. Add one or more of your images to your blog. You can add the image in one of two ways:

  • Flickr’s blogging tool (need a Flickr account to see the button) lets you click the “Blog This” button (right above the picture) and add any public photo on Flickr to your blog. Be sure to give credit to the photographer, if it is not your photo.
  • WordPress blogs allow you  to add photos from your computer or from the Web and choose the placement in your blog post. Click the little image icon in the toolbar on the New Post page—it is in the row of tools above the post box after Upload/Insert. Follow the instructions in the pop up box.

5. Once you have the photo uploaded and tagged, create a post in your blog about your photo and Flickr experience.  Will you use Flickr for the library or  for your personal photos, or in another way?

6.  Understand Creative Commons and licensing your photos at Flickr by visiting the Flickr Creative Commons page.

OPTIONAL: If you have a Flickr account, consider joining and contributing photos to a Flickr group. Here are two you might want to try:

Librarians’ Desks

Libraries and Librarians

So go ahead, explore the site and have some Flickr photo fun!

Finally, visit some other photo-sharing sites from the list below to see what else is out there.

                               Fotki

                               Photobucket

                               Picasa( need a google email/account for this)

                               Share on Ovi

                               Smugmug

                               Shutterfly

So. You have now completed the second “Thing”..take a look this week at adding Photos to your Blog 🙂

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#3 – Online Image Generators

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

The image above has been created by an Online Image generator.  These generators  allow you to easily manipulate pictures and graphics to create fun images like these.

For this activity, we just want you to enjoy these applications. Find a few  image or text generators to play around with and write a post in your blog about one of your favorites. And don’t forget to display the results of your experimentation on your blog!

Often adding the image you want to add to your blog is as simple as copying and pasting code that the page provides. If not, you may just need to right click on the image and then save it to your hard drive before using WordPress’s image button to add it to your post.

Here are some of my favourite generator tools:

  1. Play around with some of these image generators and find one that you like.
  2. Post the result of your discovery process in your blog. (Be sure to include a link to the image generator itself, so other participants can discover it too.)

Finally – think about how these applications could be used in your library.

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