Here is a tutorial on how to use Flickr. You can click on any image to enlarge.
First thing you need to do is go to Flickr and sign up if you don’t have an account. After you hit the bright pink “SIGN UP FOR FLICKR” button the login screen will look like this:
You have options in creating a new account. You can create a new account via Facebook, Yahoo or Google. I use Google, so it was simple to create an account with my existing Google account. If you don’t have any Facebook, Google or Yahoo account you will need to hit the blue “Create New Account” button and it will direct you on how to set up a Yahoo account in order to be on Flickr.
Once I log on to Flickr this is what my screen looks like. Yours may be different because I already have images on it. Don’t panic.
You will need to upload photos before you can be a part of a group. This is security message installed by Flickr. Plus, it allows you to get comfortable with uploading images to your Flickr page. You will upload images to your Groups in the same way.
My page already has a few images on it so your screen won’t look quite like mine. Simply move your cursor to the ‘Upload’ link to the right of the ‘You’ link.
Now is the time to drag and drop photos in or hit the pink button and your desktop or documents folder that is located on your computer will pop up and you can search for images to upload. Click on the desired image and follow the prompts that your particular operating system (computer) gives.
This is what my screen looks like after I selected an image off my hard drive.
You must hit the blue button to the right of the screen. I’ve circled in in red. You will be prompted asking if you are sure you want to preform this action. Click the appropriate response.
You can edit images here in the area that I’ve circled below in red. You can add descriptions, tags, add to a specific set (which we can go over later) and so forth.
Go to the left side of the screen, right next to the flickr link. If you hit the You link a drop down menu will appear. Here you will find Sets – Maps – Galleries – Organize and other links. If you click on Sets this will take you to the Sets that you’ve eventually will create. Sets are just groupings of photos, You could make a Set of ‘Pincushions’ for example and have all the images of your pincushions contained in this Set.
You will see below that I have a Sewing Buddy Set. I can add more photos of my ‘sewing buddy’ here. To the right is a link to make a new set. Just click on that and follow the prompts to create a new Set. You can edit the settings for sets too. Just follow the prompts as they pop up.
Going to the Communities drop down menu will present the options to view your groups you belong to, search for groups and create you own group if you should like.
After you’ve added a few photos to your own photo stream it is now time to join a Sew News Flickr Group. I’ve already created a few groups like Sew Your Support, Sew News Reader Projects, CME Flickr Group and the Belle Handbag Sew Along.
To search for a group, put in the title of the group. Below you will see I put in Sew Your Support and hit Enter and the group should show up. I say should because it appears that Flickr has some issue that even if you put in the name exactly as it is, it won’t show up. Even if you go under Communities – Search Groups doesn’t work. I’ve tested it and a photo of a horse comes up. A better alternative is to put the name of the group in your browsers search bar along with ‘Flickr Groups’ and hit enter.
You add photos to groups the same way you add photos as an individual, explained above.
You will see a ‘Join’ link near the group you’ve picked. Click on the ‘Join’ and it will prompt with questions. Some groups are closed or by invite only. You can join as many groups as you like and they can all be managed in the Group List area which is under Communities.
Once you join a group you can post your photos related to the group, start discussions and ask questions. You will add photos first to your photostream AND then add to whatever group. This way if you leave a group you will always have the photo on your personal photostream. When you are on the Group page you will see a link to ‘Add Photos’ – circled in blue. And proceed to add photos as discussed above.
All groups are administrated and moderated by the owner of the group. The rules for this group are to play nice, no swearing, no nudity, this is a G-rated group so even kids can post pics of their projects and have fun!
And, that is about it. There are other features to Flickr which can easily be found by exploring around a bit and clicking here and there. If you have questions please put them in the comments section below and I will get back to you.
Thanks and I can’t wait to see YOU on Flickr!