Flickr’s new Photo Page.
June 27, 2010 9 Comments
For those of you who make use of Flickr to store, share and display all of your photos (and also make friends into the bargain!) you might not have noticed the brilliant new Photo page which was released recently. Its not compulsory to use it, you can still use the older version if you wish, but its so fantastic with some very useful additions which are all available from that page that I thought I would post about it.
First of all, your photos are now displayed in a larger size than was previously used in the old photo page.
You can move onto the next photo by either clicking on the Next, Newer or Older tab above the photo or alternatively by using the left/right arrow keys on your keyboard. On the right hand side of the photo is your Avatar and name followed by some details of the photo, such as the date taken and the camera used. Besides giving each photo a title the new photo page also invites you to give it a description as well so that anyone viewing it will be able to read more information about it.
Underneath the info about the camera used is a new geo-tagging feature using Yahoo maps which let’s you geo-tag your photos by placing them on the exact spot on the map where they were taken. This is so easy to use, all that you need to do is enter the place where the photo was taken into the maps search bar and then ‘drag and drop’ your photo onto it. You can choose exactly who sees the location where you took the photo and all you do once you are happy with your choice is click on Save Location. You can the view all of your geo-tagged photos in a larger map if you wish.
Underneath the new geotagging is the persons photostream that photo belongs to and also the name of the photostream it appears in, then a people adding feature so that you can add someone’s name who is in the photo. Below you can add some tags to your photo and any additional information such as which program was used to upload the photo is also included.
In the middle of the older/newer tabs you will notice a magnifying glass. By clicking on that, or alternatively the actual photo itself you can enlarge the photo and begin to use the built in viewer which Flickr have called the ‘lightbox’ in order to view the rest of the photos in that set. This shows them off at their best because it uses a black background and if the person viewing your photos hovers their mouse over the photo, details about that photo are shown at the bottom left hand side on the lightbox. At the top right is a tab for ‘View all sizes’ where the viewer can see the different sizes available for download to their computer.
Back on the main Photo View page, there are also other choices for you to make regarding your photo. The first lot of choices are found under the Actions Tab. This list is pretty comprehensive and consists of the following choices, Add a tag, Add a note, Add a person, Add to/ remove from set, Add to a group, View all sizes, View slideshow, View Exif info, Order prints and more, Rotate, Edit photo in Picnik, Edit title, description and tags, Replace this photo and lastly Delete this photo.
Under the Share this tab next to the Actions tab, you can find the following choices, Share this photo where you can enter someone’s email address into the box and also include a message if you wish, Grab the link of that photo to share, Grab the HTML or alternatively Blog it.
If you decide to use the Slideshow to view all of your photos, again, this is with a black background, and you can alter the speed of the slideshow, Always show the Title and Description or play the slideshow backwards. Its a really nice way to view all of your photos in flickr. I am certainly very impressed with flickrs new Photo Page and I have no intention of going back to the old photo page!