Four years on Flickr

Flickrlogo Today I realised that I’ve been a member of Flickr for four years. Joining in 2006 after receiving a digital camera as a leaving present from the New Statesman (thank you Dan, Spencer and co.), I’ve been active fairly regularly on the site ever since.

Like with all good platforms the site can operate in a way that suits you. Want to just share photos privately? Can do. Want to share with a select few known individuals? No problem. Want to use it as a store and back-up? Yup.
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Testing the iPhone Hipstamtic Application

Flower and a beeOver the last week, I’ve been having some fun testing out the iPhone photographic Hipstamatic app, which the makers describe as “an application that brings back the look, feel, unpredictable beauty, and fun of plastic toy cameras from the past”.

The camera comes with three standard lenses called John S, Jimmy and Kaimal and three standard frame effects or as the app describes them “films” – Blank (a white border), 69 Ina (a beige fabric like border) and Kodot (a rough edged border on white).

Here’s a test sheet showing the different lenses and films:
Left to right – John S, Jimmy, Kaimal
Top to bottom – Ina, Blank, Kodot, Blank
A test sheet of hipstamatic photos

As you can see John S has a dark blue filter appearance, Jimmy a yellow filtered appearance and Kaimal a magenta/red filter appearance. Jimmy also comes through as the brightest – which works particularly well in the shot of the flower, on what was quite a sunny day.

One of the hardest things about the app is that, much like the toys it replicates, the image in the viewfinder bears very little resemblance to the final photograph, thus making composing a shot rather experimental. So often a good shot can take up to 6 attempts – unless you can just get lucky the first time.

There is of course a Flickr group dedicated to the app, full of examples of what’s possible. My eye also caught this discussion in the group wondering if it gave users a false sense of creativity. Of which, I’m sure such queries were raised at the introduction of the Brownie camera in 1900, and of the toy cameras that the Hisptamatic takes its inspriation.

The app enables you to send your photos straight to Flickr, although the iPhone Flickr app doesn’t enable you to post your photos to Twitter or another dedicated blog. So, I’m collating some of the best results here on Flickr but the more experimental ones are also appearing on my Twitpic page, such as this one, which believe it or not took a number of attempts to get right:

Cup of tea

How to post from Flickr to WordPress



BillT, originally uploaded by kcorrick.

Testing the Flickr to WordPress tool, which enables me to post a photo and words from Flickr to WordPress (or many other blogging platforms) without leaving Flickr.

I’m using a photo of Bill taken at his Puntcon in Cambridge last weekend, as you can see.

Here’s how
* Go to http://www.flickr.com/account/blogs/
* Select “Add blog”
* Follow the instructions.

To post a photo, once you’ve set up your blog account(s) in Flickr as laid out above:
* Go to the photo you wish to post
* Press the “Blog this” button above the photo
* Follow the instructions
It’s really that simple.

Now here’s me crossing my fingers that it’s worked! Tags and categories have to be added afterwards.

NOTE: Twitter users, you can also post from Flickr to Twitter using this same tool.