How to use Flickr

Meet the latest version of the free photo-sharing and -editing phenomenon

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  • Flickrmain Intro
  • FLICKR1 Step 1: Sign in
  • FLICKR2 Step 2: Meet mobile Flickr
  • Flickr3 Step 3: Navigating the photostream
  • Flickr4 Step 4: Editing photo information
  • Flickr5 Step 5: The activity feed
  • Flickr6 Step 6: Adding photos
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Intro

With the rise of modern photo-sharing services such as Instagram, and the popularity of all-pervasive social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, which incorporate plenty of photo-friendly features, Flickr has been left trailing in their wake. That’s been partly the fault of a frankly below-par iOS app, which seemed more of an afterthought than part of a coherent design and strategy. 

We’re pleased to say that’s been fixed with the most recent release of Flickr for iOS, which is not only much snappier to use than earlier versions, but also feels part of the same family, thanks to the accompanying redesign of the main Flickr site (www.flickr.com). As this introductory tutorial demonstrates, the result is a smooth and enjoyable experience, whether browsing existing photos in a Photostream, editing their details, commenting on other images, or taking an entirely new picture, applying an effect and uploading it.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone

Difficulty: Beginner

Time required: 5 minutes

What you need:

Flickr (free, itun.es/i6Jr8Dw)

iOS 4.3 or later

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With the rise of modern photo-sharing services such as Instagram, and the popularity of all-pervasive social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, which incorporate plenty of photo-friendly features, Flickr has been left trailing in their wake. That’s been partly the fault of a frankly below-par iOS app, which seemed more of an afterthought than part of a coherent design and strategy. 

We’re pleased to say that’s been fixed with the most recent release of Flickr for iOS, which is not only much snappier to use than earlier versions, but also feels part of the same family, thanks to the accompanying redesign of the main Flickr site (www.flickr.com). As this introductory tutorial demonstrates, the result is a smooth and enjoyable experience, whether browsing existing photos in a Photostream, editing their details, commenting on other images, or taking an entirely new picture, applying an effect and uploading it.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone

Difficulty: Beginner

Time required: 5 minutes

What you need:

Flickr (free, itun.es/i6Jr8Dw)

iOS 4.3 or later

 

Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Sign in

Download the free Flickr app from the App Store, install it and then tap the icon to get started. The first thing you need to do is sign in, either using your existing Flickr account or your Facebook details. If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you’ll need to go to www.flickr.com and create one. 

 

Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Meet mobile Flickr

As it’s setting up, the Flickr app will ask for permission to send Push Notifications. Tap OK and after a moment, the Contacts screen will appear, showing photo sets from friends or those recommended by Flickr, together with the first of many pop-up tooltips – tap it to dismiss the tip.

 

Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Navigating the photostream

Here, the Contacts view is selected. By tapping the icon that looks like a person’s silhouette, you can see the Photostream. To navigate around it, use the tiles at the top (these will vary from user to user, depending on how Flickr’s been set up) or by scrolling through the individual photos underneath.

 

Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Editing photo information

Tap on a photo to select it. From here it’s easy to share the picture on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr, as well as adding a comment. Where Flickr excels, though, is in the amount of information it’s possible to add to individual photos. Tap the ‘I’ button to see and edit tags, check the Exif data, privacy settings and more.

 

Step 6 of 7: Step 5: The activity feed

Tap the app’s Back arrow to move back to the Photostream and then tap the Activity button at the top. This displays a nice, active view of uploaded photos, other users’ comments, star ratings and other details. It’s also possible to tap someone’s icon and then add them as a Flickr contact.

 

Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Adding photos

Want to take a picture? Just tap the camera icon on the bottom row to turn the camera on. Use the controls to control the zoom, turn on the flash, display the grid and so on. Take the photo, apply one of the 16 filters and tap Next. Add a title and description, then tap Upload to add it to the Photostream.

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