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Online Photo Sharing in Plain English

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When asked, what should be saved in a fire? Along with family and pets, people often choose photos. If photos mean a lot to you, It's time to learn why keeping them on the web makes sense. This is Online Photo Sharing in Plain English. As you know, cameras and photography have changed. What used to appear on paper, now appears on computers and phones. No matter the format, we still love our photos. and now they have new powers. But first, let's be practical. These days, a fire may not be your biggest worry. A computer failure can destroy thousands of memories. You can avoid this by keeping your photos backed up on the Internet. A number of sites make it inexpensive and easy for you to upload your photos for safe keeping. Now, because photos can be uploaded to a website, all sorts of cool things are possible. To make our point, let's look at the old way. You visit the Grand Canyon and take beautiful photos. You get them developed, and a few days add them to a photo album that sits on a shelf. Few people see them, and it's a pain to find a specific photo in all those albums. Boooo! Now, let's look at the new way with a popular service I use called Flickr. You visiti the Grand Canyon and take beautiful photos with a digital camera. Once you're home, you move the photos onto your computer, and then upload them to the Flickr website. You just click upload, find the photos on your computer, and upload them to the web for safe keeping. Ahhh, sweet piece of mind. Yaaay! But it doesn't stop there. You need to make sure that it's easy to find photos in the future. Along with adding titles, you can add keywords or tags that describe the photo. You might use tags like: GrandCanyon, Arizona, Park, Scenery, 2007 to describe this photo. Each of these tags becomes a way for you to find photos in the future. Just click a tag and a thousand photos become a few related ones. Now, once your photos are online and findable, It's time to look at another fun part of online photo sharing - the actual sharing! You can choose to make your photos public or private, it's up to you. Private is like a photo on your wall, few see it. But Public is like taking your photos to a party. They become a representation of you, and offer a way to make friends. So, try sharing your online photos with the public. Here's what to expect: Friends and even strangers may leave comments on your photos, You can see which of your photos are most popular, and you may even discover that you're more motivated to take photos because you want to share them with the world. So, photo sharing sites like Flickr do two things really well. One - they keep your photos safe, organized, and findable. And two - they make photo sharing fun by making photos social. At the very least, back up your photos online, But if you're ready for fun, Open your photos to the world, and start to feel the love. You can get started at Flickr, Webshots, or Photobucket.com I'm Lee LeFever, and this has been Online Photo Sharing in Plain English on the Common Craft Show.

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Duration: 2 minutes and 51 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
Producer: Common Craft
Director: Lee LeFever
Views: 35,147
Posted by: leelefever on Jan 9, 2008

If digital photos are important to you, it's a good to learn about backing them up and sharing them online.

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