I have a few friends who have expressed interest in doing a “Photo 365” – where you share a photo every day for a whole year. I know this seems overwhelming, and honestly, I *know* I won’t have time for it this year.
However, one of my resolutions *IS* to get more regular at uploading my photos (I tend to “dump” instead of trickle.) So I thought writing out these instructions (and then sharing them with you) would be inspiring. Or something. And of course, my friends wanted to hear about the simplest way they could do it. Without having to blog, or getting all crazy-complicated.
So here goes.
GUIDE TO A “PHOTO 365”
THE DOWN AND DIRTY WAY
· You’re on a PC.
· You’re using Picasa.
· You’re going to upload to Flickr.
· You want to make this painless.
(But! Parts of these instructions can easily apply for iPhoto on a Mac!)
(And! Parts of these instructions apply if you want to do this with your phone!)
STEP ONE: DOWNLOAD PHOTOS FROM YOUR CAMERA
You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this.
1. Connect your camera to the computer by whatever method is provided with your camera – usually a USB cable.
2. Select “Copy pictures and view them using Picasa3.” It will gather all the possible photos in the Import Tray.
3. Import All.
4. Click Finish.
5. Picasa will prompt you for a new folder name and description.
6. Select the option to delete all photos from the camera card.
STEP TWO: EDIT YOUR PHOTOS
Yes. There are a ton of them. Take a deep breath.
1. Take a first pass through all and delete all the “yuck” shots. Be tough on yourself. YES. DELETE THEM.
a. To delete multiple photos, select the photos you wish to delete in the display area. Press and hold the Ctrl key (Windows) on your keyboard while clicking multiple photos to select them together. Right-click (Windows) a selected photo and select Delete from Disk (or press the Delete key). Click the Yes button in the confirmation window.
2. Next, try to go through and edit the whole group of photos you just imported. All at once. BUT! If you only have time for the ONE photo you play to upload for your 365, just do that. The point is to get that ONE photo up EVERY day.
3. While Picasa is pretty basic, you can do some major good to your photo editing there. Xrop, straighten, remove red-eye and fix blemishes are in the “Basic Fixes” tab. The fine-tuning tab will allow more control over the light and exposure of the photo – which I highly recommend you play with since digital photos tend to be inherently dark.
STEP THREE: UPLOAD YOUR PHOTO
A very important step! 😉
1. We’re assuming you have a Flickr account, so log-in to the Flickr web site. For a 365 you do not need a Pro account, because theoretically you will only need to upload 1 photo per day.
2. Once logged in, pull down from the “You” tab to “Your Account.”
3. Click on the “Emails & Notifications” tab.
4. Look for the “Upload By Email” email list. The main email should have some funky name/number combo followed by “@photos.flickr.com” This email is super secret and is YOURS ALONE. When you email (from any address) a photo to this @photos.flickr.com address, it will be uploaded to your Flickr account within minutes. Put this email address in your contacts on your computer.
5. Click the “Edit” link next to this email. Add any tags here that you would like to have on any photos sent via this email. For example, “365”!
6. Go back to Picasa. Go to properties for email and change the email file size, possibly up to original size if you can, to allow the largest photos go to Flickr. Keep the slider from multiple photos on the lower side, to keep file sizes small when you send a bunch photos via email to family and friends.
7. Go into Picasa to the photo you want to send for your first day. Select it, and click “Email.”
8. When you have your email queued up, to receiver should be your super-secret Flickr email. The subject of the email will be “1/365” (and tomorrow will be 2/365, then 3/365, etc). Point being, whatever you put in the subject line will be the Title of the photo on Flickr. And any text you place above the photo in the email will be your description on Flickr.
AND THAT’S IT!
YOU ARE DONE!
You don’t have to start January 1st. Go when you are ready!
What about you?
Have you done a 365?
Are you interested in trying one?