Monday, March 17, 2008

Thing #6 - More Photo Fun

For thing #5 we asked you to explore Flickr, but now we're going to ask you to do something with it.

Discovery Exercise:

Create a free account in Flickr* and use your location's digital camera to capture a few pictures of something in your branch. Upload these to your Flickr account and tag at least one of the images “oclwebthings” and mark it public. Then create a post in your blog about your photo and experience. Be sure to include the image in your post. Once you have a Flickr account, you have two options for doing this: through Flickr's blogging tool or using LiveJournal's or Blogger's photo upload tool.

In an effort to make things simple for you, digital cameras actually make it seem a lot more difficult to get pictures onto your computer than it actually is. Image files are just like any file and can be dragged and dropped. Transferring images from your camera to your computer should be the same as transferring them from a disk or flash drive.

To do this you're going to need the USB cable that came with the camera. Plug one end into the camera and the other into a USB port on your computer. Most likely your computer is going to pop up a screen asking you what you want to do with "device". Though most of these options will work, the simplest is open a file to view folders.

Originally uploaded by oclwebthings
Optional Exercise

Explore some online photo editors, such as FotoFlexer, Splashup and Picnik. Post your thoughts or results to your blog.

Don't forget to check out our FAQ if you need help figuring out what to blog about.

Remember, if you need any help ask a coworker or give one of the committee members a buzz.

You can also check out Google's Image Labeler, which allows users to make a game of improving their image search.

*Some of you may have gone ahead and done this during thing #5, or before this challenge.

Next up: The scanner & you

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