Uploading Your Photos

by Barbara J. Feldman on November 30, 2008

If you start with a free Flickr account, you can upload 100MB worth of photos each month. This is a bandwidth limit, not the actual amount of space you have with Flickr services. On the first of each calendar month, your bandwidth allowance will be reset by Flickr. You cannot reduce your bandwidth amount by deleting photos. If you start hitting your monthly bandwidth limit, you should upgrade to the Flickr Pro account. Another option you have is to shoot your photos are a smaller resolution or resize them to be “web friendly.”

Flickr has 5 ways in which you can upload your photos:

• The Flickr uploadr
• The iPhoto, Aperture, or Windows XP plugins
• Upload web page
• Email
• Third-party desktop programs

Fortunately, Flickr has a wide range of uploading tools available for both Mac and Windows. Emailing your photos to Flickr is an easy method to get your photos uploaded. You will have your unique email address that you use and you can send photos to your Flickr photostream or upload them to your Flickr photostream and automatically have the pictures posted to your blog. In order to do this, you can go to Flickr’s help page and configure your email settings.

The Windows Uploader is available in all languages that Flickr offers and the Mac version is only available in English. Flickr is working to expand the languages so new languages will be added soon.

There is not a limit as to how many photos you can upload to your Flickr account. If you have the Flickr free account, you will only see the most recent 200 photos displayed. Again, the Flickr free account only allows for 100MB of bandwidth to be uploaded per month, so try to make the photos as small as possible. You can view your remaining upload amount on the Flickr upload page.

You do not have a limit on the file types or file sizes as well. With the free Flickr account, you can upload photos up to 10MB in size. If you have upgraded to a Flickr Pro account, you can upload photos up to 20MB. The video size limit is 150MB. Flickr allows you to upload JPEGs, non-animated GIFs, and PNGs. TIFF files can be uploaded as well, but they will be automatically converted to a JPEG file.

Here are the sizes Flickr will compress and resize your photos to be:

• 75×75 pixels
• 100 pixels (on the longest side)
• 240 pixels
• 500 pixels
• Large (which will be 1024 pixels if it exceeds that length)
• The original size (if you have a pro account)

A Flickr Pro account will allow you to store your high-resolution original photos that you and your friends and family can download at any time. Flickr Pro members can access public photos and download the original size unless you have limited the access to the downloadable image.

To find the original size, you will click the “all sizes” link found below the photo title to view or download each of the sizes. If you have a Flickr free account, you are the only person who can gain access to your account. You can use the global setting tool in your account to specify exactly who can download your originals such as: you, your friends, your family, your contacts, any Flickr user, or anyone.

You can easily set a privacy level as you are uploading your photos using the Uploadr or using the form. As you upload the photos, you can set them to be one of the following: public, visible to friends, visible to family, or private.

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Feldman, Barbara. "Uploading Your Photos." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 30 Nov. 2008. Web. 31 Aug. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/tech/1417/uploading-your-photos/ >.