A guide to Flickr

Flickr is one of the most popular photo-sharing sites on the Internet. It allows you to store, share and explore digital photos. You can invite people to view your photos, set up private or public groups and add comments and tags. It’s a great way of showing the world what you’re up to – it’s one big photographic community.

So how could you use Flickr at your station?

If you’re down at a community event doing an outside broadcast you might get a few snaps of volunteers out and about in the community. Uploading these to a Flickr account and sharing them with people will give the station more exposure and provide an image bank that can be used in the future to highlight your work in the community. If you’re writing a station blog you may need an image to accompany your text. By searching on Flickr you can find all sorts of weird and wonderful photos to use – just remember to credit the person who took it.

And then there’s more creative things you could do – Check out an innovative little project using Flickr at Resonance FM here. It got an impressive review in the Guardian earlier this year and is quite something. Read the article here.

So how do you get started?

All you have to do is visit www.flickr.com and set yourself up a free account. Now because Flickr is owned by Yahoo you will have to sign yourself up for a Yahoo email address first but once that’s done you’re good to go.

Here are a couple of community radio stations already putting their pictures out there using Flickr –
Rhubarb Radio photostream and North Manchester FM photostream

And if you’re still unsure about the whole thing have a look at this short video -Photo sharing in plain English.