Introducing two new photo sizes and a new setting for Pro members

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When it comes to viewing photos, bigger is so much better. Today’s high resolution screens let you explore the details of an image better than ever That’s why we’re very excited to introduce two new photo sizes, 2048 and 1600 pixels. They are already available in the lightbox and will be rolled out to the API and a few other places over the next couple of weeks.

Large sizes + Low compression = Beautiful photos
You may notice that your photos look better on Flickr. When resizing your photos for display, we use less compression than a lot of other sites to make sure that all the details are there and that the color is true. The care we take with your photos along with the new sizes that are ready for today’s (and tomorrow’s) displays make sure that your photos will always look great on Flickr.

Your images in the lightbox yesterday:

Lightbox View (before)

Your images in the lightbox starting today:

Lightbox View (after)

New size display control for Pro members
Pro members that want control over how large their images are displayed, have a new Image size setting that lets them set a maximum display size. With this new setting Pro members can upload their original full resolution image and still have control over what is shown to the world.

The new sizes are available for all photos that you have uploaded since March 1st. For each photo we are generating the two new 2048 pixels and 1600 pixels sizes (unless the uploaded image is smaller on the longer side). These new larger image sizes will make your photos look even more stunning on Flickr.

For more information check out our FAQ, and please let us know in the help forum if you find any bugs or have feedback to share with us.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

A Journey of Inspiration

there was a chair...

Today, we want to introduce you to Carolyn Lagattuta, who lives in Santa Cruz and is known as catklein on Flickr. She contacted us a few weeks ago to tell us her Flickr story which she describes as a true journey of inspiration.

Before joining Flickr in 2006, Carolyn had a nagging feeling that something was missing in her life: "I always felt like I never really had one particular thing I was good at – something that lit my fire and made others feel something. Little did I know, that my talent is photography, and that Flickr and the people I would meet through the site would bring it all to the surface." After a friend suggested that Carolyn join Flickr, she immediately found her niche, connecting with other members, joining Flickr groups and gaining recognition among her contacts for her quirky, colorful style and creativity. Carolyn’s newfound passion for photography, breathed new life into her career, friendships and even the way she looked at the world.

Flickr has changed my life

Carolyn says “Flickr has made me see everything in a whole new light. I know it sounds cheesy, but Flickr has truly changed my life. It ignited something inside me and made me feel like I was really good at something. Before I joined Flickr, I was just at home, taking photos with a point-and-shoot camera. The best part of joining the site initially was that I didn’t need to be a professional photographer to capture people’s attention with my work. As my eye and technical ability began to improve, my husband upgraded my camera and my work was getting noticed more and more. The feedback I got from my Flickr contacts, both good and bad, inspired me to keep shooting to see where it would take me."

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dontcha just LOVE Aunt Flo?

Catklein then joined the Mission 24 group which used to provide weekly photo challenges to its members in the form of a particular word. The members had 24 hours to interpret it and take a picture of their interpretation – literal or not. "While my photos weren’t the greatest at first, I always tried to be as creative as possible, and I even made the front page of Explore with my interpretation of the word ‘flow’."

"I think this whole experience kicked-off my passion for wanting to think outside the box and have fun with my photos. The reaction to my work has made me feel like I really have a place within the community, and that I’ve made connections that will last a lifetime."

The best thing about the site are the friendships I’ve made

"Hands down, one of the best things about the site has been the friendships I’ve made with Flickr users all over the world." Carolyn and her friends speak on a regular basis, sharing insights on photography, video clips and information on photo workshops. This constant communication between them that has even crossed over into into their personal lives: "I know about people’s children and families, and we help each other whenever needed. I would have never expected to find these kinds of personal connections in a photo-sharing website."

Three years ago, photography was written into my job description

the wave

Carolyn works at UC Santa Cruz, and was first hired as an administrator in public affairs and communications, but as she got more involved in Flickr, her photography improved. "My work soon captured the attention of my co-workers and manager, and as a result, three years ago, photography was written into my job description. I’m now also a campus photographer, shooting for the school’s various publications and websites. With all the restructuring and layoffs taking place throughout the workforce, I’m confident that this has made me more valuable to my employer. I even took a picture from the UC Santa Cruz campus that ended up being featured in Newsweek! It just gets better and better!"

Although the benefits Carolyn has enjoyed from Flickr are too many to count, she thinks the main thing is that the community, and photography in general, have made her see everything in a whole new light. "I notice everything, and everything is magnified. Even if I don’t have my camera with me, I notice it all, be it beautiful or ugly, ordinary or unusual; a couple holding hands, a rusty sign, a sunset, a piece of trash in a gutter. I appreciate everything around me in a way that I never imagined I could. Knowing that my new way of looking at the world has inspired me and my friends on Flickr has been invaluable."

Thank you, catklein, for sharing your story with us!

Photos from catklein.

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen

Attributed sharing from Flickr to Pinterest

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Making sure you receive proper attribution when your photos on Flickr are shared elsewhere on the web is very important to us. Given the sheer volume of fantastic photography that you upload to Flickr on a daily basis, it’s no surprise that photos on Flickr are amongst the most popular content pinned to Pinterest.

Today, we are very happy to announce that we’ve worked closely with Pinterest to make it even easier for you to share to Pinterest in a way that will ensure that your Flickr photos are properly attributed, regardless where they are pinned from.


Pin It in the Flickr share menu

You can now find a "Pinterest" button in the share menu to easily "pin" everything that you can share via Flickr, including photo pages, favorites, and groups. If you pin a lot, the share menu will act smartly and prioritize the Pin It button, showing it as one of the two shortcuts on the photo page. If a photographer does not want their content to be shared, the share menu will be disabled making the Pinterest option unavailableas well.

Attribution on Pinterest

pinterest_tinyWe made sure that every image shared from Flickr will be clearly attributed with the name of the photographer, the title, as well as a link to the photo page. Because the attribution cannot be edited, photographers can rest assured that pins and repins of their images will be credited and linked back as well, ensuring people can leave comments, fave the photo, or contact you directly on Flickr.

And to top it all off, if someone has embedded your Flickr photo on their website or blog and it is pinned from there, the photo will automagically be attributed on Pinterest and linked back to the Flickr photo page. Pinterest also went back and added the proper attribution to all photos that have been pinned from Flickr so far. With this new feature, having your photos on Flickr gives you much more certainty that you will be attributed when your photos are being shared on Pinterest.

Please check the FAQ if you have further questions, and as always, we have opened a thread in the help forum and look forward to hear from you in case you encounter any bugs, or have feedback for us. We look forward to rolling out additional enhancements in the near future.

Happy Pinning!

Posted by Kay Kremerskothen