Finishing your photo stories

As a reminder, here is the original assignment, and here is a follow-up with links to a couple of examples.

By the end of class today, it seemed that everyone had uploaded her or his edited photos to Flickr, had created a set and was well on the way toward finishing the set. Remember to write a headline text for the set and for each photo.

I’m not sure everyone grasped the final steps, so I am going to try to outline them here.

To embed a photo from your set in your blog: You can download the photo to your hard drive and use it as you would any photo. But you can also use the URL of the photo itself. Which means …

  1. Click on the photo to select it.
  2. With the cursor over the photo, hold down the <control> key while pressing the mouse or the trackpad. A dialog box should come up.
  3. Select the best size for your blog — probably Medium 500 or Medium 640.
  4. With the cursor over the photo, hold down the <control> key again while pressing the mouse or the trackpad. A dialog box should come up again. This time choose “Copy Image Address.” (If you’re using a browser other than Safari, the wording might be slightly different.)
  5. Write a post for your blog. Add an image by clicking on “Add Media,” just as your normally would.
  6. Click on “Insert from URL.” The rest should take care of itself.
  7. For a caption, write “Click on image for more photos” or some similar language of your choosing.

To link from your blog to your Flickr set.

  1. You are still in the editing window of WordPress’ dashboard. Open a new tab or page.
  2. In Flickr, go to your set. You do this various ways, but I like the view called “Thumbnails.” For example, see this. (Although I didn’t interview anyone, it otherwise contains all the elements of the assignment: headline and text for the set, headline and text for each photo.)
  3. Copy the URL for the set from the address bar of your browser.
  4. Go back to the WordPress editing window. Select the photo. The link chain should be activated, and you can use that to link to your set just as if you had selected some type.
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