Utilizing Photographs

Sending photographs to Green Left Weekly

Green Left Weekly relies on a large archive of images of struggle, portraits and the like. You can add to that resource by forwarding on your own images, taken at events, for publication in the newspaper. Save as jpeg files, resolution at least 200dpi, and normal photo size. They should be named with the city (or country if outside of Australia) they were taken in, followed by a description of the photo, date and who took the photo ;for example <perthrefugeerightsdemo3-7- 01SocialistAllianceplacardbyBobJones>. I know it looks ridiculously long, but it's the best filing system we have right now.Send them to greenleft_photos@gmail.com. and include a note with any article that relates to the images indicating that photographs have also been sent.

Photo sharing

Photo sharing is the publishing or transfer of a user's digital photos online, thus enabling the user to share them with others (whether publicly or privately). This functionality is provided through both websites and applications that facilitate the upload and display of images. The term can also be loosely applied to the use of online photo galleries that are setup and managed by individual users, including photoblogs.
There are many photosharing web sites which offer free upload, storage and publishing of digital images.
The most popular is Flickr (linked to Yahoo). If you also run a Blogger blog or have a Gmail account, etc you can use Picasa (linked to Google). Both sites offer bulk upload facilities. Similarly you can upload digital images (as well as other file formats) to wikis like this one on Wikispaces.

The problem with Facebook

However, photo sharing applications available on Facebook profiles are not so useful as a sharing option because people must have a Facebook account to view them.Similarly your images will often only be viewable by your "Facebook friends". If you want to limit your audience, then thats' OK -- but if you want to broaden it you need to consider utilising one of the other photosharing platforms on the web. With all of these other platforms, applications are available that will import your images into Facebook for you.


Presenting your published images.

If you want to showcase your uploaded images the best option is to display them in a slideshow. Most photo sharing sites will offer you the option of creating any number of formatted slideshows for display on blogs and web pages. Just follow the embed options. You can also offer a link to full page slideshows too.

However, to create slideshows you can embed in other sites:
  • Slideflickr.com --for creating slideshows from images published on Flickr . You create slideshows for Flickr images by using web urls for sets, groups, accounts or tags. So if you wanted to display only a specific selection of images -- tag these photographs with a unique tag and harness that tag for your slideshow.You knack is to make it obscure so that no one else is using that tag.
  • The Picasa slide show creator is cumbersome and can only be used by the account owner. But this service -Slideshow Embed Tool for Picasa -- is very effective for grabbing any group of images on Picasa by using the folder's RSS feed. The RSS feed is the link attched to this tag: RSS in the bottom right of the image display page.
  • Vodpod offers widgets you can embed on your site which, while designed for capturing video will also work on many slideshow presentations.

Flickr Groups

On Flickr you can create sets (but only three sets are allowed on a free account) and initiate or join groups. Here is the web slide show for the Socialist Alliance group on Flickr

The advantage of groups on Flickr is that any number of people can contribute images to the archive or 'pool'.

Editing images

Once you have uploaded your images to your desktop from your digital camera before you upload them to the web you may like to reduce their size so that they take less bandwidth to upload and store. You should have the software to do that already. But if you want to edit your images Piknik (a free online photo editing platform) enables you to edit and improve your images en route to storage sites such as Picasa or Flickr, etc.
  • Free photo editing program:PhotoFiltre PhotoFiltre is easy to use photo and graphics editing software which will enable you to edit images without having to run more complex programs. See: Youtube PhotoFiltre tutorials

Further Reading


Activist Toolkit pages located on SAWiki