You have twenty or so recent pics of your kitty or pup on your cellphone and you whip it out to show them off to your friend. You may or may not notice your friend’s eyes’ glazing over after the third or fourth photo, but they likely are.
No matter how cute our pets are, their pics just aren’t that exciting for others to look at. Just think of all the photos you have clicked of your fluffy or scaly or feathery friend that you have stored away that you yourself aren’t even looking at, even though you really do plan to at some point and you know that number is growing exponentially by the day.
Like most pet owners with a growing pet photo collection, you probably have some photos on your cellphone, some have been shared on social media, others are on a computer, others are on storage cards from digital cameras, some may be backed up on Google Drive…
So, how can you bring them all together into a collection fairly easily and then what can you do with that collection?
One suggestion is putting all your digital pet photos on a site like Flickr.
Flickr lets you save your photos in one Photostream or into separate albums. If you save your photos in order over time, it’s fun to go back and see how your pet has changed with time or relive memories that you had forgotten.
You can also easily download your photos from Flickr if you want to have a copy somewhere else. You can also email your photos, share them on Facebook, Tumbler, Pinterest and Twitter, and embed them in websites with an embed code provided.
Another cool feature is the option to set your photos under a number of licenses. The default license is All Rights Reserved, meaning your photo is Copyright Protected. But, you can choose other options, including Public Domain, meaning that essentially anyone can use the photo without your permission for any reason.
Making your photos accessible under Public Domain or for use with Attribution in various forms makes your photos searchable to anyone on Flickr and other photo sites. If you set it to simple Attribution, this means that someone can use your photo for commercial or noncommercial purposes, but they have to give you credit. (For more on what the other licenses mean, go to https://creativecommons.org/licenses/)
Instead of stifling a yawn, suddenly someone might be extremely grateful to see the twenty-five pictures of your dog getting a bath, or the dozen shots of your cat watching television, or whatever else you’ve posted. In fact, it might be exactly what they have been searching for.
Your photo(s) could potentially be used by a reporter looking for a photo to go with their article for a newspaper or magazine or website on a pet-related topic, a student working on a report about animals, a non-profit putting together a pamphlet about animal care, someone in need of graphics for a book about pet training…the list goes on.
In return, if you go with the Attribution option, you could have the cool experience of having your name mentioned and photo(s) used in a publication or website.
Finally, Flickr makes it easy to upload photos from a desktop or laptop computer and caption the photos during the process if you choose. If you are uploading photos to Flickr from an Android, you can download a special app that lets you upload multiple photos at once.