One of my favorite iPad apps is Flickr Studio [iPad – $4.99]. I bought it originally to upload photos to Flickr while traveling, but have found it is also a delightful way to browse Flickr’s fabulous collections. And, when the iPad is on a stand, it can beautifully display a Flickr slideshow. When I tried it out, I noticed that the app picks up the title of each photo when presenting the image.
. . . Hmmmm . . .
Like most of us, I’m in a hurry to get my latest photos safely tucked away on Flickr, often only providing the most basic information for those photos before I upload them. It’s important to insure that the details get added to those photos before my memory gets the best of me. (In my case that means do it now!) Fortunately, Flickr has created impressive apps for just about every mobile device which includes tools for organizing photos and performing batch edits. The apps are free and I highly recommend using them. However, they do not include any sort of slideshow capability. Right now, only Flickr Studio can build and display a slideshow of Flickr photos on the iPad.
Let’s take a look.
This first example shows you the batch editing capabilities in Flickr Studio. The information entered into this form will be attached to each of the photos you see in the grayed-out background. This can be done either as part of the upload process or at a later time.
In this example, I’ve selected a group of photos so I can add tags to them. From this screen I can also add them to sets (albums) or groups and edit who has viewing access to these photos.
In this example, I’ve tapped the Batch button at the top of the screen to display this metadata panel where I can add titles and descriptions along with other metadata.
Although I can use the batch editing tools to add titles and descriptions, I prefer to do this individually when I’m doing a slideshow. Since many of the apps and devices used to display theses photos will include at least the title and often the description, this gives me an opportunity to tell the story of the photos.
Here’s what the basic Flickr set slideshow looks like on your iPad. The info panel can be turned on or off by the person viewing the slideshow.
And this is the Flickr Studio slideshow. I can adjust timing, photo size and effects used in the show by tapping the image to display the menu.
Your iPad isn’t the only place you can present a Flickr slideshow. Your photos are even more impressive when displayed on a big screen. Thanks to devices like the Roku box, Apple TV and the growing number of Internet-connected televisions, you can display your Flickr photos on your high-definition, big screen tv. And, they are drop-dead gorgeous!
You will need to experiment with your app/device to see how it works with Flickr. For example, my Roku box (an older model) allows me to play sets – and in the order I’ve arranged the photos – but doesn’t display information when on automatic play. I switch over to manual and it all pops up.
Once you’ve mastered the art of the slideshow, you can create photo sets just to tell stories. These can become fascinating exhibits at family or class reunions. I like to set up slideshows on the tv for family functions. And, I can always send a research cousin the link to a specific set/show at Flickr to share old family photos and the stories behind them.
Creating a Flickr slideshow not only builds an entertaining look at your family history, latest travels or a special place, it insures your photos are documented properly. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.
Here are some of the Internet-connected devices that support Flickr: