Images are the are one of the foundations of any blog or website. Its a little hard to know where and when to store them. Well I will give you some ideas for your image hosting and use. In the digital age we can take a huge amount of shots at next to no cost. Really the only cost is that of the camera or phone to take the photo. Everyone has differing ability when it comes to taking photos but my thoughts are if you take a little time and take heaps then you must be able to get a few good ones.
One Terabyte with Flickr
Professional photographers are probably a little more controlled with how and when they take photographs but if you to take a little time and think about what you are taking you will eventually take some really great images. The next thing is to thing about image hosting. There are numerous places you can upload your images to including dropbox.com and Flickr.com. I use Flickr because they give a huge amount of image hosting space for free. One terabyte! Not bad hey – that is one huge amount of images and best of all, its that big word we all like to hear, its free. One thing I really like about Flickr is that they give you an option in the settings area to automatically upload new images from your iPhone to your account , when in a WiFi area. There is an option to use 4G but that could potentially use up all your data and run into a lot of expense.
If your one of those budding professional photographers that takes lots of photos that great but you will need to organise them into images for deletion, bad, ok and great. Flickr has a pretty call interface that allows you to organise you images into albums, groups or what ever you would like to call the category. This sorting out need to be done regularly or you will waste a lot of time trying to find that important image.
Map to effective image Hosting
There is another option for image hosting and that is to upload them into your own hosting account. Images taken with a good camera or even on a mobile phone, these day, can take up a lot of space and even when you account has many gigabytes of space you will soon take it up. My advise would be to only upload the really good images to your image hosting account.
One other feature that Flickr has is that you can download your images in different sizes – even forcing some sizes to make your image square. This is great when in a hurry or if you have lots of images you would like to use on your website.
Image Editing Software
Now that you have worked out image hosting the next thing to do is find some software to alter the images if needed. If you have a website and employed a professional photographer it is likely the images might not need a lot of alteration. If you are like me and a budding professional photographer then there will be times when some image alteration and designing is required. Thus you will need to purchase some software designed to edit images.
I you Macromedia Fireworks but many designers use Photoshop or illustrator. The options are many and probably the best thing t do is pick one that you can afford and then complete a course on that specific software. It is amazing what can be done from drop shadows to altering the color saturation and every thing in between. I’m not going to say a lot more on this but again the more you put in the more you will get out.
In summary – Flickr is a great for image hosting but there are others and they are worth a look. Great and unique images are a great part of any search engine optimization strategy and should be treated with the respect they deserve.