Flickr, any way to improve resolution? or, how figure out how to fix my Verizon/Yahoo email?

Long story short: I set up a Flickr account to share pics with my sister so we could put a calendar together from her computer as a Christmas gift for family members.

I tested one of the pics from the photo stream I created but when I enlarged it the quality was noticeably (and unacceptably) worse.

As the second half of my thread title alludes, I am unable to email them to her, except perhaps one at a time. According to the Apple instructor at the iPhoto class, this has something to do with my Verizon's incoming and outgoing default Yahoo server: incoming(or outgoing)

He gave me the basic instructions on how to change the POP (in) and SMTP (out) servers but it failed to "find" the incoming POP server. I finally figured out that my user ID doesn't include "@" or anything that follows "@"; but making that revision didn't help. A few internet searches indicate I'm not the only one having this problem but the few "fixes" I found were similar to those suggested by the Apple instructor or were too complicated for me to understand.

I wonder if I should try my "Yahoo" user ID instead of the Verizon one. Or if I should try "unlinking" my Verizon and Yahoo accounts.

I will burn a CD if I need to but my sister gave me the impression that could be a bit of a pain. Although it's hard to imagine that's worse than what I've gone through already.

I'm receptive to any input.

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It looks like Flickr downsizes photos to 800xwhaterver is smaller. :-(

You might want to try photobucket instead. I don't know if it has a max-size too, or not.

One other option would be to use Bittorrent to send the files to her. A bit awkward, but it should work. I have never done it, so I hope somebody else could give advice on how to set it up for sending. There are other file-sharing services out there. I'm sure Google would find them...


Not necessarily....

I've had a Pro account on Flickr for so long I can't remember if they enforce anything for non-Pro users, but you *can* upload full quality to Flickr. The uploader tools often have a downsizing setting turned on by default, as well, but that can usually be disabled.

That said, using something like, or to send a larger file (easiest way is to ZIP up all the pics and send the ZIP that way).

not for free accounts

"• Only smaller (resized) images accessible (though the originals are saved in case you upgrade later)"

Free accounts are very restrictive compared to the Pro accounts... I had one because of my internet provider but that ends soon :(

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Don't try it on mobile broadband

I have a HUAWEI mobile broadband modem. Using flickr with it is impossible; whatever down-compression flickr might use the HUAWEI interfers with that and down-compresses all images further. Quality is serious compromised.

The device has its own internal web proxy that intercepts all image downloads. To get the flickr default one has to redraw the page, or for an individual image press Shift+R, or for all images press Shift-A --- a very very tedious activity for anyone using flickr on the road.

And for those of us using Macs there is no way to disable this internal proxy (Windows users can run a small utility program to turn it off but the Mac version doesn't yet exist).



I have had good luck with Google's Picasa. It's tremendously easy to upload large quantities of pictures, and they're only downsampled if they are over a certain filesize, I think. You might even be able to choose whether they're downsampled at all.

There's a max upload limit on the free accounts, but it's enormous and I haven't hit it yet even after scanning in a couple of photo albums' worth of pictures. You can also make your folders not public so nobody else can browse to your stuff. It's not precisely secure, but it's probably proof against the casual looker. You'd have to send a direct link to anyone you want to be able to see them.

Check the license agreement and make sure it's OK with you before you start. Google claims some rights and you might not want to let those go. I didn't find them objectionable given that the only pics I put there are snapshots, not pro-quality shots.


Google's "rights"

.... generally exist to displaying what you upload. They sound threatening sometimes, but since you are relying on their servers to actually display your content, they need to protect themselves from potentially being sued. Personally, I think it's a bit paranoid, but then again, Google is big. People tend to go after the big guys--look at Apple...

In any case, I don't think the terms of service are so bad as some people like to make them out.


As an aside - free version of very basic photoshop elements

Adobe has released photoshop express - a free, stripped down, online-only version of Elements. It's supposed to be pretty good. I bought elements but it would have been nice to try it this way first:

The downside is I think all the pictures reside and have to be edited online.

Google has a 1Gb limit

Fine for most folks, but I have a few 10's of gigabytes of images with more flooding in as fast as the index finger can punch that shutter button.
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ygor, it must be time to delete all the pictures of your thumb by now. :)

That is to say, time to cull the herd, apply a little darwinist selection to the photos you share...

The more photos you have, the more there is to cull.


That is culled

I counted over 3000 in iPhoto last night and I still have a huge box of old 35mm negatives to run thru the film scanner. This bunch is over a span going back to 2001 or so which is when I first got a digital camera. The negatives go back to when I got my first 35mm SLR (a Canon AE-1 Program that still works great)
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i've used it with freelance clients with high resolution print quality stuff... its great and free.

or you can try an online storage option (free of course) and then share the login and password info.

zoho offers a "planner" that allows sharing of things but I dont recall the size limits. :)

edit: flick doesn't have size limits of paid accounts... i'm losing my pro account so i'll have to find a way to share pics with friends and family again. :/

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USB thumb drive?

How about buying a cheapo USB thumb drive and transferring the pics that way? If you're just doing handful of pictures, you could get by with a low-capacity one. Although not the cheapest method, it's certainly going to guarantee that the photo resolution will stay the same.