FlickrWe all have plenty of photos of events and friends that we wish we could easily share with everybody, so what is the most simple way to share these photos on Ubuntu?  The most simple way to share your photos online is by using an image hosting site like Flickr. There are plenty of other image hosting sites like imageShack, Photobucket, Picasa Web Albums and the Photos application on social networking site Facebook, but for this tutorial we’re going to use Flickr because if its ease-of-use and simplicity. Read on to discover how to share your photos in a couple of easy steps.

First, you’ll need to register an account at Flickr if you don’t already have one.  The basic service is free, and the Pro account if you should choose to purchase it, is well worth the money.

Now that you have an account, you’ll notice that you have the chance to fill out a profile and manage your uploads, as well as upload files through your web browser.  This is easy, but there has to be an even easier way than that.


Enter F-spot—the simple and easy-to-use photo manager for your Ubuntu desktop.  If you don’t find it pre-installed, it’s easy to find in Synaptic and install in just moments.  If you need a little refresher on how to install applications through Synaptic, check out the beginning of our article on Gnome Do.

To use F-spot to upload your photos you simply need to have the photos somewhere on your hard drive.  Import them into F-spot using the  Import button and add any tags about the photos you want—location, people, events.

F-spot Import

Once the images are in F-spot’s catalog, you can rate them, modify them and view them in a variety of ways.

Go to  edit > preferences and locate the flickr uploader and make sure the plugin is installed and enabled.

F-spot Export menu

Now, to upload to Flickr all you need to do is select the images you wish to upload in F-spot, and go to the  file > export to > Flickr dialog.

F-spot Authorize

You’ll need to authorize F-spot to upload to your Flickr account by clicking the Authorize button, and once you have allowed access to your Flickr account from F-spot, confirm the authorization and you’re ready to upload.

F-spot Flickr Allow

Click the  Export button and watch the images go.

F-spot Export

Your albums and all information about your photos can be edited online on Flickr after they are uploaded as well, so if you want to change or add captions or tags you can easily do so at any time.

Sharing photos with your friends has never been more simple than this!  Watch the whole process from start to finish in the video below and enjoy sharing your photos, and check back soon for more Ubuntu tutorials!

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