Feb 4, 2010

Team News: New Flickr Group

Coral and Chartreuse Treasury
Curated by bstudio

The Oh Canada Team is now on Flickr! Team members are invited to join this exclusive Flickr group and add their very best photos to the pool for everyone to enjoy. By joining this photo sharing community, Oh Canada will be able to share it’s creativity with plenty of admirers, bloggers and ogglers of all kinds.

The secondary purpose of the Oh Canada Team Flickr group is to create an archive of photos that will be used in an upcoming regular feature here on the blog called “Friday Finds”. Every Friday, an item from one of our team members will be put in the spotlight!

Team treasuries will also be saved in the group pool, so that we can all see the wonderful collections featuring team members. If you make a team treasury, or one of your items is featured in one, send a link to me, Mortira, and it will be added to the pool and featured here on the blog.

How to Join:

To take part in the team Flickr album, you will need to sign in to Flickr with a Yahoo ID. When you visit the group home page, you should see the “Join?” link. When you join, please leave a link to your shop in the message section so that I know who you are.

I have set up a few guidelines for joining the Flickr group, to help get our team members working together and looking spiffy. This will help us make a name for ourselves in the Etsy community and build a reputation for being an awesome collection of shops.

1: Mention the Oh Canada Team in your shop announcement or profile.

2: Have your shop policies section filled in.

Once you’ve been approved, you will be able to add photos from your Flickr photo stream to the team pool. The current limit is 3 photos per day. Remember to upload your very best photos for the “Friday Finds” feature here on the blog.

Photo Guidelines:

1: One photo per item or shop listing. If you want to add a new photo for an item you’ve already added, please remove the original and replace it. This will keep the album tidy and easy to browse.

2: Flickr’s user guidelines do not allow shop links or promotional material in photo descriptions, Please do not put your shop URL or web address in your description, or mention Etsy.com. You can use your Etsy username, so that interested viewers can find you.

For example: “Designed by bstudio” or “Created by Poocheze”. The group’s description, which is visible to non-members, explains briefly how to search for shops by username.

3: Use the team tag “OhCanadaTeam” on the photos that you add to the pool. You are allowed to use “Etsy” as a tag on your photos (just not in the description). It’s also a good idea to use tags like “handmade” if they apply.

You do not have to geotag your photos, but if you want to add one or more of them to the map, it will make the photo pool more interesting for visitors. Team members are also welcome to add team and Etsy related discussions to the group, so feel free to chat and interact! If any of our bilingual team members would like to volunteer to translate our group description for greater visibility, please let me know.

More details on using the team photo pool can be found on the Oh Canada Flickr Group page.

To celebrate our new Flickr group, here is a collection of some amazing art and photography prints from the Oh Canada team, curated with the Byhand.me spotlight tool.

To see even more incredible creations by the Oh Canada team, include the tag “OhCanadaTeam” in your searches on Etsy.com.

If you’re looking for tips on perking up your Etsy photos, have a look at some of these great tutorials and threads:

Taking High-Quality Photos of Your Work

Enhancing Your Etsy Photos Using Aviary

Shop Makeover: Feature Friendly Photos

Brighten Your Photos with Picnik and Flickr

Achieving Clarity and Crispness in Your Photos

Taking Great Product Photographs

How to Make and Inexpensive Light Tent

Taking and Editing Quality Photos of Beads and Beadwork

See you in the pool!

Copyright 2010 Oh Canada Team Blog


paint1chris said...

Great article and very informative links. Thanks.

jennifer said...

this article is well done and informative, with excellent info for team members. thanks.

as well, thanks for featuring my charlie's day print in the friday finds and for featuring brynn alex card - i will be purchasing that one.

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