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Celebrating 11 years of Flickr Commons

The Commons was launched on January 16, 2008, when Flickr released its pilot project in partnership with The Library of Congress. The two main objectives of the program were to increase discovery and use of publicly-held photography collections and to provide a way for the general public to contribute knowledge through user-generated content (by adding tags, comments, and notes to these historical collections).

One of the cool things is that a lively community discusses the images and has provided information about the image.

The Library of Congress has collected a number of "11-ish" images in celebration, with commentary from their staff:

See the images from the Library of Congress (and other Commons member accounts) with the highest number of community-generated tags on the +Flickr blog:

Image: Bodybuilder Gene Jantzen with wife Pat, and eleven-month-old son Kent. Photo by Stanley Kubrick, 1947 June 2. //

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Free Flickr accounts with 1000 or more photos will be locked tomorrow, January 8: download an archive of your images and data

On February 8th any items over the 1,000-upload limit may be deleted, starting with the oldest of the items. Photos licensed through Creative Commons before November 1, 2018 will not be deleted, even for accounts over the 1,000 limit.

If you think you'll be using Flickr, you can get a 15% discount off a Flickr Pro account through tomorrow as well.

You can create a downloadable archive of all your Flickr data:

1. Sign in to Flickr on desktop
2. Click your profile photo at top right
3. Select settings
4. Scroll down to "Your Flickr data" and select the option to request your data
5. Flickr will send you an email when your archive file(s) are ready

The data includes photos and videos, account settings, contacts, comments and more.

And no, there isn't anything you can really do with all that data, other than re-upload your images to another site like Google Photos.

Learn more about the changes at +Flickr
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Photographers: submit your best 2018 photo to Flickr's Your Best Shot contest

You could win sweet prizes!

Read: There’s still time! Your Best Shot 2018 ends Jan. 7
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Creative Commons CEO talks about photography, licensing options, and CC Search

Flickr interviewed Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley about photography and licensing. On why content platforms should offer creators a CC licensing option:

Because photographers want it. If you want to be a platform that gives its users choice, then CC is the most reliable standard for sharing your work under permissive terms. “All Rights Reserved” is the default for every photo from the second it’s taken, but a considerable portion of users and creators want to share, and a CC license gives them the opportunity to do that.

The Creative Commons Search Initiative - CC Search - is going to try to catalog all Creative Commons licensed content across the web.

CC Search, when it’s completed, will be a collection of the catalog of the Commons online—so 1.4 billion licensed works across 9 million different websites, from Flickr, Wikipedia, Youtube…all the way down to someone’s individual blog. I don’t think we’ll ever get everything, but the idea is to collect the majority of that in a catalog that refers to the various places where those works are located.

Read the whole interview on the +Flickr blog, which touches on Flickr's own licensing options and changes to the European copyright rules:
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Playground is now available for all Pixel phones, with new Playmoji for the holidays

Playground helps you bring more of your imagination to your photos and videos with interactive Playmoji—characters that react to each other and to you—and tell a richer story by adding animated stickers and creative captions.

Playground launched for the Pixel 3 in October, and starting today is available on Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. It's available in your phone's Camera app.

New Playmoji and stickers

Travel Playmoji

Winter Playmoji

Weather Playmoji

There are also Christmas Cheer and Hanukkah stickers.

More info from Google
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Instagram now lets you share Stories with just a list of "Close Friends"

Keep in mind that people on your close friends list will know they're on it, but they can't see who else is on your list. Only you can see your close friends list, and no one can request to be added. If someone has added you to their list, you'll see a green badge when you're viewing their stories and a green ring around their profile photo.

Stories with close friends disappear after 24 hours.

It's not really like Google+ Circles, as it doesn't apply to anything other than Stories, but it does show Instagram is finally getting that people might share more if it wasn't always a public performance.

Learn how in the Instagram help center:

Read: Share with Your Close Friends on Instagram Stories
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Google Camera with Night Sight lets Pixel phones see in the dark

Night Sight constantly adapts to you and the environment, whether you’re holding Pixel or propping it on a steady surface. Before you press the shutter button, Night Sight measures your natural hand shake, as well as how much motion is in the scene. If Pixel is stable and the scene is still, Night Sight will spend more time capturing light to minimize noise; if Pixel is moving or there’s significant scene motion, Night Sight will use shorter exposures, capturing less light to minimize motion blur.

It's designed for the Pixel 3, so the results won't be as spectacular on your original 2016 Pixel. It still will take much better photos in the dark than without Night Sight.

Learn more: See the light with Night Sight

Learn about how it works on the Google AI blog
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Easily resize images for the web with

+Google Chrome Developers has released a web tool for easily resizing, reformatting and compressing your images. It works in your browser, and can even function offline.

Try it out on desktop or mobile:

Watch the demo

Via +9to5Google
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Creative Commons and images in The Flickr Commons won't be affected by new 1000 photo limit

Flickr recently announced that free accounts would be limited to 1000 photos. That raised concerns that the make images shared under a Creative Commons license and images from historical, governmental, and nonprofit organizations in The Flickr Commons would vanish.

+Flickr announced today that those images won't be deleted under the new terms.

The Flickr Commons photos (those uploaded by the archival, governmental, etc. institutions we are working with) are safe. We are extremely proud of these partnerships. These photos won’t be deleted as a result of any of our announced changes. The only reason they’d disappear is if the organization that uploaded them decided to delete them.

Photos that were Creative Commons licensed before our announcement are also safe. We won’t be deleting anything that was uploaded with a CC license before November 1, 2018. Even if you had more than 1,000 photos or videos with a CC license. However, if you do have more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded, you’ll be unable to upload additional photos after January 8, 2019, unless you upgrade to a Pro account.

Flickr is also working with non-profit organizations to help them set up free Pro accounts, which aren't affected by the 1000 photo limit.

Get all the details on +SmugMug co-founder +Don MacAskill 's post on the +Flickr blog:
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Flickr limiting free plan to 1000 photos and videos

Yahoo started offering 1 terabyte of storage free in 2013. Now under new owner SmugMug, Flickr notes that this created a huge trove of data for advertisers, whose needs were prioritized. And it changed the tone of the community for the worse:

First, and most crucially, the free terabyte largely attracted members who were drawn by the free storage, not by engagement with other lovers of photography. This caused a significant tonal shift in our platform, away from the community interaction and exploration of shared interests that makes Flickr the best shared home for photographers in the world. We know those of you who value a vibrant community didn’t like this shift, and with this change we’re re-committing Flickr to focus on fostering this interaction.

Upgrading to an unlimited Pro plan costs as little as $3 per month.

Read: Why we’re changing +Flickr free accounts
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