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February 10 2014

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New Old Stock: Public Domain Photos from Institutional Archives Worldwide


  

Many institutions create and collect photos and make them available as Public Domain or licenses closest to that. As we all know, public institutions don’t really care to make their services comfortably usable. On top of that these collections contain loads more chaff than wheat. Cole Townsend from Buffalo, New York has come to our rescue. His Tumblr project “New Old Stock” curates the best free photos from public archives and it does quite a job…

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Better Resources for Photographic Inspiration

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We are always on an endeavor to make our reader’s lives a little easier. That is why every now and again we trawl through the internet for you to muster up some of the best inspiration resources we can find. Great photography can be as inspiring as any other form of art or design. But, as is well known, one growing problem with finding inspiration in photography online is the sheer abundance of photos out there. There are so many photo blogs, galleries, directories and groups that knowing where to turn can become overwhelming, not to mention frustrating. Also, quite frankly, there’s a lot of bad photography that is published online. Getting to the best stuff takes a lot of filtering.


This post bundles together some of the better resources for finding inspiring photography online. We’ve arranged them in themes under news in pictures, photoblogs, photographers’ portfolios, a variety of Flickr resources plus a few tidbits more. To help us make this resource even better, feel free to share your own favorite sources for inspiring photography in the comments.

News in Pictures

One thing to remember with photography is that it captures a moment in time. And a good way to ensure that your inspiration is up to date is by checking out some of the bigger news agencies online. They generally have photographers who are working at the cutting edge of information and technology and have their finger on the pulse of what’s new.

Here are just a few online resources from news publications or agencies that compile great galleries and photojournalism.

Magnum Photos
Has to be one of the all-time classic agencies for beautifully chronicling events in pictures.

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The Big Picture
This is the news in pictures from news portal boston.com. It does what it says on the tin pretty well… serves up big beautiful pictures.

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BBC News in Pictures
The BBC news photo galleries are chronicled by events, themes and retrospect. Picture Editor Phil Coomes also has a blog about photos in the news. To inspire his audience he runs weekly themes for the public to upload images. For example, recent themes include open spaces and the beach.

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Reuters
The international news agency has up-to-the minute galleries of images categorized by theme and monthly retrospect. It also delivers photo-reportage videos with behind-the-scenes stories from Reuters photographers. Reuters, alongside Associated Press and Agence France Presse, is one of the largest news agencies in the world.

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National Geographic
No ‘News in Pictures’ list would be complete without the inclusion of the iconic National Geographic. Big inspirational photography can be found at the online news photography section of the website. There you will find nicely grouped galleries, photo of the day, wallpapers, photo tips and you can also browse by photographer.

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Photoblogs

There are hundreds of thousands of photoblogs out there. Some update on a daily or weekly basis while others are more sporadic. Some revolve around a theme while others are more free-form. Here are some photoblogs that we thought were worth bookmarking for some occasional inspiration.

Joe’s NYC
This photoblog features mostly photos of New York City, but also sometimes includes photos from elsewhere.

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Rion.nu
This photoblog showcases the photography of Rion Nakaya. Many of the photos featured are of people and urban landscapes.

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Daily Walks – Diane Varner
The images featured here are taken on daily walks and hikes the photographer takes in Northern California.

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Dreams of Light
Dreams of Light is the photoblog of Odilia Liuzzi. The photos featured here are varied in composition, style, and content.

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The Gathering Shot
The Gathering Shot is the photoblog of Fernando Rodriguez, who tries to photograph things that are unique or different.

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Polydactyle
Many of the photos included here have extensive post-processing. Some really interesting effects can be found in the archives.

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AbsolutelyNothing
This photoblog showcases the often breath-taking landscape photography of Tristan Campbell.

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Image:Me
Image:Me is the photoblog of Thomas Krebs and features photographs of a variety of subjects, from people to animals to landscapes.

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Fotograf by Imran
This site showcases the photography of Imran Saleh, a photographer from Singapore.

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Intermittences of Life
This photoblog showcases a wide variety of images including portraits, landscapes, and surprising other content types.

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Pic of the Week by Andy Nixon
This photoblog not only features great images, but in many cases it offers background information about each photo. There are also occasional text posts.

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Traveling Tribe
This photoblog is a bit different from many of the others in this article, with many longer-format posts featuring collections of images. Photos of shops and travel photos are among the most commonly featured.

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Ossum!
Ossum! is a South African-based photoblog that features photos with a variety of content, including landscapes, night shots, and even an awesome series covering the demolition of the Athlone cooling towers.

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Tenere
This photoblog mostly includes images taken while the photographer, Yoshinori Fukui, was in the Sahara Desert.

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Grant Legassick Photography
Grant Legassick is a photographer living in Cape Town, South Africa. Most of the stunning photos on his blog are of the South African landscape.

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Dror Eyal Photography
This wedding photoblog pushes the limits of beautiful wedding photography. The photos included are stunning, and the photographer obviously isn’t afraid to try something different than the traditional posed portraits. There are also occasional posts featuring other types of photography.

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Christine Meintjes
The photos featured on this blog include both portraits and landscapes, especially cityscapes. A variety of styles are included.

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Flickr

Often when we think of turning to Flickr for inspiration we think of searching either directly through the millions of photos there, or viewing popular tags. But that is a really hit-or-miss way of finding anything of quality. Another option might be to scan through Flickr groups, but similarly many of these groups have grown so large that you run into the same ‘bottomless’ problems as with searching. But there are more refined options that help you filter through the guff.

Flickr Galleries

Where Flickr Groups often have tens or even hundreds of thousands of photos, Galleries are much more selective. Part reason for this is that Flickr actually limits the number of images you can have in a given gallery. Galleries are curated by Flickr members, often surrounding a theme, and can be created by anyone.

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Here are a few favorites:

Aviary
This Gallery features images of birds including close-ups, photos of flocks and silhouettes in both duotone and color.

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American Apocalypse I
This Gallery showcases images of mostly deserted scenes from around the U.S. as well as a couple of portraits that offer a similar impression.

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Expired Time Zero
This Gallery includes photos taken with expired Polaroid time zero film. The color and exposure effects are quite striking.

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Clotheslines
The Clotheslines Gallery showcases just that: beautiful images of clotheslines. The colors and shapes in the images are wonderfully inspiring.

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The Future
The Future Gallery features futuristic-style photographs – mostly of everyday items and architecture as well as a handful of portraits.

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Flickr Last 7 Days Interesting

Flickr’s Explore the Last 7 Days Interesting feature is one of its better services for finding inspiration. As noted above in the News in Pictures section, a photograph is a moment in time, captured. Therefore newer photos often capture some amazingly new inspiration. And best of all, Flickr filters the past 7 days to capture the best of what has been uploaded and presents these randomly so every reload delivers new and fresh inspiration.

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Flickr Places

Flickr’s Places feature lets you search by geographic area – anywhere in the world. Flickr also includes featured places every day.

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Flickr ‘The Commons’

The Commons is a collection of public domain and copyright-free photos from a variety of institutions from around the world, including the Smithsonian, the National Galleries of Scotland, and the Jewish Womens’ Archive. Most of the photos included are of historical significance and can be a great inspirational resource when working on a project with a retro or vintage theme.

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Tumblr Blogs

Tumblr has some of the most creative blogs out there and photographers’ photoblogs are no exception. Here’s only a handful of the excellence Tumblr has to offer.

The Photographist
This Tumblr blog showcases a variety of images with a focus on still lifes and landscapes.

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Polamour
Polamour is a Tumblr photoblog that posts one Polaroid-style photo every day.

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Aviram/Lerner Photography
Most of the photos on this Tumblr blog are concert pics but you can discover other kinds of content too.

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iPhotogenic
iPhotogenic takes a slightly different approach to the photoblog posting only photos taken and processed using iPhone apps.

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Cela Aussi Passera
A lot of the photos included on this blog have awesome effects including double-exposure and lighting effects.

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The Dalai Lomo
The Dalai Lomo features lomo photos using a variety of lomo cameras (and some non-lomos).

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Photography Websites

While we have listed a few direct blogs and individual resources above, there are also photography portals that act as collectives for many photographers. These sites serve up tons of great photos from a variety of photographers. Here are a few of the ones we have found useful for inspiration.

Flak Photo
Flak Photo showcases photography from a variety of international contributors. Flak focuses on the art and culture of photography featuring not only great photographs, but also news of new series work, gallery exhibitions and book projects.

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Jen Bekman
This site features a variety of photographers exhibited at the Jen Bekman gallery in New York City.

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DeviantART
DeviantART has a fantastic photography section, browseable by type and content (commercial, horror & macabre, still life, street, conceptual, photojournalism, etc.). It’s a great resource for finding the more artistic photography.

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Carbonmade
Carbonmade includes a hand-picked ‘examples’ page that showcases some of the best photography portfolios hosted on the site. It can be a great place to find photographers that might not be featured elsewhere.

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Behance.net
Behance showcases some fantastic photography, mostly commercial or editorial. Just check out its photography, retouching and photojournalism categories (there are also categories for photo illustration and photo manipulation).

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Portfolios

Not to confuse portfolios with blogs, a photographer’s portfolio showcases the best work of a particular artist, often exhibiting some of the best photos to be found anywhere online. Portfolios are as varied as the photographers they represent: some with carefully curated collections of only a couple dozen images, others with hundreds of images to view. Portfolios are designed to sell the work and services of the photographer. Here are a handful of eye-candy resources for you to pore over.

Eric Ryan Anderson
Eric Ryan Anderson categorizes his photos into a number of portfolios including “Texas”, “Music”, “Polaroid”, and “Portrait”.

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Erik Almas Photography
Erik Almas has a fantastic portfolio of both commercial and editorial photos including fashion, landscapes, portraits and fine art photos.

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Jeremy Cowart Photography
Jeremy Cowart has photographed some of the biggest names in pop culture and has an outstanding portfolio of both editorial and commercial photos.

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Koen Demuynck
The portfolio of this Belgian photographer includes a wide variety of work including landscapes, portraits and plenty of photomanipulations.

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Dave Hill Photography
The photos included in Dave Hill’s portfolio are varied and include many with a cinematic quality rarely seen in still photography. He has some very famous subjects in many of his photos, too.

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Rinze Van Brug Photography
The portfolio of Rinze Van Brug includes fashion, architectural and travel photography in a mostly understated style that includes both duotone and color photos.

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Raven Photography
The photos featured in this portfolio all have extensive post-processing, mostly to make them look like HDR photos. There’s also commentary for each photo.

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Jason Bell
Jason Bell’s portfolio includes a wide array of photos including images of celebrities, portraits, landscapes and more. He also has portfolios of commercial photography and images taken for the entertainment and music industries.

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Conclusion

There are a wealth of fantastically talented photographers posting their work online. And of course what one finds inspiring, another may find completely mundane. But there are definitely better resources and finding these online is challenging. Hopefully the above links will put you well on your way. If you have additional resources you’d like to share please contribute them in the comments below.

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November 29 2010

06:20

The Best Flickr Groups to Find Minimal Design Inspiration

A major movement in the fields of photography and design is a call for minimalism. The major viewpoint of this trend is that, when it comes to art, less is more. In a world packed with overwhelming information sources competing for attention, consumers are bombarded by countless images each day. The minimalist movement argues that, when content is stripped to the bare essentials, it can more effectively catch the viewer’s attention and speak directly to their senses rather than overwhelming them with information. While advocates of this movement can be found throughout the Internet, one of the best locations to learn more and become a member is within Flickr groups. Here are the top 10 Flickr groups dedicated to the minimalist movement that you will likely find useful.

1. Elegantly Minimal

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This Flickr group advocates that photos can still be elegant while advocating minimalism. All photo subjects are included in this group as long as they adhere to the minimalist requirements.

2. True Minimal

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The True Minimal group advocates art that is stripped down to the bare essentials. This group is all about the sentiment that less truly is more.

3. Minimal Black & White

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The Minimal Black & White group takes photographs back to their days of infancy by only allowing black and white shots. In a world so inundated with color, this group can be a refreshing escape.

4. Minimal Corner

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The minimalist movement can take many turns and that includes having a group dedicated completely to the art of corners.

5. Minimal Color

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Minimalism isn’t only about stripping designs down to their essentials concerning subject matter. The Minimal Color Flickr group embraces minimalism in color and includes wonderful displays of strategic color usage.

6. COM-Minimal

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The COM-Minimal Flickr group includes both wonderful minimalist photos and enriching discussions regarding this design trend. While most Flickr groups only allow the posting of minimalist photos, this group provides a refreshing alternative to also join well-rounded minimalist conversations.

7. Minimal Flowers

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As the name states, the Minimal Flowers group only allows simplistic, beautiful images of flowers. This is a great group for those who are primarily interested in photographing the natural world.

8. Animals in B/W, Sepia, & Minimal Color

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This group is for the animal lovers on Flickr who are also fans of the minimalist movement. View animals in their most natural settings as they are meant to be seen.

9. Minimal Intervention in Photos

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The Minimal Intervention in Photos community is a wonderful break from today’s trend of over processed photos with photo editing software. Only naturally shot photographs are allowed here.

10. Minimal Art [no people, no life]

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The Minimal Art [no people, no life] group takes people and all life forms out of the minimalist movement by only allowing photos of lifeless elements such as buildings and furniture.

In a world inundated with information, the best option you have to stand apart from the massive crowds is to strip your designs and photography to the essentials. This minimalism in art will be a refreshing sight for your design viewers and will be more likely to grab and hold their attention.

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September 26 2010

21:49

Embed a Flickr feed on your website with jQuery

Looking for a quick way to pull your Flickr photos onto your website? Using a lil bit of jQuery and the code below you can pull the latest photos right onto your webpage. Check out the demo and grab the code on this site.

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August 24 2010

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BEST OF: FYC Flickr Group Showcase (6)

There are currently 1791 members in the Fuel Your Creativity Flickr Group, and with that amount of skill in one place there is bound to be something to wet your creative appetite.  Here we will focus our spotlight on some of our favorites that have been contributed to the group. These fine works of art are inspirational & intriguing. We will continue to choose and comment on the Flickr submissions, as long as the submissions keep coming in ;) . If you have yet to get picked do not get discouraged, it doesn’t mean we did not like the work you submitted… it simply means that out of the many to choose from (over 14,524 entries) yours wasn’t chosen this time! Hope you enjoy the showcase, and keep up the great work.

*all images are copyright their creators

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January 25 2010

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BEST OF: FYC Flickr Group Showcase (5)

There are currently 1387 members in the Fuel Your Creativity Flickr Group, and with that amount of skill in one place there is bound to be something to wet your creative appetite.  Here we will focus our spotlight on some of our favorites that have been contributed to the group. These fine works of art are inspirational & intriguing. We will continue to choose and comment on the Flickr submissions, as long as the submissions keep coming in ;) . If you have yet to get picked do not get discouraged, it doesn’t mean we did not like the work you submitted… it simply means that out of the many to choose from (over 7,800 entries) yours wasn’t chosen this time! Hope you enjoy the showcase, and keep up the great work.

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January 06 2010

18:33

jQuery Lesson Series: How To Use JSON with Twitter and Flickr API



In this post I want to illustrate how to use jQuery getJSON() method to load JSON data using an HTTP GET request. I prepared two examples, easy to understand if you are a jQuery beginner. The first example is a simple Twitter search and the second one is a simple Flickr search.

For a printable reference guide to the jQuery API I suggest you to download my jQuery Visual Cheat Sheet or take a look at the official jQuery documentation.

Using getJSON() to implement a Twitter Search

In this first example I used getJSON() to implement a simple Twitter Search that returns five results for page. Try to add something into input field below (for example, apple) and press the Search button to display search results:

This kind of search is really easy to implement just using some lines of JavaScript code. Add a link to jQuery into the <head> tag of the HTML page:

<script src="jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

In the <body> tag add this code:

<input type="text" id="twitterQuery" /><button button id="twitterButton">Search</button>
<div id="results"></div>

<div id="results"> is the <div> that will contain the search results.


Then add this JavaScript code into the <head> tag, after the link to jQuery:

$(document).ready(function(){
var url="http://search.twitter.com/search.json?rpp=5&callback=?&q=";
var query;
  $("#twitterButton").click(function(){
  $("#results").html('');
    query=$("#twitterQuery").val();
    $.getJSON(url+query,function(json){
      $.each(json.results,function(i,tweet){
         $("#results").append('<div class="tweet">
         <img class="imgTweet" width="48" height="48" 
         src="'+tweet.profile_image_url+'"/>'+tweet.text+' 
         <strong>From:</strong> 
         <a href="http://twitter.com'+tweet.from_user+'">@'+tweet.from_user+'</a>
         </div>');
      });
    });
  });
});

The previous code is really simple to understand. The url var contains the string http://search.twitter.com/search.json?rpp=5&callback=?&q= for the Twitter API call. rpp is the number of tweets to return per page (it’s optional). For a full reference guide to the Twitter API take a look at the official documentation. $("#results").append()> appends search results into the layer with id results.

Using getJSON() to implement a Flickr Search

This second example is similar to the previous one. I implemented a simple Flickr search using getJSON(). Try to add something into input field below (for example, wave) and press the Search button to display search results:

This kind of search is really simple to implement. Add a link to jQuery into the <head> tag of the HTML page:

<script src="jquery.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

In the <body> tag add this code:

<input type="text" id="flickrQuery" /><button>Search</button>
<div id="results"></div>

Then add this JavaScript code into the <head> tag, after the link to jQuery:

$(document).ready(function(){
var url="http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?
              &tagmode=any&format=json&jsoncallback=?&tags=";
var query;
$("#flickrButton").click(function(){
$("#results").html('');
  query=$("#flickrQuery").val();
      $.getJSON(url+query,
        function(data){
          $.each(data.items, function(i,item){
            $("<img/>").attr("src", item.media.m).appendTo("#results");
            if ( i == 3 ) return false;
          });
       });
    });
});

The code above is really similar to the code you seen in the previous example. The url var contains the string http://api.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?&tagmode=any&format=json&jsoncallback=?&tags= for the Flickr API calls. $("#results").append() appends search results into the layer with id results. The if statement if (i==3) return false; limits the search results to 4. You can change that number as you prefer.

That’s all! Leave your comment if you have suggestions to improve the code.

January 04 2010

21:11

How To Add a Flickr Gallery to Your WordPress Theme Without a Plugin


When developing any new WordPress theme, I really do try and integrate as much of the functionality I want to accomplish without the use of third party plugins. Don’t get me wrong, I think plugins are great, and WordPress would not be the same without them. For me, it’s more the challenge of seeing if I can figure it out on my own. In one of my more recent themes, I wanted to integrate a Flickr gallery and found that it was actually pretty easy to do by parsing the Flickr RSS feed using the fetch_feed() function already built into WordPress (for a practical reference guide to WordPress download Antonio Lupetti’s WordPress Visual Cheat Sheet).

Flickr Gallery

Taming the Flickr RSS Feed

WordPress uses the popular SimplePie class to parse RSS for several admin features which makes parsing, integrating and displaying feeds within a WordPress theme a piece of cake. There are several SimplePie tutorials and sample scripts explaining how to parse a Flickr RSS feed into something we can actually use, so we might as well borrow some code. First, create a new file called flickr.php, copy/paste the following code and save it within your theme folder. I would recommend saving this file to your theme scripts folder. This basically tells SimplePie how to handle the Flickr RSS feed.

<?php
class flickr

{
  /**
   * Function that removes double-quotes so they don't interfere with the HTML.
   */
  function cleanup($s = null)
  {
    if (!$s) return false;
    else
    {
      return str_replace('"', '', $s);
    }
  }
 
  /**
   * Function that returns the correctly sized photo URL.
   */
  function photo($url, $size)
  {
    $url = explode('/', $url);
    $photo = array_pop($url);
 
    switch($size)
    {
      case 'square':
        $r = preg_replace('/(_(s|t|m|b))?\./i', '_s.', $photo);
        break;
      case 'thumb':
        $r = preg_replace('/(_(s|t|m|b))?\./i', '_t.', $photo);
        break;
      case 'small':
        $r = preg_replace('/(_(s|t|m|b))?\./i', '_m.', $photo);
        break;
      case 'large':
        $r = preg_replace('/(_(s|t|m|b))?\./i', '_b.', $photo);
        break;
      default: // Medium
        $r = preg_replace('/(_(s|t|m|b))?\./i', '.', $photo);
        break;
    }
 
    $url[] = $r;
    return implode('/', $url);
  }
 
  /**
   * Function that looks through the description and finds the first image.
   */
  function find_photo($data)
  {
    preg_match_all('/<img src="([^"]*)"([^>]*)>/i', $data, $m);
    return $m[1][0];
  }
}
?>

Theme Integration

Now that we have a way to handle the Flickr RSS feed, you need to decide where to integrate it into your theme. This could be virtually anywhere… such as within your main content index.php, the sidebar sidebar.php, footer footer.php, etc. Edit the corresponding theme file (depending on where you want your gallery to be displayed) and insert the following code. Please note that if you did not save flickr.php above to your theme scripts folder, you will need to edit the path /scripts/flickr.php below to match where you did save that file.

<?php // Get RSS Feed(s)

include_once(ABSPATH . WPINC . '/feed.php');
include_once(TEMPLATEPATH . '/scripts/flickr.php');

$rss = fetch_feed('your-flickr-feed');
$thumb = 'square';
$full = 'medium';

// Figure out how many total items there are, but limit it to 5. 
$maxitems = $rss->get_item_quantity(20); 

// Build an array of all the items, starting with element 0 (first element).
$rss_items = $rss->get_items(0, $maxitems); 
?>

<?php if ($maxitems == 0) echo '<li>No items.</li>';
else

// Loop through each feed item and display each item as a hyperlink.
foreach ( $rss_items as $item ):
  $url = flickr::find_photo($item->get_description());
  $title = flickr::cleanup($item->get_title());
  $full_url = flickr::photo($url, $full);
  $thumb_url = flickr::photo($url, $thumb);
?>
 
<a href="<?php echo $item->get_permalink(); ?>" 
     class="your-image-class" title="<?php echo $item->get_title(); ?>">
     <img src="<?php echo $thumb_url; ?>" alt="<?php echo $item->get_title(); ?>" />
</a>
 
<?php endforeach; ?>

Finishing Up

You still need to do a few things here. In the above code find your-flickr-feed and replace that with your actual Flickr RSS feed. You can find your Flickr feed by going to Flickr.com, log in and then click “Your Photostream”. After the page loads, scroll down to the bottom and find “Subscribe to Your Name’s photostream” then copy the geoFeed link. Next, configure how many photos you want to be displayed by changing get_item_quantity(20) to whatever you want.

The code above will generate an image tag containing the image thumbnail wrapped in a link to the source image on Flickr.com for each image. For basic styling options change class=”your-image-class” to whatever you want. Then you can add .your-image-class to your theme style.css which will allow you to style your Flickr gallery images in order to match the theme you are using.

November 12 2009

18:22

November 06 2009

10:58

Friday FUEL Fix (11/06/09)

Call Craig and his cousin Day-Day, everybody, it’s Friday! And this week on FYC we felt that it was time for another fix, in fact we felt that with all the great FUEL content that has been coming out recently, that it was overdue. So we assembled a little November rain in the form of a Friday FUEL Fix (was the rain a good thing in the song…it’s been a while. I guess if it inspired a song, it was a good, right? Moving on). We usually take a look at some Twitter followers in the fix, but we thought we would mix it up this week and look at some lists, not to mention give a nod to some Flickr members who have been contributing to the FYC Flickr group. So strap yourselves in, this ride is just getting started.

Twitter Lists You May Want To Look At

With the latest addition of lists to Twitter, the home of that little blue bird has been the place to be, and lists are the latest buzz that are stirring things up in the nest. So we thought that we would take a moment in this post and recognize some of those who have begun building helpful and community oriented lists, expanding Twitter’s ability to engage its users in on a whole new level.

urbanjungleboy @urbanjungleboy’s Design Resources list

myinkblog @myinkblog’s Top Design Blogs list

ilovetype @ilovetypography’s Type Foundries list

designcoyote @designcoyote’s Awesome Designers list

willpowered @Will_Powered’s Creative Community list

The FUEL Fix

As we have said before, there are so many amazing sister sites in the FUEL Network that we want to keep our spotlight shining over on the content that their awesome editors and writers are continuously putting together. Each of these fantastic FUEL sites is loaded with inspiring and insightful posts and discussions so take a look down through the showcase and see if you have missed any of these must-reads.

Fuel Your Motionography

Fuel Your Motion has stepped up to the plate and continues knocking them right out of the park with powerful and poignant post after post coming in from the youngest site in the FUEL ranks. Editors Christy Lai and Michael A. John and their team are keeping your graphics in motion for sure.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Motionography
As We Walk Through the Uncanny Valley

Follow on Twitter@fuelyourmotion | @christy_lai | @michael_a_john
Subscribe to Fuel Your Motionography

Fuel Your Blogging

blogging Editor extraordinaire Tim Smith has taken his team of writers and Fuel Your Blogging to brilliant heights in the short time that they have been apart of the FUEL family. Taking the blogosphere by storm and leading them towards a better more informed horizon.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Blogging
Should You Write Short or Long Blog Posts?

Follow on Twitter@fuelblogging | timothybsmith@
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Fuel Your Branding

brandingThe Branding team has quickly established Fuel Your Branding as an incredible go-to resource for all things branding related. Editors Lisa Kribs and Beth LaPierre are delivering on their promise to bring the community the best tips and tales on building and maintaining your personal or professional brand.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Branding
Building Trust Into Your Brand

Follow on Twitter – @fuelbranding | @bethlapierre | @lisakribs
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Fuel Your Photography

photography Editors Stacy Christian and Thayne Shumway have built a resource that no photog enthusiast or pro should be without in Fuel Your Photography. And the site just keeps the helpful and inspired content coming.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Photography
5 Ways to Improve Pictures for your Blogs

Follow on Twitter@fuelphotography | @stacychristian | @thayneshumway
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Fuel Your Apps

apps Fuel Your Apps, headed by the Chad, also known as the Engle, or his Chad Engleness is you’re not into the whole brevity thing, is your one stop haven for all things App!

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Apps
10 User Experience Related Resources & Findings

Follow on Twitter@fuelyourapps | @chadengle
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Fuel Your Illustration

illustration With a loose cannon like Alex Eben Meyer manning the helm of Fuel Your Illustration, you truly never know what to expect from the site, but you know it is always going to shine! With such a rich niche to draw from, FYIllustration is always delivering inspiring and informative posts.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Illustration
Cardboard Artist: Chris Gilmour

Follow on Twitter@fuelillustrate | @ebencom
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Fuel Your Interface

interface Editor Jonathan Cutrell, the imaginative driving force of Fuel Your Interface keeps all things interface…well, in your face. Can I get an LOL? Alright. But seriously, with fabulous tips and insightful articles, FYInterface is always at the top of our RSS reads.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Interface
Three Minute Tip! 3 Quick Photoshop Tips to Help Your Interface Creation

Follow on Twitter@fuelinterface | @JCutrell
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Fuel Your Writing

writing What can we say about the award winning always awesomesauce filled Fuel Your Writing that we haven’t said already? This wonderful writer’s resource has done nothing but delight us since it launched that we are running out of nice things to say about them. Good thing they are always stepping it up to give us more reasons to say them.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Writing
8 Nasty Writing Habits You Should Quit

Follow on Twitter@fuelyourwriting | @mishikraz
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Fuel Your Coding

coding If it is code you need, then just turn your developmental eye to Doug Neiner and his coding wizkids at Fuel Your Coding. Another community resource that never ceases to bring it, Doug and the FYCo team are favs in our feed.

Check out this fine post from Fuel Your Coding
JavaScript Can Learn: Now Teach It Tricks!

Follow on Twitter@fuelyourcoding | @dougneiner
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Fuel Brand Network

Fuel Brand Network has a blog attached to the main Network site so make sure that you stop by to see what Peter Liao and Megan Wantz are cooking up!

Follow on Twitter@fuelnetwork | @HeyPeterman | @Ehmdoubleyou
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Fuel Your Creativity Español

Do not be mistaken, just because FYC Español is another Creativity incarnation in the Network that they have all the same posts and content as the English counterpart…far from it! Javier and his team have assembled some hard hitting and awesomely inspired material for the Network so make sure that you get your bilingual butt in gear and get subscribed to FYC Español!

Fuel Your Creativity Japanese

Once more, this incarnation of the Creativity site, FYC Japanese, is jam packed with fresh content and inspired articles. Aki has crafted an astounding arsenal of posts that are sure to get your creative fires burning without end. If you have not been checking out the feed from FYC Japanese, then you are definitely missing out on some stellar design related inspiration. So get on over and check them out!

FYC Flickr Group Showcase

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mariani alberto : rupertalbegraphics wallpaper

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SchemingEye : Untitled

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teodoru : GasTon and Tento

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LouisCarnage : Philippe Auger

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