From posts to pages, you’ve no doubt seen how much the addition of a quality photo can improve websites. The problem with this simple improvement, is you don’t always have access to photos that match your content. The JPPSS communications unit is helping you solve this problem by compiling nearly 4,500 pictures on the system’s Flickr account. These photos can be downloaded and used by our schools for websites, social media, promotional materials, or any other school need.
At the end of February 2015, there were 4,499 pictures and 116 albums on the JPPSS Flickr account. The photo albums include stock photos, popular logos, board meetings, school events, and sights common to any school day. There are also albums designated for 40 of our schools. Our goal is to create an album for every school in the system, and we’ve been adding at least one new school album each week.
Here’s how to download a photo from the JPPSS Flickr page:
- Visit www.flickr.com/photos/jpschools/
- From this point you can either scroll through the photos you see on the screen (this is called the Photostream and consists of every picture in order from newest to oldest), or click “Albums” on the toolbar just above where the pictures start.
- Browse through the Photostream or Albums and click on the photo you’d like to download.
- After clicking on the photo you want, a window should appear with only that photo displayed. To the bottom right of the photo you will see a star icon (which lets you favorite the picture), an arrow icon pointing right (which lets you share the picture), and an arrow icon pointing down (which lets you download the picture). Click on the download icon.
- After clicking on the download icon, a gray box will appear over the icon. The gray box lists various sizes of the photo. Click on the size you want.
- The size you select depends on how you will use the picture. If you want to use the picture in the slider on your home page, go with the version that’s larger than 840X400 for elementary school sites and 640X400 for middle and high school sites. Both the width and height must be larger than those dimensions. If it’s not going to be used in the slider, the medium size should work fine in most instances.
- After clicking on the size you want, your computer will either download it automatically or ask you where you want the photo downloaded. Either way, the photo should be downloaded onto your computer following this step.
We’ve been able to download photos without signing in to Flickr/Yahoo, so you should be able to do this without creating an account. There could be other actions we’re not aware of that require an account. If you’d like to upload and share school photos of your own to Flickr, consider creating a school account. It’s a free and easy way to store photos and share them with your school community. Let us know about your Flickr account and we’ll share it with our followers on social media.
Are there particular photos you’d like to see on our Flickr page? Feel free to email Christian Justrabo at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.