To learn, do. So to better understand how flickr groups work (sidenote- something on the net has “arrived” when I do not have to hyperlink its mention, when I write “flickr” it hardly seems necessary to lin k it to http://flickr.com/, see also Google) I decided to create a new flickr group.
Flickr groups allow members to post images from their individual collections to the group pool, and create discussions about the images or topics.
Why? The groups are another lesser known social layer of flickr. Are teachers using them? Is there some lesser than obvious way to use groups as a learning tool? I have no answers, but questions, so it calls for exploring.
So first off all, like many things in flickr, it is bonehead easy to create a new flickr group. You go to the groups page (a top navigation link on all pages) and… click on Create New Group. How much easier does it get? You have some choices about whether it is a private group (perhaps good for a student project or class since it is basically invisible to the main flickr site and searches), a public group but open by invitation only (if you do not just want any yahoo tossing pictures in), or a wide open public group, where anyone can join.
I selected the latter.
As a group creator, you get to create the introdcutory text, create an icon, choose a public URL, etc. You are god-like!
The group I created is the In Camera No Photoshop group where I’d like to see images taken with a camera that look as thoough they were created with help of editing in PhotoShop, but were really just good (lucky) photo shots w/o any layer, effect, or for that matter, any editing. The three I tossed in are just ones with an element of reflection that appear like they are merged PhotoShop layers (or so I think so).
So come and join the fun as I am all alone in the group: