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How to enjoy bigger photos on Flickr

As a longtime flickr user and photographer with ever increasing megapixels at bay, I’ve slowly become dissatisfied with the small 500px wide default photo layouts at Flickr. I edit my photos full screen on a huge monitor and I’m often cropping and adjusting based on that view, so when I upload to Flickr I realize the detail and what I was trying to frame is often lost. For the past several years, I’ve always defaulted my Ten Years photos to 1024px wide for these reasons.

I’ve wondered about Flickr someday doing larger “HD” layouts and I’ve tried a few greasemonkey scripts in the past, but nothing quite worked for simply browsing larger shot versions. Then I realized they’ve always had what I wanted, I just didn’t realize it.

Here’s how you enjoy large photos on Flickr:

1. From whatever page you access contact photos, a user’s photostream, and/or a photoset, click on the slideshow link

Screen shot 2010-01-21 at 10.33.15 AM

2. As soon as the slideshow loads, hit the pause button on the lower left

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3. Use your keyboard’s left/right keys to navigate through the set of photos at full screen. If your mouse pointer isn’t in the very top or very bottom of the browser, all slideshow chrome will fade in a couple seconds leaving you with giant photos on a clean crisp full browser display

Screen shot 2010-01-21 at 10.36.19 AM

  1. Another cool tool to do this is Justin Ouellette’s “I Hardly Know Her” service:
    From the FAQ:
    “What is I Hardly Know Her?
    IHKH is a minimalist Flickr viewer. Captions and titles are omitted and metadata is hidden until needed. Images can be made large in place.”

  2. Unfortunately this may also introduce weird scaling artifacts since it stretches/compresses images (in Flash) to fit the browser window.

  3. Plus, you get a black background as opposed to the usual white background that some flickr users object to.

  4. Still, it’d be excellent if there was a Flickr layout which used “HD” versions so that everyone can see your photos nice and large.

  5. If it bothers anyone, I’m pretty sure images displayed via a slideshow aren’t counted for the “Viewed x times” stat.

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