DIY Canon To Flickr Upload
For quite a number of years I’ve been snapping photos with a pocket-sized Canon PowerShot SD850 IS. It’s been a great little camera that I brought along many trips and many bike rides. Because I use the thing quite often, I figured it’d be about time to find a more current camera that does things a little better and that does a few more things the old SD850 doesn’t do. I found just that in the only recently available Canon PowerShot SX280 HS, which packs a huge amount of features in a slightly larger envelope. In fact, this small black soul stealer does more than I’ll probably ever use. I won’t bore you with a feature list nor with a camera review as I’m just no authority when it comes to photography and its equipment. There are plenty of better places to read all about the PowerShot SX280 HS, if it tickles your fancy.
While the camera will snap crispier images and adapt to different situations like distance, lighting or movement intelligently and automatically, two image unrelated features will make the use of the camera a lot simpler for me - WiFi and GPS. I usually took the time with all of my Flickr photos to place them on the map. Thanks to a built-in GPS, I will no longer need to do that. The geolocation will always be stored in an image when it’s taken. More and more cams come with WiFi these days and it makes absolute sense. I know quite a few people who no longer own a computer. An iPad or tablet has replaced a laptop or desktop for them. Take the PowerShot SX280 HS and you no longer need to worry about being able to connect it by wire. The camera has a number of ways to transfer everything across WiFi. For iPhone and iPad users there’s a nifty CameraWindow app. PC and Mac have a similar app in addition to an Image Transfer Utility app. To copy photos from the PowerShot SX280 HS I no longer need to bend down - and risk to throw my back - to reach my desk drawer and pull out a USB cable. I just turn on the camera, switch on WiFi and tell it to connect to my MacBook. A Wireless Camera Service app on the Mac listens in the background and launches CameraWindow the second it gets a signal from the camera. Launch iPhoto and the camera is accessible there as well.
In addition to the image and video transfer to other pieces of hardware, the camera is packed with a few web services to shoot your footage straight up into the cloud. At the moment you can use Canon’s own Image Gateway, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Email and “Send via Server”. I wish they’ll add Flickr and Instagram down the road. If you can’t wait, here’s a little hack I did to send images to Flickr. You’ll need a laptop running at home, a Dropbox account, an IFTTT recipe, “Send via Server” on your Canon and a WiFi connection.
Okay, time to set it up. If you haven’t already, connect your camera to your computer via USB cable and set up the different web services in the CameraWindow app. You just need to do that once and it has to be done with a USB cable. It’s the only time you’ll ever need the cable. With “Send via Server” you can send images to your computer at home from anywhere in the world as long as you have WiFi and your computer is running.
Next, you need to tell the Image Transfer Utility app on your computer to save your incoming images in a public Dropbox folder. I called mine “canon”. Now, jump over to IFTTT (if you’ve never heard of it check it out, it lets you do some mighty cool things) and create a new recipe with a trigger that fires every time a photo is added to the folder you specify, “canon” in my case. Add a Flickr action that uploads a new public photo from Dropbox to Flickr and adjust title, description and tags to whatever you like (see my screenshot above). Done, you can now send images to Flickr right from your WiFi capable Canon. Dropbox and IFTTT make it possible.