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DROPBOX


How to use DROPBOX

DROPBOX

DROPBOX provides a simple way to share and exchange data on the internet. It is ideally suited to images as there is virtually no limit on size or format.

CPF use DROPBOX to gather images after a Photowalk or event, for sharing with participants, using on the CPF Site and on Facebook.

CPF recommends that you open a free account, as being the easiest way to share data: www.dropbox.com

DROPBOX has an online user manual at www.dropbox.com

If these instructions are not clear, please notify info@cpg.org.nz

 

THIS ARTICLE COVERS

 

  1. Using DROPBOX for the first time.
  2. Using a CPF Event folder to create a subfolder for your images.
  3. Uploading images to your subfolder.

 

1. USING DROPBOX FOR THE FIRST TIME

If you access DROPBOX from a "Link" you will be asked to "LOG IN" or "OPEN AN ACCOUNT". The latter is free and recommended. There is also an option that enables you to download images without logging in or opening an account; this is not recommended.

 

To open an account, follow the online instructions. 

 

To revert to a designated folder.  Enter the link in your browser's window.

 

 

 

2. CREATE A SUBFOLDER FOR YOUR IMAGES.

Typically the CPF Convenor will have set up a folder for the Event and provided you with a link to that folder. 

 

 

1. Click on the link, for the required "Folder". 
2. This opens a screen, with the DROPBOX logo on the top left, and on the upper right two buttons. The first a "SHARE" button, and the second a "GEAR" button. In the middle of the screen is a listing of folders and or images.
3. Click on the "GEAR" button and select "Show in my Dropbox".  (I think this assumes you have an account, or it may give you the option to open an account. If need be set up your account}
This takes you to a window, with a string of buttons near the top right of the screen and a listing of folders and/or images. Hover over the buttons to find their name.
4. Click on the NEW FOLDER button, the icon has a "Plus sign on a folder". Then name your folder. Generally CPF like you to use your name to indicate that images within the folder belong to you.  i.e. The top folder will usually be the project or event name. It will contain subfolders each with the name of the photographer.
5. If it is your first time, you may like to load a test image to make sure you are familiar with the system. See Section 3.

 

 

 

3 UPLOADING IMAGES TO YOUR SUBFOLDER

This assumes you have set up a folder as described in "2" above and you have a link to the folder. The folder should have your name on it.

 

1. Click on the link, for the required "Folder". 
2. This opens a screen, with the DROPBOX logo on the top left, and on the upper right two buttons. The first a "SHARE" button, and the second a "GEAR" button. In the middle of the screen is a listing of folders and or images.
3. Click on the "GEAR" button and select "Show in my Dropbox". 
This takes you to a window, with a string of buttons near the top right of the screen and a listing of folders and/or images. Hover over the buttons to find their name.
4. Select the folder that you have set up in 2 above by:  Double- clicking on the folder. When selected the line will turn blue.
5. Once at the folder that you wish to upload to, click the "UPLOAD" button. (Page with up arrow). This takes you to a window, with an option. Add your files using the DESKTOP APPLICATION or the WEB UPLOADER. 
6. While either method works, the WEB UPLOADER is probably the easiest. Click on WEB UPLOADER and follow the online instructions.
7. If you wish to retain ownership of the image, ensure that you include your name in the image name.  Also if taking pictures of a person who should be named (eg as the Model) include their name in the image name. 
8. Preferably do not watermark your images.