How to share photos on JungleDragon
At JungleDragon, we intend to share photos with a rich context, which goes beyond just sharing an image. Members are expected to describe at least some essential info about the image, such as the location and the species. With this info, your photo becomes a lot more educational, is easier to find by others, and will show up in key sections of the site, such as the global wildlife map and the species browser. This article explains how to share photos on JungleDragon the correct way.
No worries, the process is easy. Using an example photo, we'll go through 5 steps:
- 1. Prepare the image
- 2. Upload the image
- 3. Set the title, description and tags
- 4. Identify the species
- 5. Setting the location of the photo
1. Prepare the image
Consider the following guidance in preparing photos for uploading to JungleDragon:
- The file should be a JPEG with a maximum size of 15MB
- There is no limit to the resolution, the higher the better!
- Avoid image frames if you can, watermarks are allowed
- Keep EXIF and Geotag information in the file, JungleDragon will use them
- IPTC keywords and the IPTC title will be used by JungleDragon
In addition, be sure that the photo itself is on topic. Photos of people, buildings and objects are not allowed and will be deleted.
2. Upload the image
To upload a photo, simply select the global menu item Upload:
On the upload screen, select one or more photos to upload and wait for the system to finish processing them. When done, click the uploaded photo to view the photo page:
A nice photo shared. We're done, right? No we're not, in fact this photo is useless in its current state. First, almost nobody will ever find this photo since it cannot be found via search, on the wildlife map or in the species browser. Second, those that see it may see a good photo, but without any context or educational value. We need to describe this photo to give it more value, which is explained next.
3. Set the title, description and tags
The first step in improving how we shared the photo is to set the title, description and tags. You can do so using the "Edit details" button below the photo:
In the form that appears, fill out the fields:
Below is some guidance on how to fill out these fields:
Mandatory and absolutely essential, as it will be shown on thumbnails and is primary way to search for photos. You are free to chose a title, yet it is generally recommended to include the species and the location.
Optional, but highly recommended. In this field you can eloborate on the species photographed and how you photographed it. Besides just text, you can also paste in links, other JungleDragon photos, videos, and more.
Optional, but recommended. Note that during geotagging and species identification JungleDragon will automatically add some tags.
Next, save the details. As seen below, we've already drastically improved the context of the photo:
4. Identify the species
One of the most vital tasks in JungleDragon is to identify the species on your photos, this is what gives our photos tremendous educational power. By identifying species, you are linking your photo to a species record from which people can learn more about the species, and see more photos of it. In addition, it makes possible a feature like the wildlife browser.
Species identification is easy to do, yet we first need to understand what exactly a species is. The most important thing to understand is that the identification is specific enough, at the species level, and not higher. For example, the identification "fox" is not specific enough, as it is not a single species, it is a whole group of species. Red Fox, however, is a single species and therefore correct. Similarly, a "Bear" is not a species, but a "Brown Bear" is.
How you do know whether you are specific enough? A simple method is to search for the species at Wikipedia. As an example, here is the sidebar on the Wikipedia page for "Red fox":
Note the bottom block called "binomial name", this is an indication that this is a single species, which is the correct level for identification. Once you know the species on the photo, find the "Identify species" button:
In the dialog that appears, simply enter the name of the species, either the common name or the binomial name:
Next, click "Search species", and wait for the system to process the identification. If all went well, the photo now has its species identified:
Note the species block next to the photo. This is quite awesome! With the species identified, people can instantly see which species you photographed, learn more about it, and find more photos from it. Good job, you'll experience this feature to be quite addictive, and educational for yourself as well.
What if I do not know the species I photographed?
Most of us are not biologists, so this can definitely happen. It is OK to not know, but you are expected to put in some basic effort to research the species. Share what you do know in the title and description (especially the location!). Do some online searching using Google image search and our species guide to try and find a match. Note that without putting in this effort, you are expecting our moderators to do this detective work for you. Research your species, not just for us, but also to become a better wildlife photographer yourself.
If you truly don't know the species, do not guess it, but instead share what you do know and what you tried.
I know the species, but species identification still does not work!
This happens sometimes. First, be sure that what you tried to identify really is at the species level, as explained above. If you're confident that you have a correct species, yet it still does not work, it usually means that no Wikipedia page for the species exists (JungleDragon uses Wikipedia for species linking). In those case, you may request manual species creation. In the identifcation dialog, find the "Advanced" section and open it. You will find a button to make the request there.
What if there is no species on my photo?
Some wildlife photos, in particular landscape photos, may not have any specific species shown on the photo. In those cases you can indicate that species identification is not relevant for the photo. To do so, in the identification dialog open the "Advanced" section and click the link there.
Set the location of your photo
The location in which you took the photo is vital information. If your image file contains GPS coordinates, JungleDragon will automatically detect them, in which case you don't have to do anything. If your image file does not have GPS coordinates, you can set the location in two ways: by setting the country, or by geotagging the photo inside JungleDragon. If you do not remember the exact coordinates where you took the photo, you can simply use the "Set country" button to at least indicate the country in which it was taken. If you do know the exact coordinates, you can geotag the photo right inside JungleDragon.
Photo sharing, the JungleDragon Way
We just went through the process of sharing photos in a rich and educational way. Let us summarize what we have achieved. First, our original photo:
A nice photo, but lacking any context. Few people will ever find it and it has zero educational value. Here's our improved photo:
Note the difference: rich species info, location info, a description of how it was photographed, overall an educational photo that will be seen and appreciated by far more people. Furthermore, it enables people to explore the species and the location in which it was found.
This better way of sharing is not hard work, it is a simple thing to do that will come natural to you after doing it a few times. You may even starts to like doing it, as it improves your own knowledge as well.
Thank you for reading this article, hopefully it explains well why we insist on sharing photos the correct way. In case you still have any questions, please reach out to the moderators.