I’m going to Flickr you off

I’m on Flickr and so are most of my edited photos (that I want to share).

We just talked through how I store my digital photos and now that we have them all neatly organized – how do we share them?

You should be using Flickr if:

You have a blog that has a photo on it. When you upload a photo into your {wordpress/blogger/etc} gallery to use in a post that photo needs to load before your site is visible to your audience. If you have a million photos on your main page (say you allow 5 of your current posts to just scroll on your landing page and each post has at least one photo – all of them you just uploaded to your gallery to use within your content management system for blogging – EACH photo slows down the load time.) Also? If you lose your site files or your content package when you upgrade or change themes?? You lose your photos, too. Have fun with that one.

Having your photos (as a blogger) load from Flickr in a post (I’ll show you how) lessens load time because your server is reading a “place” not a “file” and will load the content quicker because of it.

You take more photos than the average person. This is when you need to have a pro account. It’s all of $25 a year – well worth it. You can download original size files (which is why I do not store my edits, I delete them all once they’re on Flickr) – Flickr is essentially my secondary storage of my photos. But it works (literally, like an intern) for me – so it pays for itself in the first 30 minutes.

Go ahead, I’ll wait while you sign up.

There’s a free account too – so you can ease in to it – but only 200 photos will be displayed/usable in a free account. Currently I’m storing just shy of 17,000 photos on Flickr … so uh, 200 is a drop in the bucket. (BUY A PRO ACCOUNT.) Ehum, sorry – did you hear something?

There are a number of ways to upload your photos to Flickr once you have your account. (Because you have one now, right?)

When you’re in the HOME tab you can Choose to UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS

HOMEUpload FROM Flickr

From here it’s pretty easy to walk through the process.

Choose your photosChoose and opennow upload, set privacywaitadd description

Now you’re photos are uploaded to your account. You could stop here and not lose a thing. BUT … you can organize, tag and group your photos together for easy navigation (and SEO, for those who want it) in this next screen … so I think we’ll go through that.

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A set is like an album. Organize your photos into groups that make sense. For this tutorial all my photos are in a set called “Storing Digital Photos” – and it’ll include ALL the photos from this series of tutorials on digital file photo storage and what to do with them after.

I make sets differently than I do with my original files (that I store according to YEAR_MONTH_DAY and every day has it’s own folder. In Flickr I use descriptions for my albums and groups or sets. You can have “parent sets” that hold like-minded smaller sets (so for instance, KIDS and then all the sets “Jessica’s birthday!” “Oliver does the critter barn!” can live underneath the hierarchy of KIDS. It’s like a word tree – with words that are really photos.

I do this because I only ever put my edited images on Flickr. I do not save copies of edits anywhere else. Once I process a batch of photos, burn them to a disc for a client (if needed) or upload them to flickr – I wait about a week before I delete them entirely. I have all the originals and all my edits either live on Flickr or a disc or both. Redundancy is only good twice, then it’s just too much.

Photos are a large part of what I do, so having this system down pat is important for me. It streamlines my time and effort when I need to sit down and batch edit 900 photos at a time. I’m not wasting time, emotionally or otherwise, worrying about my photos because I have a system that I trust and has worked for me for 6 years.

add tags

You only have to add your TAGS once in the batch edit after you upload (in the field above) and it’ll automatically add those same tags to every photo in the batch. Nifty!

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Give them a story

When you’re through with all that (seriously less than 5 steps!) you click SAVE and you’re ready to roll.

Next we’ll tackle the Flickr Uploadr (makes this whole process easier) and then How do you put your photos in a blog post?

Questions so far?? Comments? Let me hear em!

{How I} Store my digital photo files …

There has to be a number of equally wonderful ways to go about this so I’m not going to show you HOW TO, I’m showing you HOW I. In the simplest of terms this is how it breaks down:

>>Parent Folder for PHOTOS
>>>>Subfolder for YEAR
>>>>>>Subfolder for MONTH
>>>>>>>>Subfolder for EACH DAY

Storing Photos

I don’t keep my photos on my computer – I store all my photo and video files on an external hard drive. There was that one time when my computer (pre-Mac days) crashed and lost ALL of my photos. Newborn shots, first days – all our home videos of our first born?? GONE. We paid a pretty penny to send my dead computer away to have my photos restored ($600). They found about 80% of my files.

It’s a general rule that you should be storing your digital files in 2 places because hard drives can crash as well. Servers are an option if you’re heavily into photography, multiple external hard drives, or even multiple computers. If you’re going to take a lot of digital photos (and want to keep most of them) you’re going to be investing heavily in doing so.

When I’m downloading my photos off my camera I download by day and create a new folder for every day I took photos (some months that’s every day of the month, others it varies).

You want to be “on” the MONTH folder to create a new subfolder for a DAY:

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Select “Create New Folder” and I format my DAY folders with YEAR_MONTH_DAY so they stay chronologically in order.

Storing Photos

Then I simply drag all the files from that DAY into that folder and let it copy over.

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I repeat this process until all the photos are off my camera and into a folder on my external hard drive. I do this before I edit my photos – because I don’t keep files on my computer and I use Lightroom to edit – I need to have all my files in one place before I can import to Lightroom and begin working on them.

It’s a fast and easy process now that I have it down pat and I have a place for every file. I used to try to name each event – but later would waste hours looking for specific photos because I couldn’t remember the WHAT we were doing or how I named the folder – but I knew the WHEN we did it.

We could go further into the conversation about Tagging your photos for personal use etc etc and how to use Lightroom to streamline your storage and process – but I, myself, am still learning all of that as well.

Resource and Links (not affiliates):

I use an external hard drive like this one.

What is Lightroom

Purchase Lightroom here.

A great online tool for touching up photos: Picnik

And for our next post in this Photo Tutorial Series you’ll want to know what this is: Flickr Uploadr <--- it makes my life so much easier.