Sorting out all the photos I have taken has been an ongoing project of mine for close to two years and I’ve blogged about it several times before. And, as of a few days ago, I’ve actually finished it!
All of my photos are stored on my laptop in Dropbox folders which is one overall folder and then the different subfolders for places I’ve lived and visited, friends and the subfolders for each friend/family, knitting and SatScenes and shortlived Project365 attempts and so on. Some friends that also have Dropbox have access to their folders. In addition, the entire photos folder is synced to my external HDD on a monthly basis which is a manual process that I’ve marked down in my diary!
Photos I share publically which is only about 20% are posted in various places:
TwitPic contains snapshots on the go, or things I encounter. It’s the only place I can upload pictures to when mobile and I use it to capture things as an extension to Twitter. A sort of where I am, what I’m doing thing. These pictures are then later crossposted to tumblr.
Tumblr is pretty much the most reliable photo stream and it’s now got several categories:
- Photos I took – Self explanatory, it’s the overall stream.
- Photos I took in 2008 – Filtered by year.
- Photos I took in 2009 – Filtered by year.
- Photos I took in 2010 – Filtered by year.
- Knitting – Any pictures involving knitting. The better ones are also crossposted to this blog for the knitting gallery.
- SatScenes – Pictures I’ve submitted to @SatScenes.
- Arthur – Pictures of #soulcat.
- Sheffield – Pictures I’ve taken on my recent trip to Sheffield.
I was considering expanding further and categorising the pictures even more, but then I don’t take near enough pictures resembling similar motifs to warrant that. Yet!
The difficulty in the process did come down to the photos I didn’t want sharing publically, but still with individuals. On principle I don’t post any pictures online that friends are in unless I specifically know that they don’t mind. Looking at Flickr and Picasa it seemed overly complicated hiding certain pictures and Dropbox overall was the best option. Plus I love the service anyway!
It’s been a two year process and I’m finally happy with the results. All my pictures are now easy to find, named correctly and duplicates removed. It’s been a long journey, but it was worth it!
The picture at the top of the post is still one of my favourite quick photos I’ve taken. It was taken with my 3MPphone camera early in the morning in Torremolinos in 2008 and turned out surprisingly well! Click for a larger version.