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Picture library advice


limafish 7 7 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 8:22PM
The mountain rescue team I am part of is looking to set up a picture library to catalogue the images of the team over the last 50 years and into the future.

We are considering web based storage so that they can be viewed and downloaded by different team members for use - ie team presentations etc - and as an archive.

This will obviously require a massive amount of tagging and coordinating by the couple of lucky volunteers who have set themselves up for the job.

My question is which web based system might be most appropriate for the task? The team is currently considering a pro flikr account, is this the right option?

If you require further information to be able to provide suitable advice please ask.

Thanks

Rob

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User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
14 Nov 2012 8:55PM
Why not consider putting them up on a Commercial Agency site? There would be people out there willing to buy the right image for commercial reasons - and your Team could reap some financial rewards whilst others can just 'view'.

Just a thought.. Smile
14 Nov 2012 9:07PM
Would google drive do for storage, and google+ setup as a group with photo galleries do what you need.
It's easy to setup, can be edited from any device and free so might be worth looking at.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Nov 2012 2:54AM
Get a free Skydrive account.

Gives you 7 gigabytes of free online storage, and its easy to set up, you can set up a group so great for a team.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/showcase-photos#1TC=t1
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Nov 2012 3:07AM

Quote:We are considering web based storage so that they can be viewed and downloaded by different team members for use - ie team presentations etc - and as an archive.

This will obviously require a massive amount of tagging and coordinating by the couple of lucky volunteers who have set themselves up for the job



Linked to the wrong page, this page will probably make more sense Smile

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/skydrive/at-work
779HOB 2 1.1k United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 5:49AM
Does Skydrive compress your images? I have an account but haven't used it for sharing images as it seemed to compress high res to low res which in my case wasn't what I needed. But I might have missed a setting somewhere.

I use Dropbox now to share with different clients and it works very well. I haven't paid and seem to have about 4Gb free - you get 500mb free every time someone new joins one of your shared folders.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 6:42AM

Quote:Does Skydrive compress your images?

I just tried it and it doesn't seem to. When you view an image it will give you a preview which is a low res file for speed but if you download the file it is the same size.
Jestertheclown 6 6.6k 242 England
15 Nov 2012 7:47AM

Quote:When you view an image it will give you a preview which is a low res file for speed but if you download the file it is the same size.

Yep!
You effectively download your original.
I've got a load of stuff saved on Skydrive. When I began, they were giving away 25gb. of storage per email account. It's a shame that that stopped.
The biggest downside to using it is the time it takes to upload and download your images. It'll run in the background but there's always the prospect of accidentally turning it off (yes, many times)! It's probably best done at night or while you're away from the computer.
That aside, it sounds like just what you need.

Bren.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 8:15AM
Going back to the original question:


Quote:This will obviously require a massive amount of tagging and coordinating by the couple of lucky volunteers who have set themselves up for the job.

To that I would add scanning & adjusting the shots if this hasn't been done already. personally I would look at spliting the library along some sort of natural line (say 5 years of pcs for each volunteer) and using something like Lightroom, iView Media Pro, Photo Mechanic etc. to do all the keywording, grouping and metadataaization that you need as the tools on these would be much quicker for handling loads of photos than an inline syatem.

Then combine the various datasets & upload to the web. That way you always have the pics & data available so should the online service disapear you can upload to another one.
779HOB 2 1.1k United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 2:25PM

Quote: When you view an image it will give you a preview which is a low res file for speed but if you download the file it is the same size.


Thanks for that. I hadn't twigged to it.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
15 Nov 2012 10:50PM

Quote:I just tried it and it doesn't seem to. When you view an image it will give you a preview which is a low res file for speed


Yep low res, but the quality displayed is just as good as here or flickr or anything else similar.

Seem you can do a fair bit, been using it for a while, but I`m only scratching the surface.

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