Migration to Flickr: not so fast

Flickr upload: 100%In the excitement of move to Flickr, I totally forgot about one thing – bandwidth limitations. Even when I was reminded that they exist, I simply ignored the signs. Even though I have a professional account that allows for 2 GBytes per month, I should have checked the size of my photo gallery before I started the move.

I have uploaded albums from 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and a few from 2004, when my limits were out. I checked the size of my entire photo gallery and was somewhat shocked to find out that it was more than 2 year’s worth of uploads at this rate.

Apparently, there is a thread at Flickr forums where several people ask Flickr to give them a way to upload more. Even if that means paying more. I joined with ‘me too’. Flickr is a nice tool and the more I use the more I like. There are tons of features, and possibly the cleanest user interface out of all webservices out there.

In the light of this limitation however, I’ll have to somewhat review my migration process.

Firstly, I’ll be adding new images to my current gallery, not to Flickr. Hopefully, I’ll be uploading faster than making new pictures. So, eventually I’ll have it all at Flickr.

Secondly, I’ll have to trim my photo gallery a bit. There’s just too much noise, which I don’t care about. Although some people would probably find some pictures pleasurable. I’ll be going through the gallery, deleting bad pictures, and slightly compressing the rest of them. Images that come out of my camera are usually bigger than 3 MBytes. But they are totally uncompressed. A reduction of 10% quality, which is not even noticable can bring the image size down to 1 MByte. Before I didn’t have any space or bandwidth limitations, so I didn’t care. Now, I am very willing to sucrifice 10% of quality for 66% of the size. I am not going to resize pictures to 1024×768 though.

Thirdly, my uploads to Flickr will be in large batches. So, instead of adding a few pictures every day, evenly through a month, I’ll be adding a few thousand during the first few days, until I hit my bandwidht limitation. This way, I’ll save a lot of time, albeit will make it hard to follow for those of you who do. That’s temporary though, so, you can ignore me for the time being.

I guess that’s it.

Giant move to Flickr

Ok, I hope I am writing this for the last time. At least for the next 10 years or so.

I am doing a huge move of my photo gallery. I got bored with trying out all pieces of software, migrating back and forward, configuring this stuff, adding features, backing up, fixing links, etc, etc, etc.

Flickr wins!

I have decided to move my complete photo collection to Flickr. Yup, you heard me right. No, I am sane and in good mind.

Flickr has everything I need from a photo gallery tool – speed, flexibility, tags, permanent links, ratings, social interactions (comments, bookmarks, groups, ratings, etc), and much more. It integrates nicely with a whole bunch of third-party software. There are many third-party services based on Flickr, such as image editing tools, backup to DVD tools, print and ship tools. And Flickr is standard de facto for photo galleries.

I don’t see any good reason NOT to migrate, so let it be. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Until the move is completely done and everything is uploaded and tagged properly, I’ll keep the local copy of the gallery. All new additions, however, will go directly to Flickr. I’ll also have some sort of sidebar applet with links to recent and random pictures. Stay tuned.

P.S.: This post pointed me towards this utility for batch uploads – very useful. Easy to use too.

P.P.S.: Years 1995 – 2002 are uploaded and somewhat tagged. The rest is coming soon.

Progress with the Gallery2

I am satisfied with the process of my migration to Gallery2. Most of the things work already. Here is a brief round-up:

  • All images and albums are imported, sorted, and thumbnailed.
  • Few albums are tagged for easier searching.
  • Old style of URLs is configured and working. All old links should be fine now.
  • I have familiarized myself with Gallery2 internals a bit. Maybe even more than I intended to.

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