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Photo Blogging Workflow

This is something that I've been trying to get working more smoothly in preparation for diseminating baby pictures to demanding family members. Lots of issues. Like, do I even want them reading my livejournal? Right now it's really more of a friends space than a family space, and the nature of things that you post tends to change depending on who you perceive to be reading it, but I guess that's what filters are for after all.


So I'm happy with my camera and cataloging software, Nikon D70 and iView MediaPro. Step 3 is uploading software, step 4 is photo hosting site, step 5 is blogging site. Clearly it would be best if 3-4-5 were all the same place, and worked with iView. Seems I can't get that to happen. My first option for photo hosting was LiveJournal's ScrapBook service, since I already pay for LJ. Nope, their upload software is bleh, for Mac users not using iPhoto anyway. Second would be Gallery2, which I have installed on my webserver, but I'm not really currently using. The biggest problem with that was Gallery's poor support of IPTC. I don't want to have to rename my photos just so that it gets the title right, I ought to be able to get it to pull the Title from the IPTC data, which I've already annotated in iView. So, third choice, Flickr, potentially yet another service for me to pay for to get decent service. Oh well, so far it's working the best.

Current workflow, which seems to work relatively painlessly, is: catalog in iView, internally to iView I can select a set of pictures, and control click to open them with PictureSync. PictureSync makes a pretty good bridge between iView and Flickr. (Really it makes a pretty good bridge between a lot of services.) It correctly grabs my titles and other IPTC tags, and even sends the pictures back to iView to be rotated and resized for the web before uploading. Woo! I don't have to save any intermediate files, everything is taken care of very cleanly. Color conversions even happen inside iView, which I can get to do things 'right', theoretically. Excellent. So now the pictures are correctly tagged, and hosted on Flickr. Turns out Flickr has a 'blog this photo' link on every photo page, which happens to play well with LiveJournal. Since it isn't really blog specific it isn't going to let me set all of the custom LJ-y things like icon, mood, whatever, but it does nicely take my text and stick a pretty thumbnail image in the corner of my post. And if I really care, it puts up a link to take you to the entry after you submit it, where I can edit the thing and set LJ stuff if I feel like it. So it seems like Flickr is really a pretty good solution, technology wise.


Social wise, it might mean setting up Flickr and LJ accounts for all of the relevant relatives if I want to protect things. Not the most convenient thing then, to have the blog and pictures on different sites. But LJ is good at blogging, and Flickr is good at photos. Meh.

So, D70->iView->PhotoSync->Flickr->LiveJournal. Seems to be working, we'll see how simple I really think it is once I'm sleep deprived by the baby.

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dr4b
May. 17th, 2006 08:05 pm (UTC)
All things considered... a generation ago, when we were born, if faraway relatives wanted to see the new baby, they had to either trek to visit you, or have to wait for you to take pictures with a camera, have time to get them developed, and then send them in the mail all over the place, and god forbid you'd lost someone's address or whatnot in all the shuffle... and now, click click, here are pictures!

So, I think whatever you decide to do will be more than adequate/acceptable for relatives, and whatever is most convenient for *you* is probably best.

You could also create a separate baby journal if you don't want it to be associated with your normal one. Sort of like what Jason and Julie did with arianakat, or Barbara did with jboys and such...

Either way, good luck (and hopefully you'll have some baby pictures to share soon!)
ext_5069
May. 18th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC)
Glad you find PictureSync useful (I'm the developer), but it sounds like you're not getting the full effect if you're control-clicking and choosing 'Open With…' — see this page (http://holocore.com/?PictureSync_iView) for details.
katharos
May. 18th, 2006 03:16 am (UTC)
Ah, thanks. I see even the iView workflow guide that I was working off of says that. Probably didn't notice, both since I tried several uploaders in a row with iView, and I sync'd the IPTC tags back to the image files beforehand. In which case I don't expect it really matters, but I don't always do that, so thanks.
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