Storing and organizing photos on Flickr

As discussed in lab meeting last week, I created our lab Flickr site for storing and organizing photos. The site is here.
I think that the advantages of a site like this “in the cloud” are pretty obvious, and were articulated some time ago by Dan Ebert in this blog post, in which he encouraged us to create folders of photos on this blog. A few such folders currently exist, but the idea never really caught on as far as I can tell. I decided to use Flicker instead of this blog because of the sheer volume of photos that people routinely produce these days. I came back from my field work with 16 GB of photos, and I found the native WordPress photo organization tools to be cumbersome. It’s also not clear how much storage we have on this blog; on Flickr, we have up to 1 TB, so we’re pretty future-proof there.
In an effort to get the ball rolling, I went ahead and migrated the photos from this blog to our new Flicker site.
Here are the login details for the site:
User name: sunflower_photos
Password: sun flower head
I added most of my photos as individual folders that are labeled by my field collection number. In the meta-data for each folder, I mentioned who took the photo, and how to contact me for questions. I also added a folder for just “pretty photos” that I took this field season (photos of nice scenes, possibly for use in talks and cover photos, etc.).
If you have photos that you want to add, I recommend making your own folder (go to “You”, then scroll down to “Organize”) and adding them to that folder. Otherwise they go directly into the folder stream and it’s hard to tell who took them or where.
Right now, I believe that the default upload option is to keep the photos as “private” so that only we are able to see them. But I also made a few of them public so our Flickr site has a public face (and a pretty one, if you ask me).
For more thoughts on how to add and organize photos, see Dan Ebert’s blog post.
Anyway, I hope that this helps us organize our photos in a way that allows people to look at other people’s pics and also find cool pics when they need them.