In my opinion, the $25/year for a Pro account on Flickr is a bargain. It allows you to tag each upload, or user-specified batches of photos, as well as make individual comments on specific photos. I think Flickr has done a great job anticipating the needs of photographers and implementing ways to meet those needs. If you do some routine tagging and/or grouping of your photos into "Sets" and "Collections" after each upload, then finding the photo you want later should be a simple matter. Not to mention, the online aspect solves other problems too, like storage space for photos, and having to transfer all of them when you get a new hard drive. Plus, you can geotag your photos if you wish. I'm a big fan...
Post Merge: January 08, 2011, 12:47:11 PM
Can any of you Flickr users recommend any tools to produce cutlines for the photos and automate the upload process? I primarily use a Mac so Mac solutions would be great, but I also have access to a PC so Windows solutions would be acceptable. I'm looking for something that I can use to provide cutlines and "tag" the photos offline, then set up to upload overnight or in a similar manner that would not require babysitting the computer.
There is a Flickr upload tool that you can download and install on your local machine. I'm not sure whether it would allow you to do exactly
what you describe above. Personally, I haven't found it necessary - I just use their online uploader. And if you're willing to change your workflow a little, you might find that Flickr addresses your needs. After each upload, you're prompted to tag the entire upload, and/or put the upload into a new or existing Set, and/or enter cutlines for individual photos. But you don't have to do any of those things. I find it to be very flexible and intuitive. You don't have to babysit the computer - just let it do the upload, and when you come back, Flickr is waiting for you in case you want to do any tagging, etc.