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Flickr Upload

San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall

I used to be a lot more diligent at uploading my photos to Flickr. At first when I posted a photo on this blog I immediately uploaded it, now I have a slowly growing folder of photos that I mean to upload.

So when I got the latest edition of iPhoto there was a built in upload to Flickr options, I was looking forward to it in the hopes that it would streamline everything. Then I tried it.

It almost works for what I need, almost. Except that I cannot designate a photo to not belong to a set, instead it creates a new set with the name of the folder/event in which the photo resides. This is a problem for those of us with free accounts and only three (unused) photo sets. I always mean to upgrade to pro and create wonderful sets of photos and organize everything.

Now I need to tackle two weeks of photos to upload.

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I am not sure where the seaweed shopping cart comes in, but I liked it.

I am not sure where the seaweed shopping cart comes in, but I liked it.

For the first time I seriously tried using out the Adobe Camera Raw importer that comes with photoshop. I really liked it. I like the controls and all the stuff available for editing.

I only wish there was a way to use that same interface when adjusting other photos, large panoramas generated from RAWs through the Photostitch tool. Not that I looked for any such functionality. 

In the end I edited the above photo using both Photoshop CS4 and iPhoto ’08. It was probably just the settings I used but the iPhoto editing came out looking a lot more natural. The photoshopped version looked very bright and clean, too much so. In this instance it was definitely a result of the settings I chose and I could do a better job. Just for this photo iPhoto was a lot faster to use.

For the panoramas and other photos from this particular album (I really need Flickr Pro or an equivalent) I use photoshop for the editing and photo adjustment (just colors and curves).

I am slowly becoming used to using photoshop for my photos. I feel that it is important to learn as a step to enhance my whole photography workflow.

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Macworld 2009

 

Stacks would greatly help with HDR organization.

Stacks would greatly help with HDR organization.

I always look forward to Macworld, it one of the small bright spots in the sudden deluge of winter quarter. This year I was not hoping for much, I was not interested in a new Mini or iMac nor the new Macbook Pro.

What I wanted was a new iPhoto. A new iPhoto was released as part of iLife ‘09 but it did not go in the direction I wanted. I wanted a slightly more robust photo program along the lines of Aperture. A loupe feature, better editing (like being able to input numerical values), the ability to compare two photos side by side or more importantly stacks. If Stacks became available for the iPhoto I would buy it as soon as I possibly could.

But it does not. Instead iPhoto went towards online sharing with Facebook and Flickr (I use both so admittedly it would be nice). Some neat features sure, but not quite what I would use.

Something not really mentioned but I love is the small new feature of iWeb to upload to an FTP site instead of MobileMe. That tempts to buy iLife ‘09, except that I found a substitute through Flickr and even WordPress to some degree.

I can always keep dreaming.

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Good graveyards in Europe.

Good graveyards in Europe.

A little bit ago I did a review of iPhoto Print Service, Snapfish and Shutterfly. I mentioned how my first set of photos from Apple never arrived. Well they came today. They were printed on October 7th and took a month and a half to arrive.

Not the best of delivery times.

Instead of being the smallest possible (4×6) these are the larger 5×7 prints. I did not think that an inch in each direction would make such a difference but it really does. Of those that I ordered and liked in the smaller format they looked a lot better slightly larger. One of the ones that turned out alright on a 4×6 really improved as a 5×7 since more details could be made out.

It tempts me to order a set of 10×14 photos from one of the three services.

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Sainte Chapelle in Paris.

Sainte Chapelle in Paris.

I received my fifty free photos from Shutterfly earlier this week including the one above of Sainte-Chapelle. The quality is very similar to the other two services, mainly because I am only getting prints sized at 4×6 instead of larger poster prints.

Unlike the photos from Snapfish all of the ones taken with my Olympus point and shoot were cropped down to fit the format while those from my Nikon D60 are already in the format. A plus though is that the photo name is printed on the back. The default name is the file name followed by the photo date. If desired this can be overwritten to something else. Below this one like is Ordered at Shutterfly.

The photos are printed on Fujifilm Crystal Archive paper instead of Kodak paper. I am sure there may be some difference in long term color retention or fading between the two but I do not have the means to test this.

As with Snapfish the photos can only be uploaded as non-RAW/TIF formats. I assume iPhoto also has this restriction but as it is integrated into the service this step is avoided. 

The delivery time was just one day later then the Snapfish photos and as they were fast so were these.

For both services there are many websites dedicated to coupons, a quick google search for Snapfish Coupons or Shutterfly Coupons leads to many sites with various discounts. There are not that many for iPhoto.

The first set from Shutterfly was completely free, even the shipping cost me nothing. So if you are wondering how your photos would turn out with the different services, try Shutterfly as it will cost you nothing except the bandwidth to upload the photos.

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An interesting design appeared in the bluffs.

An interesting design appeared in the bluffs.

I wanted to buy some prints of my photos because my photo only exist on my computer and I want to see what they look like on nice glossy paper. I looked into different ways to print and found that the cheapest and easiest way would be through iPhoto.

My first order was for about ten 5×7 photos. I placed the order and it shipped within a day or two. I then waited for two weeks for it to arrive. It never did. So I contacted Apple and they refunded the order without any disputes. Once the order was refunded I placed a second order, this time for 27 4×6 photos which came out to be the same price ($0.12 each). I hit submit and left as it uploaded.

A week later I went to close iPhoto and noticed that it froze during the upload so the order was not actually placed. I should have noticed that I did not get a confirmation e-mail from the other, but I was busy and did not. So I placed the order again and made sure that it transfered. This was two and a half weeks after my initial order.

During these weeks I looked into the cost of just buying myself some photo paper and printing it myself. Everytime I do though I see the price of the paper compared to the price of the prints from Kodak (through iPhoto) and decide to stay with iPhoto. 

Last Friday I finally received my prints. These arrived on Halloween and I placed the order on the Sunday before (so six days from order to receipt). Except for 3 they all turned out beautifully. Two had a lot of black in them coupled with high levels of noise which resulted in an odd patterning in the black sky, but this noise was in the original photo as well. Another photo came out a bit darker then I expected but still acceptable.

There was slight cropping done to some of the photos to get them to fit in the 4×6 format. I suppose if I cropped them first myself this could have been avoided. Also overall the color did not match that of my screen, for this I blame my lack of a fully calibrated screen. But that is why I wanted to print them out in the first place.

So it only took twenty-seven days from my first order to me holding my photos. Admittedly if it went smoothly the first time around it would have only taken six days.

For my next batch of photos I think I will try Snapfish as they offer twenty free prints for new users. Now I just need to get a fresh batch of photos.

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