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I am fairly sure that this is indeed a butterfly.

I am fairly sure that this is indeed a butterfly.

When I upload new photos to my computer I go through and keyword them so I can perhaps find them later. The amount of keywording really depends on how I feel at the time, sometimes I go the extent of labeling subject or color most often I just do location and sometimes lens.

One set I always keep up is the keyword for photos I have used in this blog, so I know that I don’t post the same photo twice. Likewise when I am adding keywords I pull aside photos to use in future blog posts, either as an addition to a post or as a subject.

The problem is that some photo shoots result in ten or twenty photos tagged this way and a back log starts to occur. And thus photos like the above one are pulled out and added to a non-photo related post to help clear things out. I try to vary the photo of the day but sometimes I realize that I have posted five sunset shots in a row or three leftover aquarium shots.

These leftovers are of course good for short posts of just a photo and a line of text or two.

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The seedy underbelly of outdoor theater.

The seedy underbelly of outdoor theater.

Not much today. I added a new page for information about all of my photos and such. Essentially I just wanted someplace to put basic copyright information. In this case it consists of “(c) Michael Hutchins – All Rights Reserved”. There is more I could do I just do not think it is worth it at this time.

A positive note is that I am now uploading all of my photos to flickr so if you want to see an photo from an old blog post you can look there instead of going through all the old post. Mostly because the post titles and the photos are not necessarily coordinated in any way.

My only comment is that to upload the previous forty photos I used the Flickr Uploader program. First I exported the photos at a set resolution to a folder and then tried to upload them using this program. It took three tries to get all of the photos and none of my tags in iPhoto carried over. So I am not that impressed by it. I would use Picasa instead but flickr has the group feature I want to try out. If I do switch over to picasa in the future I will of course post it here with yet another unrelated photo. Unless I happen to get a tour of Google between now and then.

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Andy Warhol visits Scotland's National Gallery

Andy Warhol visits Scotland's National Gallery

You are back from a trip with a camera brimming with photos while you are bursting with excitement to share them. Or maybe that feeling is jet lag. In any case there are several ways to share your photos with family, friends or the unseen many of the internet. 

There is physically sharing the photos. The person you want to have see the photos can come over to your place and sit with you in front of your computer as you flip through the images. Or you can be on a couch with the computer hooked up to a TV, if you have a modern video game console most let you load photos on to their hard drives and display them through there. Eyeconnect lets your Playstation 3 access the photos in your Macs iPhoto library if they are on the same network (by setting up a UPnP server on the mac).

If your audience is not conveniently located nearby there are two easy options for sending photos directly to them. Burning a CD with your photos on them and then mailing the CD is one way to transfer the photos, especially to someone with slow or nonexistent internet. I find myself sending out e-mails to about twelve people with photos from my trip. Of course sending or receiving large e-mails can be a problem with certain e-mail carriers.

After sharing through large e-mails I realized it would be more efficient (and kind) to my recipients if I had a website where they could see the photos. The first method I tried, and my favorite, is my own website. Thinking about websites I realized that I had 100mb of web hosting through my university, the problem of course was how to make the website. I tried Apple’s iWeb except it was bulky trying to republish the entire website when I only updated a single gallery. Looking around online I found a neat free program Galerie that creates photo galleries from iPhoto selections. I created an index page based on their template, altered the html, added basic CSS for consistency between pages and thus created my simple but functional web site. As a side note I edit the html with Textwrangler and upload with Cyberduck.

What if you don’t have free web hosting and have an aversion to paying money for online services like I do? I tried setting up an account with Flickr and Picasa. I liked Flickr since it had photo groups you can join and contribute too but they had upload and hosting limits for free accounts. I liked Picasa for the opposite reasons: great hosting capacity but limited sharing. So I decided to stick with my own site. The other option is to start a blog like this one. I tried blogging at PNN except they had less photo hosting capabilities then WordPress, I also like the WordPress interface a lot better. My only concern about WordPress is that the image quality of the uploaded pictures are a bit lackluster when they are on the main page, though when clicked on they do look better.

The last method (that I have used) for sharing photos online are social networks. To be fair I have only used Facebook for social networking so I do not know how it compares to others like Myspace or LinkedIn. On Facebook there are easy ways to upload entire photo albums to your account and once they are uploaded a notice is placed in your friends update feed letting them know that you have added new photos.

One day I would like to explore another way to “share” photos through microstock photography where you sell the limited rights to use your photos commercially for maybe a dollar a photo. But I am not there yet in my photography career.

If you know of other good ways to share photos, let me know so I can add it too this post.

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Nothing to do with this post, I just like this photo.

Nothing to do with this post, I just like this photo.

I joined facebook within a month of starting at UCSB in the fall of 2005. During the school year I found myself checking it once, maybe twice a day. At first I updated my profile quite a bit with updates slowing down. I joined a lot of groups until they overflowed in my profile and not all could be listed. I was in groups dedicated to one course and others about the joy of stepping on crunchy leaves (I will never leave that group). I am not sure why I joined some of them. Eventually they added applications and like most people I added a bunch of those when they came out. Then I slowed down with adding them. Eventually I reached a point where I did not care about some groups, applications were used once then never used again. Then I read about privacy concerns about how the Facebook API interfaced with other websites and cookies (not the tasty kind). After reading this I started to consider what I had on Facebook and whether what it said to the internet (nothing on the internet is private after all) really represented me.

Of course it doesn’t represent me any more then a picture or this blog does. Unless it was a really nice picture with a fancy frame of gold leaf and a delicately scribed “Michael Hutchins” along the bottom of the frame.

I have noticed that many of the items listed under “favorites” are not really my favorites, rather books or movies that I encountered between creating the lists and the present moment. How could someone have forty favorite musicians? It all started to feel a bit much.

The one part of Facebook that I liked was the ability for me to post photo albums and photo galleries to share with friends. Then I started my own website on UCSB’s server to host my photos. Since then I have stopped uploading to Facebook, instead I list the link under my websites.

After I returned from Edinburgh I stopped using facebook for about two months. Then I came back to it recently and started checking maybe once every few days. A few days ago my boss, well boss in the abstract way that he is the CEO but the company does not have a strict order of authority when it comes to my part time job, added me on Facebook. I don’t know but that just seemed weird. 

I wonder if graduate school admissions will look up applicants on Facebook, I wonder if there is a “I love Graduate School Admissions” group.

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