As much of you understand, one of my lifelong passions is picture taking. Principally using “still” video cameras, though I really do prefer to wade in the tepid waters of digital video recording. I was an extremely early adopter of 1 of the first photo-sharing cultural network-ish sites, Flickr. I QUICKLY used Shutterfly,the original Ofoto (now held by Kodak for Kodak Gallery), Google’s Picasa, Image Bucket and a small number of others.
While I’m sure I’ve orphaned accounts at several online photo-sharing/archiving resources, I’ve finally devoted my mind, resources and so many more images to SmugMug soon. Why? It’s basically the most clean, user friendly and singularly-focused photography sharing/photo-hosting service available. Unlike almost all of the others, it isn’t free. Which is a perfect adage of you get what you purchase. Beyond the easy fact that webpages aren’t cluttered with Yahoo or AdSense or other advertising, the website provides plenty of flexibility. For all those pressing toward the professional part of their picture taking hobby, or are image professionals, SmugMug provides you a fairly easy way to market your images.
This simple post isn’t designed to be a detailed overview of SmugMug versus the other major photo-sharing services. Somewhat it’s just a day of enlightenment for me personally in regards to to an attribute I just uncovered. You observe SmugMug let’s you post full-size, full-resolution and Natural images on its site even. And there’s not limit to your disk space. You get infinite storage area with the essential entry-level registration even. That’s all good, but what goes on if you want to revive images that you will find lost or inadvertently damaged? Sure, many of these services enables you to download a graphic at the same time. Plus some may give you a free application that may allow batch downloading. There’s a good freeware energy for Windows which allows usage of SmugMug images for batch download and uploading. But which batter way.
SmugMug galleries, like photography albums, and the coordinate regular membership account are totally accessible through SmugMug’s WebDAV server. For all those less theoretically minded or without affinity for wandering down the complicated journey of computer/internet techno-jargon, a WebDAV server simply means that the listing or location in which a subscriber’s images are stored can be attached like a drive on the desktop of your personal computer — Laptop or computer or Macintosh. It has been the root enabling technology behind Apple’s Dot Macintosh (.Macintosh personal computer), now top quality as MobileMe — for the Macintosh personal computer viewers here: think iDisk. Better even, these WebDAV web directories are accessible using WebDAV suitable FTP clients like Transmit.
So whenever a friend asked easily could to put it simply on drive a assortment of photographs that we had put up on SmugMug, I battled to get the actual final options on my pc. I take advantage of Apple’s Aperture for image management, but I couldn’t find an “album” of the 69 photographs I had determined from a short world of 741. I panicked. Lacking time yet committed to rewarding my assurance to dispatch the CD of these 69 photographs today, I sought out solutions to download the complete 69 images. Initially it felt I’d have to separately right-click and download each image. That’d take too much time. That’s after i uncovered the WebDAV info in SmugMug’s Wiki Support Web page.
Voila. I installed a “virtual drive” on my pc, navigated to the images I had a need to burn on drive for my pal, and dragged them into a folder on my desktop. A few momemts later I got done. I browsed through the SmugMug directory mounted as a disk on my computer and was relieved. All of my photographs were available easily. No hassles. Some of these services would rather you simply take good thing about ordering photographs on disk, prints, literature or maintain you hostage to your own images normally. Or need you to use some poorly executed computer software or widget. Not SmugMug. It’s simple, effective and easy. I guess not perfectly documented.