Yet another post on how I don’t have time to live my life anymore.
It occurred to me I no longer have the privilege of editing all of my photos prior to posting them online at Flickr. Up to now, and since starting to use Flickr almost a decade ago, I regarded my Flickr page as both my personal photo album and as the cloud backup facility for my photos. I also used it as my way of supporting the Creative Commons community with content. However, that is all changing now.
I no longer have the time it takes to process through all my photos, pick the better ones, massage them using software tools such as Aperture and then post them with detailed descriptions on Flickr. It just can’t happen anymore. Instead, I’ll be uploading all of my raw photos to Flickr with just the most basic of tagging so as to use the online facilities as a cloud backup service. The bulk of photos uploaded this way will be kept private.
There is a positive side to this move, if you like. Instead of me doing basic to mediocre editing on all my photos, I will be able to give the whole of my attention to the photos I want to make actual use of. Recently I have been enjoying playing around with Pixelmator on the iPad and see no reason for stopping. [To the uninitiated I will add that Pixelmator has been a staple application for Macs, offering most of what armatures would get out of Photoshop but with a one off $30 price tag.]
Still, bad news is bad news.
Talking about bad:
The act of uploading my photos in bulk to Flickr exposes just how 20th century my ADSL internet connection is. When I upload big stuff, like a video to YouTube or numerous photos to Flickr, my whole Internet connection grinds to a halt. If I try and to do anything else on the Internet things either works extremely slowly or my photo upload process gets broken. The fault is with the ADSL connection’s inherently low upload speeds.