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Photo collation advice

I need to collect a whole bunch of digital photos from a whole bunch of people. The easiest approach - it seems to me - is to create an account somewhere appropriate, send out the username and password to everyone relevant, and have everyone upload their own photos. The goal is to obtain a downloadable set which can be played as a slideshow. Is Flickr the right tool for this job, or is something else?

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drasecretcampus
Jan. 25th, 2009 12:11 pm (UTC)
That would be my guess - but you'll need to set up a Yahoo account for the purpose first. You used to be able to email photos, which might be the easiest for non-Flickr users

An alternative is to set up a group within Flickr, and get people to add from their accounts. But that assumes everyone has an account already - and I don't know about slideshows from groups. (I've not done a slideshow in Flickr - but I see it can be embedded places)

Edited at 2009-01-25 12:12 pm (UTC)
daisho
Jan. 25th, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Photobucket would probably work too, but if you and most others using the account are more familiar with Flikr, that's probably the one to go for.
owlfish
Jan. 25th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
I'm not presuming anyone already has an account with anything for this particular exercise. Do you know Flickr well? The FAQ says mass-downloads of a set was not available and I'd have to singly save everything - but there may be alternative functionality there or elsewhere which by more roundabout means could make the task of downloading easier.
daisho
Jan. 25th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
I've only used Flikr a few times, so I'm not as familiar with it as Photobucket. I see from other comments you've taken a look at the latter's FAQ -- while I've never tried mass-downloading myself, sharing albums via e-mail might do the trick.

Otherwise, it might also be worth investigating Imageshack.us, which I've never used but some people I know swear by. And there's always Picassa.
a_d_medievalist
Jan. 25th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
You can upload a bunch of pics at a time on Flickr (although I may have a paid account ...)
owlfish
Jan. 25th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
But can you download a bunch at a time?
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owlfish
Jan. 25th, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
*goes off and reads the Photobucket FAQ*

You can only view your slideshows through Photobucket's site and sharing mechanisms. You cannot save your slideshows to your desktop, local drive, or burn it to a DVD.


Hmm. That means that, like Flickr, I'd have to individually save files, I suspect. The 25Gig bandwidth limit would PROBABLY not be an issue at least.
kashmera
Jan. 25th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
There are some unofficial tools that will enable you to download lots of photos from flickr at once.

e.g.
http://greggman.com/pages/flickrdown.htm

Several of them have the potential to be used for stealing other people's photos because the people who made them were a bit naive, but I guess thats up to the person using it, so in your case no problem :o)
owlfish
Jan. 25th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Hurray! There IS a way to do it with Flickr. Thank you!
marzapane
Jan. 25th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
Picasa- picasaweb.com - has an email upload feature so you could just have everyone email it to a specific email address (which you create in the settings portion of your account):
"Email upload
You can now forward photos to your online albums using email. Perfect for use on your mobile device, you can even collaborate with friends by submitting photos to one album with the same email address."
owlfish
Jan. 25th, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
How easy is it to download them all again after they've been collated in one place?
marzapane
Jan. 25th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
you can download a whole album altogether, or each photo individually. I think it might make you use picasa software to do it, but I've been very happy with it.
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