My smugmug account was up for renewal. I used smugmug for my photos and videos. At a very good price of 60 dollars per year. But I stopped my account anyway.
The good thing about smugmug is that you get very good advertising-free quality for a very good price. And I’ve always felt that my photos were safe. The addition of the FileVault (optional amazon S3 storage for your video originals) two or three years ago was very valuable to me: I’ve still got my original movie files this way (I downloaded them all last week).
For me there are three main reasons to leave:
So... I’m making something myself. Only, it isn’t finished yet. So I’m temporarily without photos and videos. I’ve got some code on https://github.com/reinout/media-manager . Basically some python code that ultimately will do the following:
~/media/photos/yyyy/nice-photo-title.jpginside a git annex directory to manage the big files.
metadata.jsonfile with the modification dates, titles and so of the videos/photos. Plain json. This also contains album and event information for grouping.
Albumdata.xmlplist file and syncs photos (the ones with a title, a good score, an x/y location) to my media directory. Most of the photos can then be removed from iphoto.
The drawback: I have to do it all myself.
The bonus: I can do it all myself. It’ll be forever under my own control. And that’s something I’d like to see this year: relying less on external services. I’ll still use some of them, of course. I’d not go without github for the social coding aspect!
And I’m even thinking about moving some of my public photos back to http://flickr.com because of their great creative commons findability. It will be a selection only: photos which I really want to make findable and useable as creative commons photos.
We’ll see... Until I’ve finished this photo/video project, the website will be missing its photos...
My name is Reinout van Rees and I work a lot with Python (programming language) and Django (website framework). I live in The Netherlands and I'm happily married to Annie van Rees-Kooiman.
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