This is a guest post from team member Lisa Corbin-Polak.
As I try and relate to this month’s discussion regarding habits and routines, the one thing that really has me thinking is the importance of getting all of my photos compiled into my main photo library. I guess this is something that has become a habit for me; and one that I recently found a good way to automate. My photo library is fairly well organized. (You can see my previous post providing a little peak at how I use Lightroom here.)
I am finding that over the 18 months or so that I’ve been an iPhone owner that my phone has become my most used camera. I love the camera on this technological wonder and the convenience of always having it with me. I have gone through a few struggles with reliably pulling my camera photos into my main photo library. I really did NOT want to have to connect a cable to transfer my photos through iTunes. After some trials and frustrations with the Apple PhotoStream application on my PC, I was sure there was a better wireless solution. I already have an application that allows me to share files across my increasing cache of electronic toys.
Enter Dropbox. After exploring the app a little, I discovered that there is a setting to have the Dropbox app automatically upload new camera roll photos to your Dropbox account into a “Camera Uploads” folder. You can choose to have this only upload when you are connected to a wireless network if you like to keep from eating into your data plan. The settings are in the Dropbox application settings. Here is where they are on the iPhone, but you can also do this with Android phones. (Unfortunately, I did not find any conclusive information about a Dropbox app available for Windows phones.)
On the iPhone, open the Dropbox app, click on settings at the bottom right:
Turn on Camera Upload
Click the arrow by camera upload and choose if you want to allow upload through your data or wi-fi only.
Once you are installed and set-up, all you need to do is open the Dropbox app on your phone and your photos will begin to upload.
Dropbox is available on most platforms. This solution will work if you are an Android, an iOS or even a Blackberry and connecting to either a PC or a Mac (and even Linux). I know that there are other apps available that will take care of uploading your pictures. I am not 100% crazy about the way that Dropbox renames my photos, but my objective is to get them uploaded, and have the app remember what has been uploaded.
So far, this has been a real success for me. I can delete photos from my Dropbox Camera Uploads folder once I’ve pulled them to my main photo library, and Dropbox doesn’t try to re-upload those images that remain in my camera roll.
Maybe this is something that you can use to automate getting your phone photos uploaded to your photo library. Maybe you have a different method or app that you love for this, please include it the comments. I see that Amazon has a similar app with more free storage, but I haven’t checked it out just yet.