Workflow for moving photos from iPhoto/Lightroom to Flickr.
June 19, 2013 11:40 AM   Subscribe

I am moving overseas and would like to backup my 80gb of photos, which are stored in iPhoto '11 and Adobe Lightroom 3, to my Flickr account, which now has a terabyte of storage. I'm looking for an automated workflow if possible.

The normal Flickr plugin for Iphoto can't handle lots of photos at once. I'm trying to figure out a workflow.

Should I export the photos to an external drive, and then upload them to Flickr? I'm hoping for a method that will let me upload them en masse and come back in 12 hours and be done. I also believe in unicorns.
posted by mecran01 to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Does the official downloadable flickr uploader not do what you need? You'll have to have the photos exported.
posted by dobi at 11:50 AM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: The uploader that's built in to Lightroom should do this fine. Set it up with your account if you haven't already, then select what you want from your collection view and drag it on to the little Flickr icon. When you select your Flickr collection from the list on the left-hand side, there's a "Publish" option. Press button, receive (metaphorical) bacon.
posted by backseatpilot at 11:58 AM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thank you for the Lightroom tip. It appears to be working--there are about 11,000 Lightroom photos and about 34 gb of Iphoto pictures. The flickr uploader choked and stalled when I tried to upload many photos en masse.
posted by mecran01 at 12:13 PM on June 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I'm thinking I might import the iphoto pics into lightroom and transfer them from that app. Wish I had thought of that before I started uploading my current lightroom collection.
posted by mecran01 at 12:31 PM on June 19, 2013

Response by poster: Flickr uploader does not allow one to "select all" and then upload. I wish Flickr had FTP.

Flickr's embedded uploading only allows 200 images at a time. Uploading 7,000+ is going to be tedious.
posted by mecran01 at 11:04 AM on June 20, 2013

Did this work out?
I have a similar issue, wanting to get 10s of GB of pics up to Flickr. I have tried Flickrsync, but it is a bit skethcy and development looks stalled.
I'll give Lightroom a shot if it works.
posted by bystander at 10:28 PM on September 22, 2013

Response by poster: I am going to ask at the DPreview forums and post the results here.
posted by mecran01 at 7:01 PM on November 6, 2013 [1 favorite]

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