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"Uploading" photos from other sites? Answered

So, when you download a photo, you're taking it from the web to a local machine, and uploading is taking from a local machine and posting to the web...

Recently, I've been considering "crossloading" images, say from my FaceBook or Picassa albums to my Instructables or vice versa.  Many of my images have never actually resided locally on my machine.  They've been uploaded from a memory card to the web.  Why should I have to download an image I've uploaded, just so I can upload it somewhere else and then have to delete it again from the local machine?

I've Tried a few times between Picassa and Facebook, and haven't had any luck.  Anyone know if it's possible to do this easier and faster than the upload/download/upload/delete process?

Thanks,
Aaron

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bwrussell

6 years ago

The problem is getting the sites to talk together. Not that it is particularly hard but typically it means one of the sites, or both, have to allow the other access and some companies aren't always willing for this.
I've recently started using Dropbox which sort of mitigates the extra download because you can access anything saved to it from a "folder" on your desktop. This means you can use the uploader as usual but by pointing it to the Dropbox folder the pictures never actually end up on your HDD, it just pulls them straight from the cloud.

My problem has always been that, while most of my pictures are taken on my regular camera, a few end up on my phone due to various reasons. The uploader doesn't work well for mobile, it only seems to be able to grab 2-3 pics at a time, so I end up having to send the photos to my comp, and then upload them from my desktop (that's where Dropbox comes in). Hopefully the new apps will solve this.

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Kiteman

6 years ago

Ifoyou goto your image library, there is an option to upload photos from a Flickr stream, but otherwise you need to download/upload.

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RaptorWingKiteman

Answer 6 years ago

Thanks, Kiteman. For some strange reason your identity is one of my earliest memories from when I first discovered this website (has it really been YEARS AGO?), and I've always respected your comments, answers and Instructables.

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KitemanRaptorWing

Answer 6 years ago

I've only been here a couple of years longer than you, but it was a *much* smaller site then.

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RaptorWingKiteman

Answer 6 years ago

I was hooked on the site somewhere between glass jar pulsejet and whiskey still... even if I didn't signup until later.

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Vyger

6 years ago

Kind of funny, I keep all my pictures on my computers, and backups on external drives. I don't trust the "cloud". Recently one of those photo services, I forget which one, announced that it was taking ownership of all pictures stored on it and that they had the right to sell any pictures to other agencies including advertisers. if its on your machine it belongs to you. if it is stored somewhere else that may not be the case. Saying that something is copyrighted may not make a difference if somewhere in the fine print there is a clause that says you agree to others using your pictures in exchange for the site storing them for you. If you value your intellectual property make sure it stays yours. When you make an instructable you set the copyright sharing policy. That is really great, Facebook does not do that. In fact they could consider anything entered on their site as belonging to them.

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RaptorWingVyger

Answer 6 years ago

Yeah, thanks. I'm aware that this can and does happen. My uncle, a professional photographer, was having issues when trying to sell digital images himself. People would simply *right click* "Save Image As..." from his Facebook uploads. Even though the images were a lower quality than what he was selling, why would they want to buy an image they already had?? He has since watermarked every image posted online ... not blocking the subject, but in such a location that cropping out the watermark would significantly alter the balance/composition and possibly remove a good chunk of the subject.

Personally, most of the images I have that go online are meant to be shared. --thus the desire to have duplicates on Instructables and Facebook-- Many of them (especially the ones that go to instructables) were shot on a point and shoot or phone... convenient, but not necessarily the highest quality art photography when I'm focusing on my build rather than illustrating it...

That said, I probably should go back and re-read the TOS regarding the use of images in Picassa and FB. Also, I do keep external local backups of my images, but not nearly as often as I produce/upload new images.

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KitemanRaptorWing

Answer 6 years ago

It was Instagram that suddenly claimed the right to sell all its images.

Instagram ix ownedby Facebook, which is why theidimagexno longerwork properly on Twitter.

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RaptorWing

6 years ago

(right click) "Save Image As..." I guess I shouldn't be surprised that stealing an image has always been easier than creating one.