Here's the typical process now:
- Take a bunch of photos.
- When I get home, pull out the memory card and import everything into Picasa.
- When I get time, flip through the photos in Picasa. Delete crap ones, Star the good ones, tag others for repair or editing later.
- Select the Starred photos in Picasa and hit the Picasa2Flickr button. This little guy is a huge win. It basically just chucks all the photo file names onto a command line for the Flickr Uploader. You can set titles, descriptions, and tags as a batch.
Now here's where Tumblr starts to come in handy. I've always been tagging some of my favorite photos with "BlogBadge", which causes them to be eligible for appearance in the random 10 photos that go in the Flickr badge in the right sidebar. That thing uses the Flickr API, a bit of script and a bit of CSS, but I've forgotten how I originally did it, so that's a whole other post for later.
Anyway, I configured Tumblr to subscribe to the RSS feed for "BlogBadge" tagged photos as well.
So Tumblr will pull in the photo, it's title, and description. I've then set up Facebook to pull the Tumblr feed. So that saves me the trouble of cross-posting photos to Facebook.
Now to save the trouble of posting tiny little "here's what I did last weekend and a couple of photos" posts to Blogger, I created a little badge widget for my blog sidebar.
Tumblr provides a basic script to pull badge HTML, but the images are full size.
I've whipped up a bit of CSS to cut down the image size, tweak the colors, and contain the Tumblr post text into a sidebar box. Just stick the following in your stylesheet, or in a style tag near the widget script.
border: 2px black solid;
border: thin black outset;
So from a simple batch Flickr upload, I've now covered both my Blog and Facebook, and the photos are available via iPhone. Which brings me to the main reason I love Tumblr: their excellent iPhone app.
From the dashboard of the Tumblr app, I can post any photo from the iPhone, and using CoolIris or Flickr mobile, I can pull any Flickr photo into the iPhone. Which means that I can do simple photo updates easily on the bus ride to or from work every day. Much more pleasant than messing around in Blogger (which is quite painful from the iPhone).