In the past I have used Dropbox to post photos for my high school reunion. I was able to set-up a display page available by invitation, post the photos, and make them available for free download. I set it up for no edit or uploads from participants other than myself. More than a decade has passed, I have become less active on Dropbox, and I don't really don't recall what to do to set it up again. Does anyone have, or is anyone aware of a template that can be used to make a similar set-up? I am currently trying to help a friend to do this (he has 3 TB available, so memory is not an issue). Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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We really want to hear all about how you use Dropbox as photographers, so I guess it's only fair that before you tell us your stories, we tell you one of ours.
Our very own @Emmet has been part of the Community team here at Dropbox for the best part of the last 2 years but in a past life, he was a photographer and had a serious process for organizing his photos and files to make sure he saved those memories for everyone else too. Check his story out below.
For about 5 years, I worked as photographer for University College Cork, providing photos and other creative content for the student societies in the college. There were over 100 individual societies in the college, and I would photography over a dozen events each week.
During my 5+ years working in UCC, I uploaded over 250GB of photos, videos and graphics, for students, and the college, to use and share as part of their activities. Organising that many photos, videos and more could have been a bit of a nightmare, but thankfully Dropbox was there to help keep everything organised.
I created individual folders to house the content for each society and created sub-folders inside these for each event. I would share these folders with the society/societies involved, and they would use this content for promotion, and sharing on their social media channels. This allowed me to keep everything organised and easy to find. At the end of each year, I would create a new folder to contain all the events that year, and ensure I could easily find them in the next year.
Dropbox proved an invaluable tool over my years as a photographer, and allowed me to quickly access all of the photos based on the host of the event, time of the event etc. At the end of each year, I would create a compilation video, celebrating the hard work of all the student societies. When I was creating this, I found the Photo tab on Dropbox invaluable, as I would be able to see the thousands of photos I took every year, and quickly pick out my favourites for the video.
It was an amazing tool for organizing my files then - and still is today, so it’s great to be able to use it at work everyday now.
In fact, Emmet’s filing system was so good that he managed to dig out a 10 year old photo he took of fellow Community team member @Amy on her first day of college - not knowing their paths had crossed before, Dropbox is really amazing sometimes!
So, that's how Emmet uses Dropbox to sort his photographs, now we'd love to hear your number one tip for using Dropbox as a photographer.
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OK, I guess the name is probably a bit of a giveaway but I thought I’d take this opportunity to welcome you all to our brand new Community group for photographers and share a little bit of an insight to what you can expect here.
We know that a lot of you use Dropbox for some really creative work, like photography. Whether it’s a serious hobby, your profession or just something you like to do when you’ve got some spare time, we’ve created this space for you. We thought it would be great if we could connect you with others who shared your passion and give you a place where you could hang out, socialise and share some tips on how to get the most out of using your Dropbox account.
Who can join?
Absolutely anyone! There is no barrier for entry, so whether you’re a seasoned-pro or just thinking about getting started, this is a great place for you to come and share how you use Dropbox as a photographer.
What can I post?
Anything photography related is welcome. If you want to find photographers in your area, collaborate, showcase your work, discuss the latest equipment, or talk about the best way to categorise the photos in your Dropbox account, this is the perfect place to start a discussion. This group is a social place, so while we want you to talk about Dropbox and help each other, it’s not intended to be your first stop for customer support. So, if you are looking for help from one of our Community Moderators, the best place to find it is still over on our Ask the community board.
Tell us what you think
This group won’t work without all of you getting involved so we’d love to hear your thoughts about how we can make it better, so if you’ve got any feedback, or just want to say hi, please leave a comment below.
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