I wrote a post a few weeks ago about wirelessly transferring my photographs from my DSLR camera to Dropbox using an Eye-Fi card. At the time I thought it was a great idea but hadn’t used it for very long. I loved the concept of not having to hook my camera up to my computer, and then having my pictures available not only on my computer, but also anywhere I accessed Dropbox, including my phone and my iPad. Now, after having used this set up for awhile, I am even more convinced its really good.
Because I’m taking pictures daily for my 365 Project and just because I have life I want to photograph, I’m ending up with a lot of pictures. I know from experience that these can really start to accumulate quickly. This is where the Eye-Fi to Dropbox connection is ending up being really helpful. Instead of having all my pictures going straight into iPhoto, they first go into a folder I created in Dropbox called “Eye-Fi Uploads” (clever, isn’t it?). This folder acts as a holding place for me to review my photos before saving them to my photo library. I can then go through my handfuls of photos from the day (or last few days) and just choose the ones I want to keep.
For example, today I took a zillion (roughly) pictures of my son’s orchestra fundraiser “play-a-thon” at the grocery store. When I got home the pictures automatically uploaded to my Dropbox folder. Then, when I got around to it, I went through the pictures and whittled the pile down to just a few. I still need to edit them, but at least now I only have this one of him, instead of five more that look pretty much exactly the same.
Dropbox is free and the Eye-Fi cards can be purchased fairly inexpensively (there’s quite a range). I saw this one on sale at Fred Meyer today, so it may mean they are coming out with a new version and you can get them for a discount right now? I think the convenience is totally worth the cost. What do you think? Have any of you tried them before or do you have a good system that works for you?