Weekend Wrap: Eye-Fi's FTP Aha! moment

Wireless service now lets users upload to FTP servers

Eye-Fi, the company that makes the unique lineup of Wi-Fi enabled SDHC cards, has done it again. Until now, users could set the cards to automatically upload photos directly from the card, in the camera, to a pre-set online photo sharing service. And that's still awesome. But what about those of us who have FTP sites and simply want to be able to transfer and store images online but not necessarily share them (yet)?

Well, this week, Eye-Fi added the ability to upload photos to the FTP site of your choice directly from the card. You can send JPEGs (sorry, no RAW) and videos from your Eye-Fi carc via the Eye-Fi server to personal and corporate FTP servers that use FTP or FTPS protocols. So now you can FTP as easily as you can upload your images to Adoramapix.com or Facebook.

Why this is a great move

Image sharing sites are a terrific option for photographers who don't want to be bothered with all the back-end stuff that's involved with making a do-it-yourself web site. You don't have to spend hours programming (yes, even with visual HTML editors, it's good to know the code) or spend megabucks hiring a web guru to do it for you. Everything is designed and formatted. All you have to do is plug in your pictures and add things like keywords, tags and captions if you want.

But the flip side of sharing sites is that you lose some control over how your images are presented. If you're not a great designer that's OK, but if how your photographs are presented are important to you, and you're going after a certain look and feel to help market your work, then the cookie-cutter designs offered by most sharing sites are going to feel constricting. Uploading photos and custom-desinged pages via FTP gives you total control over how your photography is presented online.

If you have your own site, you already know how to upload files via FTP, and the Eye-Fi FTP option, which you access via the Eye-Fi manager, saves a step or two, which can be very useful. If you can set your camera to simultaneously shoot high-res and web-resolution shots and then set the Eye-Fi manager to only upload web-resolution shots via FTP, you can save several steps and streamline your workflow. When taking a lot of pictures, this can be a huge time-saver.

The FTP upload service is available for Eye-Fi Share Video, Eye-Fi Explore Video, and Eye-Fi Pro memory cards. Ready to change your Eye-Fi settings? Go here for step-by-step instructions.


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