How To Organize, Name And Monetize Crazy Amounts Of Photos: Call The Snowball!

By Daniela Kirsch

How To Organize, Name And Monetize Crazy Amounts Of Photos: Call The Snowball!

Two weeks ago I realized that we have a problem. Waiting a couple of years to finish this upload is just not an option... Oh well...

It takes forever!

Have you seen all these TV shows or movies when somebody downloads or copies lots of data to a harddrive? I've seen this in 24 in nearly every episode, sometimes in CSI and just last week in Superman vs. Badman where Ben Affleck copies all the company files in just seven minutes.

This has nothing to do with reality. Even if you use the newest technology available, downloading or uploading lots of data that fast really doesn't happen. No way. Never ever.

Here at NameFace we had to upload a couple of terabytes and that's just not that easy. The more data, the harder everything gets. But after some research, I knew what to do: Get a Snowball!

But let me first explain why we had this photo data craziness in the first place. A couple of weeks ago we started to help photographers to organize, name and label their photo archives. If you are a professional photographer, you may have lots of harddrives full of photos, file cabinets or boxes full of slides lying around in your apartment. Maybe it's somehow organized, but probably not fully named and labeled. With NameFace, we can help you with that.

Interested in getting your photos organized? Contact Daniela:

daniela@nameface.com

Crazy unorganized photo archive

A photo archive is a wonderful thing but if it's just sitting in your apartment, you are not making money with it. We know a lot of photographers that are like: "Yeah, one day I will organize and name everything and then sell it or put it into an agency. Or I will give it to my children. They will somehow, someday figure it out."

That might never happen. And if you have ever tried to manually organize and name just one gigabyte of photos on your own, you know why: It's a hell of a lot of work. And it's tedious and boring and you never signed up for this when you started as a photographer, right?

So, three weeks ago Steve and I had the epiphany to solve this problem. We already have the tool set up for this: NameFace! We have facial recognition to identify everybody in photos, we have a fully featured backend to edit metadata and we have crazy fast servers to handle lots of photos simultaneously.

And we can monetize your archives, too. We are offering photographers to handle their archive and then put it for them into an agency that licenses photos worldwide: SIPA USA. Thanks to SIPA USA your photos will be available to magazines and press publications in digital and print all around the globe. And there is no additional work for you involved and no costs!! Just passive income for everybody and even your heirs.

Interested in getting your photos organized? Contact Daniela:

daniela@nameface.com

Snowball

We signed up our first three photographers right away and started naming.

There was just one problem: How do we get all the photos from the photographers apartment uploaded to our cloud?

AMAZON WEB SERVICES SNOWBALL!!!

That's is the Snowball comes in. Amazon Web Services offers to send you a petabyte harddrive with UPS. You can keep it for 15 days and load all your data on it and then send it back to one of their datacenters for example to Oregon. They then upload all your stuff straight onto the cloud. It's quite amazing.

These days everybody tends to forget that the "web" and the "cloud" are actually physical hardware servers that really sit somewhere in a room. That room might be highly guarded and secure, underground location, air-conditioned and whatever craziness, but in the end, it's really just cables and harddrives in a room.

Snowball

We ordered our Snowball last week. And we were very excited about it. Steve even stalked the UPS guy that was delivering that day for some hours down the street.

"He is just one block away!"

"Now, he is just two houses away!"

Then it finally arrived. Even the UPS guy was curious and asked Steve what this thing is. He said he never saw anything like this ever before. It's pretty big. And pretty heavy (47 pounds). It's very load and needs a lot of power. It comes in an earthquake secure coat. And it is very, very nerdy. It's our new pet(abyte). We do not know why it is called Snowball, but we totally love the name.

With the Snowball we now travel to photographers houses, copy all their digital photos onto the Snowball and then process, organize and label everything ready to go into in agency.

Interested in getting your photos organized? Contact Daniela:

daniela@nameface.com

Daniela Kirsch and the Snowball © Steve Eichner for NameFace

It's very heavy!

Steve Eichner, Daniela Kirsch and the Snowball © Steve Eichner for NameFace

Steve, I and the Snowball. We love our new pet.

Steve Eichner and the Snowball © Steve Eichner for NameFace

Steve thinks it's also a very comfy footstool.

Steve Eichner and the Snowball © Steve Eichner for NameFace

We take Snowball with us wherever we go. On this trip, we went to Nomis house in Brooklyn. Nomi is one of our first event photographers that signed up with us.

Steve Eichner and the Snowball © Steve Eichner for NameFace

The Snowball on a handcart for easy transportation. We also bring cables and tools to make sure we can connect with whatever harddrive / computer.

Steve Eichner and the Snowball © Steve Eichner for NameFace

On our way to Nomi Ellensons house!

Steve Eichner and the Snowball © Steve Eichner for NameFace

Hello! Did somebody call the Snowball Team?

Daniela Kirsch and Nomi Ellenson © Steve Eichner for NameFace

Daniela and Nomi. Setting up hightech while listening to Beatles music on a vinyl record player!

Daniela Kirsch © Steve Eichner for NameFace

Oh boy, that's a lot of data!

That's what you signed up for, Daniela!!