Sunday, September 26, 2004
We recently passed the 10,000 mark in our photo database; ten thousand unique images! And the winner is . . .
Time for some statistics:
We adopted Antonio, Carmen, and Felix in August 2000, and went digital in January 2001:
- Each image is processed individually, getting metadata saved into a SQL database for full-text searching.
- Each image is also saved as several smaller, web-friendly sizes, and filed into a categorical file structure.
- The entire library consists of almost 40,000 files using over 20GB of disk space.
Since 2001, that's about 188 photos a month (or 6 per day) saved images. Usually our saved to throwaway ratio is about 1:3 or 1:4, so we've taken a whole lot more pictures than we're saving (as it should be).
- 1,605 photos pre-2001
- 2,090 photos in 2001
- 2,687 photos in 2002
- 2,132 photos in 2003 (uh, oh, a downturn!)
- 1,552 photos so far this year
How are we handling this many images? Computers, of course!
All this is then immediately available for searching, viewing, and remembering! :)
- New images are moved from the cards into a single folder for processing
- Using Windows Explorer, we admire the pictures, deleting the obviously bad ones immediately.
- Then, using a web page linked to this folder, each image is loaded, examined for EXIF info, categorized, described, and titled.
- When saved, ImageMagick saves multiple file version and autocorrects the image.
- The next image in the folder is loaded up, and repeat.
- Each image usually takes about 5 seconds to process; more if more description is needed, or if cropping / redeye removal is necessary.
Some more lesser-known facts:
- 5,570 pictures by David
- 3,226 pictures by Krista
- 5,953 pictures with a Powershot G1
- 1,359 pictures with a Powershot S230
- 751 movies
- Our biggest file is a 53MB movie, and the smallest is a 990 byte wavelet image
- Our tallest image is 9600 pixels high, and the widest is 16,384 pixels across