Hi. I wasn't sure where to put this question. Does anybody's school have an effective policy for managing the use of digital cameras and the storage of the pictures? I work at two schools and the pictures are driving me nuts. The teachers take pictures of everything, unload the cameras everywhere and then leave them. Then the kids use the photos in class work, which creates huge documents and then they get left, clogging up disks.
I'm not sure how to prevent clangers like this, either: One teacher bought a brand new camera, and the default setting for the picture resolution was on High. She took a camera full of pictures, stuffed them all into a document on her wirelss laptop, and sent it off to print on the colour laser. Nothing seemed to happen and she left it. The pictures kept appearing in chunks, on and off for weeks, until almost a ream of paper had been printed. She only finally complained because her laptop was acting odd.
There are no automatic archiving facilities at either school, but we can put it on if someone know of a good system. Back when I worked for The Big Corporation, all our junk vanished off to archive ever month.
We use irfanview to resize pictures as they are put on. Generally though we transfer the pictures so we do it as not many are taken here. There is an Art/Photography area for the lessons and we check that from time to time but we have instructed teh Art teachers how to use Irfanview and so they do it.
You wouldn't like me then, I take all my photos in RAW
Another option to look at would be to set up something like Gallery | Your photos on your website on your network. Would give you a central location for all your images and makes it easy for staff and students to view the photos.
Does anybody's school have an effective policy for managing the use of digital cameras and the storage of the pictures?
Not sure about an "effective" policy - we have a couple of Canon EOS400Ds which we use to photograph various school events. I'm a crummy photographer, so I simply set the camera on multi-shot and take picture after picture until one turns out okay! We probably shot around 10GB of photos last night at our art show / curriculum evening. I have a 200GB VM set aside just for photos, which can grow another 200GB or so, but about the only thing I can really do to limit storage size is go through the images and weed out all but the ones we want to keep.
I never did find a decent network-capable image management program - something like Picassa but that would work with multiple users.
Thanks, everyone, for the commiserations. I'm just going to have to harden my heart when someone (she knows who she is) shows up with a full quota, an overloaded laptop and two 2-gig sticks full of pictures. Or the guy who has the complete Bob Dylan works downloaded from iTunes......
(Is that really on the curriculum for KS2 or is he pulling my leg?)