Take Control Of Your Digital Photos By Running Your Own Smart Library Manager With LibrePhotos - Episode 364

Summary

Digital cameras and the widespread availability of smartphones has allowed us all to generate massive libraries of personal photographs. Unfortunately, now we are all left to our own devices of how to manage them. While cloud services such as iPhotos and Google Photos are convenient, they aren’t always affordable and they put your pictures under the control of large companies with their own agendas. LibrePhotos is an open source and self-hosted alternative to these services that puts you in control of your digital memories. In this episode the maintainer of LibrePhotos, Niaz Faridani-Rad, explains how he got involved with the project, the capabilities that it offers for managing your image library, and how to get your own instance set up to take back control of your pictures.

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  • Your host as usual is Tobias Macey and today I’m interviewing Niaz Faridani-Rad about LibrePhotos, an open source, self-hosted application for managing your personal photo collection

Interview

  • Introductions
  • How did you get introduced to Python?
  • Can you describe what LibrePhotos is and the story behind it?
  • What are the core objectives of the project?
    • What kind of users are you focused on?
  • What are some of the major features of LibrePhotos?
  • There are a number of open source and commercial options for different photo oriented use cases. What are the main capabilities that influence someone’s decision to use one over the other?
  • Many people’s baseline expectations will be around services such as Google Photos or iPhotos. What are some of the challenges that you face in trying to provide a comparable experience?
    • One of the features that users rely on with these services is backup/disaster recovery of their photo library. What is the recommended approach for users of LibrePhotos?
  • Can you describe how LibrePhotos is architected?
    • How have the design and goals evolved since you first started working on it?
  • How have recent advances in machine learning algorithms and related tooling improved the availability and quality of advanced features in LibrePhotos?
    • How much improvement of accuracy in face/object recognition do you see as users invest in cataloging and organizing their collections?
    • Is there a minimum quantity of images/iindividual people that are necessary to start using the ML powered features?
  • What kinds of storage locations are supported?
  • What are the interfaces available for extending/enhancing/integrating with LibrePhotos?
  • What are the most interesting, innovative, or unexpected ways that you have seen LibrePhotos used?
  • What are the most interesting, unexpected, or challenging lessons that you have learned while working on LibrePhotos?
  • When is LibrePhotos the wrong choice?
  • What do you have planned for the future of LibrePhotos?

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