This morning I decided I wanted a create a few photo collages for my website’s header using all of the photos from a specific photo set I have in Flickr–“Swimming at Rosemary’s”. Since all of these photos were taken on all different dates and years, I didn’t have a single “local” copy of them all in one place, like they are on Flickr–all of my local photos are organized by date taken, and also include all of my “garbage” photos (bad takes, out of focus, etc.)–which are kept for use in photo mosaics when I need them (they make great fillers). So I set out to find a way to download an entire set of photos from Flickr. Flickr itself has a lot of options, but this isn’t one of them.
Most utilities of this sort that I found are apps–they’re for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. After some searching, I found what I was looking for: FlickrEdit for the PC. I downloaded it, and it’s not even an installer, just an exe that runs immediately. It’s very straightfoward and easy to use. It even connected directly to my Flickr account, only asking for Authorization from Flickr to access my account, which I was already logged into. Once I accepted, it started loading my thumbnails. It displays 50 photos per page, so you don’t have to wait for entire sets to load, if you have more than 50 photos in a set. You can simply select the photos you want to download, or select an entire set, then download it to a specific folder. It’s pretty quick too–it downloaded my entire “Swimming at Rosemary’s” set (302 photos) all at their original sizes, in about 20 minutes.
FlickrEdit is a really nice app, and it’s a relief to know I now have it available for those times when I need a complete set of photos from my Flickr account, and just knowing there’s a simple method available if I need some disaster recovery of all of my photos some day. I added a couple new photo collages to my website header, so you’ll probably see them up there once in awhile. For a few days though, while it’s still super-hot and dry around here, I’m going to leave it on one of them as a static header, just to chill.