Flickr is easily the most popular photo sharing site and it is very easy for dedicated users to quickly amass a large volume of images on the service. But what happens when you leave the service? Or even if Flickr disappeared? Do you have local copies of all your images? Backing up, whether it be our local files or those in the cloud, is something we all know we should do, but many don’t – until something goes wrong and everything is lost!
Although Flickr does have a robust API its not easy for someone non-technical to download and backup all the images they have uploaded to the service. However there are a few solutions out there that aim to help you download and save your images locally.
One of the newer and better ones I’ve seen is Bulkr. This is an Adobe AIR tool (so you’ll need AIR installed). It has a simple interface and provides a very easy method for you to download and backup your entire photostream, individual photos or chosen sets (to local folders) via a few clicks of the mouse. You can select what size you want to download (although it would make most sense to grab the originals) and even embed the tags from Flickr into the image EXIF data.
If you’re guilty of not backing up your images, give Bulkr a go, and of course once you’ve got the images stored locally don’t forget to back those up too!