1. Get Started with Daminion and Synology Photo Station



This section of Daminion’s documentation is written by one of our users – Paul Barrett – who is a hobbyist photographer using Daminion to manage and tag his photo library. It is hosted on a Synology Disk Station, one of the most popular NAS drives, and Paul uses Synology’s Photo Station and DS Photo to publish his library on-line.  This series of posts is a set of user experiences of setting up and using the two platforms and we hope it will assist others who are using the same combination of products.

His posts are independent and represent his views only.  In publishing them on our site Daminion does not validate or accept responsibility for the accuracy of the content nor for the consequences of following his advice.

Hi everyone

My name is Paul Barrett and I am a semi-retired software product manager.  In the days of film I was no more than a ‘snapper’ but I became a more serious hobbyist photographer with the arrival of the digital era, and since then I have upgraded my cameras as the technology has developed, from point-and-shoot cameras which took images of what was then a huge 768 KB file size to digital SLRs with interchangeable lenses and 20 mp sensors, as well as smartphones and tablets.

As a ‘baby boomer’ I have shoe boxes full of pre-digital prints and negatives as well as photo albums that need digitising.

Lately I have become interested in digitising photos from generations of parents and grandparents and, as more of the wider family learn what I am doing I am starting to host some of theirs too.  But the role of family archivist comes with a responsibility to protect these vital digital assets as well as making them available to members of the family.  And so I started my DAM journey.

This section of Daminion’s on-line documentation is a bit different to the rest.  Yes it includes a lot of help but it also describes my journey, discusses concepts, and asks questions of users, Daminion and Synology.  I talk about implementing a solution to my digital photo library management and publishing requirements.

I had false starts with products that showed great promise but ultimately failed to deliver but I believe I have found a combination that gives me what I believe to be the the best experience available today for owners of a Synology NAS.  My selected applications are:

  • Daminion – for Photo Library Management, with special emphasis on metadata management
  • Synology Photo Station – for on-line publishing of the Photo Library

It’s a prerequisite that you own a Synology NAS drive.  It doesn’t matter if your library is not currently stored on the Synology NAS as long as you own one.  We’ll deal with transferring the library in one of the posts.

I have no special or expert knowledge or insights in this area and the solutions I have described are those that work for me.  They have been developed mostly by trial and error, and with lots of interaction with Daminion and Synology Support Desks.  I hope that these posts may help those of you who are also Daminion and Synology users.  If you have better ideas I’d love to hear them – my email address is in the page footer.

I must also add the obligatory health warning – I do not guarantee that the techniques I describe will work for you and, as with any valuable data, you must proceed with caution, try things out on test data before you commit to using live data, and be sure to have a good backup strategy in place.  Every setup is different;  I can take no responsibility for any issues you may encounter, although I’ll be happy to help if I can.

There is only one more article in this section (pretty lame for a contents page eh?) so let’s get straight to it.

Choosing Daminion and Photo Station

This article deals with my image management and publishing requirements and the process I went through to assess various solutions before deciding on my final combination, Daminion and Synology Photo Station.

Next: Setup

Paul Barrett

If you have any questions, comments, ideas or suggestions please post them in the Daminion User Forum

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About Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett: Semi-retired Software Product Manager, Amateur Photographer, Family Archivist, and Daminion and Synology Addict.