As I am starting to get more and more into photography, I have been looking into an alternative to Google Photos. Don’t get me wrong I love the service, the sync program for macOS and iOS, and the Google AI. But deep down I’m not the biggest fan of Google and how they mine everything for data. With that being said I want to move over to an open source platform where I can control the who, what, where, and when of my personal data even if it comes with the costs and labor to maintain.
With that being said I am having a hard time finding a self hosted solution that I truly like. I have scoured the like of reddit and other forums. Along my journey it became apparent that Piwigo might meet my needs. Piwigo is a web application that provides much of the visual aesthetic and meta data functionality of Google Photos and it has a nice extension library.
I will need some more time to test it out and see how it handles some of the larger photos from my DSLR as well as if it supports any RAW photos. I will report back once I have done all my testing as well as pushing my server to the limit and seeing what it takes to crash it.
I really don’t want to turn my blog into some form of photo hosting, first and foremost it would probably bring this website to a crawl, secondly it would be way too difficult to manage the many galleries that would have to be created, thirdly that would more or less lock me onto SquareSpace forever. I also believe that their Content Delivery Network (CDN) resizes your uploads and performs some form of web optimization to cope with larger photos. Also as a side note, the SquareSpace file manager is pretty terrible and needs to be revamped.