How to Use Synology Photo Station 6 to Organize and Share Your Photos and Videos
Synology Photo Station 6 is an online photo album that lets you easily upload, organize, edit, and share your photos and videos over the Internet. You can access Photo Station 6 from your web browser, mobile devices, or TV. In this article, we will show you how to use some of the features of Photo Station 6 to manage your photos and videos.
Upload Photos and Videos
There are several ways to upload your photos and videos to Photo Station 6. You can use Photo Station Uploader, Photo Uploader, Photo Station web portal, file sharing protocols, or File Station. Here are some of the advantages and limitations of each method:
Photo Station Uploader: This is a desktop application that you can install on your Windows or Mac computer. It allows you to upload files with the file explorer by right-clicking the files and folders. It also compresses videos to different qualities and generates thumbnails for faster playback and browsing. This is the most convenient and recommended method.
Photo Uploader: This is a function of Synology Assistant, another desktop application that you can install on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. It also compresses videos to H.264 format and generates thumbnails before uploading. However, it does not support drag-and-drop uploading or right-clicking files and folders.
Photo Station web portal: This is the web interface that you can access from your web browser. You can create albums and upload files by clicking the Add button. You can also drag-and-drop files if your browser supports it. However, the maximum upload size per file is 32 GB for 64-bit models running on DSM 6.0 or above, or 2 GB for other models.
File sharing protocols: You can use file sharing protocols such as SMB, AFP, FTP, or WebDAV to upload files from your computer to your Synology NAS. You need to put the files in a folder that will become your new album in the photo shared folder (for the default Photo Station) or home/photo folder (for Personal Photo Station). However, this method does not compress videos or generate thumbnails.
File Station: This is another web interface that you can access from your web browser. You can upload files by clicking the Upload button or drag-and-drop files if your browser supports it. You need to put the files in the same folders as mentioned above. However, this method also does not compress videos or generate thumbnails.
Organize Photos and Videos
Once you have uploaded your photos and videos to Photo Station 6, you can organize them in different ways. You can edit album information and privacy settings, create categories to group your albums, tag your photos and videos with keywords, rate them with stars, add comments, and enable face recognition. Here are some of the steps to do so:
Edit album information and privacy settings: You can edit the name, description, cover image, location, date, tags, rating, comments, and sharing options of each album by clicking the Edit button on the top action bar of Photo Station web portal. You can also set access rights for different users and groups by clicking Settings > Privileges.
Create categories: You can create categories to organize your albums by themes, events, people, etc. To create a category, click Add > Category on the left navigation panel of Photo Station web portal. You can then drag-and-drop albums into the category or select multiple albums and click Move on the top action bar.
Tag photos and videos: You can tag your photos and videos with keywords to make them easier to find and filter. To tag a photo or video, select it and click Tag on the top action bar of Photo Station web portal. You can then enter one or more tags separated by commas or select from existing tags.
Rate photos and videos: You can rate your photos and videos with stars from one to five to indicate your preference or quality. To rate a photo or video, select it and click Rate on the top action bar of Photo Station web portal. You can then choose a star rating from the drop-down menu.