As technology enables us to do more we begin to feel overwhelmed with options and have the potential to end up with less. This concept is extremely relevant in the digital world of photos. Digital cameras and computers with next to infinite memory have allowed us to take photos of every moment of our lives. What can be done to enjoy and benefit from these opportunities?
Software to Stay Organized
First off, you need a way to keep all your photos organized. The top two pieces of software are from Google and Apple. Google provides slightly better photo editing and online syncing while Apple’s software will be preferred by those who want a simpler interface. With either one, you will be one step closer to better photo management.
Picasa from Google (PC and Mac)
- Works on any computer
- Great editing tools and face recognition
- Organize photos Folders and Albums
- Easy upload to numerous websites including Google’s own PicasaWeb
- Only works on Macs
- Sleekest interface
- Organize photos by Events and Albums
- Decent editing tools and face recognition
- Upload photos to sites like Facebook, Shutterfly, Flickr, and PicasaWeb (may need Mac plug-in)
Once you begin to get a grip on all your photos, begin to get real value from your photos by sharing them online and ordering books, cards, and more. For online sharing, consider the following options.
Facebook – Since everyone you know is already on the site, use the uploading tools from Picasa or iPhoto to quickly share with friends and family what is going on.
PicasaWeb – Google’s online photo sharing is an easy way to share all your albums with friends and allow them to download your photos too! You get 1 GB for free and then another 5GB for an unbelievably cheap $5 annually (most sites charge $25+ for this).
Shutterfly – The well known photo site allows you now to set up a personal webpage with access to your newest albums and pictures just like a photo blog. You get unlimited space and others can buy your photos from Shutterfly but cannot download them.
Photo Books – After uploading your photos to a site to share, be sure to order a photo book. This the easiest way to show friends and family when they stop by your home and it will make you look like a professional.
More Fun with iPhone Apps
Path – a photo sharing app that only allows you to have 50 friends and family so that you stay focused on sharing with those closest to you
Instagram – a enjoyable photo app that lets you take photos and then apply retro filters before sharing with friends and followers
How do you keep all your photos organized? Critique me or share your own tips in the comments below.
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