Now that most people carry smartphones with digital cameras, we are taking more pictures than ever before. If you’re like many people, you enjoy taking these photos, but once you have them…now what? Perhaps you’d like to organize them but don’t know how, or the thought of doing so is overwhelming. Maybe you want an easy way to share them with people you care about, but you don’t want to spend a lot of time figuring out how.
TracSoft is here to help! There are lots of easy, affordable options for organizing your photos, and once you have your photos arranged, there are tons of fun photo sharing options to choose from. We’ve curated a selection of options that are user-friendly even for people who aren’t tech-savvy, that won’t break your budget, and will help you and your loved ones enjoy your favorite pictures for years to come.
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Photo Organizer Apps
While you can pay for photo organizer software, there are many high-quality, free options available online. There are two advantages to online photo organizers: first, as soon as you upload your photos to the apps, they are in cloud storage, so there’s no risk computer failure or some other disaster will destroy them. Second, once uploaded, they are ready to be shared at the click of a button.
But which app is right for you? Below are some of the most popular and well-reviewed photo organizer apps available today.
Free Photo Organizer Options
- Google Photos: Free, easy to use, with lots of storage, Google Photos has long been a popular favorite. Available for Android and iOS, Google Photos is easy to use on whatever device you favor. One of the best features of this app is its search function that allows you to search by place and keyword in order to find your favorite photos. Additionally, you can tag photos with keywords like peoples’ names or an event so that you can search your photos by those tags later. The photo editor tool is also one of the most powerful free editors available today and can be used directly on your phone or online.
- Apple Photos: Like Google Photos, Apple Photos stores pictures in a cloud, and you can search them by location, keyword tags, or year. You can build and share albums directly in the app, even including music, titles, and transitions to bring your photo albums to life. Also like Google Photos, you can edit images and short videos to ensure you are sharing only the best images with your loved ones.
Low-Cost Photo Organizer Options
- Flickr: Although Flickr is a social media platform (complete with user profiles), it is truly a photo-centric site, allowing users to upload higher-quality images without compressing them like most social media sites do. Once your account is set up, you can create private albums to share with your friends. The site’s Organizr tool allows you to edit and organize your pictures within albums so they appear just the way you want. Like Google and Apple Photos, Flickr has a powerful app that is rated well by users. One downside to Flickr is that a free account only allows 1000 photos and videos, so if you take lots of pictures, this may not work for you. However, for $49.99 per year, the Flickr Pro service offers unlimited storage.
- Photobucket: Starting at $5.99 per month, Photobucket offers up to 25MB of storage and a lifetime storage promise. You can arrange your photos into private albums with captions and titles, and albums can be easily shared directly from the site. Like Amazon, Photobucket’s app does not offer editing tools, but it does allow you to order printed photo gifts directly from the app.
- Amazon Prime Photos: Amazon Prime started as a discount on shipping for people who subscribed to the service. But over time, it has grown into a multi-media subscription service offering access to ebooks, music, videos, shows, and cloud storage. As part of their cloud storage offering, they allow users to store unlimited photos. Although Amazon doesn’t offer photo editing tools, you can order prints of your photos or photo gifts (such as calendars or coffee mugs) directly from your cloud storage. Their Family Vault feature allows up to five people to share their photos together in one place, which is perfect for holiday or family vacation photos. An Amazon Prime account costs $119 per year or $12.99 per month.
Photo Sharing Options
One of the greatest joys of taking pictures is sharing them with people you care about. The easiest way to share photos is online, but sometimes you want a more personal option or an option that doesn’t require the other person to navigate much technology. And in spite of our world becoming increasingly more digital, sometimes physically holding a picture can be uniquely satisfying photo sharing experience.
Photobooks are an easy way to have your favorite photos available to browse. What makes them different from traditional photo albums is that with a photobook, you upload photos to a pre-made template, place your order, and a finished album arrives at your door. You don’t have to print photos or be an artist to create a professional-looking album for your incredible vacation or important family event. Photobooks can be stored in bookshelves or kept as coffee table books, and they make lovely gifts for grandparents. While lots of sites make photobooks (including Google Photos), Shutterfly, Snapfish, Mixbook, and Printique consistently rank as the best options because of their many customizable templates, easy-to-use software, and balance between cost and quality.
Another great photo sharing option is to turn your favorite pictures into wall art. This can create a lovely focal point in a living or bedroom, and it doesn’t have to be expensive. PosterMyWall takes only minutes to learn and provides a range of sizes and prices. They’ll even do bulk prints if you need to order prints as gifts. These posters can be dressed up with an inexpensive frame, but for something a bit classier, CanvasPop prints your photos on durable, hand-stretched canvas that will look great for years to come. Calendars are another classic photo sharing opportunity. VistaPrint and Walgreens are both known for inexpensive, high-quality calendars and an easy plug-and-play interface on their websites.
Fun, Usable Photos
If you’re looking for something a little more functional, there are lots of unusual photo sharing options. For instance, you can use your favorite photo collage maker (we suggest photocollage.com) to assemble your best holiday photos. Have your collage printed on A4-size paper at your local office supply store and use this as wrapping paper for next year. Children will be delighted to see themselves on their own presents! Another fun way to use pictures is to have stickers printed through a site like StickerYou. Stickers can then be used to customize school notebooks, journals, or scrapbook pages. And for your friends who live far away, there are also websites like MoonPig or Postgram (for Apple or Android) that will turn your pictures into memorable greeting cards or postcards. These sites will even handle postage, sending your creation directly to your friend.
Digital Photo Frames
Finally, digital photo frames are another great way to share images with the people you love. A favorite with grandparents, you can easily upload a photo to a loved one’s frame even when you’re far away. Digital photo frames can be set to rotate through photos on a regular schedule, which means you don’t have to choose one favorite image to hang above the mantel; instead, you can have a favorite photo for every hour, half-hour, or even quarter-hour.
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