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5 ways to better manage your photo collection

Posted 16 December 2014 12:00 AM by Brandon Baker

Photosaving options on your smartphone

Everyone takes photos. The difference is how we keep track of them all. Today, with smartphones becoming the primary camera in our lives, we have easier access than ever to take more and more photos.

If you are like me, you probably have these photo memories scattered in an unorganized mess. Some live on your PC, others on your tablet, a memory card, camera, smartphone, etc. No one wants to lose a precious memory. But, how do we keep track of it all?

With faster Internet connections at home, 4G data on the go and apps galore you would think there would be an easier way. And there is! Check out these great apps and web services that can help you regain control of your photographs.

Google+ Photos

Google+ Photos is one of the most complete solutions to manage your photos and videos from anywhere. All you need is a Google account and you’re given 15GB of free cloud storage (which is shared between your Gmail, Photos and Google Drive accounts). Some notable features include: automatically turning a series of photos to an animated GIF, easy, yet powerful, photo editing, and search (try searching for a keyword like “cat” and Google automatically detects the subject in your photos to give you relevant results). With auto backup for Desktop, iOS, and Android devices and powerful mobile editing features, this one is a real winner. Additional storage options start at $1.99/month for 100GB.

And no worries, just because it is named after the Google social network does not mean all of your photos are visible to the public. By default they are on lock down. You choose who has access.

You can learn more here: www.google.com/photos/about

Flickr

In the past Flickr has been known for its inspiring photographic community. Today, it has expanded to offer a generous 1TB of online photo storage for free. Plus it has apps for iOS and Android to provide auto backups and sharing on the go. In the app, photo editing is limited to right after you take a picture, however. On the desktop you can edit a photo at any time.

Learn more here: www.flickr.com

iCloud Photos

If you live in Apple’s ecosystem of devices, iCloud Photos may be a good choice. It syncs your photo library across your Mac, iPad, and iPhone so pictures are accessible anywhere. You can do light photo editing through iPhoto on any device and your changes stay synced across all devices. You only get 5GB of storage for free, but upgrades start at $0.99 a month for 20GB.

Learn more here: www.apple.com/icloud/photos and here: www.apple.com/icloud

 

Dropbox (Carousel)

Dropbox has an app called Carousel for iOS and Android that automatically backs up your photos and videos. The app stores your memories in the cloud through Dropbox.  You can browse and share your photos by using an interactive timeline. The one thing this app currently lacks is any kind of photo editing feature. You get 2GB of storage for free, with the option to upgrade to 1TB for $9.99 per month.

Learn more: www.carousel.dropbox.com

 

OneDrive

One Drive is Microsoft’s file and photo management platform. You can organize your photos via albums or view them through an interactive timeline. Photos can be shared with friends via email, a link, or through Facebook. Apps are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, Android, and Xbox. One thing that OneDrive lacks in the photo management department is the ability to edit photos. You get 15GB of storage with a free account, much like Google’s alternative. For only $6.99 a month you can get 1TB of online storage plus a personal subscription to Microsoft’s Office products like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Learn more here: www.onedrive.com

 

To recap, here’s a handy chart with more detailed information:

Options for saving and cataloging photos

Brandon Baker, follower of the latest trends in online computing and consumer tech, is a digital media coordinator at Shentel.

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