We’ve all done it: had a grand time on vacation, taking hundreds or photos of sights and the family, only to get home and dread the thought of sorting through and organizing them all. In extreme cases, digital photos can sit for years after the vacation and never even be looked at again.
Luckily new technology can be a tremendous help, with a wealth of apps helping you to organize and display your prized vacation photos.
The app you choose to aid you in your photo-odyssey could depend on the type of trip you’ve taken, because some are more suited to particular formats or uses of the photos. For example, a family weekend at Disneyland might require a different way of sorting and organizing your photos than a three week overseas vacation.
Four of the best apps and online services for on the go photography include Exposure, Journi, Google+ Stories, and HeyDay. Each has their own benefits and features that will be appealing based on the type of photos you take, how many, how you would like to organize them, and how (or if) you’d like to share them with other people. Let’s take a closer look at each of these apps.
A good alternative to a travel blog, and easier to maintain than a traditional site. This app allows you to add notes to your photos, and the location that you took the photo will also be saved even if you are not online. The app also allows easy sharing of photos with other people. This is an ideal way to caption photos and add your own personal stories to each one, and enjoy the sharable benefits of a photo blog without all the time and effort involved. Available on iOS.
More and more people are using Google+ accounts, and this service is an extension of the social media site. Google has devised a way to automate your photo sorting and editing. Google+ Stories attempts to select your best photos, then proceeds to arrange them for presentation as a timeline, where you can add your own captions. This is ideal for people who really want a hands off solution, or if you’ve taken thousands of photos (many of which might be similar) and have little time to sort through them all. Available via Google Play.
If you’re the type to take lots of photos complete with notes and status updates, and would like to have it all organized for you, HeyDay is a good option. It creates a visual timeline, including the location that the photos were taken. All the info that you provide for each photo is integrated into the timeline automatically. Available for iOS and Android.
This app is for the more serious photographer who has a focus on taking amazing photos rather than snapshots. The photos and videos you take are organized into narratives with an emphasis on stunning design, with the end result being a display of your work in a Tumblr style interface.
Traveling as a family gives you a unique opportunity to capture photos that would be otherwise impossible; photos that should be enjoyed and cherished forever. These apps make it easy to sort, organize and share your photos without having to spend countless hours at the computer doing it all yourself.