Hello SOTGC community,
In this age of digital photography, we generate tons of photos – the whiteboard at work, our families, pets, vacations, school field trips, concerts, parties; the list goes on and on. The old days of getting our photos printed and into binders and scrapbooks are largely gone. It used to be fun to pull out the old photo albums and sit down with family and friends to laugh at crazy poses and faces and to experience a shared emotion and memory of those who have passed on.
We still have photo albums, but they’re on our computers, and, fortunately, there’s lot of ways to share our digital photo albums.
The closest things that we have to our old binders that we can sit down and share are our portable devices – our smart phones, tablets, and laptops. It is possible to duplicate your entire photo library on a portable device if you have enough storage, but for most of us, there are just too many photos to fit. We have to manage our devices so that we either choose a subset of photos to share, or we set up a cloud service to store some or all of our photos, or a combination of the two.
When I travel to visit family, I go through my computer photo albums, and I pick which albums I want to bring with me. The next step is to sync those albums with my device. There are several ways to do this:
Copy files – You can copy the photo files that you choose to your device through a USB cable, or to a memory card/flash drive that you then move to the portable device. This is an easy option if you’re comfortable with computers and peripheral devices.
USB Sync – You can use software to sync specific albums to your device. For example, if you connect your iPhone or iPad through USB, you can use iTunes to select and sync specific photo albums. This is a great option if you use Apple devices and you’re familiar with iTunes?
Cloud Sync – You can use a cloud sync service such as Dropbox or Sugar Sync to select and sync specific photo albums. These cloud services are very easy to use. You’ll have to have the software installed on both your computer and your portable device.
Cloud Photo Sharing – You can use a cloud photo sharing service such as Flickr or Shutterfly to upload and share specific photo albums. Flickr in particular integrates well with desktop photo management software. Once you’ve created an account on Flickr, you can connect with it through iPhoto or Windows Live Photo Gallery and easily upload photos. You can install a Flickr or Shutterfly app on your portable device, and you’ll be able to view your albums and display slide shows whenever you have Internet connectivity. You can also share the link to the photo albums with friends and family.
Social Networks – You can use a social network such as Facebook or Google Plus to upload and share specific photo albums. Your photos on Facebook won’t be full resolution, but this is a great option to show photos if you’re comfortable with Facebook and want to share only with your Facebook friends. You can also tag people in your photos.
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