MANAGING HOLIDAY PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

For many of us, the Summer holidays are over. For those lucky souls, they are only just beginning.

Be that as it may, I thought I would share some handy tips to all holiday-goers on how to manage those precious moments caught on camera.

If you were taking multiple holiday snaps and selfies, the sheer volume of images you can end up with on your phone can be overwhelming, not to mention, disorganised! If you’re like me, you might also be receiving requests by friends or family members to share them on Social Media or email!

On any average day on holidays, you can easily snap 50 pictures. Multiply that by two weeks of sun and fun (or snow and laughs), and you can end up with more than 400 pictures including videos on your device.

And if you’re like some of the Big Blue Digital team members, you’ll have a mass of old photos and videos on your device hitting well over 1200 items that your device receives warnings it is reaching its storage capacity!

So what’s the most efficient way to deal with this?

Delete them (bad idea!)

Spend hours combing through them and decide what’s staying and going (painfully time consuming!)

Or, save all your images to the Cloud and delete them from your phone (too easy!)

WHAT TOOLS ARE AVAILABLE TO BACKUP AND ORGANISE YOUR IMAGES?

They are many options available to house and organise your snaps.

Here’s some I like:

  • QuickPics Photo Manager (iOS)
  • Tidy (Android, iOS)
  • QuickPic (Android, iOS) and
  • ​Google photos (iOS and android )

I used Google Photos on my recent holiday and I loved it! Here’s some of the features, and why I recommend it to you.

GOOGLE PHOTOS IN A NUTSHELL

Google Photos allow you to backup your photos to a Cloud service, where they become accessible on all of your devices that are connected to the service.

  • It analyses and organises images into groups and identifies features such as selfies, beaches, skylines, or “a snow storm in a certain location”. This is great for allowing you to categorise them into easy to find, themed folders
  • From the menu, you can search for groups of photos in three major categories: People, Places, and Things.
  • It can recognise photos with similar faces and group them together in the People category. It can also group faces as they age.
  • The Places category uses geotagging data but can also determine locations in older pictures by analysing for major landmarks (e.g. photos containing the Eiffel Tower).
  • The Things category processes photos for their subject matter: birthdays, buildings, cats, concerts, food, graduations, posters, screenshots, etc. Users can manually remove categorisation errors.
  • Recipients of your shared images can view web galleries without needing to download the app.
  • Images can be easily shared with social networks (Google+, Facebook, Twitter etc) and other services. The application generates web links that both Google Photos users and non-users can access. Sharing images with family and friends becomes super simple.
  • It also has an image editor if you want to apply filters or adjust the images you have uploaded to the cloud.
  • You can get unlimited storage for images up to 16 megapixels, and videos up to 1080p,(it will automatically compress the image for you if they are larger). For larger files you don’t want to compress, you can use a paid storage option that uses your google drive space (you only have to pay if you run out of space ).
  • Duplicates of photos are removed (very handy!)
  • ‘Assistant’ in Google Photos is my favorite feature! It will go through your images, look for similarities through various aspects and find relationships among your photos. It then compiles them together for you, and you can then choose what compilations you want Assistant to save.

CONCLUSIONS

So if you still have 1000+ photos just setting on your phone(s) , it’s time to save them in the Cloud!

All you need to do is download the Google Photos app and follow the prompts. This will then start the process of uploading your pictures on the cloud, and organising them – allowing you to easily share them on any other platform with ease! Plus, all your friends, family or even work mates can get a little envy of all the great places you’ve been on holidays!

For more info about other Google Apps, check out this fantastic blog by another Big Blue Digital team member, Rob.

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