Organizing and Displaying Your Photo Albums

You’ve shot hundreds or thousands of pictures. Now what? You’ll probably want to get them organized, and will most probably want to share some of them with others. Depending on your goals, you may want to look for the right solution among the two big categories.

You’ve shot hundreds or thousands of pictures. Now what? You’ll probably want to get them organized, and will most probably want to share some of them with others. Depending on your goals, you may want to look for the right solution among the two big categories.

Offline Photo Albums

Offline photo albums are stand-alone software installed on your HDD. Popular examples include ACDSee, FastStone Image Viewer and many others. Their major benefit is their ability to pick up and organize your existing collection or digital pictures stored on the hard drive(s) regardless of their location. You don’t have to upload anything anywhere, you don’t have to worry about traffic or the limited storage space available with many photo hosting accounts. You just install the tool and use it.

Many tools in this category offer basic or even advanced (ACDSee Pro, Adobe Lightroom) image processing functionality, allowing you to fix basic things and apply a variety of enhancements to your photos without using a fully featured photo editor. Most folks will be quite satisfied with the basics including red eye correction, rotation, cropping, color, brightness and contrast adjustments, while others will be well served by tools such as ACDSee Pro and Adobe Lightroom offering comprehensive editing abilities along with convenient organizing and viewing of your entire photo collection.

The obvious disadvantage of offline photo albums is their inability to share your pictures with others. Granted, you can usually email a picture or two. Some more advanced tools (e.g. ACDSee) offer integration with online photo hosting sites, allowing you to upload select pictures there. But that’s about it. Offline photo albums are designed and implemented for your personal convenience and enjoyment.

Bugs and user errors can creep to online photo albums just as easily as they can be present in other software. Should you on your computer (and make sure you have a backup copy somewhere). Upload some of your best works to a photo sharing service. There’s nothing more boring than a long set of similarly looking vacation pictures – so make sure you only upload your best pictures!

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