One of the best parts of traveling in these modern times is digital photography. Whether you’re toting your DSLR around with you or just snapping selfies on your smartphone, being able to capture any moment (or every moment) is certainly a fun way to document your vacation.
What’s not fun, though, is figuring out what to do with all those photos at the end of your trip. You’ve just spent a few days hoofing it through a new city or across a big theme park – the last thing you want to do when you get home is sit in front of your computer and dig through all 2,743 photos that you took. So what do you do with them? Here’s our four-step guide:
- Backup Your Photos – before you do anything else, you should always back your photos up. Things happen, especially to digital goods. It’s always a good idea to keep a couple of backups, especially if your photos are a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Iceland. A good backup system includes both online and offline backup methods:
- Offline: whether you prefer a full portable hard drive, a USB thumb drive, or just a memory card, you should have something in your possession that you can store your photos on. Unless you’re shooting with a DSLR, a 2GB or 4GB one should do for most trips. A larger capacity would allow you to backup photos from multiple trips on the same storage.
- Online: the options for online storage are plentiful, and usually quite cost-effective. Our recommendation is either Flickr or Google Photos. Both offer nearly unlimited storage for free, and have mobile apps for iOS and Android to make uploading right from your phone a breeze.
- Cleanup Your Photos – if you’re like me, you probably snap 10-15 versions of the same photo. You never know who’s blinking or not looking at the camera, right? It’s a good idea to go ahead and delete any unwanted photos – duplicates, blurry ones, photos where the flash washed everything out, and where the subject just isn’t in the frame. You can do this manually, but if you chose Google Photos for your online backup, Google will automatically dig through your trip photos and select the best ones based on who’s smiling, looking at the camera, etc.
- Share Your Photos – now that you’ve backed up your photos and eliminated the duplicates, blurry photos, etc, you can share them across your social channels! Be sure to include a caption to let others know what’s happening in the photo, and don’t overshare!
- Print Your Photos – a fun way to create lasting memories from your trips is to send your photos to a service like Walgreens or Snapfish to have printed into a book. These are great for gifts, or just to stock your coffee table with fun memories.