Revisiting Collect – One of My Favorite Apps

I’d been looking for an app which was both a journal and a way to collect photos, and I found it when I discovered Collect – Photo Journal. It’s been a great way to collect one or more photos everyday and write a brief description of the event. It’s a quick and easy diary on my phone.

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After opening the app, you just click on the date and you get the option to either take a photo or open your photo library. If you decide to open the photo library, it opens to the pictures on your camera that were taken on the date selected on the calendar. Then it’s as simple as selecting the image to use. Add a title of up to 115 characters and if desired add tags to provide an easy way to group and find related pictures, and you can even add more detailed notes about an event.

With over 20,000 photos just hanging out on my phone, I’ve never had a hard time finding something to photograph, but with the addition of two little ones, Collect provides an easy way to save and organize these extra special images.

Of course, there are in app purchases that can be made to create videos from the daily photos or a creative pack to add designs and fonts and collages. I started with the $1.99 basic version, but after using it for two years, I’m ready to part with an additional $3.99 to try the extra features as well as to automatically back up to iCloud.

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Collect would also be an effective way of participating in the Grateful 365 Project, a way to collect a photo and reflect on something positive every day.

Looking for a way to collect and organize your photos? Try Collect.

(Unfortunately, Collect is only available for iPhone so if you use a similar app for another device, I’d love to hear about it.)

Print Pictures

IMG_4391Boxes of photos with thousands of prints line the shelves of a closet with more photos in albums and drawers. It can be overwhelming to go through so many pictures trying to locate ones from a particular event or time period. It’s time to weed out those blurry pictures, duplicates, and ones that are not meaningful, and then I’ll need to determine a more effective way of organizing and labeling so they can be enjoyed instead of stored.

As much as I dread the thought of undertaking the picture organization task, I’m glad we have photographs from not only our years as a couple, but ones from our childhood, and even earlier pictures of our parents, grandparents, and early generations. Pictures in Easter outfits with bonnets and white gloves, pictures around the Christmas tree, pictures of birthdays, vacations, sporting events, friends, family, and other special occasions.

I’ve never taken so many pictures as since I got a phone with a camera. No worry about forgetting the camera, needing more film or flashbulbs, and it’s always charged so it’s always picture time. Photos of everyday events fill my camera roll and photo stream. Today it shows 780 photos saved on my phone, and that’s just the ones on the phone. In the past year, I’ve taken over 5000 pictures. No subject is too mundane.

I love digital photography. Since there’s no cost associated with bad pictures I can just shoot away sure to get a few good shots and then I can save on the computer, no more boxes or drawers full of the extra prints. However, there’s a big problem with this system. Technology changes and if some of these photos aren’t printed, we risk losing them.

This has happened with pictures taken in the past. Boxes of slides can no longer be viewed so we’ve lost our record of those memories.

Videos stored on VHS and 8mm tapes cannot be enjoyed now that we don’t own the devices needed to show them. Of course, we can take these tapes to be digitized so we can watch them again, but in what format should they be converted? Will this be a process that needs to occur every decade to keep these images?

There’s something to be said for old-fashioned prints, not dependent on technology. You can enjoy them for a lifetime and they can be passed on to the generations that follow.

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Take pictures. Save them on your phone, camera, computer, or other storage devices. Make them into slide shows to show others and enjoy, but don’t stop there. Please print, label, and organize a representative selection of pictures EVERY year. You’ll be glad you did!

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