Photos and your storage devices and your Digital Collections

After 10 or more years of digital photo collections, the question will come one day: Where do I store these Photos, do I manually select and organize them?

Here a little bit of thinking and prompting and find some reasonable answers:

The term “curated” in the context of photos generally refers to the process of carefully selecting, organizing, and presenting photos, often around a specific theme or for a particular purpose1. This can be done manually by individuals or through automated systems.

For instance, the iPhone Photos app has a feature that curates your photos2. It organizes and presents your photos in a meaningful way, enhancing the user experience.

In another context, there are services like Curated Frames that allow you to print and frame your curated photos3. They offer a variety of sizes and formats, including canvas prints3.

There are also platforms like Pexels that offer curated collections of stock photos for free use4.

In all these cases, the goal of curation is to create a more meaningful and personalized experience with your photos. Whether it’s for personal use, for sharing with others, or for professional purposes, curated photos can tell a story, evoke emotions, or simply make it easier to find and enjoy your favorite images.

Here are some popular photo curation apps:

  1. PicsArt1: This app is fun, easy to use, and covers just about all the bases for consumer mobile photography. It provides lots of creative control, excellent image-editing tools, and a large variety of attractive filters1.
  2. Snapseed1: A comprehensive photo editing app that’s user-friendly and free. It offers a wide range of professional-level editing tools1.
  3. Adobe Photoshop Camera1: This app lets you apply filters and effects before you even take the picture, offering a live preview so you can see how the final photo will look1.
  4. Pixlr1: Pixlr offers a range of photo editing tools, from basic cropping and resizing to more complex color and light adjustments. It also includes a collage feature1.
  5. Adobe Lightroom1: Particularly popular among professionals, Lightroom offers powerful editing features in a simple interface1.
  6. Instagram1: While primarily a social media platform, Instagram offers a range of filters and editing tools, making it a popular choice for quick photo enhancements1.
  7. Google Photos1: In addition to being a photo storage app, Google Photos also offers basic editing options and automatic album creation1.
  8. Pixtica1: A camera app with a built-in photo editor, offering a variety of tools and filters1.

Please note that the availability of these apps may depend on your device’s operating system1.

You can definitely curate photos manually in most photo curation apps. Here’s a general process you might follow:

  1. Select Your Photos: Go through your photos and select the ones you want to include in your curated collection. Look for photos that fit together in some way, whether it’s through a shared theme, color scheme, subject matter, or some other unifying factor.
  2. Edit Your Photos: Use the editing tools in your chosen app to enhance your photos. This might include cropping, adjusting brightness and contrast, applying filters, and so on.
  3. Arrange Your Photos: Once your photos are edited to your liking, arrange them in the order you want them to appear in your collection. Consider how each photo flows into the next to create a cohesive visual narrative.
  4. Share Your Collection: Finally, share your curated collection with others. This could be through social media, a personal website, a digital photo frame, or any other platform where you want to display your photos.

Remember, the goal of curation is to tell a story or convey a certain feeling or idea, so take your time and enjoy the process as well.

Der Weg ist das Ziel …

From the Gold Coast kindly yours

Peter H Bloecker, Gold Coast Australia

Author and active BLOGGER and Ex – High School Teacher