After nine months of planning the week finally arrived to celebrate my parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. All 12 of us arrived in Sunriver, Oregon on Saturday and we celebrated their anniversary on Sunday. The dinner, slideshow, and presents were all a hit and a complete surprise to my parents. Additional fun was had playing pickle-ball, tennis, hiking, swimming, bike riding, family dinners and playing games.
Amid all this fun there were photos taken on two point and shoots and six different smart phones. If you find yourself in the same situation here are a couple steps to help with managing your photos after a special event:
- Set up a Dropbox account. Dropbox is a file/photo/music/document sharing tool. Here is a good tutorial that talks about file sharing. As a new user Dropbox gives you 2GB of free space.
- Invite all the members of your party to use Dropbox. Dropbox supports dual platform which means Windows & Mac users alike can use it.
- Create a folder in Dropbox specifically for your occasion and share it with your group.
- Have everyone upload their photos to the Dropbox folder
There are a couple things to keep in mind during this process. The first is file size. If you want to use Dropbox as a free service you need to consider how many photos have been taken and the size of the file. The bigger the file size the faster you will reach your 2GB of free space, so make sure people are uploading the best photos (not all of their photos). The other thing to consider is how you will manage the photos once they are all in Dropbox. I will share ideas on that process next week. At this point you have all your photos in one place, everyone can see them, and they are saved in a secure place.
With three days still left on this week long celebration I am off to enjoy some family fun on the tennis courts!