Digital photo organizing today, unlike with printed film photo albums of the past, is a huge undertaking due to the sheer amount of digital photographs that any one person (thanks, smartphones!) or organization has stored at any given moment. Who has the time to manually organize that many photos? If you’re reading this post—we’re guessing not you. That’s where photo organizers come in to play.
What is a Photo Organizer?
Photo organizers are software designed not only to safely store photos in a centralized location, but to make them easier to find and share. Photo organizers are widely available for a range of users, whether you’re a massive creative team, a small business looking to keep photos on file, a professional photographer storing client work, or an every-day smartphone user who regularly takes snaps of family and friends. The list of benefits of using a photo organizer is long - at the top for everyday users is arguably convenience, while for businesses, backup and security are often the priorities, along with advanced search and tagging features. What makes photo organizers a must-have for anyone is the central location and accessibility from all locations and devices.
Here, we break down the best photo organizer for every purpose, taking a deeper look at various photo organizer software options.
For Personal Albums
For an everyday user managing personal photo albums an online photo library, like Google Photos, would be the perfect platform. Google Photos is a free photo organizer up to 15GB (then a small monthly fee) that’s accessible on your desktop or mobile devices (both Android and iOS) - even offline. With automatic sync and back-up, unlimited cloud storage, and tiered storage plans, Google Photos offers a photo organizing solution for pretty much everyone. Its artificial intelligence (AI) tagging and other search functions allow users to quickly find photos by location, date, and common terms like “beach”. Google Photos also makes it incredibly easy to share albums with quick links. It’s a great solution for individuals hoping to manage thousands of photos, without exhausting the storage on their phone.
For Professional Photographers
Companion software, like Adobe Bridge, is ideal for professional photographers who need a photo organizer that connects well with design tools and offers more sophisticated features. Adobe Bridge, in particular, actually integrates with the entire Adobe Creative Suite, which is incredibly convenient for creative professionals, like wedding and event photographers. As a photo organizer, Bridge offers multiple functionalities such as file browsing, image review, rating and labelling. Not only that, you can also filter images and create custom collections, rename files in batches, and directly access Photoshop’s image editing plugin. Users can also send photos directly from their cameras into the program, making it ideal for professional photographers.
For Document-Focused Teams
For small, operational teams who need to store a limited number of core photos, such as employee headshots and a few event photos, an online file management solution, like DropBox, can be sufficient. As with other cloud-based photo organizers, content is accessible from anywhere, with prominent syncing, storage and security features. DropBox also offers integrations with other business tools like Google, Slack, Zoom, Adobe, which gives the program more appeal to collaborative teams. DropBox is stronger with document management, so it’s often the preferred solution for those working primarily with documents, spreadsheets and presentations, with a secondary need to manage corporate photos. The team-based pricing and features make it ideal for organizations with a variety of users, and the top tier packages offer basic metadata tagging for those looking to track additional asset information.
For Content-Focused Teams
Large teams who produce and distribute a high volume of content need a platform that’s immensely sophisticated and feature-rich. A cloud-based digital asset management (DAM) system, like MediaValet, allows users who are working with large volumes of photos from multiple events and projects to stay organized and on-task. MediaValet offers custom permission settings, advanced AI-powered search capabilities, keyword tagging, and custom metadata. With sharing capabilities like branded online galleries, zipped files and custom renditions (i.e. turning a JPG into a PNG), MediaValet is a powerful, highly functional photo organizer for content-focused teams, especially those working remotely. On top of all that, the pricing structure can be based on storage needs or the number of users.
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