Turning a huge collection of digital photos into prints
April 29, 2012 9:23 PM Subscribe
What is an easy solution for someone who takes a lot of photos and would like to print all of them--or create a printed photo book--WITHOUT putting a lot of effort into it?
posted by mintchip to grab bag (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I take loads of digital photos. For example, on a trip I may take 800 photos, which I then weed down to 500. Is there any easy way order prints of such a large number of photos in a small amount of space (or a book) with minimal effort? Almost like creating printed contact sheets or the like, but maybe a little better quality or larger size than that?
I wish to create printed albums. But the options I’ve already identified have some problems:
1. I can print ALL of the photos, and spend a large amount of time putting them all into albums. This takes time and money, and the finished product would be several large albums taking up a lot of space.
2. I can sort through all the photos and just select the best ones, and then print only these (either putting them into albums or designing a book). This would cost less but take a lot of sorting time, and then I might not have enough photos to document all of the events/locations/people I see during a trip.
3. I can take fewer photos. I don't really like this option because it gives me fewer chances to practice photography, which I enjoy.
Ideally, I'd like to use some software which would automatically load a large number of pictures in order to print a book which would have many photos per page, perhaps in a small size. However, I have not been able to find any software that would allow for this with minimal effort on my part while still accommodating so many photos. (For example, Snapfish allows you to automate a book, but on some pages there will only be one or two photos, so the finished book would be both large and expensive. It seems like any software that allows you to put a lot of photos on each page requires that you also add all of the photos manually…and with this number of photos this would take FOREVER.)
I guess my problem is how to best manage a large number of photos. Usually each photo is important to me, so it is hard to drastically weed down each collection. But this also makes it hard to create a photo book or order prints.
What do YOU all do with your huge photo collections that you'd also like to be able to flip through offline? Or am I simply the last person who still wants hard copy photo albums these days?