Whether you’ve been on the holiday of a lifetime or an around the world trip, your photos mean a lot to you. Understandably, you want to share these pictures, memories and experiences with your friends and family. However, printing them all out and putting them in a photo album can be hard work and very expensive. So, you need to find a way to show them off that doesn’t only make it easy for you to show to your audience, but one that is as sophisticated as the trip you’ve just taken. It’s time to say goodbye to trawling through photo albums – and hello to a whole new way of sharing your life in pictures.
Most travelers will blog while exploring new countries, and if you’re going away for a reasonably long time, it’s likely that you’ll be blogging while you’re on your trip. However, if you haven’t thought about this option before, then now’s the time to consider it. You could simply use it as a way to show your photos. For example, you can create new pages on your blog, one dedicated to each country. Then you can upload the relevant photos and share the link with your loved ones.
Or, alternatively, you can try blogging more seriously; writing articles as well as sharing images. Use it as a diary, supplemented with your photos. This will take longer for your friends and family to digest, but it gives them a much better picture of what you’ve been doing while you explain each photo and how it was taken. You could even combine the two ideas: blog and use pictures where appropriate, but then have a separate page for all your photographs.
This doesn’t just mean putting all your photos on a USB stick and pressing play when it’s on a computer. No, you should look at a far more sophisticated and enjoyable way of presenting your pictures: using a slideshow. It’s easy to find and use a free slideshow maker, but it means that you don’t need to worry about tricky formatting or boring people with endless photos. You’ll be able to add text and special effects – more or less turning it into a mini documentary. Plus, if you want to pursue a career in photography or blogging, it’ll be a great asset to have to show off. Not only does it highlight all your pictures, but it shows that you’re capable of telling a story and using software to edit it.
Try a photo book
Using an online photo album is probably the easiest way to do this, but it can have some of the same issues as using hard copy photo albums. So, take advantage of the fact that some online photo album companies let you turn your albums into photo books. This a great way to show off your trip, and you can use it as a decorative feature in your home, just like people do with coffee table books, filled with artwork. Turning your travel pictures into a photo book also makes it easy for people to pick it up and flick through it on their own, so you don’t need to sit next to them and guide them through your journey.