What’s the one very big benefit of digital photography? Thousands of photos and nothing to develop. What’s the obviously big drawback of digital photography?
Tens of thousands of photos that need to be shared, printed, uploaded, sorted, cropped, enhanced, and viewed; one by one, in a slide show, and so on, ad nauseam. Here’s a cheap way to share photos in a creative way.
One Guy’s Mess Is Another Gal’s Collage
My love hate affair with digital photography dates back a few years. What do I love? Hello? No trips to Walmart to develop film. That’s a big plus. What do I not like? Too many photos.
With three curtain climbing, carpet crawling pre-schoolers scattered somewhere around the house, I manage to take about 1,000-thousand percent more photos than my family can digest.
What to do? Well, there’s Flickr. That saves me from having to print the better photos for family members.
Instead of me standing in line at Walmart to buy printer ink, my relatives get a link and instructions on right-click and download, and how it benefits their lives.
Collage Maker is one of a dozen Mac photo apps that I use to apply a little creative juice to the family photo distribution process.
Here’s what it does for your photos:
See? A nice, artistic collage of various photos.
Here’s how Collage Maker works:
Choose from a bunch of collage styles. Then, simply drag and drop photos into Collage Maker.
Controls at the top randomize the photos in the collage. Change the borders and shadows. There are also options for changing the background color, adding a frame, and re-shuffling the photos.
Photos in the collage can be printed (which uses up trees and ink but makes relatives happy), or simply export the whole collage as a high quality JPEG, TIFF or PNG image for easy distribution to relatives, friends, or annoyed co-workers (because they didn’t think of it first, or because it’s the 8th time you’ve done it this month).
Negatives? Uh, yeah. I’m not sure of the price. The Collage Maker web site has it one price (which is crazy high), while the Mac App Store has it at another price (which is about right). And, unfortunately, there’s no try-before-you-buy option (but it is cheap).