Three easy ways to create a collaborative photo album

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Special events like holidays, weddings, and school reunions just beg to be captured in pictures—but organizing photos from friends and family after the event can be a pain. 

It doesn't have to be! Here are three easy ways to collect everybody's photos and share them with all participants after your get-together is over.



The shared photo albums feature on Facebook.

If everyone at your event or party is on Facebook then it's easy to create a photo album everyone can access and contribute to. Facebook introduced shared photo albums in August 2013.

Start by creating a photo album in Facebook as you normally would—don't forget to check the High Quality box so that the pictures are uploaded in high resolution!—and then open the album from your profile page by going to Photos > Albums > [Album name]

Once the album is open, click the button in the upper-left corner that says Change to Shared Album. A pop-up window appears where you can add contributors and set the privacy settings for who can see the album.

Once you've got everything set-up click Save and you're done. Now all event participants can contribute and view photos in the album.


The Dropbox and Send to Dropbox combo make it easy to create and share collaborative albums.

This tip comes courtesy of our friends at Macworld. For this trick to work you're going to need two things: a Dropbox account and an email with the Send to Dropbox service.

If you've never heard of it, Send to Dropbox creates an email address connected to your Dropbox account. Anything that gets sent to that email address shows up in your attachments folder on Dropbox.

After you've got your Send to Dropbox email, just have everyone at the event send their pics to the Send to Dropbox address. Then you, as the receiver, will have to take all those received photos and drop them into a special folder created for the event.

Once the folder has some pics in it, just send everyone a sharing link so they can view the folder. The best part of this method is not everyone needs to be on Dropbox! All they need is an email account and a web browser to view the album.



Sharing an album with others on OneDrive.

Microsoft's OneDrive has an easy way to allow multiple people to share and contribute photos to an album. Create a new folder in OneDrive, open it, and then click the "Details" pane icon in the upper-right corner. Next, click the Share folder link.

In the pop-up pane, under Invite people add the email addresses and a short note to the people you're sharing the folder with.

Now click Recipients can only view, which is the default setting.

Two drop-down menus will appear. Change Recipients can only view to Recipients can edit and then decide whether or not to switch the second menu item from Recipients don't need a Microsoft account to Recipients need to sign in with a Microsoft account.

Doing so will make it harder (but not impossible) for outsiders to access the folder; however, it also means everyone you share the folder with must have a Microsoft account. If you leave the second setting as-is (with no Microsoft account required), anyone you share the folder with can then forward the link to others via email. Those people—who you may or may not know—will easily be able to access and edit the folder. Whether that's a pro or con depends on your perspective and needs. 

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