Buckle up campers… I’m going to start talking photography again. Well, not really photography so much as photos….and photo books. In particular the new free app from Shutterfly, Photo Story.
Over the last few years I’ve gotten pretty comfortable taking pictures. I’ve taken classes, I’ve practiced and practiced and practiced. But what I am NOT good at is getting those photos from the computer onto paper. I can never seen to get photos printed. I’m not talking about fancy prints that I can frame and hang on the wall (although I’d love that), I can’t even manage to get simple 4×6 prints made. One time I thought I would be saving myself some trouble and I made SuperGirl a photo book for her birthday … “The Book of SuperGirl”. She loved it. It was FULL of pictures of her. *I* did not love it. It took me a lot of time to put that book together. Sifting through the photos, sitting at the computer and re-organizing and re-arranging them. It drove me nuts. I spend enough time at the computer between
talking to my friends, editing photos and writing (just because I don’t write HERE doesn’t mean I don’t write SOMEWHERE), I didn’t want to spend tons of time working on another project at the end of the day. I haven’t made another photo book since.
Shutterfly just came out with this new app for the iPad that lets you build and order your photo book within your iPad. That sounds nice, right? But how is it that much different than ordering from my computer? How is this going to encourage me to follow through and put a photo book together?
Let’s start with the fact that because I wasn’t tied to my computer I made the photo book for this post during gymnastics (not MY gymnastics…SuperGirl’s). Photo Story pulls your photos from your iPad camera roll, Facebook and Instagram as well as any photos you have uploaded to the actual Shutterfly website. You click on which photos you want to use then drop and drag them into place.
After you’ve picked the general design you want for your photo book you can choose a layout design for each page depending on how many photos you want to place. There are all kinds of options from one or two photos per page with room for including text, to a collage design that will cover the entire page with your photos. Tap the page, tap the layout then drag your photos.
If you tap on your picture it will enlarge and give you the opportunity to perform some very basic edits: you can pinch and push the photo for cropping, rotate, eliminate red eye and add some basic filters. Swiping your finger across the screen turns the virtual pages of your book and there is an edit setting that lets you rearrange the order of your pages if you aren’t quite happy with the layout.
And the book isn’t just a coffee table book. When you order your photo book you will receive a digital copy of your book as well. When you are building your photo book on your iPad you can add up to 30 seconds of voice recordings on each page and these are heard on the digital copy. You can narrate your photo book! Then share it on Facebook or whatever social platform you choose. You can even use the QR code on the back of your book to let friends and family listen to your narration while they look at the hard cover book.
Thanks to the good people at ShutterFly I’m giving away one 8×8, 20 page hard cover photo book created with Photo Story for one of you lucky readers! All you have to do is visit Photo Story and then come back here and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite feature of the new app is. That’s it!
I was given a photo book that I created in Photo Story and compensation from ShutterFly and Resourceful Mommy Media for sharing this information with you. All of the opinions are my own…I’m stubborn like that.