Sure, event photographers are great, but what about all those pictures your wedding and party guests are taking on their smartphones? Tracking down all those great images can be a huge pain after the event, but it doesn't have to be. If you get your guests to download this app first, you'll get all their photos instantly, and everyone can still snap pictures using the regular camera app on their iPhone or Android device.
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It's called Veri. For $US97 ($128), you're given a unique event code that you give all your guests directing them to download the app. Once they install it on their phones and complete a super-quick signup process, then you're good to go. All you have to do is set a start and end time (from an hour to a week in time) for the photo capture.
When it comes time for the main event, all your guests will get a text message on their phone reminding them that all photos and videos they take from that point forward will be shared automatically. Then when they snap shots on their phone the same way they always do, Veri will grab them and add them to the collective album.
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While admittedly sharing pictures automatically sounds dangerous, there are a few precautions in place to make sure you don't accidentally end up with some photos from your guests that would be better kept private. First, that heads up notification, so if your cousin forgot she downloaded the app a few weeks ago she won't be caught off-guard when all the selfies she takes at the reception show up on grandma's phone.
Sharing can be toggled on and off at any time so you can pause it when you want to take a private shot, and in the event that guests do share an unwanted pic, it can be deleted from the group album by the person who accidentally shared it (hopefully before everyone else at the party sees it). Super-private guests can also opt to pick the individual photos they're willing to share after the event ends.
If you happen to be celebrating in a remote area with no cell reception or WiFi, then the app will upload everything once phones reconnect to the web. All the photos and videos are then added to the app where everyone can see them as well as a web photo gallery. If you're somewhere with reception, you can even set up a display somewhere that shows all the photos being captured in real time.
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As someone who has gone to a dozen weddings with a hashtag or a complicated share Facebook/Flickr/random other site album where everyone was expected to upload photos, this is epically easier. Everyone can remember to download an app before the wedding (or while they're waiting for the ceremony to start), and since the only technical part is the download and sign up, your guests will have plenty of time to get tech support from their wife/son/neighbour before the event.
It's sort of idiot proof? And it's a ton easier than trying to convince everyone to take pictures with the disposable camera you left out on the table or chasing them down months later for that epic group photo. And while they're focused on weddings, I can help but think this would be awesome for group vacations as well.