Battle of the Best Group Photo Sharing Apps: Apple Photos vs. DropEvent

Discover the ultimate group photo sharing solution in our comparison of Apple Photos and DropEvent for seamless, secure photo sharing with friends and family.

Battle of the Best Group Photo Sharing Apps: Apple Photos vs. DropEvent

Taking photos & sharing them is a time-honored tradition. Smart phones & all-time access to social media has ingrained this behavior in us so deeply. And nowhere was it as obvious to me than on my recent visit to Türkiye. Have you ever been? You should because it’s one of the most beautiful places you’ll ever see!

If you happen to go, don’t forget to share pictures of your exploits…

But I digress!

Anyway, so there we were standing in front of the Galata Tower. An old timey jail and watchtower, it now looks as if waiting for its own Rapunzel. While the tourists are going gaga over it’s Disney-esque appearance, the locals go about their businesses, shop owners & hawkers sell their wares.

Not one Turk will mind as you stand in their way, posing to try & get the whole tower in the photograph. Other sightseers will politely wait for you to get done so they can move in.

Just goes to show taking & sharing photos is now the definitive way of human expression. Doesn’t it? But it’s not a one-time thing anymore. Most of it do it on a daily basis.

In fact, we also tweet about our significant others’ photography chops:

Make memes about it:

We make fun of friends who share a bit too much:

And then we do the same thing ourselves:

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It’s the need to share photos with friends & family that has led to the creation of so many photo-sharing tools. But it also makes it hard to decide which one’s the best to go for! That’s why this blog will compare two of the top photo-sharing tools to identify which one’s the best investment to make in 2024.

TLDR

  • Group photo sharing has been all the rage since forever—and remains so.
  • There are many photosharing tools out there—but they aren’t all safe or cost-effective.
  • We compare two popular tools in this blog.
  • Türkiye is worth a visit—if not more!

Also Read: DropEvent Vs Dropbox: The Best Group-Photo Sharing App in 2024

Apple Photos Vs DropEvent At a Glance

You’re probably familiar with both tools. Each has its advantages & disadvantages, but they have some stark differences that can be the game changers for anyone considering either of them.

Quick Comparison Table

What is Apple Photos?

Apple Photos is the default app you’ll find on Apple devices, such as iPhones, Apple TV, iPads, & Macs. You can use it to organize, edit, and share photos & videos.

The best thing about Apple Photos is that it’s an app that does both photo management and editing. Another of its quality is its ease of use, making it suitable for all skill levels, from beginners to experienced photographers. That said, longtime users do complain about Apple Photos being inconvenient while sorting or loading pictures

What is DropEvent?

DropEvent lets you collect, share, & edit photos & videos with anyone safely & at the drop of a hat!

One of the best things about using DropEvent for group photo sharing is it doesn’t require you to sign up for an account or be friends with someone to use it! What’s more, it’s equally useful for receiving photos from other people. It takes just a few minutes to collect pictures from multiple people into an album.

Also Read: How to Preserve Your Wedding Memories with DropEvent’s Photo-Sharing Platform

Apple Photos Features

Let’s dive into the core features of this tool that set it apart & how well they stand up against DropEvent:

Feature #1 – Shared Photo Library

You can use the iCloud Shared Photo Library to store & share your photos with five other people. That makes collaboration to create a memory collection easier, such as for a holiday trip you all took together. That includes viewing & editing the existing photos and videos as well as adding new ones. You may also caption your memories exactly how you like it.

Feature #2 – Transfer Photos and Videos Across the Apple Ecosystem

The shared items will sync on all your Apple devices, iCloud, & Mac PC automatically. That means you won’t have to keep re-importing them every time you log in through a new device.

You’ll also have the option to choose whether you want to store full-resolution originals or the device-optimized photos. The latter’s ideal for people looking to save space.

Feature #3 – Hide Photos

The most important thing about group photo sharing is being able to choose which photos or videos you want viewed. Apple Photos gives you the option to move items to a Hidden album. Once done, they won’t show up in the Library, albums, or even the Home Screen’s widget. The setting will sync on all the other devices you’re using.

DropEvent Features

Now, let’s look at the features that impact DropEvent’s ability to make collecting and sharing pictures easy as pie.

Feature #1 – Collect Pictures Within Minutes

After you’ve registered for a DropEvent account—don’t worry, it’s only just that once—you can start collecting pictures:

  • Immediately
  • Set up a start date, such as when an event begins

Now that that’s out of the way, you’re ready to receive pictures. And that’s without having to manually invite or import your guests’ email addresses. Invite them with:

  • A link to your gallery
  • Your email address
  • QR code—more on this below

Feature #2 – Create Albums and Slideshows

If you didn’t make albums before collecting pictures, you can now sort them into different galleries, based on event type, date, etc. Name each gallery to make it easy to find. All that’s doable with a free plan. But with a custom one, you can even change your gallery’s layout, including its logo, colors, & fonts.

What’s more, you can transform any gallery into a readymade slideshow at any time. That way, you can display them via projector during get togethers & parties and enjoy them with guests.

Feature #3 – Share Using QR Codes

DropEvent makes losing or misplacing precious photos impossible! It also cuts down on the manual labor you need to do to get them. Photographers can live-share their work by forwarding photos or uploading them via a QR code. No more going through hundreds of emails or sending them!

Also Read: 11 Reasons to Use DropEvent for Your Wedding Photo Sharing

Apple Photos Pricing

Apple Photos offers two pricing tiers:

  • A free tier that lets you enjoy features like automatic organization, smart albums, memories, and basic editing.
  • A pro one that piles on additional features, like editing tools, sharing photos with people who don’t have Apple devices, & additional iCloud storage.

Which tier is best suited to which types of marketers?

That decision will depend on your needs & budget. In summary:

  • Small business marketers & bloggers may find the free tier sufficient for their group photo sharing needs, such as basic photo editing & management.
  • Professional marketers & creative agencies should opt for the pro one since they’ll need to share high quality materials with clients & customers. They’ll also need the additional space that iCloud can offer.
  • Social media marketers should also go for the paid option if they want to create & share professional-looking marketing stuff.
  • The same is true for e-commerce marketers looking to create good quality product photos that convert visitors into customers.

DropEvent Pricing

There are three tiers that you’ll need to check out when it comes to DropEvent:

  • If you just need a photosharing app, then go for the Photos only tier. It not only lets you store unlimited pictures, but also keeps them safe in the original, uncompressed version for as long as you want to. Besides that, you get a Dropbox-based back up, can organize your gallery however you want, set up slideshows, & control the approval before photo uploads.
  • The Photos + Videos tier has all the options from the previous tier. In addition, it also lets you upload 100GB of videos.
  • With the Event Pros tier, you enjoy all those features for multiple galleries, auto-archiving, as well as viewer engagement on your photos via likes & comments. This tier is great for marketers who want to link their galleries to web pages & set up multiple events with different admins.

Overall, DropEvent can be highly beneficial for marketers due to:

  • More cloud storage
  • Setting up of private events
  • Custom branding—via landing pages.
  • Team management—use DropEvent to collaborate on events with multiple team members.
  • Custom templates—set up your gallery the way you want.
  • Integrations with other marketing tools—including email, such as Mailchimp, HubSpot, and other social media marketing tools.

Also Read: Beyond Social Media: Creative Corporate Photo Sharing Applications

Apple Photos Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Automatically syncs photos with your phone.
  • Easy to use & lets you view your photos in a slide show.
  • Allows storage of smaller, lower resolution photos to save space on your mobile device.

Cons

  • Users have trouble finding the original .jpg file they add to the software.
  • No easy way to access your photos on non-iOS devices.
  • All photos need uploading on iCloud after receiving a shared link. Can be challenging for users short on space who need to access/download only specific photos.

DropEvent Pros and Cons

Pros

  • The best way to gather photos from a group, including those who don't have an account, easily & quickly.
  • Provides data about Contributors to your galleries & engagement over your photos.
  • Keeps your stuff safe & secure via password protection as well as letting you choose what to share and who can upload.

Cons

  • Limited Free tier cloud storage—20GB of cloud storage—may not be enough for some marketers.
  • DropEvent isn’t yet available as a mobile app and only works as a web app. Some marketers may prefer to access their stuff from their computer.

Also Read: The Best Google Photos Alternative

The Verdict

So, as you’ve seen, both Apple Photos and DropEvent have qualities that recommend them to you. Therefore, the photosharing app you choose is going to depend on what you’ll be using it for. That said, let’s see why any user should pick either:

Why Stick with Apple Photos?

Users intend to stick with Apple Photos when they:

  • Want a free and easy-to-use photo management & editing app.
  • Want to share photos with people who don't have an Apple device.
  • Don't need the additional features most marketers will prefer.

Also Read: Battle of the Best Group Photo Sharing Apps: Family Album vs. DropEvent

Why Opt for DropEvent?

Marketers who want the following should opt for DropEvent as their photosharing app of choice:

  • More cloud storage space than Apple Photos’ 5GB of free cloud storage.
  • To set up private events, which is helpful when sharing confidential photos with clients or colleagues.
  • Custom branding elements for professional-looking group photo sharing, such as the addition of brand logo & colors.
  • Custom landing pages for driving traffic & lead collection from attendees.
  • Event analytics via the data of people viewing & downloading their photos & videos.
  • Manage multiple events with a different admin for each. Can also be helpful when collaborating with other marketers on a project.
  • Manage marketing teams & assets.
  • Boost engagement on social media—the share buttons to major websites are right there in the event galleries!

Want an easy way to collect and share photos? Try DropEvent!

FAQs

1. How does DropEvent work?

Use DropEvent in four easy steps:

  1. Set up your event, including its name, description, and date.
  2. Put up your photos in the event gallery.
  3. Share the link/QR code to that event with anyone & everyone involved.
  4. Let your recipients view, comment, like, or download the photos & videos without having to sign up.

2. Can I share iCloud photos with non-Apple users?

Yes, you can share iCloud photos with non-Apple users by generating a public link to your iCloud photo album. However, while the recipients can view, they won’t be able to edit or add photos!

3. What is the best way to collect photos from a large group?

Find he best way to share photos with a group below:

  1. Create a DropEvent and share its link with your group—or send a QR code.
  2. Ask your group to upload their photos to it.

Nobody else needs to sign up for you to collect photos. Your link’s recipients can also view select photos if you wish to share.

4. How to collect photos from a group?

There are two main ways to collect photos from a group:

  • Via a shared folder in a cloud storage after which you can invite people to add their photos.
  • Through a photo sharing app, such as DropEvent, where people can add to your gallery.

5. What’s the best way to share photos between Apple and Android?

The best way to share photos between Apple and Android involves the use of:

  • Cloud storage services where you can & those you share the link with can upload photos & videos.
  • Messaging apps that let you send photos as attachments.
  • Dedicated photosharing apps, like DropEvent, that let you—and those you invite—add photos to a shared album or gallery.

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