Get Your Pictures on Track

If you’re like me, you take a ton of pictures on your phone’s camera. It might not be as good as my big expensive camera but it’s pretty dang good and it’s always in my pocket. As a result, I’m always using it. Next time I get a new phone I’m going to get one with extra memory, but that’s a different topic altogether.

After a while I have so many pictures on my phone it’s hard to sort through them all. I’ve got pictures from outings with the kids, pictures of grocery lists, screenshots of random apps, blurry pics and pictures I took just so I could remember where I parked. I try to go back and delete pictures that I don’t want but sometimes the task just gets away from me.

This is where the photo service Ruly comes into play. They take your crazy bunch of pictures and organize them into folders and sort them into keeper shots, clutter shots and highlighted shots. Keeper shots are, as expected, the pictures they think you will want to keep most, highlighted pictures are the ones they deemed to be the very best and clutter pictures are all the rest. They will then manually edit your highlighted pictures to make them even better.

I have mentioned my phone’s pictures because that is how I decided to try out their service but the great thing is you can have them sort through any batch of photos no matter how you took them. All you need to do it upload the pictures to a folder in Dropbox and allow Ruly  to have shared access. Then just sit back and wait for your pictures to get sorted. It took 13 days for them to sort my first batch of photos.

Ruly doesn’t delete any of your photos; they just sort them and categorize them. You are then free to do whatever you want with the pictures. They also leave the original photo of any pictures they edit. One of the other wonderful thing about Ruly is they are hiring and training women in poverty to work on their team. So not only are your pictures being cleaning up but somewhere an impoverished woman now has a job.

Some observations I’ve made:

  • Dropbox only gives you 2gb of free storage so unless you want to pay for an upgrade you’ll have to move your pictures on and off of Dropbox frequently.
  • They did a pretty good job recognizing what was clutter but primarily they are marking pictures based on their quality and sometimes as humans we give high value to pictures based on memories. It’s difficult for a stranger to recognize when a picture has sentimental value to you even if it might be slightly blurry.
  • They did a great job of categorizing my pictures into useful folders.
  • I take pictures of ridiculous things with my phone.

Ruly is quite affordable too. Their basic plan of 100 pictures a month is $3.99/month or $44.99/year. If you need more pictures sorted the Plus plan will sort 300 pictures a month.  They offer any new client a free month and they are giving my readers an additional free month with the code “sunshinedad” So you can check out their service for free for 2 months to see how you like it. That’s a pretty good deal.


This post was sponsored by Ruly and the pictures that I have included in the post are a few of my highlighted ones from the first batch I got back.

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