DEAR SUN SPOTS: You are a fantastic resource for many of us older folks.

I have just returned from a fabulous family vacation. We took lots of pictures in various media (iphones, digital cameras) which I would like to combine and rearrange, in order, so that I can show them to other family members.

I have already uploaded them to my computer. Now I am looking for a way to combine them in an orderly fashion.

Is there a program or some device I can use to combine them without having to move each photo separately and renaming it as I go?

On another note, I have pictures “in the cloud” and I am wondering how do I access them and move them to one of my devices (iphone/ipad)?

Thanks ahead of time. Everyone is so helpful.


— Lucy, no town

ANSWER: Sun Spots asked the crack photo crew here at the Sun Journal for advice, and this is what she learned:

Depending on what operating system you are using, how much money you want to spend and/or time you want to invest in learning software will greatly influence what to do.

Let’s assume you’re on a Mac and do not want to spend a lot of money, then iPhoto is best. It is not too hard to learn. 

You can make “albums” in the program and there are a few different ways to export them to share with your family.

As for images “in the cloud,” you should just need to download them and move them into a folder on your hard drive.

As our photographers tell Sun Spots, they use more sophisticated software as part of their work here, so don’t have a lot of experience with entry-level photo software.

Photographer Andree Kehn suggested that our readers might actually have the best answer because many of you have sorted out these questions for your personal use already. So, for the shutterbugs among you, what easy-to-learn and easy-to-use program would you recommend for Lucy?

DEAR SUN SPOTS: To the person or persons responsible for placing a flag on my front lawn on Memorial Day, I thank you.


— Disabled vet’s widow, Lewiston

ANSWER: What a wonderful thing for this person to do, and good of you to acknowledge it. Kindness matters, and we’re happy to share these good deeds.

DEAR SUN SPOTS: This is a reply to Joyce with the World War II parachutes.

I have been looking for one to put over my antique clothes reel that is 15 feet in diameter. I thought it would make an awesome gazebo. The parachute would need to be 15 feet or larger.

Thank you very much.

— Kate, Turner

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