If you are asking everyone to email you the photos, or you go to them with a USB drive, you know you are doing it wrong. Terribly obsolete way to collect the pictures I’d say.
Instead, you could use Picasa Web Albums and collate all the photos from the trip under a single roof. It’s a time saver for both the photographer and the viewer. So let’s see how it is done. Needless to say that you need to have a Picasa account to begin with.
Using Picasa to Collect Photos
Step 1: You can collaborate on photos only in an existing album. Therefore, if you are planning to make a new collection, you will have to create a new album and upload all the photos you have in your camera. Just wait for all the photos to upload and create an album.
Step 2: Once you have created an album, navigate to Picasa Web Album home and click on the album you would like to collaborate to open it.
Step 3: You will be able to see all the photos you have uploaded to the album on this page. The right-hand sidebar will show you the visibility property of the album and it can be anything from private, public and limited (only for users with link). In most of the default scenarios it’s private and you will have to click on the edit link next to it to configure sharing.
Step 4: If we need to allow others to add photos to our album we will have to convert the album to either public or limited.
Step 5: Having done that, click on the share button to open Google+ sharing frame. Here you can choose circles, individual friends or simply type in the email address of the person you would like to share the album with.
Step 6: All the individual users you share the album with will show up in the right-hand sidebar under album properties. Simply enable the contribute option for all the users you would like to add photos.
That’s all, all the marked users will get an email to contribute photos to the album and they can upload using the web uploader. Easy peasy.
Things to Remember
Anyone with the link will be able to see the album as long as the album is limited or public. But in order to add photos to the album, a user must have a Google account. (who doesn’t)
Your personal Picasa Web Albums storage quota will count for all the collected photos.
You will be held responsible for all the contents in your album even if it was uploaded by a contributor.
So that was how you can get all the photos from an event at once place without walking from door to door with a USB drive in your hand. The only thing is that 1 GB looks very less if you don’t want to compromise on upload quality. However, you can resize photos to a considerable resolution so that they don’t count towards your upload quota.