Fotopedia recently announced that they’re shutting down on August 10 (details here). While this is very unfortunate for the Fotopedia community, the good news is that there’s a growing number of great alternatives out there. With each platform offering slightly different features and experiences, there certainly will be something for everyone.
Disclaimer: I’m a co-founder at Bonjournal, which is not a direct replacement for Fotopedia. Howevever, since I’m knowledgeable about the space, I wanted to recommend a few alternatives. I’ve even tried out a couple of the platforms so that you can see a side-by-side comparison of the resulting photo narratives.
Let’s start with the two closest alternatives: Exposure and Storehouse.
Exposure helps you create photo narratives using your desktop browser. Your first three posts are free; beyond that you can subscribe for additional posts and premium features. The posts support text formatting, links, photo collages and video clips, and look great on all mobile browsers.
My take: Like Fotopedia, Exposure provides an intuitive tool to beautifully showcase photo-centric stories. By offering its tools on the desktop browser only, Exposure seems to be targeting serious photographers, who are likely importing photos from their digital cameras.
Storehouse offers a parallel experience to Exposure’s through its iPad app. Storehouse posts also support text formatting, links, photo collages and video clips, and can be viewed on the web.
My take: Since I don’t store photos on my iPad (they’re either on my iPhone or laptop), I personally did not find the Storehouse app as convenient to use. But for those who do, this is a great, easy-to-use alternative.
If you‘re looking for other tools to capture and share your travel narratives, below are a few suggestions:
While Tumblr is not photography or travel specific, this open-ended blogging platform boasts a huge audience for you to share you travel stories with.
Maptia pairs your photographic stories with maps to give readers geographic context. Like Exposure, you can create and share your stories using the web.
While Exposure, Storehouse and Maptia emphasize storytelling with images, Bonjournal shifts the focus to your words and stories. Through our own travels, we’ve often found that many memories were not captured in photos. With the Bonjournal iOS app and website, you can easily document these special moments on-the-go. Your travel journals, which are similar in format to the NYT 36-Hours travel series, can be shared or exported as PDFs.
I hope this helps you find a new home for your travel stories. We’re excited about being part of a community that’s working to bring your travel experiences and photographs to life. I’d love to keep in touch about new developments and platforms, so feel free to email me, or tweet us @TeamBonjournal.