SocialMediaWPWhat do you do with all the photos you’ve taken with your digital camera or smartphone? How many people do you know have every photo they have ever taken is stored on their cell or smartphone? Most of these folks have no idea what to do with their photographs except to hang onto to them as they take up storage space on their PC and/or smartphone.

My mother gave me a Polaroid that would eject the photograph instantly. All I had to do is wave it around a bit to get it to show. Afterwards, it would go into one of many photo albums my mother kept on hand. Remember the rolls of film we would have to drop off at the drugstore for processing? That seems so long ago. Once the hard copy of the photo was produced it either went into another photo album or shoebox for safekeeping.

According to the blog site, Ask Your Target Market, 68% of survey respondents stated they owned a digital camera. However, even more respondents, 82% shared that they own a phone or other type of mobile device that includes a camera. Further, in a 2013 United States survey, InfoTrends data reports camera phones are becoming the preferred device for taking spontaneous photos and videos.

It’s quite obvious that film cameras as we know them are becoming a thing of the past. During family gatherings my mother would get the photo albums down for their special place as we were all invited to gather around to look through them. Now, viewing photographs is usually a one-on-one experience and are viewed from the LCD screen of a digital camera or smartphone. Other ways enthusiastic photographers can share their photos is online on social media websites.

Online networking sites are a great way to share photos, but what if there is no Internet connection, your battery is dead in your camera or smartphone or your PC crashes. All those photos will go unseen and in the case of a computer crash, you could lose them permanently.

Instead of allowing those photographs to languish on your digital device or hard drive, you need to have other alternative methods to share your photos with family and friends. Here are some suggestions on how to share your photos and video in a digital photo album.

Online Resources For Storing and Sharing Photos: Pisca is free software that will assist users in managing, editing and uploading digital images to an integrated photo sharing website. It also includes Google Plus online sharing.  Snapfish offers secure, unlimited online photo sharing and storage. Additionally, the site also offers to print your photos for a nominal fee, free photo editing tools and allows uploading from smartphones and tablets via an app.

Shutterfly offers users free unlimited storage of their photos, permits uploading of pictures to an album, users can provide album names and captions for their photo albums and then e-mail the album to friends and family. It also has an app users can use to upload photos from smartphones and tablets. Flickr permits uploading of photos and videos to their website from your computer. Users can also install an app for smartphones and tablets to upload digital media to the site for online sharing.socialmediaWP1

Cloud Storage: Online storage sites are clamoring for your attention. They are already targeting photography enthusiasts by offering space on their services for their collection of photos and video. Your digital media once transferred to the “Cloud” are available from any device with a wireless connection. Although, most people are not convinced that the cloud is the answer, but it also routinely backs up their servers which means your digital items are secure and safe.

Most cloud services offer free storage to a point, which is usually around 2 -5 GB. Once you go over their data cap, you will have to purchase additional storage at a reasonable cost. Dropbox, GoogleDrive, SugarSync and CrashPlan are some of the services that can be used for online storage.

Other online storage services include those affiliated with your smartphone or tablet. Depending on who is your data provider may decide which service to use. For example, if you own a Windows phone, your images can be automatically synced to the Microsoft SkyDrive. Android phones can easily be synced to Google Drive. The iPhone will permit images you take to be transferred to Apple’s iCloud.

Tablets, like the Kindle, users can store their media in the Amazon cloud drive and the same holds true for the Nook Tablet where data is backed up to the Nook Cloud. Some of the cloud storage servers are specific to the OS. However, Apple and Amazon will allow any mobile device to access their cloud servers. When using any of these online storage sites it might be a good idea to try them out temporarily to ensure they will meet your needs.

Use an External Hard Drive: An external hard drive is an additional storage device that can be used for your digital photo albums and videos. It can be specifically for photos and videos. If you want to share photos you can either upload them from the hard drive or show them on a PC or laptop. As far as hard drives goes, a two terabytes drive can store up to 400,000 photos.

Burn photos to a DVD: You can rename your photos before copying them to digital media. There are software programs available that will assist with a drag and drop feature that will make it easier to transfer or copy your photos. You can categorize your DVDs by activity, etc. and place them into a photo album and then show them to family and friends later by using a DVD player which can be standalone or on a computer laptop or PC.

Connect camera or smartphone to compatible television: To show off your photos to a large group, you can plug your media device into a compatible monitor, such as your TV.

Although, the traditional photo albums are no longer the practice, we can make use of online and external storage systems to help organize and manage photos and videos. The most pleasurable thing to do is being able to share your memories with others. Digital cameras and smartphones have made it easier for users to upload their photos and videos to social media websites quickly and more efficiently.

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