Tips for Sharing and Displaying Smartphone Photos

Whether you want to share photos with just friends and family or to share your adventures in creativity with the entire world, a smartphone or Smart Camera gives you options that were unheard of just a few years ago. While taking a snapshot and posting it online is something even a child can do, it's important to understand the capabilities of your smartphone so you can control not only how your photos appear online, but who can see them and how much information about your life they contain.

Selecting a Photo Sharing App

Simply installing a photo sharing app gives you the ability to share a photo instantly on the app's website with a tap of your finger. Before selecting which to use, give some thought to the photo websites your friends may already be using. This will make it easier to see their photos as well as for them to see yours. You should also consider the level of privacy you want. To keep some photos private, use only a website that gives you an option to limit pictures to friends and family. Once you select a website to use, you can then link to those photos on other photo websites, social media websites, and in emails to friends and family.

Gaining an Audience

It can be encouraging when you find friends of friends and even complete strangers commenting on your photos. In 2011, photographer Nini Baseema began to accumulate a large international audience when she started to post one self-portrait a day for an entire year, a project that began with her smartphone. To gain an audience, Baseema recommends building your own personal style so that your work stands out. Adding a watermark or signature to each of your photos also helps people recognize your name and makes it easier for them to find more of your photos. Good networking is also important, she says. By sharing the work of photographers and artists you admire, they are more likely to look at your work and share it as well.

Editing Your Photos

One of the benefits of using a smartphone or a Smart Camera is that you can instantly see how the photo looks after taking it. If it isn't what you wanted, take it again. For photos you can't take again, many free photo editing apps are available for cropping and editing hues and contrasts. Even the best photos can often benefit from cropping and editing. "Photography isn't about the process," says Baseema, "it's about the result. Some photographers have an amazing eye for framing and light in photos. And others see it, but only after they have already shot the picture… It's amazing how a photo can change thanks to a bit of editing."

How Often to Share

The key to keeping people interested in your photos is to be discerning about what you post, but also to post a lot of photos on a regular basis. Few people will have the time or interest to go through a hundred photos dumped from your smartphone each day. However, posting on a regular basis will keep people coming back for more. If you have 10 great photos you want to share and you know that you won't have time to take many more for the next week, consider uploading one or two each day until you have a chance to take more.

Understanding How Geolocation Tags Work

When you take a photo on a smartphone, it often records more information than many people realize. This can include the make and model of your phone, but also, in many cases, the exact location where you were standing when you snapped the photo. For example, if you take a picture at your child's school, the geolocation software in your smartphone can pinpoint your location and embed that data into the photo file. Even if the website doesn't publish the location, online tools exist that allow anyone to pull that information directly from the photo file. Depending on your smartphone, you can disable geolocation on your photos before you take them or disable it on your smartphone altogether. Another option is to use only a website that gives you the ability to block or erase geolocation data when you upload the file.

Displaying Photos at Home

Of course, the Internet is not the only way to share and display your favorite photos. Printing your photos and framing them is always an option. Digital photo frames give you the ability to maximize your shelf space by displaying a continuous slideshow on a shelf or mantle, generally for less than the cost of printing and framing. Nearly all computers, tablets and smartphones have a slideshow option, which can usually be connected to a smart TV via Wi-Fi® or an HDMI cable for sharing your photos with friends and family. Using your photos as a screensaver on any of these devices is a good way to keep your favorite memories always close at hand.

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