Stop and think to yourself: what did you do with the last photo you took? Chances are, you shared it somewhere. Gone are the days of keeping our precious memories locked up in albums that are pulled out once a year; photo sharing has become so common, it’s almost second nature.
Of course how you share your photos is another matter all together, and differs depending on resources and know-how.
Well to help you share your beautiful photographs with as many people as you want seeing them, we’ll show you six different ways for sharing photos online.
This one is a bit of a no brainer. Almost everyone’s on Facebook, including some confused individuals from the upper verges of life, who only want to see the latest photos of the grandkids. Facebook is probably the quickest, most effective way of sharing your photos, organising them into groups, and specifically targeting the people you want to see them. You can of course control the privacy settings of your images as well, allowing the public, your friends list, or just a specific group of people to see them.
Similar to Facebook, Instagram allows you to follow people you know, people you want to know and brand pages. You can choose to make your images as private or as public as you like. You can even share short (15 second) videos across the platform.
Instagram is great if you’re interested in photography, and serious photographers use it just as much as the amateurs, and you can glean tips whilst you browse. Another advantage of Instagram is that you can share from there to other platforms including Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Flickr. Instagram is also the best way to showcase what you ate, what you wore, and how you arranged the cushions on your couch on any given day. Best of all, you can add filters to make your pics look even more stunning before you share them.
If your wanting to store larger images in all their photographic glory, Flickr is a great resource. Once again, you can make your photos available to just friends or family, or the general public, but unlike them, with a pro account, you can also store your original images on the server, meaning your image quality is preserved and protected.
If you own or run a website, and you want to include your larger files on, Flickr is a great way of sharing. Rather than upload the images to your own server and chew through your memory, you upload them to Flickr and utilise the embed code. You can also share galleries in this way.
Flickr has the added bonus of allowing you to manage your settings so that others can print, download or share your images. A great resource if you have family who want to be able to decorate their walls.
If you haven’t got a dropbox account already, stop right there and go get yourself one! Dropbox has long been known as a safety net for backups. If your computer, hard drive, or any other of the multitude of items you have stored your files onto dies, then dropbox is your hero.
Provided you have uploaded your stuff on to it.
Dropbox stores your documents/photos/important stuff, somewhere in the ether, and if you can remember your password, you can access it from any computer or device, which is what makes it secure. It also works great as a photo sharing device. Not only is it keeping your photos safe, but you can share them with anyone who has a link to a specific folder.
Dropbox is simple to use, and you can easily safe your images or files straight to it. It’s also accessible via app as well, so you can be on the go, and still enjoy its benefits.
Tumblr is microblogging platform that enables people to share thoughts, videos and photos easily and quickly. It’s not all pics, unlike Flickr or Instagram, but if you’re the sort of person who wants to add a verse of poetry, or an inspiring line to your images, it’s a great form of sharing.
By default Tumblr is a public sharing platform, but you can change your settings once your account is set up, if you don’t want to share with the world.
If you’ve got a teen in the home, you’ve probably heard of this one. Or maybe not, because they are a teen. The idea of SnapChat is to communicate through photos, which can be a lot of fun when you simply must send a picture of something hilarious you saw to your husband while he is at work. SnapChat works really well, for quick, fun messages, but it’s designed to save the memory on your phone, so it auto deletes up to ten seconds after the photo is viewed.
SnapChat is a different type of photo sharing. It’s not what you’re going to use to share pictures of our kids with your mum who will want to keep them, but it will work for sending things to friends without using up all their phone space.
Photo sharing, has never been easier.
How do you share your photos?