Q. I‘ve been taking lots of photos with my new smartphone, I love having my camera with me wherever I go! But I want to share my photos with others and I don’t know the best way to do that. Can you give me some suggestions?
A. You’re right, it is fun to have your camera with you everywhere you go, but you don’t want to just keep your photos on your phone. Half the fun of taking photos is sharing them with others! Here are some ways to share your photos from your smartphone easily.
Facebook Camera App
Facebook recently introduced its free Camera app that will let you share pictures easily with your Facebook friends. You can edit your photos, add captions, tag them and upload them to Facebook all from within the app. You can upload multiple pictures to Facebook at one time and add filters to your photos.
The app also lets you see just the photos your friends have uploaded, skipping over all of their updates that don’t have photos. Click on the Me tab to see photos in which you are tagged.
Facebook Camera is free in the iTunes App Store. This app is only available on iOS devices for now.
Path is a social networking site designed to let you share your photos with your closest friends and family. If your Facebook friends list has gotten a bit out of control and you don’t feel like sharing your photos with your ex-boyfriend’s ex-roommate’s ex-girlfriend, Path may be your answer.
Path is a photo journal app that lets you create albums based on events in your life. You are limited to 150 friends on Path, so you need to choose your connections carefully. The site is more intimate than Facebook and its limitations have the effect of filtering out the noise from Facebook.
You can add filters to your photos for special effects from within the app. These filters are available for an additional charge in the iOS app and free for the Android app.
Bump is a handy and way to send pictures directly to another phone or to your computer. The free Bump app is designed to let you share photos (and contacts and apps) with your friends by bumping phones. The app works cross-platform between Android phones and iPhones.
Chirp is a brand-spanking new free app that lets you share photos (and notes and links) with others using sound waves. Chirp, not to be confused with tweet, uses an electronic birdsong to “chirp” data to others. You don’t need to register, connect with people, pair devices or add email addresses to send photos using Chirp.
This app lets you send your photos to anyone whose device can hear the sound. Chirps can be sent over a loudspeaker, the radio or a YouTube video. The app works best when you’re in a quiet place without much other sound to interfere with a Chirp.
As apps go, Chirp is especially cool. Using it makes you feel as if you’ve taken a step into the future.
Chirp is available for free for iOS devices in the iTunes App Store.
If you want to share your photos with the public, Pinterest is the hottest site around. You can share photos directly from your iPhone using the free Pinterest app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The official Pinterest app is available from Google Play for free.
To share image files with others easily, create a shared folder on Dropbox and invite your friends and family to join. They will have instant access to the files you add to the shared folder so they can access the photos on their computers or smartphones. You can also set up Dropbox to automatically sync your smartphone photos to your Dropbox folder to get up to an extra 3 GB of free Dropbox storage.
My full review of Dropbox can be found here: Dropbox: The Cloud + Local in Harmony
Picasa, owned by Google, offers unlimited free storage for your photos up to 2048 x 2048 (quite large) and videos up to 15 minutes, if you have a Google+ account. (More details are available from Google.) From Picasa, you can share your photos easily on Google+.
Some Android phones allow you to set your phone to sync your photos automatically with your Picasa account. Go to Settings => Accounts & Sync => Sync Instant Upload. If your Android phone does not have that setting, you can download the free app by Colifer Labs, PicasaTool, from Google Play to upload your photos to Picasa. For the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, check out Web Albums for $2.99, which uploads your photos to Picasa and Facebook.
This ultra-popular app recently came to Android phones right before it was purchased by Facebook. Instagram lets you add effects to your images including filters, special effects and frames. You can share your photos with other Instagram members from your phone.
If you want to share your photos with your Twitter followers, you can easily add your images to your tweets from the official Twitter app. When you type your tweet, click on the camera icon at the bottom of the window and add an image from your photo library or take a new picture.
Shnap remains one of my favorite apps for sharing photos. In Shnap you share your photos anonymously with others who can vote on your photos. You can vote on others’ photos as well with ratings such as LOL, Wow, Cool, Aww, and Huh? You can edit your images from within the app and earn points to increase your levels. My full review of Shnap is here: Shnap! An Addictive Photo Sharing Game
If all else fails, you can also share your photos with others by sending the photos along with an email message from your phone. This isn’t the most elegant solution, but it works.
One of the benefits of having a smartphone is being able to use the built-in camera and then sharing your photos with others. Use these apps to share your photos with your friends, family and others!
Do you take a lot of photos with your smartphone? Do you like to share photos with others? Let us know in the Comments section below!