Today we are talking about using your phone for taking the bulk of your family photos and THEN using phone apps to edit and download for printing. I know that many of you are saying, yeah I am never going to do that.
I was one of you.
Then I had to face a few truths about myself and photo taking. It was not pretty.
2. Learned to NEVER pass the camera to my husband no matter how much I would like to be included in the photos. He excels at obtaining the perfect view of my double chin or front butt or back boob. You pick any undesirable location, he can sniff it out and capture it for eternity. Selfies have saved our marriage. True story
3. Admitted my own inability to find the USB cord to my camera so I could upload from my camera to my computer so that I could Photoshop off my chins, brighten many sets of teeth and click on 1 of a hundred-thirty “presets” I just HAD to have that if I am honest, rarely use. Yes, that was a run-on sentence, but hopefully I displayed my panic when it is time to do this action.
4. Uploading my photos to an appropriate photo service that won’t “gloss, cut off, or otherwise mess up” on my already barely passable photos became a chore. This really is a hard thing to do, but finding time to edit the few or many photos I captured much less “upload” for printing was something I needed to “pencil” into my life. Finally in this day and age there are many companies out there to help. I will share a few I have used in the upcoming weeks.
These reasons and more is why I have embraced my camera phone. You heard it here, my sweet little Samsung Galaxy Note III camera is actually better than my Nikon in that is almost always there and manages to capture moments I would have otherwise missed. I now take more photos than ever and using my phone with a few apps has put me light years ahead in my own memory keeping.
I love pocket scrapping and getting my hands gooey with glue still, so am learning ways to embrace all forms of memory keeping in this digital age. Once you have taken your photos, they sit there patiently waiting for you to get them ready for sharing. I save my photos automatically from my phone in Dropbox so I can pull them up from my camera or computer for editing later or vice versa
The first phone app I am going to talk to you about, is PicFrame. Not to be mistaken for the I-phone paid version (I have an android), this one if the free one. We discussed some of the apps I use in THIS POST.
I utilize mostly a 3×4 or standard 4×6 photo in my albums, so this app allows me to do 3×4’s side by side on one photo field for printing. Ready to fit in the pocket and saves tons of money.
I can do this now, with ready to print (no editing required) photos. I was able to get 10 (20 if you are counting I did 3×4’s) photos ready the other day waiting for my Chinese food order. Seriously, this did happen.
When you open the app, you will see a screen like this: