How many digital photos have you taken? 1
If you wander through any city, you'll see hundreds of people, all taking pictures with their cell phones. Some of these images could end up on Facebook or Instagram, but for the most part, they are forgotten and not over-estimated in the digital hover. That is a real shame. Photos are a great way to remember people, places and events. Plus, the pictures your smartphone makes are really good now.
The good news is that you can do many cool things with your digital photos. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
I took thousands of pictures with my smartphone and my special camera. Most of them are terrible. Blurred selfies, missed photos, screenshots of memes and everything only God knows. They do not deserve to be ignored – they deserve to be deleted and have smashed the hard disk they were on into. In it, however, some outstanding photos are buried. The kind of things I want to keep forever. As long as the good and the bad stay together, I will never see the good photos. I'm sure you feel the same way.
Well, the bad news. There is no easy way to sort photos. The only real possibility is to sit down, listen to your favorite TV show and go through, erase all bad pictures, sort the others into albums, and favor the very best.
But probably you will not do that. Almost everyone (myself included) has reached the point where too many digital photos were taken to make this a realistic option. In other words, we need to use some less thorough strategies to get the good pictures out:
- Go through your Facebook and Instagram accounts. If there are any photos that you really like, search your phone and pull out the original. Also, use it as a stepping stone to remember events or places you loved and go back and look for photos of them.
- Use your photo app. Both the iPhone Photos app and Google Photos (available for iOS and Android) display photos of past events, organize photos by location and event, and more. While they were created with machine learning, they will highlight some useful suggestions – like the vacation you've spent on the Florida Keys take photos and grab the photos. It will take some time, but you will gradually sort parts of your photos.
- If you have an iPhone, with Gemini ($ 2.99 / month) you can remove a lot of bad photos to make finding good pictures much easier.
My grandma's house was covered with photos. She had four children and 14 grandchildren (plus a bunch of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who made the cut) and each of us was seen at least four or five times. The favorites would be dedicated to a whole mini-shrine for their successes. Most of the photos were pretty awful, but because they were, they were the ones that were exhibited.
Now most people have hundreds of much better photos, but because they are not printed, nobody sees them. The best thing you can do with your digital photos is to print them out.
You can print a few dozen pictures you love as 4 × 6-inch images and place them in photo frames around your house like my grandmother. Or you can process one or two of your best images into framed 36×24 inch prints or screens that dominate a wall – digital photos, even those from a smartphone, can be printed damn big if you're working from the original. Really, the possibilities are limitless. You could also do a photo album. Read our guide to find out why photos do not look the same when you print in How-To Geek to make sure you get it right.
Create shared albums
You can also take thousands of photos from photos of me I've also taken thousands of pictures of my friends. And they took a lot of pictures of me. The problem is that I only have the photos I took, and they only have the photos they made (and they all sit on hard drives or smartphones). We did not share more than a handful.
However, there is a simple solution to this: create some shared online photo albums. In this way everyone gets all the photos. Even those who did not take them.
If everyone uses the same smartphone platform, it's easy. Just read How-To Geek's tutorials on creating shared albums on your iPhone or using Google Photos to get started. If not, you must use a cross-platform service – here are our favorites.
Make it your wallpaper or screensaver.
While the standard backgrounds are pretty good on most modern devices, there's nothing that affects your smartphone or computer settings as far apart as with an image you've taken yourself. Find a good photo and set it as wallpaper for your phone, tablet and computer.
Or, it's best to fix it on the screen saver on your TV. So it's with an AppleTV and a Chromecast. Whenever you want to see your favorite photos, you can flip through your TV and watch the slideshow.
Create Greeting Cards
You do not just need to print your photos, but hang them in your home. You can do more with it too. One of my favorite things to do at Christmas is creating personal greeting cards and sending them to my friends.
And it does not necessarily have to be Christmas – you could create personal birthday cards, postcards or just random stationary ones. Improve every letter with your face.
Do Something Strange
In recent years, a market for very strange and wonderful custom photo products has sprung up. Ever wanted to put your face on a pair of socks? Yes you can. Would you like to have custom Vans shoes? They took care of it.
What products you can print or make with your photos is almost unlimited. If you can remember, it can probably be done. I've seen puzzles, smartphone cases, murals and skis. If you have a hobby, you can have equipment made from your photos.
Give them away
When people ignore the photos they take, they still love them. Everyone wants to see the photos or pictures of his childhood friends. If you take the time to sort your photos and get the good ones, you've made it your mission to make gifts for years to come. Print out the pictures and frame them or make one of the fancier suggestions, depending on who you are giving as well. You will appreciate it.
Whatever you do (or do not do) with your photos, we have not mentioned one thing yet: it's critical to secure them. Hard drives fail; Smartphones are breaking. Do not leave the safety of your photos to luck, or they may not be there if you want them.