Picture Perfect Summer  

July 16, 2012

Vacation, family visits, and fireworks. We take a ton of pictures in the summer. We might post them on Facebook, or get them developed at our local store. Many times the pictures sit on our computers or on the digital camera waiting for us to do something with them. This month's article will highlight a few ideas for sharing photographs and creating artistic projects with the photos.

The first option is sharing photographs online, other than on Facebook. A site I use is Flickr. Flickr is a photo management and sharing site. It allows you to create albums or "sets" that you control who can see the contents. It also allows you to set your license under creative commons for your photos. A cool feature is that Flickr is connected with iPhoto on Macs. Flickr does have an app that allows you to upload photos on the go. But there are other sites like Shutterfly, Smugmug, Photobucket, and Snapfish that you may like.

One of the fun things about mobile devices are the ways to ceate cool photo projects that you can share once you are done. I will share three apps that three different creative activities for photos.

BeFunky is a photo editor app that allows you to create different photo effects from filters to speech bubbles. There are fun frames you can also add to your photo. Once you are finished you can save the photo back to your camera roll or share on Facebook, twitter, Flickr or Tumbler.

Pic Jointer allows you to combine multiple photos into one framed photo. There are some fun effects with an "inapp" purchase, but the main idea is to create a framed collage of your photos. Again, you can share the finished picture by email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or save it to your camera roll.

Pic Collage app allows you to make a fun collage with your photos. You can clip photos, add frames, text, or even stickers (there are 12 free stickers and sticker packs you can buy in the app). A unique option with this app is to collect photos from the web or from your Facebook feed. Another cool option is the ability to create a postcard of your finished collage for $1.99 that they will send for you.

These three apps are just some of many that can make sharing your photos with friends and family easy and fun. I hope your summer is filled with memories that you capture in photographs.