Whether you are searching through a list of houses for sale in Calgary or capturing a moment you want to hold on to, taking photos and storing them is an interesting outgrowth of recent technology. Naturally, when we gather with friends and family, especially during the holidays, we’ll be taking a lot of pictures. Truth be told, we’ve become a trigger-happy, photo taking lot as most of the devices we carry with us have built in cameras which are “good enough.” In fact, there’s a recent adage that goes along the lines that the “best” camera you can have is the one that’s in your pocket. Well, if we make a quick survey of the items we usually have with us, a point and shoot camera is not one of them, let alone the larger, more capable DSLR. So which camera is most likely to be in someone’s pocket then? The funny thing is that our mobile phones which take on the workhorse role of taking pictures simply because these items are usually with us. Interestingly enough, phones and tablets have something else over most point and shoot cameras and DSLRs: phones and tablets can connect to the cloud. This in turn means that anyone can quickly and easily share photos on the different social media networks or simply store material in the different cloud storage services. Well, what’s a tech related article without some recommendations and, to that effect, I’ve found some applications that made saving to the cloud possible.
Picasa Web Albums
Picasa is Google’s free photo app which has both a desktop and a web component, the Picasa Web Albums. It allows you to edit, add cool effects, organize, and share your photos on Google+ or email. I like most its geo-tagging and face recognition tools. It scans faces and once you’ve matched it to a name, helps you do the same to the rest of your photos. With geo-tagging, it pegs your photo on a map to show where you shot it, which is ideal for those sightseeing photos all of us take. In my usage case, geo-tagging is a real convenience while doing research or listing several houses for sale in Calgary. There are also many editing and enhancing tools that go beyond the basic red-eye correction, cropping, fill lights, auto contrast and color features. If you’re an enthusiast, you’ll have fun tweaking your pictures. All these features are quite handy as well given that sharing and minor touch-ups are going to be in the top spots of the list of things to do with your recently taken photos.
By far the most popular choice, Instagram, isn’t only an app but also a social network. I play around with my pictures using the filters that are included with the app. Moreover, the interface is simple and easy to get into. In addition to the quick photo editing capabilities of the app, its social component is what is really going to drive its usage as anyone can directly share on Flickr, Tumblr, and Facebook–very convenient for a realtor who is researching a few houses for sale in Calgary. All in all, Instagram is user friendly and it is just wonderful to have when you’re taking all those memorable moments that simply have to be on your online album.
I used Dropbox mainly for document-sharing but since they updated the app, photos and videos can now be automatically loaded onto the cloud. Opting into the auto upload feature is one time deal, after which the Dropbox client will extract images from your phone or tablet. Dropbox, in this regard, is particularly competitive and is doings its best to encourage users to test this new feature. In fact, if you upload often, you get 3GB of storage space added 500MB at a time. Unlike Picasa or Instagram, there is no editing or enhancing features but you can easily share and access pictures anywhere you are in the world.
Now, Touchnote is one app every person who loves postcards should use. While it may not save photos per se, it does take photos and send them as postcards, literally the printed on paper kind. Better yet, you need not step into a post office. Simply create your postcard and go through the app’s easy to navigate interface. Speaking of interfaces and options, you can rotate images, zoom in, add a 220-character text overlay, and, when you are done tweaking your post card, you can send it to a specific address. The app isn’t for mobile devices only though. You can send postcards from your computer and from your Facebook account. It’s a pretty nifty, but simple to use app that has a novel approach to keeping in touch.
Well, there you have it folks, three storage solutions for you mobile tech users and 1 novel way to share photos with friends and loved ones. There are more apps out there waiting to be used with the “best camera in your pocket” device, but these apps are what I frequently use to take and store pictures of houses on sale in Calgary, family gatherings, vacations, and other things which catches my fancy. Happy New Year!
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