Flickr members upload more than 3,000 images every minute; 4.7 million images are uploaded every day on Photobucket. Last month, the five billionth photograph was uploaded on Flickr.
Photography is no longer a family wedding or vacation indulgence, but an evolved pursuit. With camera phones, point-and-shoot cameras, SLRs, DSLRs, chances are that most of you are clicking everything under the sun, from your dog to that muffin served at the coffee house, the bumper sticker of the car in front of you, and a lot of things you don’t remember from that drinking binge last weekend.
Online album: Be cued in on how to share your photos. Imaging: Harish Rawat/Mint
Photo-sharing sites are the best way to manage and showcase these pictures. Now you don’t have to wait for the cousin from Indore to visit you to check the photo of your would-be, and with the photo-editing applications on your computer and mobile phone, you can crop out the person in the picture the minute you break up.
So the next time you want to share a multitude of photos with a dash of fun, minus the effort or the complexities of a full-blown photo-editing or photo-management software, choose to use one of these several nifty applications available on the Web or your smartphone.
Remember those Polaroid prints from the past? Instantizer allows you to convert your digital photo into a Polaroid-like image with a caption. Just select a file, enter a brief description, and voila!
The service is pretty basic, and allows for no customization except the rotation of the image. Once done, the link to the created image is valid for 24 hours.
PIX ’N’ PALS
Ever had long email threads with your friends asking you to share your birthday photos? PiX ’n’ PaLs is an innovative social utility network that allows its users to collaboratively store photos of an event, a trip, or a party.
To collaboratively update an album, users need to create a folder on their profile and send invites to friends attending the event or the party.
If you’re a guy, thank the folks behind this service. This would save you a lot of “You make me look fat” niceties from your girlfriend or your wife. Slimpic allows you to make someone in your
pictures lose or gain weight in a few clicks.
You can upload photos from your computer or link to the ones in your or your friend’s Facebook account. It’s fun and easy, and if it saves your relationship, priceless.
Free and paid services
Although there are several online image-editing services on the Web, Picnik is arguably the finest of the lot, as testified by a long-time partnership with Flickr and the acquisition by Google earlier this year. Picnik allows you to edit and manipulate your photos online for free. You can upload photos from your computer or link from most of the popular online services, and edit them using a multitude of powerful photo-editing tools.
Picnik has an ad-supported free service as well as a paid version with advanced colour correction and unlimited photo-editing history available through a subscription service at $4.95 (Rs 220) per month.
Adobe Photoshop Express software lets you use simple gestures to quickly edit and share photos from your mobile. It’s
no ubiquitous Photoshop on your computer, but a worthy photo-editing app to crop, adjust colour and apply effects for photos on your mobile phone.
The application also allows you to open a free Photoshop.com account to upload, store and share all your photos right from your phone.
iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows phones
iTookThisOnMyPhone.com is a mobile application that allows you to take a photo or shoot a video on your phone and with a single click automatically transfer it to your personal, online photo gallery.
It’s one of the easiest and fastest ways to upload photo media (and available for most smartphone platforms). You can specify whether you want to keep your photos private or share them with friends and family, and easily organize, email and print photos, or send them to popular social networking sites.
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