How to transfer photos from your phone
By Paul O'Reilly
I’m not sure how
sales of cameras are doing but, if I was a manufacturer, I think I’d be
worried. Whether it’s a night out on the town, a day at the beach, or
even a formal wedding, amateur photographers are leaving their cameras
at home in favor of the ever-present cell phone.
Just a couple of
years ago, the idea of taking album-quality pictures from a cell phone
would have been unthinkable. But these days, one of the smartest
features of a smartphone is its camera. The iPhone 4
can record HD video at up to 30 frames per second and boasts a
5-megapixel camera for still shots. Meanwhile Motorola’s Droid
Incredible and Droid X both feature 8-megapixel cameras and produce photos with outstanding clarity and sharpness.
there is one problem when you take a photo with a cell phone – it tends
to stay right where it is. Sure, you may pass the phone around
immediately after you take the shot but that’s about it. The photo is
consigned to the phone’s memory, gathering digital dust until the phone
dies or it’s time for an upgrade.
However, it doesn’t have to be
that way. Phone manufacturers and software providers have made it
incredibly easy to download or transfer photos. Here are some
E-mail your photos
Get into the habit
of e-mailing yourself a copy of every good photo that you take. Once
you have taken a photo, most smartphones will give you immediate options
for sharing. Choose e-mail and decide which address will be your
default e-mail for all your photos. Once you pull up your mail on your
computer, you can safely transfer the photos to an online album.
Upload to a photo-sharing account
smartphones have photo-sharing options. You can access these options
immediately after you take a photo or you can access them from the album
stored on your phone. Select a photo, and then press the menu button
and/or “share”. Both the iPhone and all Android phones will allow you to
upload directly to Flickr. All you need to do is open an account and then sign in from your phone to complete the transfer.
and Android phones will also let you send photos directly to their own
custom photo-sharing sites. The default site for Android phones is Picasa, which has the added advantage of allowing you to edit photos right in your dropbox using Picnik editing software. The iPhone lets users post directly to their own MobilMe gallery, which can be shared directly with friends and family.
Upload photos to Facebook
If you are a Facebook
member, then you can also upload directly to your Facebook account. You
will be asked to log in and you will need to download the appropriate
mobile Facebook application. After that, you can upload photos, organize
them into albums, tag them and share them with others.
can also be sent from a phone via message or text but there are some
limitations. Message programs will often change the size of a photo if
it’s too large to fit pre-determined limits. While you can message to
e-mail accounts and other destinations, sending as an attachment via
e-mail is usually a safer way to go.
Whichever method you choose,
make it a habit to get good photos out of your phone as soon as you take
them. But one last thing to watch out for – transferring photos can use
up a lot of your data plan, so be selective and make sure that you
don’t go over your limit.
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