Sharing Holiday Photos

(photo courtesy of Awkward Family Photos)

The savory smells of roasting food, the clink and chime of silverware and glass, uncle Jim having a few too many and falling asleep with his mustache awkwardly mashed into the couch, and the click and flash of cameras as we document everything; the holidays are times for making and capturing memories.

With digital cameras and the internet, it’s easier than ever to capture every moment – the sweet, the funny, and the possibly traumatic – and share it with friends and family.

Flickr is an online photo storage and sharing service. Their free account allows you to upload 2 videos and 300 MB of photos every month, and the number of photos you can see online at any one time is 200. The really nice part of Flickr is its pretty interface and how easy they make it to share photos to your Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Tumblr, or Wordpress account. You can tag photos, add locations and people, make comments and favorite photos, email links to your photos, edit photos online with Picnik, and there are multiple ways to upload – online, from a desktop application, through an iPhone or Blackberry app, or directly from many photo programs, including Aperture and iPhoto.

Photobucket is another option – though more bare-bones in the interface, it allows for unlimited storage (though your photos are shrunk down a bit). Sharing is possible across MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, and many other sites.

Picasa web albums – a Google product – give you a gigabyte of online storage free, the ability to edit photos online with Picnik directly from Picasa web albums, name- and location-tagging capabilities, and the capacity to email links out to friends and family so they can view your photos as well. Picasa proper is a photo organizing and editing program you can download for free, which directly connects to your Picasa web album account, making uploading photos easy. If you’re a Google+ user, Picasa web albums tie directly into that account as well.

Want to learn more? You can always attend some CTC classes to learn more about editing and sharing your photos:

  • The GIMP 101 – Sunday, December 11, 2-4 p.m.
    The GIMP is a free, open-source Photoshop alternative that lets you edit and alter photos. Come get an intro to layers, selections, and basic photo editing.
  • Digital Photos 101 – Wednesday, December 28, 2-4 p.m.
    Learn how to get your digital photos off your gadget and onto a computer. Then learn how to organize and share your digital photos with Flickr, a fun and free online photo site that also lets you edit your images!

(photo courtesy of Awkward Family Photos)

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