Monday, August 25, 2008

How To: Share Photos Quickly and Easily

Photo Sharing can be time consuming. We sometimes struggle with downloading the pictures to our computer, then we have to go through them and decide which are worth uploading. Sometimes pictures get rotated 90 degrees unintentionally, sometimes they need to be cropped, sometimes they need red-eye reduction. Once you've done all that, you have to remember where you saved them so you can upload them to some photo sharing and printing site. Lots of work!

I've been investigating various options for making this easier and I've come up with an approach that is pretty fast and easy. Using a combination of the software that came with my camera, Picasa, and Facebook I can upload pictures from a day trip within just a few minutes. Here's how:

Software Used in this Video:

I hope you found this video useful. I share it in hopes that it will enable you to be more effective with your digital camera and computer, and in turn share more pictures with your friends and family.

Do you have some photo sharing tricks you'd like to share? Please leave a comment below!


Shell said...

Picasa seems cool, but I do love my Mac and I like iPhoto, which now has an embedded uploader for I am happy! Plus, I live in eternal hope that Mobile Me will become,, usable? Nice job on the video. I'll email you a couple comments.

Did you ad lib that whole thing? If so, you did a very good job.

Robert said...

Thanks for having a look, Michelle! I'm glad the video and audio quality were good enough as to not distract from the point of the clip.

iPhoto's Facebook uploader looks really cool- I agree. I was checking out the description and screenshots just recently. It even had the ability to tag and add captions from within iPhoto, and of course iPhoto can also acquire the photos directly from your camera which eliminates the need for camera-specific acquisition software. The only limitation remaining then is selective import, but that may or may not be an issue if you're the only one using the camera and/or you systematically remove images from the camera. Deanna's iBook just turned 3 years old- so iPhoto is very slow when downloading just a few images off a full camera. It seems to ponder whether each old picture should be uploaded for too long. I think it is time to get her a new computer. Consequently, I'm sure I'll stoke up the good old "Mac vs. PC" debate this fall!

Erin said...

We are faithful Picasa users. Plug in the camera (or memory card) and it detects, prompts for a folder name and wipes the card when finished. It couldn't be easier. After dealing with the terribly slow speed of Photoshop Elements I was very happy to find Picasa.

Robert said...

Isn't Picasa great? Lately, it seems that some of the best applications are free (Picasa, Pandora, Facebook to name a few).

Are you saying that you use Picasa for Image Acquisition as well? I didn't know that was possible. I have a question on that- can you do selective import? If not, does Picasa quickly determine which pictures on the camera have already been uploaded (or does it take a while)?

Anonymous said...

Nice job on the video, Bob. Very informative. I had been using Picasa (after you told me about it when we were visiting) but with the new computer I have not started using it again. Do you know if it is compatible with Vista? ~Sheila

Robert said...

Aww- thanks a lot for checking out my video, Sheila! I'm glad you found it helpful. It looks like Picasa does support Vista:

Let us know how it goes! Picasa has worked brilliantly for me on XP and I'd be interested in hearing if there are issues w/Vista. How is Vista in general on your new PC?

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