7 cool tips for your digital photos

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Create beautiful photo slideshows

Why not take advantage of that large, high resolution screen you have on your smartphone or tablet? Have it double up as a photo frame when idle or when placed overnight on a charging dock.

A free app for Android called Dayframe does just that — giving you the option to automatically display photos/albums stored on your device or from multiple online sources like Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox, Flickr, 500px, Google+, Twitter and so on.

Since Dayframe is 'connected,' it updates dynamically with the latest photos from whatever streams you choose. It offers myriad settings and options to customise the slideshow. While is app is free to use, a prime (paid) update adds features like advanced timers, weather updates overlaid on photos and syncing with multiple devices.

Shareable movies from photographs

Magisto is an app for iOS and Android that lets you create movies from photographs stored on your device. It's fairly simple to use: select the photos you want, choose from one of the built in themes/styles and select a soundtrack (use one of theirs or upload your own) — your movie is created automatically.

The free version is fairly limited in the sense that you can only upload 5 photos per movie and get movies up to 75 seconds long (to get a feel for the service). Also, the movies are created in the cloud and remain there, so you can view them from anywhere. They can also be directly exported to YouTube by signing in with your Google account.

If you want longer movies (using up to 30 photos per movie for a length of up to two and half minutes) or the ability to download your finished movies to your device, you need to sign up for a premium (monthly or yearly) membership.

Earn money using phone photographs

Traditional stock photo websites only accept high quality and very high resolution photographs — such as those taken with a DSLR. Acceptance rates are low and you'll generally see very high quality work from professional photographers.

For mobile photography enthusiasts, there are places like phonestockfoto, where camera phone or point-and-shoot photographs are usually sold for as less as $5 per image (the photographer earns 40% royalty from each sale). The thumb rule is that the higher the quality of your photos and the more photos you have up, the more money they will earn.

Another stock agency that accepts photographs from mobile phones is roomtheagency. They pay a 35% royalty on each sale which goes up to 40% if you have more than 100 accepted images on the service.

Back them up & access anywhere

Your collection of photographs includes numerous memorable moments of your life. To avoid losing them due to an accidental delete or a random computer crash, keep a backup on the cloud.

One way to backup all your images is to upload them to a cloud storage service like Dropbox, Box.net, Skydrive or Google Drive. While these websites make it really easy to upload images (PC/Mac apps & smartphone apps for direct upload), they offer limited free storage (though you can purchase additional storage).

Another option is to use photo sharing website such as Picasa or Flickr. You can upload photos into a private album that no one else can access. Of the two, Flickr offers a huge 1TB online storage space for photos and videos for free.

Get quality prints home delivered

Thanks to the onslaught of digital photography, most people have stopped printing photographs. However, it remains a great way to show off a few of your best photos, apart from sharing them to your social networks.

Not only can you get photos printed on different kinds of paper (canvas, matte, glossy, metallic), you can frame them in different sizes, create photobooks, self sticking photo fridge magnets, customised calendars, tshirts, cushions and even coffee mugs.

From the numerous online options, we recommend that you try zooomin vistaprint or printvenue for your photo or custom photo gift printing needs. They usually need you to sign-up for an account, select the product you want printed, upload and adjust your photographs to place an order.

After payment, they usually deliver prints within a couple of days (in metros).

Share photos with one touch

Many of us use multiple social networks to stay in touch with family and friends. However, sharing photographs on each website individually can be tedious. This is where apps like Everypost (Free, iOS & Android), Quick Social (Rs 90, Android) and Multipost (Free, iOS & Android) come in.

Once you connect all networks, the app simplifies the process of sharing. You only need to select the photographs you want to share and it will upload them with a single touch.

If you want to automate the process of sharing photographs, check out Woven (Free for iOS, Android & Windows Phone). This one connects to your various social networks uploads photographs as you click them.

Another app called PicPush (30 day free trial, thereafter Rs 185) offers the same service. It runs in the background and automatically uploads photo as soon as you click (to the supported services like Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, SmugMug and Picasa).

Gadgets for mobile photo enthusiasts

Seagate Wireless Plus Hard drive (Rs 14,000): Storing thousands of photographs on your computer consumes a sizeable amount of storage. Get this 1TB wireless drive to store your images - you can easily access the stored photos on your phone or computer anywhere, wirelessly.

LG Pocket Photo Printer (Rs 14,990): Weighing just 212 grams, this compact photo printer from LG comes with NFC and Bluetooth connectivity. It does not require an ink cartridge as it uses Zink (Zero ink) photo paper (2x3-inch size) to print photographs. The printer makes it easy to take quick prints from your smartphone or tablet.
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