Holiday Photo Sharing Made Easy

You took the tree down, put the candles away, and stored the holiday lights. Back to the bustle of the post holiday rush – back to work, back to school, back to the real world!

If you’re like most people, you took a lot of pictures during your festivities and travels. You can see those wonderful, magical moments in your mind’s eye. Of course, those memories will fade over time. In fact, they probably have already.

You may still have those pictures stored in your camera – a lot of people do that until they get a “memory full” alert. Or, if you’ve managed to move them over to your computer, their may be sitting there, eating up memory on your hard drive while your memories of the holidays fade. If you’re really on the ball, you may have uploaded your photos to an online photo sharing site already.

Wherever you’re at in the process, you’re just steps away from bringing those memories back to life. Just think how much fun it will be to take a look at the end of the old year as you head into the new year! Doing so will help cement these wonderful memories in your mind even more.

If you’re photos are still on your camera, take a moment while reading this article to get your camera and upload them to your computer. It’s easy – just use the USB cable that came with your camera and follow the instructions that appear on the screen.

If you’ve already loaded your photos onto your computer, then take a moment now to sign up for an easy photo sharing site. Just do a search on the Internet for “easy photo sharing” – plenty will appear for you to choose from. If you already belong to one of these services, great! Once you’ve signed onto the easy photo sharing site, just follow the instructions to upload you photos.

Once you’re photos are uploaded – and you may have done this long ago (if so, congratulations!) – take a minute to think about who might like to see you photos. If it’s someone with an email address, just follow the instructions at your photo sharing site and send them a few of your favorite photos. If it’s someone without and email address, then order a few prints for them and have the prints delivered directly to their home.

Either way, you’ll be brightening someone’s day in a very special way. You’ll jog their memory and they’ll recall all the fun times they had with you. Easy photo sharing is a great way to strengthen the bonds of friendship, and keep family ties alive.

Think a little outside the box when you think about holiday sharing. Is there an aunt who you email occasionally? She’d probably love to see how your holidays went. Is there someone you used to be close with years ago, but have lost touch? Then, by all means if it’s appropriate, email or mail them a picture from your holiday celebrations.

Even the holidays are past, you can continue to spread good cheer with easy photo sharing!

Matt Smolsky develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Sunset Sunday – 26
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A couple of quick notes. First, since this is my 26th Sunset Sunday that means I’ve been doing Sunset Sundays here on flickr for 6 months or half a year. Second, as I was driving home tonight at about 9:00 pm the temperature outside was around 7 F (-14 C). I thought this photo I took a few nights ago helped illustrate how really cold it is. Since this may be one of the whitest sunsets you’ll ever see, I titled it White Space.

Every Sunday is Sunset Sunday on my Photostream. I invite you to join in on the fun and post your own sunset (or sunrise) on Sunday and then share it with us here. Sunset Sundays are the only days I invite you to share your own photo in your comments here. Please keep it to only one and one that you’ve posted this Sunset Sunday.

Now let’s get out there and get some beautiful sunset/sunrise shots and share them every Sunday.

Top 10 List of Best Photo Sharing Websites. Real People, Real Reviews Only on: http://www.peoplereviews.net

Here is a List of Top 10 Most Popular Photo Sharing Websites.
Top 10: ImageVenue
http://www.imagevenue.com/
Top 9: ImageShack
http://www.imageshack.us/
Top 8: WeHeartIt
http://weheartit.com/
Top 7: TinyPic
http://tinypic.com/
Top 6: Shutterfly
http://www.shutterfly.com/
Top 5: DeviantArt
http://www.deviantart.com/
Top 4: Photobucket
http://www.photobucket.com/
Top 3: Flickr
https://www.flickr.com/
Top 2: Imgur
http://imgur.com/
Top 1: Instagram
http://instagram.com/

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A Birthday Celebration Made Special With Easy Photo Sharing

I never really considered myself to be a creative type. I’m not a great writer and my sense of design leaves a lot to be desired. All it took was an important upcoming anniversary celebration, a little inspiration, and a lot of help from an online photo sharing service to get my creative juices really flowing.

Let me explain.

A few weeks ago, I was planning for my father’s 75th birthday bash. I got the idea to make a beautiful scrapbook, filled with a lifetime of precious memories. I even found a few photos of him when he was about two years old that would make a perfect collage. I knew that Dad would really get a big kick out of it, but I was just a bit intimidated. And to make matters worse, the photos were frayed and yellow. No amount of creative spark could brighten up these photos.

A great idea was about to go sour. But then a friend of mine suggested I try one of the easy photo sharing services. And it made all the difference in the world!

Right off the bat, I realized there was no better or easier way to share your photos. After uploading all my old family favorites to the site, I realized they were safe and secure forever. And I was able to get other family members, some of who lived in hundreds of miles away, to include their special photo memories in my budding scrapbook too. And it was done instantly. So I saved an enormous amount of time!

But here’s the really good part.

The online photo sharing site had all sorts of quick tips and suggestions on how to make my presentation come alive. In no time, I added a border here, a banner there, and –voila — I created a fantastic slide show!

And here’s one more thing. I was able to add my own voice recording along with a few poignant words to add a whole new dimension to my trip down memory lane. Just search “easy photo sharing” and you’ll find a site that does audio.

As for the slide show, it was big hit! Everyone shared some laughs and some tears. And Dad, tough on the outside but always the big softie, well, he cried like a baby. It was beautiful!

So here’s my advice: The best way to share fun memories is online. Don’t be scared away form online photo sharing just because you’ve never used a computer or because you’re intimidated by new technology. The fact is, they do all the work for you. Just upload your photos you want to share, then use their automated sharing feature to send the link to our family or friends.

And a little imagination goes a long way. Easy photo printing also makes for a thoughtful gift. You’ll be surprised how easy and how much fun it is to create a photo album or a photo story book you’ll be proud of.

So throw away that old shoe box. Take down your favorite photos from the fridge. Start saving and start sharing your precious memories online.

You’ll love it!

CJ Carroll has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Double Rainbow
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A double rainbow over the blueberry fields of Pitt Meadows earlier this year.

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