Photos (Tenn-Share 2) (37)

June 30, 2008

Eric has a 35mm film camera. He also has a scanner. He takes awesome pictures, but he’s tired of having to email pictures to all of his friends around the world. What a pain. Eric is sad.

Margaret has a digital camera. She doesn’t take great pictures, but she wants the world to see them anyway. She can’t send the world an email, though. How can she let everyone see her pictures? Margaret is sad.

Ginger has lots of pictures of her kids, but her parents live several states away. They don’t even have a computer or email. How can she get new pictures to them without having to mail printed copies all the time? Ginger is sad.

Stuart has a camera phone and doesn’t want to share his pictures with anyone. But, he’d like to edit them and he doesn’t have any editing software. Stuart doesn’t want to shell out any money to buy it either. Stuart is sad.

Eric, Margaret, Ginger, and Stuart have reason to be happy, though. There are great web applications for photos that meet all sorts of needs!

Let’s start with Eric, he wants to share photos with a select group of friends. Eric doesn’t have to email all his photos to his friends anymore. He can sign up for an account at a photo-sharing website. He can choose to only share with his friends, so he can limit who can see his photos.

Eric should try: Flickr | Picasa | Photobucket | Snapfish

Margaret wants to share pictures with anyone in the world. Margaret can sign up for an account with an online photo sharing website too. But, instead of limiting who can see her pictures, she can let everyone see them. (The Nashville Public Library’s Teen Web uses flickr to share pictures of their programs.)

Margaret should try: Flickr | Picasa | Photobucket

Ginger wants to send her parents pictures of the grandkids. Ginger’s parents don’t have a computer, so can she still use a photo sharing website? Yes! When you register with photo-sharing web sites, like Snapfish or Kodak Gallery, you can store your photos there. When you want to send prints to someone, all you have to do is login and tell the site where to mail them. Now, Ginger can use an online photo sharing site to send the latest grandkid antics. Some photo processing centers also offer online photo albums. For instance, if Ginger used the Walgreens photo sharing site she could go to walgreens.com, order photos, and specify which store would print them. Her parents could pick up photos of their grandkids the same afternoon!

Ginger should try: Snapfish | Shutterfly | KodakGallery | Walgreens

Stuart wants to edit photos. He could install expensive photo editing software, or he could simply pull up a handy web app like Picnik! Picnik lets you do basic photo touch-ups in a snap. You don’t even have to register! Just upload a picture and start editing. When you’re done, save it to your computer.

Stuart should try: Picnik | Fotoflexer | Wiredness | Phixer

We’ve covered a lot of photo applications and we don’t expect you to use them all. But pick one and take it for a spin. Here are some pictures you can play with (center photo: the bear was added using Picnik!)

Photos Activity:

1. Pick ONE photo web app to try out. You may need to create an account.

2. You can use your own photo if you have one saved to your computer. Or, you can save one of our sample images (above) to your desktop.

3. Upload the picture to a photo sharing site where you can log in and see it. Or use a photo-editing site to adjust the picture (crop it, resize it, etc.), then save it to your computer.

4. Share the picture on Ning in the photos area!

Care to share your photos? Do you have any questions?

Discuss them in the Photos Forum.

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One Response to “Photos (Tenn-Share 2) (37)”

  1. angia jones Says:

    Jenny, this sounds like a really good web app activity. But I’m not into a lot of photo taking. Maybe I’ll find something else of interest, as I continue to the next task at hand.


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