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Options for Sharing Digital Images from Your iPhone

After you shoot and edit digital photos directly on the iPhone, you can share them in a variety of ways, including via email or text/instant message. Using the Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram apps, for example, you can also easily upload your images to these popular online social networking services, or use the iCloud integration that’s built into the iOS to share your photos using an iCloud Shared Photo Stream.

The Instagram app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instagram/id389801252), for example, replaces the need for the Camera app but can also import images shot using the Camera app that are stored within the Camera Roll folder. Instagram enables users to apply any of more than 15 special effect filters to an image with a single tap, add a border, and upload the image to the Instagram service to be viewed by all.

Setting up an Instagram account is free and takes just seconds. Currently, Instagram has more than 130 million users worldwide and is growing in popularity fast. To create and order 2” x 2” magnets from your Instagram images, use the StickyGram service (https://stickygram.com). The price is $14.99 for a set of nine magnets that will ultimately look great on any refrigerator, for example.

If you want to create prints from your iPhone photos, this too is possible. In fact, many one-hour photo labs at mass market consumer retailers and pharmacies have a special email address that you can send your digital images to from your smartphone to order standard size prints while you wait.

The Walgreen’s Photo App (http://www.walgreens.com/topic/apps/learn_about_mobile_apps.jsp), for example, makes it easy to upload your images and have prints waiting for pickup at your closest Walgreen’s location.

There’s also the Free Prints app (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/free-prints/id518158653) that enables you to order prints directly from your iPhone and have them shipped to you within a few business days. You pay only a small shipping fee per order for standard-size 4” x 6” prints.

Because iOS 6 and iOS 7 have a built-in feature called AirPrint, you can wirelessly create professional quality prints at home using an AirPrint-compatible photo printer from a company such as HP or Epson.

Final Thoughts...

Taking, viewing, editing, printing, and sharing digital photos using an iPhone are some of the smartphone’s most popular uses. With each new version of the iPhone that’s released, the resolution of the built-in camera and its shooting capabilities dramatically improves. However, using various photography apps and accessories on your iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5 that runs iOS 6 or iOS 7, snapping visually stunning digital photos is certainly possible.

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