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Six Ways to Share Your Holiday Photos with Family and Friends

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There’s nothing like spending some quality time with your friends and family during the holiday season. Laughter fills the hallways and food fills your belly. Presents are given and received. And, of course, pictures are taken. Whether you’re using your smartphone or a DSLR camera, the pictures don’t mean much if you don’t share them with your friends and family. Here are six different ways you can share the holiday spirit with your loved ones.

Social Media

Let’s be honest. Most people will end up posting their carefully selected holiday photos on their social media profiles. Whether it’s Facebook or Instagram, social media is where most people will be viewing the photos.

Instagram is ideal if you’re posting directly from your smartphone. The process is straightforward. Just take the picture using the camera on your smartphone and upload it directly through the mobile app. Instagram is best for when you want to show off a photo or two, especially if you use one of the various available filters.

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Facebook is a little different in that it allows you to upload whole albums. However, it should be noted that Facebook will automatically compress and reformat your photos. For the best possible quality, you can try resizing your photos yourself or selecting the HD option in the settings.

Online Cloud Services

If the idea of Facebook compressing and reformatting your pictures is not appealing, there are other options out there.

Google Photos allows you to back up photos and videos for free, up to 16 megapixels and 1080p Full HD videos. You’ll be able to access them from any compatible phone, tablet, or computer via the Google Photos app, or by going to photos.google.com on your browser. You’ll also be able to share links to your uploaded albums via email.

Flickr offers 1TB of free storage for your photos. It also provides powerful photo editing tools and smart photo management. There are also Flickr Pro and Flickr Pro+ plans with larger storage space, but those will require a paid subscription.

Personal Cloud Storage

If you would rather manage your own personal cloud storage, you can opt for something like the WD My Cloud Personal Cloud NAS Storage. Available in 2TB, 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB capacities, the WD My Cloud allows you to store all your photos in one location and then stream and share them via a free desktop or mobile app. Additionally, it comes with DLNA 1.5 and UPnP certified so you can stream content to devices, such as TVs, media players, and game consoles.

WD 2TB My Cloud Personal Cloud NAS Storage

Airplay and Chromecast

Can’t wait to show off your holiday photos? You can always stream your pictures directly to a TV via Apple TV or Chromecast… at the holiday party! While it’s not “sharing” the photos in the traditional sense, the instant gratification of seeing the mostly embarrassed reactions of your friends and family in real time will be worth it.

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Flash Drives and Discs

If you want to go old school, you can always buy a bunch of USB flash drives to copy the photos over from your computer and then hand out them out to your friends and family. It might be a bit tedious, but it works. Plus, they have the added benefit of being reused for the next family gathering.

SanDisk 64GB Ultra USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Want to put that optical drive in your laptop or desktop computer to use? You can also burn your photos to CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs. If you have a computer running Windows 10, you can burn photos onto a disc directly from Windows Explorer.

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Instant Film Cameras

If you’re going for the nostalgia factor, you can always opt for an instant film camera. With a Polaroid or Fujifilm camera, you can take a picture and have a physical copy ready in minutes. While digital cameras are the way to go for taking a lot of photos, there’s something nice about having a few memorable moments captured in a retro Polaroid picture. Don’t forget to pick up some instant film while you’re at it.

Fujifilm INSTAX Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Camera

How do you share your holiday photos? Do you have another way of sharing your photos that wasn’t mentioned above? If so, let us know in the Comments section, below.

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