What if you just want to stick them into a photo album or slip a picture into a birthday card and send it to great aunt Emily? You know, like the good old days? It's pretty simple once you learn how to order photo prints online.
Whether you have snapshots of your son's big game, or the first closeups of your newborn daughter, you'll want quality prints. You'll also want them processed by a service you trust; so choose your photo sharing site carefully. Make sure you have options:
- A choice of print sizes
- A selection of photo art options
- A place to store your photos before and after you order
- The option to pick up your photos or have them mailed
- A helpful professional to call if you have a problem
Connect your camera to your computer
The key to getting your photos printed online is getting them off your camera and onto your computer. There are a lot of different camera models, but the photo transfer process is pretty much the same for all of them. Most digital cameras have a few things in common that make the process possible:
- An SD or other memory card in the bottom of your camera stores photos as you take them
- A USB cord connects your camera to your computer
Once you've connected your camera or memory card to your computer, it behaves like an external computer “drive.” A window should pop up to show the memory card as a new device; but if it doesn't, you can access the data (photos) by locating the appropriate icon and clicking it. You will then be able to see your photos as small icons or click them for a larger view.
Organize your photos on your computer
Stay organized by creating a new folder on your computer’s desktop before you transfer the photos to your computer. Label it “Photos for Aunt Emily,” or whatever you choose, so you can easily find them when it’s time to upload/export them to the photo sharing site.
View your photos. When you see one you want to print, drag and drop it from your camera’s memory card to your "Aunt Emily" folder. This will copy the photo, leaving the original on the memory card.
Repeat the process to select all of the photos you’d like to have printed. Then follow your computer’s instructions for safely disconnecting your camera’s memory card.
Upload your photos to the photo sharing site
Sign in to your photo sharing site account and follow the instructions for selecting and uploading or exporting photos from your computer to the website. When prompted to select your photos, open your "Aunt Emily" folder, choose the photos, then finish the uploading/exporting process.
Once your photos have been uploaded/exported to your photo sharing site, you can choose your print sizes and complete your order. You may also choose from available photo book, prints on canvas or other creative options. Your order is then processed, printed and ready for shipping or pickup.
Uploading from a smartphone
Some photo sharing sites allow you to upload directly from an Ipad, Iphone or other digital device. You'll need to install an app, of course, and follow the device-specific instructions; but it can make the online photo printing process even easier, because you can do it just about anywhere.
Rediscover the joy of sharing real photos
Once you learn how to order photo prints online, you'll let go of the feeling that your cherished photos are being held captive in the digital world. You can still share them on your favorite social media sites; but you can also mail them across the country to your favorite relatives.
Contact us if you'd like help placing your first online photo printing order.