If you’re like most people, you take a lot of pictures but don’t carry a camera. You use your phone to take pictures of you and your best mates, the tucker you ate at a new restaurant, and the cute things your baby (or niece or nephew) does on a daily basis. Some of the best pictures are those we turn into profile pictures on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter or collages on Instagram.
Besides showcasing all your favorite pictures on your social media sites, do you ever print them out? In our increasingly digital world, we can become so overwhelmed with the amount of pictures we have we don’t think twice about just leaving them on the Internet. But sometimes the best way to look at pictures isn’t online.
“But wait,” you’re probably thinking. “I can’t print out square pictures at my local photo centre.”
In the past that may have been true, but Fujifilm has recently made it possible to print square photos at store kiosks. Additionally, Fujifilm’s new app called TransPix (now available for iOS and soon for Android devices) now allows you to send your social media pictures straight from your phone to the kiosk for printing, without needing any USB cables or a memory card.
All you have to do is download the TransPix app to your phone, select the kiosk from the list, preview your pictures on your phone, and then click “send.” Once you see the confirmation page on your phone, you can print your photos from the kiosk.
Now that you’re aware of the cool new technology available, let’s consider why you should print your photos in the first place.
1. For decoration. You can fill your home or office with lots of your favorite pictures as reminders of your best vacations, memories with family and friends, and beautiful places you’ve photographed. After you print your photos, you can place them in lovely frames and post them on your walls.
2. For posterity. If you enjoy arts and crafts, you can make beautiful scrapbooks with your photos. Just print them out, buy some decorative paper, glue and a good pair of crafting scissors. But if you don’t have the time or creativity for scrapbooks, many photo centres can now help you make photobooks. These books are not like the old-fashioned photo albums in which you place your photos underneath rectangular sheets of plastic. They are professionally done, like a published book of your digital photos.
3. For celebration. Other than framing and cataloguing your photos in books, you also can print out photos to use for different occasions. Pinterest offers some great ideas for showcasing your photos for graduation and birthday parties, weddings and even funerals. You can arrange your photos in a collage on poster board and hang them from ribbon.
4. For cards. Many photo centres also have the capabilities to design greeting cards. You can go into the store, choose a design and add your personal photos to the card. Then, instead of sending out generic cards for birthdays, holidays, thank-yous and invitations, you can offer a more personal touch.
5. For business. Have you ever considered printing photos for business needs? You can use your online image for your business cards and print out business-related pictures for promotional materials or correspondence.
The possibilities are endless. You can find tons of great ideas for printing out your photos, and Fujifilm just made it easier with Square Prints and TransPix, so don’t hesitate to print that beautiful image you just posted to Instagram. Find a kiosk near you!