Disposable Memories: Is Social Media The New Instant Film?

    Gone are the days of scrapbooks and photo journals. The advent of online photo sharing, via sites like Twitter and Facebook, has in many ways replaced the more tangible instant photo-sharing phenomenon introduced to popular culture by Polaroid in the 20th century.

    Shooting, Editing and Sharing
    Though Polaroid is now a thing of the past (the company stopped making instant film in 2008), the instant gratification of the snap and share pictures can be replicated with the right devices. Samsung SMART CAMERA users can instantly capture their memories, edit the images on the screen and share photos with friends over their social network of choice – who needs a printer or hard copy?

    While many mobile phones and tablets can snap pictures and upload the images to websites, these photos are often of poor quality. The introduction of SMART cameras allows users to take and share professional-quality shots that can be enjoyed in the moment and cherished for decades.

    Tips and tricks for snapping an instant memory
    Before you post a photo, ensure the images are crisp, the subjects are well-lit and no one has red-eye – all things you can do through digital photo editing software.

    NX20 | 1/125s | f/11.0 | 27mm | ISO 100

    Good weather and a beautiful beach! The perfect place to fly a kite!

    NX20 | 1/125s | f/11.0 | 27mm | ISO 100

    It’s also a good idea to add a caption – that’s what that the white space around instant film pics was for! Writing a brief description of what is going on in the photo or where it was taken will help your Twitter followers or Facebook friends better understand your experience as they view your image. Much of Twitter is time and location sensitive, so tagging your photos with geo-location data can make for a better experience for you and your followers on this site.

    Adding hashtags can also enhance the whole photo sharing experience and make it easier for you to organize and track your photos. Tagging your Twitter photos with hastags like “#beach” or “#dogs” helps in their search and discovery, so you’ll find that more people are checking them out.

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