Gone are the days of developing camera film and distributing the hardcopy photo weeks or months later. You now have the ability to snap and send off a picture in real-time, thanks to the advanced technology built into your smartphone.

To create and send a text message of this photo collage, the author used InstaMag, a free application on her smartphone.

To create and send a text message of this photo collage, the author used InstaMag, a free application on her smartphone.

Today’s smartphone cameras let you review photos immediately after they are taken. If someone blinked, or if a little rascal threw bunny ears on grandma at the last minute, you can request a retake. Many smartphones also have editing tools that allow for cropping and light adjustments.

Those who are a bit apprehensive can ease into “photo sharing.” Receiving photos requires no set-up; a mobile phone number or valid email address is all it takes. My parents appreciate all photos of my daughter. Formal, silly, not-the-best quality – all are precious in their eyes. They are happy to see what she’s up to and how much she’s grown. They don’t want to miss a moment, and photo sharing helps them to feel connected. I’ve noticed that our shared photos often spark conversations, as grandma and grandpa want to hear every detail my daughter excitedly shares. This strengthens our bond and, coincidentally, makes for cute photos.

 

 


HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE — EMERITUS COLLEGE
874 Dillingham Blvd., Honolulu HI 96817-4598
808-845-9296 | farah@hawaii.edu  |  www.pcatt.org/emeritus

The Emeritus College, supported by the Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training at the Honolulu Community College, offers an iPhone/iPad Basics course. The class is paced at just-the-right speed for seniors to follow along. 

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