As parents, we have the best intentions of capturing our child’s year through photos but so many times the process can be cumbersome and time consuming when it comes time to create an album. These days photos taken on your smartphone are just as good as with any point and shoot and it’s just as easy to capture special moments, edit, create fabulous collages, and print on the go.
Here are seven tips and tricks on how you can use your smartphone to chronicle your child’s year as it happens.
1. Chronicle events as they happen
Chances are you got that first day of school photo but what about other special moments throughout the school year? Milestones are important but it’s also fun to look back on your child’s physical, academic, and social growth. Snapping photos of work throughout the year not only helps eliminate some of the paper clutter but make for a fun comparison at the beginning and end of the year.Elementary students like to remember who is in their class from year to year so capture classmates by taking a picture of the class list or the teacher’s bulletin board featuring the names of those in the class at back to school night.
2. Provide context for physical growth
Our kids grow every day but sometimes we take a step back and realize exactly how much. Putting our kids in context of familiar objects allows others to view their growth whether from month to month or year to year. Many parents capture first day of school photos in the same place inside, or in front of, their house in the same place every year. Others have their kids hold a sign so you can watch their growth in reference to the sign when looking back. But how little was that desk they sat in when they were in kindergarten? Pose next to your child to provide some context to compare your size to them and their little seat!
3. Edit directly on your phone
Photos are always better when they’re edited. With just a pinch or a zoom, pictures can be cropped to help focus the eye on the subject through the camera feature. A touch of a finger can add a filter, make your shot just a tad bit sharper, or get rid of blemishes, red eyes, and flyaway hairs to create the perfect shot thanks to an app. If you’re an Android user, download tools like PicSay Pro, Vignette, Camera Zoom FX, Little Photo, or Photoshop.com Mobile. iPhone users may like TouchUp Pro, FX Photo Studio, WordFoto, Color Splash, or Diptic.
4. Include text
Rather than racking your brain to remember the meaning behind the photos that were taken, instantly create captions for photos through smartphone apps such as Over for the iPhone. With fun fonts and artwork, Over makes it even easier to customize your images.
5. Create a digital photo collage
Apps have made creating collages incredibly easy. Using photos in your smartphone’s library, an app can pull together multiple images into one special collage to showcase a moment in a more impactful way than a single photo. Photo collage apps are often free for Android and iPhones but a small monetary investment ensures that your precious editing time won’t be sucked up by watching ads.
6. Use mobile printing to print on the go
Mobile printing allows busy moms and dads the opportunity to send photos from their smartphone to their home printer wirelessly without having to sit down and synch to a desktop computer and print from there. Mobile printing through HP’s ePrint App allows parents to print to their home printers while in the school pickup line, at afternoon soccer practice, or waiting at the pediatrician’s office. Traveling? No problem! Photos can be printed to any HP ePrint printer via the cloud and be waiting for you when you arrive home so you can slip them into an album quickly and easily!
7. Have a place to put printed pictures
What good are printed photos if you don’t have a place for them? As photos from the year are printed, slip them into a photo album so you can enjoy a look back at the year as it progresses. Have multiple kids? Get a personalized photo album with the year and their grade so you’ll never have to guess when the photos were taken and how old they were.
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