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Why you need a digital photo frame

The post Why you need a digital photo frame first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Simon Ringsmuth.

One of the unsung heroes of modern photography is the proven digital photo frame. These simple devices have been around for years and yet they are rarely discussed in photography circles. With huge televisions that adorn our walls and smartphones that are put in our pockets, one may wonder why there is a reason to own a digital photo frame. Over the past few years I have come to appreciate these devices enormously, and I have realized how valuable, useful and practical they are. If you or someone you know needs a good solution for viewing photos, a digital frame may be just what you are looking for.

When digital frames first came on the market in the mid-2000s, they were a great idea that was heavily hampered by poor technology. Bezels were huge, the screens were small and the images were weak and blurred. Setting up frames required by a large number of menus with nonsensical buttons and context prompts on the screen.

Adding images to a digital frame was an exercise in frustration and required many steps on the part of the user. Plus, the transitions between photos were showy and often did not match the displayed memories.

It is no wonder that most people no longer think of digital photo frames!

If this looks like you, you are not the only one.

I was in the same boat until recently. However, the more I researched what modern technology offers, the more I became impressed. Unlike their counterparts from a decade ago, today's digital frames have clear screens, show high-resolution photos, are thin and slim, and cost less than you might think. They often have cloud-based interfaces, offer associated smartphone apps and can even display video clips.

The Nixplay Seed Wave has a large screen and WiFi connectivity.

One-day fly

One of the best reasons to get a digital frame is not because of what they can do, but what they cannot do. It seems silly to have another device in a world where screens surround us, but the digital frames shun the traditional idea of ​​a computer screen by turning it upside down. They follow the adage of doing one thing and doing well.

Most digital frames don't let you do anything but view photos. And this is exactly what makes them great. They do not have thousands of apps, let you surf on social networks or make video calls. They don't play games, don't let you watch Netflix or YouTube and don't bombard you with notifications.

Digital frames are there, passively do only one thing: show your photos.

The Aura Digital Photo Frame has face recognition built into the corresponding app and a touchscreen for navigation options.

In an era where every device and gadget is constantly calling our attention, digital photo frames are like an oasis in the middle of the desert. It is downright refreshing to see a clear digital frame on a shelf, knowing that you can't do anything with it, except looking at photos.

You do not have to worry about software updates and your viewing experience is not overflowing with dozens of icons and bubbles that compete for your attention. In a media-saturated world, digital photo frames are a great way to slow down and enjoy, appreciate, and think about your photos without distraction.

Some smart devices such as the Amazon Echo Show and Google Nest Hub act as photo frames, but I prefer the simplicity and focus of a special frame. Other devices like that are nice, but the functions they offer can often distract you from just enjoying your photos.

Advanced frames such as the Google Nest Hub Max do many things, but I prefer simpler frames that don't have built-in cameras, digital assistants or warning bells that beg for your attention.

Print or not print

Like many people, my wife and I have struggled for years with the question of what we should do to make prints of our photos. We have made yearbooks that adorn our end tables, framed snapshots on dressers and adorn our walls with large prints and cloths. These are great, and we enjoy them a lot, but each of them eventually grows old.

If that happens inevitably, we must consider what to do next. Do we keep the old prints around? Do we form new images instead of what once was? There are also practical concerns, such as where you can make prints, what size you can make them in, and what happens when our favorite photo album publisher goes bankrupt?

We enjoy seeing prints, just like everyone else, but the logistical problems have added an extra layer of stress and indecision to what should be a pleasant process.

With the Pix-Star 15-inch frame you can view your photos without printing them.

A digital frame solves almost all these problems. Our 8×10 "Nixplay seed is in our living room with a huge assortment of images without any effort from us. Over the course of a single day we see photos of family holidays, our children as babies & old slides & ' s # 39; s we have scanned from negatives.We do not have to think about exchanging photos, spend whole nights trying to decide which images are worth printing, or wondering if a certain photo is worthy of display so that everyone can see it.

Of course there are still enough reasons to have photos printed. But if you want to enjoy your photos in a simple way without the hassle of making physical copies, a digital frame might be for you.

As is the case with most digital gadgets nowadays, storage space is not the same limitation as it used to be. Many frames have an internal storage capacity of at least 8 GB, enough for nearly 10,000 images. If that's not enough, you can find one with a removable memory card slot to add even more space.

Modern digital frames have more than enough storage space for your photos. Unlike your walls and bookshelves, which can be quickly filled with physical prints.

Image quality

If you think that displaying your images on a digital frame means that you are sacrificing overall quality, think again. This was perhaps the case in 2005, but now frames are leaps and bounds beyond where they used to be. Only a few years ago, many frames had a resolution of about 72 or 96 dpi, comparable to that of older computers.

This resolution is great if you view your images remotely, as is often the case when using frames in a household. Nowadays, however, frames often have a much higher pixel density or somewhere between 150 and 300 dpi, making them comparable to most laptop screens and even those of some mobile phones.

This means that your images, even when viewed at close range, are as sharp and sharp as you would see if you had them printed and you can distinguish every detail from strands of hair to blades of grass.

Aura makes a 9.7-inch frame with a resolution of 2048 x 1536 that shows your memories in clear, clear details.

Most modern digital frames use clear screens that can be viewed from any angle, unlike older versions that required you to be in the right place to view your images. Your photos look bright and colorful and some digital frames even show video clips next to your images.

Sharing worry-free

With all the recent data privacy issues on social networking sites such as Instagram and Facebook, it's no wonder so many people delete their accounts! If you, or your friends and family, limit your use of social media, but still want to see photos of the important things in your life, a digital photo frame is just the answer. To illustrate this, I will use my in-laws as an example.

My wife's parents are not at all on social media and they prefer to spend their time reading, gardening, walking the dogs and going out with friends. This means that they will not see photos of their grandchildren unless we send them physical prints, which they must find a place to show. A few months ago my wife and I bought them a digital photo frame and since then they have added more than a thousand images of us and our children.

Do you have friends or family members who are not on social media? Give them a digital frame and fill it with photos ' s to enjoy.

We have shared their frame information with other family members who have also sent photos to the frame. My wife's parents love it! The frame is located in their living room and shows pictures of the people they love without any effort on their part. And they didn't have to participate in a social network or share personal information.

If you have people in your life who are concerned about data mining and privacy, consider a digital frame as a happy medium. This allows you to share photos in a more limited and intentional way than sites such as Instagram or Flickr. But the disadvantage is that you have complete control over the images and that none of your personal information is sold to third parties for advertising.

This simple Tenker 7-inch frame and other similar ones will not send your photos to be analyzed for advertising.


Here are some more tips that can help you with digital frameworks.

  • Set your display to change photos less often. Every hour or less is much better than every 30 seconds. In the beginning it seems slow, but in the long term you get much more pleasure. You will not feel that you are always seeing the same images.
  • Export your photos to the resolution of your photo frame to save storage space. Sending a 24 megapixel image to a 3 megapixel frame makes no sense at all.
  • Set your friends and family with sharing rights so that they can send your photos. Then make sure you get the favor back and also send photos to their frames.
  • You can build your own photo frame with a cheap Android tablet and some software, but I recommend buying a standard model. It's just easier and will probably make your life a lot easier in the long run.
  • Most modern frames have a built-in memory, but also synchronize with cloud storage options such as Dropbox and Google Drive. You may need to configure a few settings, but it can make the already simple process of sending photos even easier.

Do you use a digital photo frame? Or are there reasons why you don't? Feel free to share with us in the comments below.

why you need a digital photo frame

The post Why you need a digital photo frame first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by Simon Ringsmuth.

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