How many photos do you keep on your smartphone? Tens? Hundreds? People are increasingly carrying around their whole life in photographs on their phones. But it can be nice to share images beyond a phone's screen, so we've gathered up some of the more unique options for converting smartphone photos into something that doesn't require an app to view!
Photo Strips and Slides:
The Projecteo (above) began as a Kickstarter and is now available to convert any of your Instagram photos into a real life 35mm slide film wheel, complete with miniature projector to showcase them with.
Similarly, Popbooth allows smartphone photographers to create photo strips and send them in the mail, so you can pretend like you took all your pictures at the mall. You can also save them to share via email or social media if you want to keep it all digital. Popbooth is made by Sincerely, which also offers an app to send postcards with your photos.
Mosaic is a beautiful app that allows you to upload photos from your phone and receive a photo album in the mail in as quickly as four days.
Blurb also offers an app that will create photo books straight from your Instagram account, formatted in Small Square (7 x 7 inch / 18 x 18 cm) sizes, starting at $18.99 for 60 pages.
Prints: If you want to go a little more post-digital era, you can still order prints and pick them up at the drugstore. Both CVS and Walgreen's have mobile apps allowing smartphone photographers to upload photos to be printed at their stories. This could be an advisable hard print backup for your most precious of images...or just a great way to share your favorite photos with non-digital native relatives and friends (aka the grandparents).
Several other popular photo-sharing sites such as Snapfish and Shutterfly have mobile apps that provide mail order printing service as well.
Printers. For the biggest throwback kitsch factor, there are several printer options for converting digital imagery from a mobile device into a tactile souvenir. The Impossible Instant Lab (shown below) was an adorable and incredibly successful Kickstarter project making its way to market now, which mimics the instantaneous joy of Polaroids directly from an iPhone. Watch the printing process in the video below.
The Vupoint Photo Cube is also a very affordable printer option (under $100) for both iOS and Android devices, printing color photos in approximately 55 seconds per sheet (1, 4 or 10 images per sheet).
(Image: Gregory Han; Blurb; Impossible)