WE all love photos, maybe not always being in front of the camera, but taking photos is always fun. It is a way for you to live out your creative side.
In the past it was a very expensive exercise. First of all you had to buy the camera, then buy the film, take the pictures very sparingly and then have the photos developed. Each part of this process costing you money and never did you have the assurance that your photos came out correctly and if the lighting was correct. You really had to wait and see. You also took many rolls of film, but often not even developed all the photos you took.
Editing these photos were even more difficult. You had to have them scanned and then get the software and at times the training to edit the photos.
It is no wonder that we have so few photos from before 2000.
Suddenly things have changed, almost every new cell phone is now fitted with a very good digital camera.
You can take high-quality photos with your phone and in some cases edit the photos on the phone and send them digitally to a printer.
Every experience is now shared online through Facebook, Flickr, Instagram and many other services that are available for free. Many new smartphones now come installed with a number of applications that help you improve your photos.
I believe that this generation will be one of the best documented generations of all time. If you have a smartphone with a camera make sure to visit the application store of your specific phone and download some of the photo applications.
If you are an amateur photographer who would like to get your photos online, get some exposure through social media and maybe even make some money by selling photos online, make sure not to miss ClickKliek in the coming weeks, I’ll share some tips.

.  Nico Baird is a new media expert and can be contacted at nico@clicksa.co.za.