As our smartphones keep getting better at taking astonishing photographs, we need ways to display them without paying for expensive prints. Digital photo frames offer an excellent way to display your photographs in one place and with high levels of customizations.
From wall mounting a digital frame, to resting it on the mantelpiece in the living room, digital frames are a fantastic way to pull the family together and display your photos as naturally as possible – but it’s not as simple as going online and picking any odd digital frame.
There are quite a few very important aspects and features you need to pay attention to. Our guides dive into these features and show them how your photography can benefit from them. Let’s take a look!
Digital Photo Frames: The Photographer’s Companion
It can get quite painstaking after a while to have to share your photos manually with your loved ones or guests. You might also be tired of paying for prints to display around the house, or even running out of space in your studio.
Digital picture frames are a very versatile solution to the photographer’s showcasing struggles. Whether you’re a professional or a simple enthusiast, you can get a lot of functionality from a well-chosen digital photo frame.
Our guides show you which features have the biggest impact on how you share your work, and how they can add other benefits like keeping your grandparents connected. You’ll learn why digital frames that connect to social media and photo-sharing platforms can be a lifesaver for a photographer. You’ll learn how remote control and multi-frame features work, and all about which digital picture frames have displays and slideshows worth paying attention to.
It’s Not Just about the Display
It’s easy to place too much value on a display. As photographers, we’re often drawn in by words like “high resolution”, “vivid”, “crisp and sharp”. While you might find these in the descriptions of many digital photo frames, it’s not a guarantee of their real-world performance.
We’ll guide you through what to look for in a digital frame display. You find in-depth information on resolution and screen size. Should you bite the proverbial bullet and get a large 15-inch digital frame? Or is a simple 10.1-inch enough to showcase your work? Then there’s the world of aspect ratios. We show you why the aspect ratio on a digital photo frame can make or break the frame’s real-world experience and versatility.
Our goal is to get your photography displayed as naturally as possible without anything taking away from the immersive experience your work offers. We help you avoid common issues with auto-cropping, format compatibility, how to send photos to the frame, and much more.
Effortlessly Efficient So You Can Focus on Your Photos
There’s nothing worse than having to go through the whole process of taking the right photo at the right time, editing it to match what you see in your mind, only to hit a roadblock because your photo isn’t the right resolution for a poorly chosen digital frame.
We’re going to cover how to choose a frame that makes the sending and receiving process and effortless and simple as possible. You’ll learn which digital photo frames use mobile apps, which can connect to your Flickr and Instagram accounts, and how to remotely control your frames.
We’ll also show you how to make the most of cloud storage and its related features – and which digital photo frames offer the best packages. We show you if subscriptions for extra cloud storage and features are worth the money.
By the time we’re done, you’ll have a very clear image in mind of which digital frame features and functions are best suited to you, your setup & style, and your unique needs. You’ll find a frame that lets you focus more on creating and crafting photos that inspire and communicate in ways words never can!
What is the best aspect ratio for digital photo frames?
This is a bigger issue than most digital frames seem to consider. Aspect ratio not only has a massive impact on photo playback, but it can single-handedly ruin what would have been an immersive experience. The most common aspect ratios are 16:9 and 4:3 – of which the latter is the far superior choice.
16:9 aspect ratio might occasionally be better for video playback, but that shouldn’t be the main focus on any digital photo frame. They’re not designed for exclusive video playback and cater far better to photo playback. 4:3 aspect ratios are much better for a natural and balanced viewing experience. This aspect ratio closer matches what you’d snap on a smartphone, while still being good at displaying 3:2 you’d get from a camera.
It offers the best balance between photo and video playback and means your photos won’t be cropped as often. You’ll appreciate the distraction-free display and all the immersion that comes with it.
How many photos can a digital photo frame hold?
This depends on the size of the frame’s internal storage and the file size of the photos you send. With an average size of ~1MB, you can hold over 8,000 photos a many of the top digital photo frames (with 8GB of internal storage).
This number will change depending on whether or not you save video files along with the photos, the supported resolution, format, and photo size. Some digital photo frames also let you read and display photos directly from an inserted USB/SD card so you can add that to the frame’s total storage space (though you’ll need to leave the USB/SD card to connect at all times).
What’s a good resolution for a digital photo frame?
You should aim for a minimum of 800×600 for the digital photo frame’s display resolution. While this is a little on the low side for a larger 10 to 15-inch display, it still offers an acceptable viewing experience with enough clarity and sharpness.
If it’s within your budget, digital photo frames with 1024×768 offer an enhanced viewing experience and are an excellent resolution for frames that are 10-inches or larger. This resolution offers arguably the best balance between price, performance, and viewing experience.