Arguably, the biggest drawback of disposable cameras is the fact that you can’t easily share the pictures that you take with them. But then again, disposable cameras were developed during a time when there were no mobile phones, no internet, no Facebook, Instagram, or even email.
Well, there are a few ways to do this and it’s not rocket science at all.
Read on to find out how.
How To Get Disposable Camera Pictures On Your Phone
I’m going to start off with the best possible way to get these pictures from the disposable camera on your phone…
1. Get The Film Developed
There are a few shops near you that will develop disposable cameras. Shops like Walmart, Walgreens, and CVS provide this service. Keep in mind that many of these shops make use of a third party to develop disposable cameras, so you can expect to wait a few days.
If your end goal is to get pictures from the disposable camera on your phone, then I suggest you head over to your nearest Walgreens store and ask them to develop the disposable camera for you.
But, why Walgreens?
2. Transfer The Pictures From A CD
If you get your disposable camera developed at Walgreens, then they will give you a CD with digitized versions of the pictures from the camera. And, they give this to you for free.
If you have this CD with all the pictures on it, then you simply need to pop it into your computer and download them to your desktop. Once you’ve copied all the files over, then you have a few options to transfer them to your phone.
- Plug your phone into your computer via a USB cable, and copy the pictures over to your phone.
- Upload the pictures to a cloud storage service like Google Photos, Google Drive, or Dropbox. You can then access the cloud storage from your phone and download the pictures from there.
- If the file size of the pictures isn’t too big, then you can email them to yourself and access this email on your phone, and in turn, download the pictures from the email.
- Upload the pictures to Facebook, provided that you like to share them with your friends immediately. If you have the pictures on Facebook, then you can easily download them from there and share them on other social media platforms.
3. Take Photos Of The Developed Prints With Your Phone
If you’ve already had the disposable camera developed, and you didn’t get a CD with the digitized version of the prints, then you can simply take photos of the prints with your phone.
Just make sure that the immediate environment is properly lit in order to get the best detail.
4. Use A Scanner To Scan The Prints
If you have access to a scanner, then I suggest that you scan the prints instead of taking photos of them with your phone. Scanning them gives you so much more detail, and this is my preferred way of getting developed prints onto my phone.
5. Use A Scanner To Scan The Negatives
If none of the previous options work for you, and you have access to a scanner, then you can scan the negatives from the film found inside the disposable camera. Please note though that once you’ve scanned the negatives, you will need access to photo editing software, like Photoshop, to be able to transform the negatives into actual pictures.
Hopefully, this article has given you a few ideas as to how to get pictures from a disposable camera on your phone.
As mentioned, the easiest way is to get the disposable camera developed at a store that will give you a CD with the digitized pictures along with the developed prints. Stores like Walgreens, for example, will do this for you for free.
You can then easily transfer the pictures onto your computer and then upload them to a cloud storage service, which you should be able to access from your phone. It is also a great way to backup photos that can otherwise get lost.