How to Send Photos Fast

by Jen Davis

Sending digital photos quickly to recipients in other parts of the country, or even on the other side of the world, has become commonplace. You can use your email, or even your cell phone, to send pictures anytime from anywhere.

Sending physical photos quickly can be slightly more complicated than sending digital photos. However, your photos can reach a recipient on the other side of the country within an hour by using Walmart's photo center to order the pictures.

Send Photos by Email

Upload photos to a computer from a digital camera. You can do this by removing the memory card from the camera and inserting it directly in the memory card slot on the computer. If your computer does not have a slot for memory cards, you can connect the camera and computer using the USB cable that came with your camera.

Go to your email account and compose a new message. Enter the email address of the person you want to send the pictures to in the "To" section.

Click the link to attach a file to the email. When the file selection box opens, access your memory card or camera and select the photo or photos you want to send. You can typically locate your digital camera by starting in the file location for "My Computer" and looking through the additional external drives. You camera's memory card will appear listed under the section for devices with removable storage. You can select more than one photo by holding the control key down while clicking on individual photos to attach.

Allow the photos to load to the email. You can spend this time typing a quick message to your recipient.

Hit the "send" button. Your pictures will be on their way. Your recipient can download and print them from their home computer when the email arrives.

Send Physical Photos with Walmart Photo Center

Access the Walmart photo center online and create a photo center account. You can create the account by clicking the link to "Start here." If you already have an account, sign into it.

Clink link to "Upload Photos." Create and name your new album when prompted to do so, then browse through your computer to locate the photos you want to send. You can control-click to upload multiple photos.

Wait for the photos to load. When they have finished, the site will prompt you to either upload more photos or indicate that you are done uploading. When you have finished uploading photos, click the button that reads "Done Uploading."

A menu will open asking you what you would like to do next. You can pick from several choices, including sharing your album and ordering prints. If you want to share your pictures digitally, you can click on the "Share Photos" tab and follow the steps to share your photos through email or using a social network. If you want to share your physical photos, or send photos quickly to someone who is not computer literate, you can click the tab to "Order Prints."

Select the photos you want to share and add them to your virtual shopping cart. When you have finished selecting photos, click the button to "Proceed to checkout." Decide whether you want to change your photo format to "trueDigital" or leave them in a traditional shape. Note that "trueDigital" may not fit in the recipient's picture frames.

Select the in-store pick up option. To get the pictures to the recipient quickly, you will want to select the option for one-hour photo. Once you have chosen the option for one-hour photo, you will need to select the store the pictures will be printed at. Enter your recipients zip code or city and state, then select the store location that is most convenient for them to access. You will probably have to ask them which store this is, as mileage is not always the best indicator. Have your prints sent to that store.

Enter your recipients name in for the person who will be picking up the order. If you prefer to pay for the photos yourself, you can go ahead and pre-pay for them online. If your recipient will be paying for them, you can indicate that the photos will be paid for in-store upon pick up. Confirm order details and your photos will be available to your recipient in an hour, even if they are on the other side of the country.

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About the Author

Jen Davis has been writing since 2004. She has served as a newspaper reporter and her freelance articles have appeared in magazines such as "Horses Incorporated," "The Paisley Pony" and "Alabama Living." Davis earned her Bachelor of Arts in communication with a concentration in journalism from Berry College in Rome, Ga.

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