This afternoon my wife received the following photo in her iPhone email, of our daughter last week acting as “The Wicked Witch of the West” in her school’s shortened rendition of “The Wizard of Oz.”

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This was a great photo, and I wanted to share it with others via Facebook. I’m not sure if these steps are obvious to everyone, so I thought I’d share the procedures we followed to get this photo from my wife’s iPhone email onto my Facebook page. (If my wife used Facebook she could have done this directly, but up to this point she’s been largely a social media Luddite.)

Step 1 was to have my wife email me the photo. Once it was in my iPhone’s email, I clicked on the image and chose SAVE IMAGE. This was Step 2: It put a copy of the photo in MY iPhone’s photo library.

Save Image (on iPhone)

Step 3 was posting the photo to Facebook. Using the iPhone’s Facebook application, I clicked on the NEWS FEED option and then the PHOTO button beside the “What’s On Your Mind?” / update field. This brought up the CHOOSE FROM LIBRARY option for photos and videos.

Choose photo from Library (for Facebook iPhone post)

I selected the photo from my iPhone photo library, added a caption, and clicked POST.

Done!

While I maintain offline backups of all my digital photos, in addition to the web-posted versions on Flickr, my wife does not. I spoke with the husband of one of her friends who does the same thing today (rarely EVER syncs her iPhone to a laptop or desktop computer) but had an iPhone crash this weekend which MAY result in her losing ALL her saved iPhone photos. Do you know of an iPhone application which lets you copy / backup your photos directly from your iPhone to a server-based backup service? I use PixelPipe to upload photos and video to both Flickr and Facebook on the go, but this isn’t really an “archival” backup application / service. If you know of an application that does this and can recommend it, I’d love to learn what it is and share it.

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