7 Tips For Great Digital Photos

Before you can begin to enjoy photo sharing with family and friends, you need to take great digital shots that are razor-sharp and crystal-clear. After all, there’s nothing quite so frustrating as when your photos of memorable events like a graduation or a vacation turn out blurry or fuzzy or just plain dull.

The good news is great photos can really be a snap — if you keep in mind a few important tips. I guarantee that in no time you’ll be having fun with photo sharing and easy photo printing!

Tip #1: Buy a camera you’re comfortable with!

There are many digital cameras to choose from and, with all the bells and whistles, making a selection is not easy. While all these “extra” features are great to have, ask yourself these two question: What do I really need and what can afford? Then make your selection and learn all you can about the model you buy. And keep the camera’s manual close at hand so you can continually refer to it. You’ll definitely want a camera that makes uploading photos to your computer a snap, as that allows for photo sharing.

Tip #2: Keep the camera steady

The #1 reason our photographs turn out fuzzy or blurry is that the camera is shaking. As you probably have found out, the slightest movement can be disastrous, especially when your looking for high-quality photo sharing and easy photo printing. You don’t want to waste your time taking photos or end up with blurry prints.

But keeping a steady hand is not easy. So to ensure that you take photos that are really sharp and clear every time, you can do 3 things — use a tripod (not likely but it is foolproof)…or simply put your camera on any flat surface (not always realistic)…or you can just lean back on a wall or tree and hold yourself steady.

Remember, a still holder and a still camera will make all the difference in the world if you want to produce clear, sharp photos share you’ll be proud of.

Tip #3: When to use your flash

The flash is used to eliminate dark shadows. But it’s also tends to create a barrier that can actually wash out the natural mood that’s so important to capturing mood and feel. So the important decision is when to use it — and not use it. Disregard the urge to use the flash when you camera tells you to.

Instead, whenever you can, use the natural light that’s available. In a darkened setting, instead of the flash, turn out all surrounding lights to highlight the room. You’ll be amazed at how easily your will create photos that are beautiful and poignant.

Be sure to know your flash’s range. For most cameras, the maximum range is less than 15 feet. Keep this in mind and you’ll enjoy photo sharing and easy photo printing because all your photos will be outstanding!

Tip #4: Bring your photos to life

Here’s a simple way to turn ordinary photos into unusual and interesting shots. Don’t keep your subject in the middle of the frame. Instead, simply shift the image slightly to the left or the right. You’ll be delighted with the results.

Tip #5: Turn your camera sideways!

Now why would you want to do that? The answer shouldn’t be a surprise. With a vertical shot, you can create a picture that is much more intriguing. Try it for yourself. You’ll soon be taking all sorts of vertical photos — and enjoying the more! And the better the picture, the more you’ll enjoy photo sharing.

Tip #6: Be creative!

Don’t let the photo control you. You control the photo. Use your imagination and your creativity and you’ll get plenty of compliments.

Change locations. Add props. Arrange your subjects and photograph them in different poses. You’ll take photos that will be a source of pride and joy forever.

Tip #7: Preserve your memories

You never know where or when that next great photo op will present itself! So be prepared — carry additional memory cards. Just like a computer, you need some backup.
Believe me, sooner or later, you’ll need that extra storage capacity. And when you enjoy photo sharing and easy photo printing with the people in your life and see the smiles on their faces, you’ll be glad you had the extra backup.

Photographs can help you create wonderful family keepsakes that tell the stories of your life. Keep these tips in mind, and you’ll look forward to years of photo sharing and easy photo printing, and preserve a lasting legacy for future generations to enjoy.

Carey Paris develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Looming Clouds
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I had been hiking for days and the weather had been great but on the afternoon of the fourth day clouds started to form over the mountains. This photo was taken just as the clouds were rolling in.

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The Best Way to Share Travel Photos

You don’t have to be very old to remember the days when sharing photographs meant placing them in albums and bringing them from place to place. Back before the Internet, you could either share them that way or regale friends and family with long photo slide productions at various gatherings – in many cases, boring everyone to tears. Thanks to the Internet and digital photography, though, things are a whole lot different now. Sharing your travel photos is far less invasive – and far more enjoyable – than it’s ever been. By learning a few tricks of the travel photo sharing trade, you can make showing off your photographs a fun experience for everyone.

Invest In A Good Digital Camera And Memory Card

If you haven’t already joined the digital photography revolution, now’s the time. After all, you won’t be able to share your travel photos online very easily without a digital camera. Scanning old fashioned photos into the computer is time consuming and boring – and the pictures never turn out very well. Digital cameras are very affordable these days; you can easily find a decent model for $ 100 to $ 200. Look for a reputable brand, and for a camera that can withstand a bit of abuse.

Most digital cameras come with very small memory cards; you’ll want to pay a little extra and invest in a larger-capacity card right away. It will cost you a bit more, but by purchasing an 8GB memory card you’ll be able to store more than 1,000 high-quality photographs at a time. This comes quite in handy when you’re traveling, since you won’t have a lot of extra time to constantly download your pictures from your card. Instead, you can go through your photos and upload them all in one fell swoop – it couldn’t be easier!

Sign Up With A Photo Sharing Website

Although you’ll want to keep copies of your travel photos on your computer’s hard drive – or perhaps on another kind of drive – the quickest, easiest way to share them is by signing up with a photo sharing website. Some email providers, like Google, offer a limited amount of photo storage space; you can then email copies of your photos whenever you’d like. Otherwise, websites like Flickr are great options. Their free photo uploading service is fine, but for just $ 25 a year you gain access to unlimited uploads and other great perks.

Once you’ve signed up with a photo sharing site, make it a habit to upload your photos to it on a regular basis. In many cases, you can send your photos directly from your camera’s memory card to the photo sharing site, skipping the step of copying them to your computer’s hard drive. Once uploaded, be conscientious about tagging your photos – i.e., the people and/or landmarks in them – and adding descriptions wherever possible. Most photo sharing sites automatically detect the time and date that a photo was taking, making it easy to keep things organized in a chronological manner.

Send Links To Your Friends And Family

As soon as you have your latest batch of travel photos uploaded to your photo sharing account, with proper descriptions and tags, you’ll be able to send a link to all of the friends and family members you want to share them with. This is vastly preferable than emailing huge attachments to people, which can take a long time and waste a lot of hard disk space. By sending them a link, you invite people to take a look at your travel photos at their own convenience; they can flip through the ones that interest them, and never have to leave their home!

Social Networking Sites Make Sharing Easy

One final note: you can also easily share your travel photos on many popular social networking sites. By joining a site like Facebook, you can quickly upload the photographs you want to share with the people on your friends list so they can enjoy them. Otherwise, you can send out a link to your photo sharing website to everyone on your friend’s list, making them aware of your latest batch of travel photos so they can check them out.

Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For more information on travel photo sharing, he recommends Gawwk.com.

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How To Take Adorable Photos Of Your Pet

How to take adorable photos of your pet

They’re cute, cuddly and they really do become cherished members of the family. But if you want photos of your pet that you can use for photo sharing, it will help to learn a few inside secrets.

While great pet photography is an art like anything else, if you master these tips you can create photos you can use for easy photo printing as well, and that your whole family will talk about for years to come.

Tip #1: You can’t get a ‘staged’ photo

The first thing to remember is that Fido, Fluffy or Tweetie may not pose exactly like you want – unless you simply want them to sit and look at the camera. While posed shots have their place as records of important moments or events, it’ll take a little more work to take of your pet you’ll truly cherish – photos you’ll be proud to use in photo sharing and easy photo printing. But the effort you put in will be well worth it.

Tip #2: Get down to their level

In one respect, pets are like kids. They’re all over the place, they fidget and rarely, if ever, keep still. So it helps to get down to their level. No, that doesn’t mean making funny faces or acting a bit foolish. What is does mean is getting down on the floor in order to take the best photograph. Basically, you wan to be eye-to-eye with your pet — whether he’s relaxing on the sofa or on top of the picnic table.

When you do you’ll have be able to photo memories you can use for photo sharing – wonderful photos of your pet in some of their most natural poses!

Tip #3: ‘Go below’

If it’s at all possible, try to take pictures of your pet from a perspective that’s below them – get underneath their normal line of sight. This will make for an unusual and intriguing shot and create photos no one will ever forget – photos that people will want to reprint using easy photo printing! You’ll also have fun for many years as you use the Internet for photo sharing.

Tip #4: Be quiet!

You never want to startle or alarm your pet. So try not to make any sudden movements or loud noises that might frighten your best friend. This is especially important when you’re sneaking up on him while he’s playing with a ball or rolling around on the floor.

Tip #5: Bring out the performer in him!

This is very different than actually trying to get your pet to pose. The fact is, many cats or dogs will actually perform tricks for certain family members they are comfortable with. And they’ll do it on command. If you can capture one of these moments, you’ll have some great photos that will be special and quite hilarious – and perfect for photo sharing!

Tip #6: Keep your pet’s personality in mind

If you’re struggling for some good ideas, why not concentrate on your pet’s personality or his features? What makes him special or endearing? He may love to sleep on his back in a funny way? Or he may love jump real high when waiting for a treat. Or he may have unique eyes or an unusual color.

The point is, you know your pet’s best attributes. Capture them with your camera and you’ll be using photo sharing and easy photo printing to share memories of your pets for years to come.

Tip #7: Put yourself (or a child) into the photograph

In the great scheme of things, people and pets go hand in hand, especially children. Who can resist a little kid and a pet?

While solitary shots are perfectly good, you can add real excitement and drama by creating contrasts and contradictions. Small children and big animals or big men with a small dog or cat will make everyone smile!

Tip #8: Avoid flash photography

Again, this is an easy one. It should be obvious that any type of flash may really frighten or alarm your pet. So it’s always best to shoot when the natural light is good. Besides, animals are prone to red eye and eliminating the flash and using natural light is a great way to end the red eye effect!

Tip #9: Be prepared!

Let’s face it – getting the perfect shot of your family pet involves luck, being in the right place at the right time. So be prepared at all times. You never know when that precious moment will occur. Catch them while they’re sleeping or munching on a snack.

Oh, and don’t try for the perfect shot. Just have fun. That’s one of the biggest secrets to being able to enjoy photo sharing and easy photo printing!

Carey Paris develops marketing programs and has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray.com, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Iceland Landscape
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A nifty remix of the original @ www.flickr.com/photos/mtch3l/14342662340/ by mtch31.

Changed up the lighting in this photo, added a blue colour cast to the sky / water areas, a slight Orton Effect to the greenery and played around with the depth using some dodge / burn techniques. Also did some white noise removal + targeted sharpening in parts of the photo.

Thanks for sharing this one under the CC licence mtch31! Fantastic photo + composition.

This remixed version is free to download and use as you see fit as per its CC licence.

Used my free actions toolkit downloadble from www.lennykphotography.com + Photoshop Elements 14 to edit this one!

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Embrace Easy Photo Sharing And Bring Your Photos To Life!

I bought my digital camera a few years ago, after hanging on to my little Instamatic for years. The thought of lugging my film to the drug store and waiting for my prints to be developed now seems so…1950! Digital photography really does make easy photo sharing so much faster and easier!

I started thinking about why I so resistant to change for so long. And then I read an article that really brought it home for me. I was surprised to learn that over 75% of American households now have access to the Internet. That’s about 200 million people. Pretty impressive, right? Well, actually, not really. Because when you think about it, there’s a more telling stat that rarely gets mentioned.

More than 70 million of us do not have access to the Internet yet.

Now why is that? The number one reason, of course, is price. I can understand that. Computers are an expense, especially when you factor in the monthly cost for high-speed internet access. But there’s another underlying cause that’s really fascinating.

The general population has always been slow to adopt new technology, especially older people. The under 30 crowd truly embraces new technology — it’s a part of their life. That’s why they’re so adept at it. But older people tend to stick with what’s familiar.

But I’m here to tell you if you just give easy photo sharing a try, you’ll never stuff your favorite memories into a flimsy paper envelope or shoebox.

Besides, it’s so much more fun to send your photos off via the Internet. In the blink of an eye, you can send your kids’ photos to friends across the country. And with some of these great new online easy photo sharing services, you can even add your own spoken words to each photo. How great is that? If you really want to make each memory even more precious, add a few sincere comments from the heart and I guarantee you’ll really connect with friends or loved ones in a way you never dreamed possible.

It certainly was a great icebreaker for me. I haven’t spoken to my old college roommate in about 10 years. We were so close and we just sort of lost touch. I felt terrible, but somehow I couldn’t manage to pick up the phone. So I emailed him a few pictures of me at my 40th birthday party! Much to my surprise, he replied.

Now we stay in touch more often. We email photos back and forth, add some funny commentary that has us laughing for hours. You know, it just wouldn’t have been the same if I mailed those photos to him.

For everyone who says technology is pushing us apart, I say it’s just the opposite. Technology is actually bringing us closer together. So if you have a child who’s away at school, or parents who you rarely get to see, or even a long lost friend . . . reach out and touch them. Easy photo sharing can work wonders!

CJ Carroll has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

Rock Piles
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Lots of rocks piled up around the sore of Garibaldi lake. This is a glacier fed lake so it is very cold year round. So it is pretty impressive that someone swam out to the island in the distance to pile the rocks.

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Get Those Photos Off Your Fridge & Onto An Easy Photo Sharing Website!

I love online photo sharing. It’s fast, easy, and you can preserve your most precious memories for generations to come with just the click of a button. The funny thing is,
I got hooked while cleaning my refrigerator.

It may sound crazy, but it makes perfect sense. Honest!

A few weeks ago, as I was wiping down the sides, making sure everything was sparkling clean again, I glanced at all the photos that covered just about every square inch of the door, all stuck on with those little tiny magnets. (I don’t know how this practice ever got started, but it really makes the kitchen look messy.)

Anyway, I saw this really great photo of me and my Mom. It was always one of my favorite memories. I must have been about four years old, but I remember it like it was yesterday. We were at the beach and I was covered in sand from head to toe . . . and loving every moment! I’ll never forget how Mom with a smile a mile wide hugged me as we took the photo.

I thought that this would make the perfect addition to the scrapbook I was planning for Mom’s 80th birthday. There was only one problem: The picture was faded and yellow and curled at the edges.

I was really upset with myself. How did I let this happen? All these photos represented great times and great memories and here they were getting all soiled and smudged.

I had heard about these easy photo sharing services on the web, but I never really thought much of them one way or another.

But now I had a good reason. I quickly realized that not all photo sharing sites are the same. I chose on that didn’t make me jump through all sorts of registrations hoops. And I quickly realized that still others just want to sell you some prints. For me, it was all about sharing memories. Period.

I’m not a computer whiz, but and faster than I ever dreamed possible, all my photos were uploaded and stored safely forever!

Another thing I learned . . . there are several sites that offer free photo hosting which is great if you’re on a budget like me. Don’t worry, whatever problems you think you’ll have . . . well, they’re all easily resolved. I have basically no software or artistic skill whatsoever and it made difference at all! You’ll go from camera to web in a matter of minutes and be forever connected with the people you love.

Before easy photo sharing, the only thing we had to keep us in touch was a telephone. Now we all can reach out and touch someone – or everyone – sharing the laughter and the fun! For me, it was such an inspiration that I sprinted down to my basement, got out that old shoebox with hundreds of terrific photos and started scanning. I knew what I was doing was not only for myself but for my entire family . . . and for my grandkids waiting to be born!

Let’s face it. Prints are great. But by the time you take the photos and they receive them in the mail, it could take longer than you want! Now when I send an email photo, it’s instant. And I always assured of an instant reply. And there’s nothing better than sharing memories with your friends and family. It helps you grow closer.

CJ Carroll has written articles for a variety of clients, including Hoorray, a new website for easy photo sharing and easy photo printing.

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Share Photos Online – How to Choose a Site For Photo Sharing

Millions of people share photos online since it has become so easy. On most sites, you can just click on the “Share” button, enter one or multiple email addresses, and click send. What could be easier?

It gets a bit confusing, however, deciding which site to use. Sure, you can use any of them and most of the photo sharing sites will work fine. However, why not take advantage of some of the other features that are offered? Different sites offer different options, so you can explore and then decide which features are most important to you.

Here are some things to consider:

Photo Galleries and Display

How will your photos be displayed? Do you have a choice? Are there ads on the site?

There are many different types of galleries, some more sophisticated than others. A common display method is to show thumbnails of an album. You can then click on a thumbnail to get a larger view. Other types of displays might be slideshows, collages or stacking. With stacking, clicking on the top photo brings you to the next one. Fotki offers this option, among other choices.

Free and Premium Accounts

Most photo sharing sites offer both free and premium accounts. Premium accounts have a fee associated with them, but they offer more features. So take a look to see if the free account is adequate for you or if perhaps some of the upgrades are important.

Photo Printing

If one of your main objects is to send your digital photos out to be printed, check around because pricing can vary. In addition, different types of papers are used and delivery or pick up times are different.

Printing quality should be checked out also. Some sites will give you free photos on your first order, and this is a great way to try a site out.

Privacy Options

Do you want only certain people to view your photos, or would you like them available to everyone? Sites may or may not offer privacy options, but most do. Sometimes when photos are public, they will also appear in such places as Google Images. This may or may not be something that you want to occur.

Backup

Although there are many backup methods, you can use photo sharing sites as a backup system. Look for one that keeps your original file size. Some that do, charge for an Archive CD if you never need to get those photos back.

Communities

Forums, contests, and blogs can all be part of a site. If you are interested in “socializing”, look for these features.

Photo Removal

Make sure the site does not remove your photos after a certain period of time. For example, Kodak Gallery has the right to do this if you do not purchase an item (even one 4 x 6 print) within 12 months.

Take a look at a few photo sharing sites to see which one you like. You can try most of them out for free.

Some sites you might consider are SmugMug, Kodak Gallery, Shutterfly, Picasa Web Albums, and Fotki.

Susan Schlenger is a professional landscape designer and has been working with digital photography online for 10 years. You can visit her website Digital Photos Online to read more about working with photos online. To learn more about photo sharing, visit her page, Share Photos Online.

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This is an old photo of mine. I belek2 my archive last night and i found it interesting though. So i wanna share it with all of you here. The dews are laying on a caladium leaf. Shot this of course in the early morning after the sunshine.

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Thanx for all comments and faves, all the best. Have a nice days ahead! We’re all belong to each other and came from same father and mother (Adam and Eve), so peace and justice for all 🙂

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