MAKING A PANORAMA

When you’re out in Nature or part of a crowded scene, your camera may fail to do justice to it. You see a “wow” but the camera sees an “okay.” A panoramic picture picks things up.

Read more

Share

PRINT IT ON ALUMINUM

We just had a photo “aluminyzed.” It looks great.

Aluminyze.com will turn your photo into anything from wall art to a license plate. Joy took a photo at a woman’s club event and had it aluminyzed for the chair of her committee, who typically receives a gift certificate at year’s end. This was different.

Read more

Share

OUR PERSONAL AVATARS

Below our email signatures we often use a cartoon portrait of ourselves. We’ve gotten lots of compliments on that over the years, and requests for information about it.

Read more

Share

FREE UNLIMITED PHOTO STORAGE

Flickr gives you a terabyte of photo storage, but now Amazon Prime members get unlimited storage on the free Amazon “Cloud Drive.”

Read more

Share

MAKING PHOTOS PERSONAL

Photofy adds personal touches to photos. The new version has stock backgrounds: if you want to make it look like you’re lounging in Tahiti, lounge ahead.

Read more

Share

THREE GOOD APPS FOR IPHONE AND ANDROID

— “Next Move Quiz” is our favorite new iPhone/iPad app, free from educational book publisher Pearson. The app has fun and colorful quizzes for kids and adults in subjects like science, geography, food, sports, culture and history. Joy has a lot to learn about currency but aced the human body quiz. You can retake quizzes. “Quiz Up” for Android is similar. — FaceTune is a $5 app that goes way beyond blemish removal in photos. Want a thinner nose, a wider smile, and a forehead whose skin tone matches the rest of your face? (Joy’s bangs keeps her forehead white; like a baseball cap.) It can also sharpen facial details while blurring the background and adding other effects. This app […]

Read more

Share

WHY DO THEY DO IT?

“Corel Painter Essentials 4″ can turn photos and drawings into pieces that look very much like paintings. It’s not the only program that can do this, but it’s based on one of the earliest. It has been seven years since the last version and with this version the company has managed to take a giant step backward, It’s not that the program’s new tools aren’t fun. Most of them are. It’s that the previous version from seven years ago had outstanding videos that practically held your hand every step of the way as you learned. You worked along with the guidance of a professional artist and the results were great. The company dumped all of that. Now if you click […]

Read more

Share

PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL ONLINE

Digital-photography-school.com has some wonderful tips and tutorials. The article on “couples photography” reminds us that stiff photos of grandma and grandpa aren’t nearly as nice as photos showing them holding hands and looking at each other.

Read more

Share

SHUTTERBUGGED

People are taking — and posting! – around 1.8 billion photos a day. Back in the primitive time of 2008, they took 20 million a day. We now post twice as many — 44 million, every hour. By the way: only one percent are still taken on film. Bye, bye, Kodak; sic semper transit and all that.

Read more

Share

MAKING A PHOTO BOOK

It sounds so easy. Shutterfly.com automatically assembles a photo book for you. No more placing photos in albums, or even buying an album.

Read more

Share